Studying Medicine at NUI Galway


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Studying Medicine at NUI Galway 

The Course - M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O. (Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics)

The undergraduate medical programme at NUI Galway is of 5 and 6 year's duration. It consists of a Foundation Year plus 5 years. Most overseas students enter the 5 year programme and exemptions from some modules may be allowed if the curricular content has been covered elsewhere at third level.  There is considerable integration of clinical and science subjects throughout the course. Teaching is conducted at the University, the Galway University Hospital (GUH) and affiliated hospitals. On successful completion of the programme, students graduate with an M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O. (Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics) of the National University of Ireland. 


How to Apply

We welcome applications from international students from around the globe.

If you are unsure whether to apply as an EU or Non-EU applicant, please contact the main University Admissions Office, who will confirm your eligibility.

Application routes; 

  1. Undergraduate entry to Medicine for EU School Leavers is managed by the Central Applications Office ( 
  2. Undergraduate entry to Medicine for Non-EU School Leavers, is managed by a team of International Education Agents with whom we have partnerships. If you would like to apply to study medicine at our School, please contact one of the Education Agents listed below, who will advise you on the application and recruitment process specific to your country of application.
  3. The School of Medicine at NUI Galway, is unable to faciliate transfer requests from other institutions. Prospective applicants must apply through one of the channels outlined above.  

If your country/region is not listed below, please contact the School of Medicine for further information. In the subject line of your email, please include the following text: "Prospective International Applicant - followed by your Country of Application" (e.g. Prospective International Applicant - Malaysia) 

Country /Region              Agency Application Resources Application Deadlines
2017 Entry
Website Email 
  • North America
  • South America
  • Central America             

Atlantic Bridge                             


Closing date:  

November '17

  • Malaysia
  • China
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Middle East
  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • South Africa
  • Nigeria
  • India 
  • Thailand
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • UAE

 Irish Universities & Medical Schools Consortium (IUMC)

IUMC 2018 - Recruitment Brochure

Closing date: 

22nd Dec '17

  • Singapore

Region Group; Irish Universities & Medical Schools Consortium (IUMC)

Study Medicine in IrelandIUMC Singapore Application Information

Closing date: March 2018   



Award of Places

As international student places are limited, meeting the specified requirements does not always guarantee a place on our Programmes. The award of places is subject to the following specific provisions:

  • That the place will be accepted in writing within the period specified.
  • That the place will be accepted under the limitations regarding postgraduate internships and employment in Ireland. Click here for more info.

  • That the acceptance is accompanied by a remittance for at least half the annual fee (the other half being payable before or at Registration), a guarantee from an appropriate authority that sufficient financial resources are and will be available to the applicant to discharge all fees and other expenses during the period of the Course.
  • That a Medical Certificate of good health plus a completed certificate form including evidence of screening for Hepatitis B is provided. A positive result will debar.
  • That no transfer to the Course under normal fee will be permitted in the current or any subsequent session.
  • Failure to comply with any specific condition of the offer may result in the withdrawal of the offer without further notice.


Course and Examination Requirements

International students admitted to the School of Medicine will be subject to the normal regulations and other requirements of the Medical Programme which include;

  • Completion of the Foundation Medical Examination within one year from entry.
  • Completion of the First Medical Examination within two years of passing the First Medical examination.
  • Completion of the Second Medical Examination within three years of passing the Foundation Medical examination.
  • The passing of Examinations in each Year of the Course.