College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Medicine

Course overview

The Discipline of Surgery provides a facility for medical students and surgical personnel wishing to undertake clinical research projects or postgraduate courses. Current research involves the Department of Breast, Gastrointestinal/Colorectal, Orthopaedic and Vascular Surgery. The research laboratory is also home to full-time scientific researchers focusing primarilly on cancer research.

Research facilities include the Surgical Research laboratories in the Clinical Science Institute, REMEDI, NCBES at NUI Galway and the Western Vascular Institute at University Hospital, Galway.

The Discipline of Surgery collaborates with national and international research instituions, e.g. Cancer Research UK, EMBL, and the Mayo Clinic. Researchers are affiliated with the Galway CancerInitiative.
The Discipline offers supervision in a wide area of medical interest. To pursue either degree, potential candidates should discuss the matter with the Head of Department.

Programmes available

PhD (Surgery), part-time    
MCh (Surgery), full-time
MCh (Surgery), part-time
MD (Surgery), full-time    
MD (Surgery), part-time

Areas of interest

Breast cancer

  • Population genetics
  • Molecular profiling
  • Role of stem cells in metastasis
  • Mestastatis prevention
  • Early detection

Colorectal cancer

  • Molecular profiling
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Ischaemia/Reperfusion
  • Wound healing


  • Stem cells in arthritis (with REMEDI)
  • Hyperbaric oxygen

Researcher profiles

Contact Us

Please visit department of Surgery webpage

PAC code

PhD (part-time) GYN54
MCh (full-time) GYN57
MCh (part-time) GYN58
MD (full-time) GYN55
MD (part-time) GYN56

Current project


Fees for this course

EU: €5,750 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,750 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,910. p.a.

How to Apply