Ireland Medical Programmes

Ireland is constantly ranked top 10 for best countries to live in, and its education system is highly recognized worldwide. Hence medical school in Ireland is a great option for students hoping to become doctors. If students want to apply to the 4 prestigious medical institutions in Ireland – University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and National University of Ireland Galway – they would apply through the Ireland Universities and Medical School Consortium (IUMC). All 4 of the IUMC universities are recognized by the Singapore Medical Council. Applications typically open in December.

IUMC: Irish Universities & Medical Schools Consortium

IUMC is a consortium of four medical schools in Ireland: Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and NUI Galway. These schools offer top-notch medical programmes that are even recognized by the Singapore Medical Council. Overall, Trinity and University College Dublin top the Irish rankings, but Galway and Cork are very close behind.

IUMC is a great option for those desiring a great medical education requiring less work: typically one application for all four schools suffices. Given that Ireland is less popular a destination, the competition here is lower for schools that are still of a very high caliber.

Deadline:

  • IUMC Malaysia (for International Students in Singapore): Mid-Jan
  • IUMC Singapore (for Singaporean students): Late February/ Early March

Academics and Extracurricular Requirements

  • A Levels: A, A, A
  • IB Program: 36+, 6 in Chemistry & another Science HL
  • Coursework: Chemistry, Biology, Math, Physics

Extracurriculars, school clubs, and leadership positions demonstrating teamwork skills, empathy, and communication will help your applications stand out. It is highly recommended for students to have volunteering experiences, especially ones that are related to medical or care settings.

Students are considered competitive if they completed doctor shadowing in clinics or hospitals prior to applying.

Application Requirement - Personal Statement

The personal statement is an essential part of the IUMC application for Singaporean applicants. It showcases an applicant’s ability to write as well as their preparedness for medical school. The personal statement should be no longer than 500 words. It outlines:

  • Motivation to study medicine
  • Academic prowess in medicine-related subjects
  • Accounts of shadowing experiences
  • Volunteering, teamwork skill, and empathy demonstration

The application deadline is late February or early March.

RCSI: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland

RCSI is a private college in Dublin, Ireland that focuses exclusively on health sciences and medicine. Their medical programme is considered to be one of the best in Ireland, rivalling the quality offered by the IUMC consortium schools in the country. In addition, RCSI is also Singapore Medical Council recognized, which makes it a great destination for those wanting to practice medicine in Singapore upon graduation.

Deadline:February 1st

Academics and Extracurricular Requirements

  • A Levels: A,B,B
  • IB Program: 36+, HL Chemistry
  • Coursework: Chemistry, Biology, Math, Physics

Extracurriculars, school clubs, and leadership positions demonstrating teamwork skills, empathy, and communication will help your applications stand out. It is highly recommended for students to have volunteering experiences, especially ones that are related to medical or care settings.

Students are considered competitive if they completed doctor shadowing in clinics or hospitals prior to applying.

Application Requirements

Personal Statement


The personal statement is an essential part of the RCSI application for Singaporean applicants. It showcases an applicant’s ability to write as well as their preparedness for medical school. The personal statement should be no longer than 500 words. It outlines:

  • Motivation to study medicine
  • Motivation to Study at RCSI specifically
  • Academic prowess in medicine-related subjects
  • Accounts of shadowing experiences
  • Volunteering, teamwork skill, and empathy demonstration

 

Other Requirements


  • Academic Reference
  • Non-Academic Reference
  • Supplemental documentation of life achievements where relevant

The application deadline is February 1.

 

Interviews


Competitive applicants will be shortlisted to participate in an interview conducted by the school of their choice either in Ireland. Interviews are typically one-on-one or panel. Topics covered in interviews are:

  • Personal character qualities and fit for medicine
  • Motivation to study medicine
  • Knowledge of the field
  • Knowledge of public health
  • Medical ethics and situational judgement
  • Teamwork
  • Role play
  • Motivation to study at the specific university

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