Welcome from the Head of School

I would like to congratulate all of you on obtaining a place to study medicine, and achieving this in an unprecedented and uncertain environment. You have worked hard and already demonstrated a commitment and dedication that will serve you well in the coming years.

The Medical Faculty was one of the original faculties of the University when it was established in 1845. We have a long tradition of clinical education in Galway and whilst the current pandemic may temporarily alter the delivery of our curriculum, the quality of the medical education you receive remains unchanged. 

We welcome students from all over the world again this year making it an exciting, vibrant and diverse learning environment. Student wellbeing is our priority and University and school supports, including a successful student mentorship programme, are there to ensure a truly positive experience.

The School of Medicine in NUI Galway is committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of our local, national and global communities, through world class research and providing the healthcare leaders of the future. This year has reminded us all of the primacy of health and wellbeing, not just as individuals, but entire populations. This inspiration to improve health is demonstrated daily by our many alumni including Dr Michael Ryan of the World Health Organisation, seen below addressing our graduating class of 2020. We look forward to your participation in that goal and I wish you all the best in your studies.‌

Carmel Malone

Prof Carmel Malone
Head of School of Medicine
NUI Galway

Welcome from the Undergraduate Medical Programme Director

On behalf of the Programme Board, I heartily welcome you to the NUI Galway Undergraduate Medical Programme. The Programme has a tradition of graduating doctors of excellence. We, the programme team, will continue this fine tradition as you begin your professional journey.

Following on-campus orientation, on September 28thyour Year 1 programme will be delivered through a mixture of both on-campus (8+ hours per week) and on-line learning. Both are effective learning methods and you will be guided through each method in the first weeks of Semester 1. Your on-campus learning will be on a continual basis throughout Semester 1 and will include workshops, labs and interactive group learning sessions. Your on-line learning will include both synchronous (live, scheduled) and asynchronous (recorded lecture style that you can access in your time) sessions. The framework for your learning in each module will be available in the relevant module folder on Blackboard (your virtual learning platform), as will your schedule. Your academic supervisor will support and guide you to academic/ learning supports available within the University.

Wishing you an enlightening, engaging academic year resulting in successful progression to Year 2 of the programme in 2021/22.

Rosemary Geoghegan

Dr Rosemary Geoghegan
Undergraduate Medical Programme Director
School of Medicine

Welcome from the Head of Student Affairs Committee

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Welcome one and all to the School of Medicine at NUI Galway. We look forward to guiding your learning and development over the coming years. We are immensely proud of the outstanding young people that graduate from our School and you will be no different.

Edina Moylett

Dr Edina Moylett, FRCPI
Head of Student Affairs Committee
School of Medicine

Information for Incoming Students


College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences Orientation

You are joining a vibrant healthcare community in the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences. Please take a moment to view the Dean's Welcome and College information here.
To help you with starting out in university, you can find important information on the Starting University and the Student FAQs pages.
If you are an international student, please review international information here.
Download: College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences UG Orientation Schedule 20/21
University Orientation for First-year Undergraduates in the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences will take place online on Tuesday, 22nd September from 10:30am-1pm, and on-campus on Wednesday, 23rd of September from 9am to 7pm (staggered groups with 6 hours on campus). Information on attending these sessions will be sent to you via email.
You can sign-up to attend the ON-CAMPUS day on Sept 23rd via the YourSpace student platform (login using your student ID and password, or login as an un-registered student).

School of Medicine Orientation

Orientation for all first and foundation year medical students will take place on campus on Monday, September 28th. You will be scheduled in groups for either a foundation year or first year specific orientation session. You must attend your allotted orientation slot only, and Covid-19 public health measures will be implemented at all times. Students will be allocated to groups once registration is completed.  All students should check this site and their Blackboard course regularly for updates on group allocation. We look forward to meeting you all on campus in the Human Biology Building on the 28th.

Download: School of Medicine UG Orientation Schedule

School of Medicine Timetables

Teaching this year will be through a mixture of both on-campus (varying between weeks) and on-line learning. Both are effective learning methods. Your on-campus learning will be on a continual basis throughout Semester 1 and may include workshops, labs and interactive group learning sessions. Your on-line learning will include both synchronous (live, scheduled) sessions and asynchronous (recorded lecture style) sessions.  

You are expected to log into and engage in all synchronous (live) learning activities. Asynchronous learning can be done in your own time. The student and year specific timetables will be released once all students have registered and have been allocated to the five or six year program. Final timetables will be available the week of Sept 21st. Until then, you will find below a sample of how your course will run over the semester. Note the times, venues, and content of each week may vary with public health advice based on venue capacity and student numbers.

Download: SAMPLE Medicine Undergraduate Timetable 20/21
Visit the interactive map of NUI Galway to find your way around campus.

School of Medicine Video Content

Address of Dr Michael Ryan to the medical graduating class of 2020
As you begin medical school under such uncertain and unprecedented times the words of NUI Galway graduate Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s health emergencies programme, to our graduating class of 2020 are as applicable to you as they were to them. “I’m sure you have many fears, it would be unusual if you weren’t afraid, fear keeps you safe, but you have to move forward. You have to take the precautions to keep yourself safe, you have to keep your colleagues safe, and you have to keep your patients safe. By doing just that you’ll save lives.”  Watch his address in full here.

Testimonial from Current Final Year Medical Student
Marah has some words of encouragement and advice as you start your Medical School journey. Watch her testimonial in full here.