University College Cork – Medicine

University College Cork

History of the University

There has been an educational establishment in Cork for over 1,200 years. A recognized Medical School was established in Cork in the 18th century, variously dated between 1722 and 1775.

The first recorded lessons in subjects like Anatomy, Physiology and Surgery date back to 1828, when a Medical School was founded by Henry Augustus Caesar. The school would become officially recognized as Queen’s College Cork in 1849.Medicine was one of the three founding faculties along with Arts and Law.

In 2004, the Faculty of Health Sciences launched a 120 million euro expansion with the development of new state-of-the-art facilities, including the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, a Pharmacy building, and extended academic and research facilities. Today, University College Cork is the principal university in the province of Munster and the largest outside Dublin. UCC has over 12,000 students and an academic staff of over 1,700.

About The Medical School

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 further enhanced by a wide range of student-selected modules, from research projects to humanities’ workshops (e.g. Art and Medicine, Creative Writing). Research is a key element of Medicine at UCC, and all students complete a research project in their final year.


Five-Year Medical Degree

Year 1 Modules:

Person, Culture and Society I; Clinical Science and Practice I, Clinical Science and Practice I; Foundations of Medicine 1 – Introductory Human Biology; Foundations of Medicine 2 – Cardiovascular Biology; Foundations of Medicine 3 – Respiratory Biology and Metabolism; Foundations of Medicine 4 – Gastrointestinal; Nutritional and Metabolic Biology

Year 2 Modules:

Person, Culture and Society II; Clinical Science and Practice II; Foundations of Medicine: Medical Pharmacology; Foundations of Medicine: Mechanisms of Disease; Foundations of Medicine – Neuroscience; Bone Metabolism, Renal Mechanisms of Homeostasis and Associated Anatomy

Year 3 Modules:

Epidemiology for Evidence Based Healthcare; Clinical Science and Practice III; Clinical Science and Practice IV; Clinical Science and Practice V; Foundations of Medicine: Fundamentals of Therapy; Foundations of Medicine: Manifestations of Disease

Year 4 Modules:

Psychiatry; Behavioral Medicine; Reproduction, Pregnancy, Child Health and Development; Fundamentals of Adult Disease; Forensic Medicine and the Coroner’s Court; Research and Professionalism in Medicine I

Year 5 Modules:

Principles and Practice of Surgery; Principles and Practice of Internal Medicine and General Practice; Principles and Practice of Pediatrics and Child Health; Principles and Practices of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Research and Professionalism in Medicine II

Four-Year Entry Medicine Degree

Year 1 Modules:
Fundamentals of Medicine I; Fundamentals of Medicine II; Fundamentals of Medicine III; Integrated Patient-centered Clinical Science and Practice;Health and Disease in Society I

Year 2 Modules:
Fundamentals of Medicine IV; Junior Clinical Elective; Professionalism and Patient Centered Practice; Clinical Medicine 1; Health, Disease and Society II; Clinical Medicine II

Student Selected Module (5 credits each):
Advanced Anatomical Skills; Psychological Medicine; Biomedical Design; Palliative Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach; Health Information Systems and e-Health; Maritime Medicine; Medical Research Project; Writing Skills for Medical Students – Fiction and Fact; Student Selected Special Study Module in Medicine; Physical Activity, Exercise and Sports Medicine; Business Skills in Medicine; Mitigating Medical Error; Malnutrition and Nutrition Support; Library Project in Medicine III; Introduction to Evidence-based Practice in Medicine; Medical Ethics, Legal Medicine and Moot Court; Genetic Research in Human Disease

Year 3 Modules:
Psychiatry; Behavioral Medicine; Reproduction, Pregnancy, Child Health and Development; Fundamentals of Adult Disease; Forensic Medicine and the Coroner’s Court; Research and Professionalism in Medicine I

Year 4 Modules:
Principles and Practice of Surgery; Principles and Practice of Internal Medicine and General Practice; Principles and Practice of Pediatrics and Child Health; Principles and Practices of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Research and Professionalism in Medicine II

Teaching Hospitals

The primary teaching hospital is Cork University Hospital. The majority of the core medical rotations are located in the hospital. The hospital provides a local general service and a specialist tertiary referral service. It is the major accident center for the South of Ireland and forms the center of a network of teaching hospitals.

The Mercy University Hospital provides bedside teaching in Medicine, Surgery, Clinical Pharmacology, and Child Health and Gynecology. The South Infirmary-Victoria Hospital is the regional centre for ENT and Dermatology services. Bon Secours Health System has two large hospitals in Cork and Kerry providing a wide range of clinical teaching in Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics and Anaesthesia. University Hospital Waterford is a bed teaching hospital offering a wide range of speciality services including a busy Emergency Department. The hospital is a designated National Cancer Control centre. Additional teaching hospitals affiliated with UCC include Kerry General Hospital for Surgery, Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, South Tipperarary Hospital, Mallow General Hospital, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork, Marymount University Hospital and Bantry General Hospital.

Entry Requirements

FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM: Students entering directly from high school with IB Examinations (including chemistry at Higher Level) or with AP examinations and/or high school graduates who have taken college/university level courses and will not earn a bachelor’s degree by September of the year of entry will be considered for the program.

FOUR-YEAR PROGRAM: A bachelor’s degree and MCAT are required. The MCAT can be written as late as April of the year of entry and a bachelor’s degree must be awarded before the September entry. The four-year course is also referred to as the Graduate Entry Medicine Program (GEM).

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



GEM Brochure (downloadable)
Graduate Entry Medicine Brochure (downloadable)
5-Year Program Brochure (downloadable)
5-Year Program Brochure (downloadable)

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