Medicine (Graduate Entry) MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) - CK791

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Course Title: Medicine (Graduate Entry)

College: Medicine and Health

Medicine (Graduate Entry)

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full tuition fees must be paid as Graduate Entry to Medicine is not covered under the Free Tuition Fees Scheme. The fee for Graduate Entry to Medicine in 2014 was €14,330.

Entry Requirements: Graduate Entry to Medicine (CK791): Applicants must hold, or expect to hold by July of the year they wish to enter Graduate Entry Medicine, a minimum of second class honours, grade one (2H1 or equivalent) result in their first honours bachelor degree (NFQ level 8). Applicants must also have taken the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Entry Points: *55 in 2014

Course Code: CK791


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.

Course Details

The Medicine curriculum in UCC is rooted in the basic Medical Sciences of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, but also places emphasis on clinical instruction. A distinctive feature is small-group, patient-centred teaching, in which students learn the skills of listening and communicating, history-taking and clinical examination.

The Medicine curriculum at UCC reflects current best practice in medical education and is under constant review and evaluation. The curriculum is enhanced by a range of student-selected modules, from research projects to humanities’ workshops (e.g. Art and Medicine, Creative Writing). Research is a key element, and all students complete a research project in their final year.

This is a four-year course in which the Biomedical Sciences are compressed into 40 weeks in Year 1 and the first semester of Year 2, after it overlaps significantly with Medicine MB, BCh, BAO (Hons).

Year 1
Core modules:

  • Fundamentals of Medical Science integrated modules – including Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Physiology
  • Clinical Science and Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Behavioural Science
  • Communication Skills

Year 2
Core modules:

  • Fundamentals of Medical Science integrated module – including Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Physiology 
  • Clinical Medical Science (including General / Family Practice attachments) 
  • Clinical Elective 
  • Behavioural Science and Communication Skills
  • Student Selected option

Year 3
Core modules:

  • 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

Year 4
Core modules:

  • Senior Clinical Rotations: sub internships in 
  • Internal Medicine & General Practice 
  • Surgery 
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Research and Professionalism

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

GAMSAT: Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of their GAMSAT score (i.e. the candidate with the highest score will receive the first offer; the candidate with the next highest score will receive the next offer until all available places are filled). Graduate Entry to Medicine had cut-off points of 55 in 2012. (Please note neither ACER, the graduate-entry schools nor the admissions authorities recommend or endorse any particular texts or preparation courses. Nor do they support any commercially available preparation courses or have any association with commercial courses.)

Mature entrants: For entry from 2013 onwards, applicants who are eligible for the Graduate Entry to Medicine course will no longer be eligible to apply to CK701 as Mature entrants.

  • Applicants who have previously been unsuccessful in any Medicine course are deemed not to be “in good standing” and will only be considered for admission to UCC’s Medicine courses on a case-by-case application basis, to be considered by the relevant Course 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.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

Garda Clearance
All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.  Students must also make a separate application for the GAMSAT  exam. Download the GAMSAT Ireland 2015 Brochure (109kB) for more details on the GAMSAT exam.

Non-EU Applicants:  Please see the International Education Office website .

Course Practicalities

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.

Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here


Written exams take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have written examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

See assessment for Medicine modules.

Further Contact Information

School of Medicine

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