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All of these medical schools offer a five/six-year undergraduate programme and/or a four-year graduate programme which results in a MB BCh BAO Hons degree which is recognised internationally. Upon completion of the course, newly qualified doctors must complete a year of training in a hospital within Ireland.

The entry requirements for applying to study Medicine in Ireland are as follows:

  • Academic requirement: Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 480 points (or equivalent for Non-Irish medical school applicants)
  • For undergraduate applicants: applicants must sit the Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT) – this 2½ multiple-choice test will assess an applicant’s logic, problem-solving skills, non-verbal reasoning and interpersonal understanding.
  • For graduate applicants: applicants must sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and must have gained a minimum of a 2:1 in their previous degree.

In order to apply to these Irish medical schools, an applicant must do the following

  • Register with the Complete Admissions Office (CAO) through whom all applications go through
  • Submit an application (fee of €40) (a personal statement is not required)
  • Send photocopies of your qualification certificates to the CAO by post.
  • Select you medical school choices (Note: Medicine is a Level 8 course which you will be applying for). The maximum number of course choices you can select is 10 across all courses.


The fees that a student will have to pay depend on whether they are an Irish/EU student or a Non-EU student and also on they are an undergraduate or post-graduate student. These factors will determine whether you are eligible for the Free Fees initiative and/or the SUSI grant. The various fees involved will include, but not be limited to, the course tuition fee, a student contribution charge and other fees required by individual medical schools specifically.

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