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. The 6 year Programme 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

The School of Medicine is now accepting applications for September 2020, entry to our Undergraduate Medical Degree Programme.

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/Degree holders, is managed by a team of International Education Consultants/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.  
Country /Region              Application Information Application Deadlines - September 
2020 Entry
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  • The Americas
  • Canada           

Agent: Atlantic Bridge


First Round Closing date:  15 November, 2019

Applications will be considered after 15th November, but will be considered as a late application, and subject to a late application fee.

  • South East Asia 

Agent: Irish Universities & Medical Schools Consortium (Malaysia Office)    


First Round Closing date: 

15 January, 2020

Applications will be considered after 15th January, 2020, but will be considered as a late application.

The Gulf

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman


For Government Scholar applicants from Saudi Arabia and Oman, please contact your local Cultural Bureau/Embassy. 



Rolling deadline

Please contact individual Embassy/Cultural Bureaus for more information.

Initial application/entry enquiries can also be sent to Castel Education.

  • Kuwait

Applications from Government sponsored and Non-Government (private) sponsored students, that hold Kuwaiti Citizenship, are managed directly by the Kuwaiti Cultural Bureau /Ministry of Higher Education. 


Rolling deadline

Please visit the Ministry of Education website for details on how to apply. All queries regarding applications, should be sent directly to your local Cultural Bureau.

  • The Middle East/Gulf
  • Africa

: Castel Education

For non-Government Scholars (private applicants) from the Gulf countries (excluding Kuwait), the wider Middle East Region and Africa please contact Castel Education.

Rolling deadline

Please contact Castel Education for further information on entry and application criteria.

  • All other Regions /Countries (excluding those listed on this page)


Agent: Study Ireland 

First Round Closing Date: 

15th January, 2020

Applications will be considered after 15th January, 2020, but will be considered as a late application.

 GNIB/International Affairs Office, NUI Galway

Following registration at NUI Galway, the International Affairs Office will schedule GNIB appointments for all new entrant international students.  These appointment usually take place early October, each year. Please ensure you attend your appointment at the scheduled date/time.