Course Title: Medicine
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 5 Years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2013/14 the Student Contribution Charge will be €2,500 and the Capitation Fee will be €155.
Entry Requirements: HC3 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and passes at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and Mathematics. A minimum of 480 points at Leaving Certificate is required, and students must also sit the HPAT-Ireland (Health Professionals Admissions Test – Ireland) exam and combine the results of this with the Leaving Certificate.
Entry Points: 2012: 738 points
Course Code: CK701
Few fields can compete with Medicine in terms of the wide variety of opportunities available to the graduate. For most doctors, their professional lives are centred on caring for people in the community or in the hospital setting. In this context, doctors are often the centre around which the healthcare of the patient revolves, interacting with all other members of the healthcare team. However, doctors are also leaders in biomedical research, in the development of new understanding of normal and abnormal bodily function, diagnostic methods and therapies. Doctors are also engaged in the study of patterns of disease in the community; others work in pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health insurance companies, and in the management of health and safety in the workplace.
Subjects for CK701
Foundation in Medical Science integrated modules – Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology • Clinical Science Practice • Professional Development • Behavioural Science • Communication Skills • Student Selected Option
Foundation in Medical Sciences continued – Pathology, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Clinical Science and Practice (including General Practice attachments) • Behavioural Science • Student Selected Option
Foundation in Medical Science continued – Manifestations of Disease, Fundamentals of Therapy • Clinical Science and Practice – includes fulltime clinical attachments in community and hospital settings • Epidemiology and Public Health • Research Methodology • Behavioural Science • Student Selected Option
Fundamentals of Adult Disease (includes rotations in community and hospital settings) • Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine (includes rotations in
community and hospital settings) • Reproduction, Pregnancy, Child Health and Development (includes rotations in community and hospital settings) • Ethical, Legal and Governance Issues in Healthcare • Clinical Elective
Senior Clinical Rotations: sub-internships in Internal Medicine and General Practice • Surgery • Obstetrics and Gynaecology • Paediatrics and Child Health • Research and Professionalism
The Medical curriculum in UCC is firmly rooted in the basic Medical Sciences of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry but places special emphasis on clinical instruction. A distinctive feature is small group, patient-centred teaching where students learn the skills of listening and communicating, history-taking and clinical examination under the watchful eye of highly qualified clinical lecturers. Our curriculum aims to further integrate basic and clinical science, behavioural science and clinical practice in order to promote a holistic yet scientific and evidence-based approach to patient care. The Medical curriculum at UCC reflects current best practice in Medical Education and is under constant review and evaluation. From the beginning of their Medical Education, students learn clinical skills and professionalism alongside basic Medical sciences so that new knowledge is acquired in an integrated, patient-centred and holistic way. The curriculum is further enhanced by a wide range of Student Selected Modules ranging from research projects to humanities’ workshops (e.g. Art and Medicine, Creative Writing). Research is a key element of UCC Medical Education, and all students complete a Research Project in their Final Year.
Year 3 Modules:
- HC3 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and passes at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and Mathematics.
- Students are required to achieve a minimum of 480 Leaving Certificate points and meet the subject requirements for matriculation in the same sitting of the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. Students are also required to present the required Admissions Test (HPAT-Ireland) completed within the 2-year period immediately preceding admission to the Medicine programme.
- Applicants who have previously been unsuccessful in any Medicine programme are deemed not to be “in good standing” and will only be considered for admission to UCC’s Medicine programmes. These applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to be considered by the relevant Programme Board. Applicants should include any details of extenuating circumstances along with their application.
- Students whose mother tongue is not English must provide evidence of English Language ability
- Mature applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and may be called for an interview. A HC3 Chemistry and either Physics or Biology in the Leaving
Certificate or equivalent is required, as well as the HPAT Exam. There are four places available on this course for mature applicants.
EU Applicants: Application to the first year of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply on-line at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry. Students must also apply for the HPAT-Ireland (Health Professionals Admissions Test – Ireland) exam.
Much of the academic teaching takes place in UCC’s Brookfield Health Sciences Complex. Facilities include an IT lab, a state of the art clinical skills laboratory (including a mock ward) and communication skills rooms complete with audio-visual recording equipment.
See http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/medicine/med002.html for details on assessment for Medicine modules.