Entry Requirements

The medical programs in Ireland range from four to six years in length.

If you are unsure about program eligibility, submit an Application Request. After we receive your submission, we will write to you within 1 – 2 business days regarding program eligibility, application instructions, admissions requirements, deadlines, and other guidelines.

Six-Year Courses: 

1. Designed for applicants entering directly from High School and who have taken biology, chemistry, and either physics or mathematics.

2. Applicants currently attending College/University but will not have an undergraduate degree by the September entry. If in this category, you may also be eligible for a 5-Year Program. The Admissions Committees will determine the program to which you are most suited based on your academic background.

  • University College Dublin – No longer accepting new applications 
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain

Five-Year Courses:

Directly from High School with specific subjects and scores in the IB Examinations (including chemistry at Higher Level) or with AP examinations in biology, chemistry and either physics or calculus. Candidates who have completed one or more years of college/university are usually considered for the 5 Year Program.**

  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin – No longer accepting new applications 
  • Trinity College Dublin*
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain

*IB Examinations Only – Applicants are required to undertake all six IB examinations in one examination session.

**This option does not apply to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain

Four-Year Courses: Graduate Entry Medicine Program (GEM)

An undergraduate degree and MCAT are required. The MCAT must be written before May 1st of the year of entry and an undergraduate degree must be awarded before September entry.

  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin** – No longer accepting new applications 
  • University of Limerick***
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland***

**University College Dublin: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.08 and minimum MCAT requirement of 503. The MCAT must be written within 2 years of the date of entry. e.g. test dates no earlier than August 2019 for 2021 entry.

***University of Limerick and The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland: The MCAT must have been written within three years. e.g. test dates no earlier than 2018 for 2021 entry.

Additionally, applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree before September Entry are eligible to apply to the 5-Year programs. (MCAT not required)

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain

Atlantic Bridge will provide specific guidance on your eligibility based on the information you submit on your Application Request Form.

There are four medical schools that require an online interview:

  • University College Dublin (online only) – No longer accepting new applications 
  • University of Limerick
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Bahrain

Important Note: Since the advent of COVID-19 Interviews will be conducted online.