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

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Course Code: CK791

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 2016 is €14,580.

2017 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: 2016: 57*


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 Year 1 and the first semester of Year 2, after which it overlaps significantly with Medicine MB, BCh, BAO (Hons).

Year 1 Modules:


  • GM1001  Fundamentals of Medicine I (20 credits);
  • GM1002  Fundamentals of Medicine II (20 credits);
  • GM1003  Fundamentals of Medicine III (15 credits);
  • GM1010  Integrated Patient-centred Clinical Science and Practice (15 credits);
  • GM1020  Health and Disease in Society I (5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:


  • GM2001  Fundamentals of Medicine IV (10 credits); 
  • GM2006  Junior Clinical Elective (5 credits); 
  • GM2013 Professionalism and Patient Centered Practice (15 credits);
  • GM2014 Clinical Medicine 1 (20 credits);
  • GM2020 Health, Disease and Society II (10 credits);
  • GM2105 Clinical Medicine II (10 credits)

Student Selected Module (5 credits each):

  • AN3000 Advanced Anatomical Skills;
  • BH3006 Psychological Medicine;
  • EE3901 Biomedical Design;
  • IP3008 Palliative Care: An Interdiscipliary Approach;
  • IS3101 Health Information Systems and e-Health;
  • MX3001 Maritime Medicine;
  • MX3003 Medical Research Project;
  • MX3005 Writing Skills for Medical Students - Fiction and Fact;
  • MX3006 Student Selected Special Study Module in Medicine;
  • MX3007 Physical Activity, Exercise and Sports Medicine;
  • MX3009 Business Skills in Medicine;
  • MX3010 Mitigating Medical Error;
  • MX3011 Malnutrition and Nutrition Support;
  • MX3012 Library Project in Medicine III;
  • MX3013 Introduction to Evidence-based Practice in Medicine;
  • MX3090 Medical Ethics, Legal Medicine and Moot Court;
  • PM3090 Genetic Research in Human Disease 

Year 3 Modules:


  • HC4005  Psychiatry (10 credits);
  • HC4006  Behavioural Medicine (5 credits);
  • CP4003  Reproduction, Pregnancy, Child Health and Development (15 credits);
  • CP4004  Fundamentals of Adult Disease (20 credits);
  • FM4005  Forensic Medicine and the Coroner's Court (5 credits);
  • MX4090  Research and Professionalism in Medicine I (5 credits)

Year 4 Modules:


  • CP5100 Principles and Practice of Surgery (10 credits);
  • CP5200 Principles and Practice of Internal Medicine and General Practice (20 credits);
  • CP5300 Principles and Practice of Paediatrics and Child Health (10 credits);
  • CP5400 Principles and Practices of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (10 credits);
  • MX5090 Research and Professionalism in Medicine II (10 credits)

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

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold by July of the year they wish to enter Graduate Entry to Medicine, a minimum of a second class honours, grade one (2H1 or equivalent) result in their first honours bachelor degree (NFQ level 8).   Applicants must also complete the GAMSAT  (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test).  The candidate with the highest GAMSAT 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 2014. (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: Applicants who are eligible for the Graduate Entry to Medicine course are not 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
Students will be subject to the University'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.




*Finished on random

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.  From Semester 2 of Year  2, students undertake full time clinical placements in hospital and community settings.  These include placements in Cork and the wider Munster region.

Garda Vetting and Infectious Diseases Policy

Fitness to Practise
This programme is 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

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