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

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Course Title: Medicine (Graduate Entry)

College: Medicine and Health

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 2012 was €14,580.

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) after 1st September 2011 (for entry in 2013).

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

Subjects for CK791

Year 1

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

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

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

Senior Clinical Rotations: sub internships in • Internal Medicine & 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.

CK791 graduate entry to Medicine is a 4-year course. In CK791, the Biomedical Sciences are compressed into a 40-week first year and the first semester of second year. The content for year one and the first semester of year two is different, but from then onwards there is significant overlap between CK701 and CK791.

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


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

Detailed Entry Requirements

•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.

•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.

•Please link to the GAMSAT

•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.

•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.

This programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policies and Procedures - click HERE for further information.


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 his/her place on the programme in question.  It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether there are any criminal proceedings pending.  The Gardai provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of 6 months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence.  This Certificate should state that the student has no convictions recorded against him or her while residing there.

Application Procedure

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 The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1 stFebruary of the year of entry. Applicants must also have taken the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

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.


See assessment for Medicine modules.

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