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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Medicine (Surgery and Obstetrics)
Our undergraduate medical programme delivers a systems based curriculum which is horizontally and vertically integrated. Individual credit-bearing modules cover learning outcomes relevant to the scientific basis of medicine, patient assessment and clinical management. Students enjoy early patient contact opportunities which help them to develop the required communication and practical clinical skills.
The modern, externally accredited, programme is triphasic; Phase 1 comprises Foundation Year (6 year programme only) and Year 1. Phase 2 includes Year 2 and Year 3. The final two years of the programme constitute the 3rd phase which leads to the level 8 award of the degree of Bachelor of Medicine (MB), of Surgery (BCh) and of Obstetrics (BAO).
As students gain experience, they assume greater responsibility and undertake clinical placement rotations in a network of affiliated hospitals in the North and North West (Saolta Hospital Group). In addition students are exposed to the delivery of primary care in a variety of community settings.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
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, CAO applicants must complete the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT). Minimum A-Level Grades: A*A*A* (AS) or equivalent combination plus HPAT-Ireland Test results. The minimum combined score for 2016 was 723.
Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:
GY501 Medicine (5 year): In addition to the 6-year requirements, a H5 in Chemistry minimum. A merit order applies based on H5, if any, attained in the following: Biology, Physics, Physics-Chemistry or Agricultural Science. For further details, refer to the website.
GY501 Medicine (6 year): Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics-Chemistry or Agricultural Science), and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.
GY501 Medicine (8 year): Academically excellent students entering the medical programme have the opportunity to complete an embedded PhD degree through a period of dedicated research, so that after successful completion of a period of eight years, both the medical degree and PhD are conferred. Students of the medical programme who are interested in doing a PhD will undergo a rigorous 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.
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5, 6 or 8 years
Next start date
A Level Grades (2017)
Next start date
Mode of study
Introduction to Medicine
Basics of Body Structure / Musculoskeletal System
Biomolecules, Metabolism and Energy
Principles of Physiology
Metabolism, Nutrition and Health
Medical Professionalism 1
Central Nervous System
Introduction to Pharmacology
Genes, Gametes and Embryos
Drugs and Disease
Health and Disease 1
Medical Professionalism 2
Health and Disease 2
Global Health and Development
Professionalism – Core Clinical Skills
Foundations in Clinical Theory
Foundations in Clinical Diagnosis
Foundations in Clinical Management
Primary Care and Mental Health
Women’s and Children’s Health
Advanced Clinical Skills
Special Study Module
Advanced Clinical Theory
Advanced Clinical Diagnosis
Advanced Clinical Management
Advanced Teaching and Learning
Neurology Lecture Series
Honours graduates can also pursue higher degrees in a wide range of related disciplines, for example:
- Doctor of Medicine, MD
- Master of Surgery, MCh
- Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Medical Science (Health Informatics)
- Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Medical Science (Endovascular Surgery)
- 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)
- Masters of Preventive Cardiology
- Master of Science (Clinical Research)
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates from this programme will find employment in:
- Primary Care
- Public Hospitals
- Private Hospitals
- Defence Forces
- Education and research
- Community rehabilitation services
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Medical device companies
- Health insurance companies
- Medical journals
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Foundation Year: €7,492 (tution €4,268; student contribution charge €3,000 & student levy €224) p.a. 2017/18
First Medical Year: €9,297 (tuition €6,073; student contribution charge €3,000 & student levy €224) p.a. 2017/18
Second to Fifth Medical Year: €8,837 (tuition €5,613; student contribution charge €3,000 & student levy €224) p.a. 2017/18
NON EU Fee**
Discounts are available to students entering through recognised student recruitment agents. Current student recruitment pathways include IUMC and Atlantic Bridge.
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Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway
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