About the School of Medicine

There is a five and a six year medical degree program. Clinical contact with patients is introduced at an early stage, but in the initial years the emphasis is on the basic sciences (Human Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology) and cognitive sciences (Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Medical Informatics, Ethics, Health Promotion) which together provide a basis for understanding modern healthcare delivery.

In the latter years of the program, the emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge and skills of immediate relevance to professional practice. Teaching in this phase includes Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Public Health, and the Principles and Practice of the major Clinical Disciplines. Through bedside teaching, one-on-one mentor-ship, the clinical skills laboratory, and small group tutorials, students are guided to learn the following skills: taking a patient history, conducting an examination, selecting appropriate investigations, interpreting findings and formulating plans of patient care. As they gain experience, they assume greater responsibility through rotations in affiliated hospitals and in community practices.

In addition to teaching and the provision of medical care, all departments are engaged in research, often as interdisciplinary collaboration between University and Hospital.

North American Students Experience

Entry Requirements


  • The course is designed for students entering directly from high school.
  • The minimum requirements for students applying from High School:
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 or 85% in Grade 12 including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics


  1. Students entering directly from high school with AP Examinations.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.5 or 90% in Grade 12 including Chemistry, Biology and Physics or Mathematics
    •  AND AP examinations in Chemistry and Biology with a minimum score of 4 in both examinations
  2. Students entering directly from high school with IB Examinations.
    • Applicants must present a minimum score of 36 IB Diploma points (exclusive of bonus points). The IB Diploma must comprise a minimum of six subjects (three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level), which must include Chemistry at Higher Level (with a minimum score of 6) and another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) or Mathematics at Higher Level.
      • If Mathematics is presented with Chemistry at Higher Level, another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) must also be presented at Standard Level.
  3. Students who are currently enrolled in college/university but who will not have earned a bachelor’s degree by August of the year of entry*
  4. Applicants applying with a bachelor’s degree (MCAT not required).*

*Students who have completed one or more years of university OR who have received an undergraduate degree will be assessed on an individual basis but are expected to present courses in Chemistry, Biology and either physics or mathematics, with minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.

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

International Electives

The School of Medicine has a strong international network and students have the opportunity to gain experience overseas as part of the electives programme. Students complete clinical electives before the final medical year. These can be undertaken in a hospital, clinic or research laboratory of the student’s choice at home or abroad.

The medical school organizes information sessions where students are provided guidance on how to arrange clinical electives and also receive advice on preparing for and taking USMLE and Canadian Board Examinations.

Click below to view a list of medical centres, hospitals and clinics where NUI Galway students have pursued their clinical electives in North America in recent years. Note that it is not an exhaustive list, as students also undertake Summer Electives that are not tracked by the medical school.

Teaching Hospitals

Merlin Park Hosptial, National University Ireland, Galway

The main teaching hospital of the Medical School is University College Hospital Galwaya 500-bed referral and tertiary-level hospital. UCHG is located immediately adjacent to the main university campus, facilitating the integration of clinical and basic teaching.

Merlin Park Hospital, also located in Galway City, is the second designated teaching hospital. Eight additional affiliated hospitals throughout the region are linked to the Galway Medical School.

In all, these ten hospitals affiliated with the Medical School draw on a catchment area with a population of approximately one million people. The hospital departments encompass all of the important clinical and laboratory disciplines, including:

Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, General Practice, the Sub-specialties, the Clinical Laboratory Departments and the Specialist Diagnostic Units.

Applications are now closed for Fall 2024 Entry.

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