Entry Points (2015)

Course Overview

This programme is a unitary model that integrates the theoretical and the clinical.  The modules emphasize the basic and cognitive sciences, which provide a basis for understanding modern health care. Students also learn clinical and communication skills as well as patient contact.  The end of the programme is dedicated to the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for professional practice.

As students gain experience, they assume greater responsibility and undertake clinical placement rotations in a network of affiliated hospitals and general practices in Galway and around the West of Ireland

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Points Requirement: 480 points from the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination. (Applicants must achieve both the required subjects and the points in the same sitting).
And Aptitude Test Completion of the required Admissions Test (HPAT-Ireland) Minimum A-Level Grades: A*A*A (A-Level) & c (AS) or equivalent combination plus HPAT-Ireland Test results (minimum combined score for 2011 was 728)

GY501 Medicine (5 year)
In addition to 6-year requirements, HC3 in Chemistry minimum. A merit order applies based on HC3, if any, attained in the following; Biology, Physics, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science. Refer for detail

GY501 Medicine (6 year)
Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science), and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.

GY501 Medicine (8 year)
From September 2012, it is intended that students entering the medical programme will have the opportunity also to engage a PhD degree through a period of dedicated research. This is done on an integrated schedule, so that at the end of a period that is likely to involve eight years successfully completed, both the medical degree and the PhD are conferred. Students of the medical programme who are interested will undergo a selection process at the mid-point of their medical studies, which includes an assessment of their academic performance to date and an interview. Limited financial support is provided for the additional three years. The programme and the research themes are agreed at the commencement of the research.

Please contact the Medical School for further details (medschool@nuigalway.ie)

Additional Requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.

5, 6 or 8 years

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades (2015)

A*A*A* & c (AS)

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Foundation Year

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Foundations of Medicine

Year 2

  • Central Nervous System
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Reproduction and Development
  • Drugs and Disease
  • Health and Disease
  • Organ Failure
  • Professionalism

Year 1

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Gastro-intestinal System
  • Human Nutrition
  • Renal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Professionalism

Year 3-5

Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Public Health
Clinical Disciplines: 
  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • General Practice
  • Anaesthesia
  • Radiology

Further Education

Honours graduates can also pursue higher degrees in a wide range of related disciplines, for example:

  • Doctor of Medicine, MD
  • Master of Surgery, MCh
  • PhD
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Medical Science (Health Informatics)
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Medical Science (Endovascular Surgery)
    Master of Science (Sport and Exercise Medicine)
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Health Sciences (Primary Care)
  • Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Health Sciences (Clinical Education)
  • Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate (Clinical Primary Care)
  • Master of Science (Regenerative Medicine)
  • Master of Science (Medical Physics)
  • Master of Science (Clinical Research)


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will find employment in:

  • Hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Education and research
  • Community rehabilitation services
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Medical device companies
  • Health insurance companies
  • Medical journals

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

In partnership with HSE, and our regional hospitals, the School of Medicine assists in an Intern Placement Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that medical graduates receive the appropriate training and experience to become registered physicians. We work hard to ensure that as many graduates as possible obtain 12 months placement in recognised intern posts.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

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Fees: Tuition

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Fees: Student Contribution

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Fees: Student levy

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Fees: Non EU

€50,135** p.a. 2016/17

EU Fee*
EU Foundation Year:  €7,492 (tution €4,268; student contribution charge €3,000 & student levy €224)
First Medical Year: €9,297 (tuition €6,073; student contribution charge €3,000 & student levy €224)
Second to Fifth Medical Year:  €8,837 (tuition €5,613; student contribution charge €3,000 & student levy €224)

NON EU Fee**
Discounts are available to students entering through recognised student recruitment agents.  Current student recruitment pathways include IUMC and Atlantic Bridge.

Find out More

The School of Medicine
Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway
T 353 (0)91 544 475
F 353 (0)91 494 519
E medschool@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Gerard Garrett |   First Year Medical Student

...the faculty members really listen to the students and all the structures in place at NUI Galway School of Medicine are focused to allow us provide the best care to patients when we qualify...