MBBS in Ireland

Many international students opt to study for MBBS in universities abroad. This course is also popular among Indian students that are planning to do their medicine course abroad.

Ireland is a country that has made substantial investments in the field of education. The universities there offer many courses that international students can study and MBBS is one such popular course. A majority of the medical universities located in Ireland are among the top in the world. The best part is that some of these universities are recognized by the MCI and WHO. Medical universities in Ireland charge only a nominal fee for the high quality of education that they provide.

Why Study MBBS in Ireland

First and foremost, Ireland is an English speaking country. The people are warm and friendly. In addition to all of these, Ireland does not experience extreme temperatures as other places on the same latitude. This is because of the warm ocean currents that surround Ireland on all sides.

The communication language being English, students would be able to communicate in an effective manner with the patients that they encounter. This is true during the period of study as well as during clinical practice.

A medical degree that a student obtains from Ireland is recognized in many parts of the world including countries like India, Canada, USA and some other Asian countries as well.

The Top Medical Universities/Schools in Ireland

The MMBS courses offered by most of the prestigious institutions in Ireland are recognized by the MCI and WHO. Given below is a list of the topmost medical universities in Ireland.

Trinity College, Dublin (TCD)

Founded in 1711, this college is an international leader as far as medical education and biomedical research are concerned. The Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine is located at the Dublin city centre. It is ranked number 117 in the world. This institution is seen as one of the best options for Indian students to study MBBS in foreign countries.

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)

This institution was founded in the year 1784 and was intended to train surgeons. With staff strength of over 950, it is one of the largest institutions which train its students to become doctors. RCI functions in two main campuses and through teaching hospitals.  The institution was named thus because, in the olden days, the surgeons and physicians were trained separately. This RCSI was initially established to train surgeons. However, after establishing a School of Medicine in the year 1886, the training for physicians and surgeons was merged into one.

University College, Dublin (UCD)

Started with the name Catholic University of Ireland, it was later renamed as Royal University. Once again in the year 1908, the name was once again changed to University College Dublin (UCD), the name it bears even today. In the year 1997, UCD was declared an autonomous institution and students were awarded certificates of the National University of Ireland.

University College, Cork (UCC)

Bearing a rank of 351 in the world, the Cork medical school was established in the 19th century. Founded in the year 1845, the institution is known for teaching, quality of research and scholarships. The courses conducted in this college are recognized internationally.

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

Originally known by the name of Queen’s College, it was founded in the year 1845. The gates were thrown open for students in 1849. The medical school was established when the university was founded.

University of Limerick (UL)

One of the newest universities to be set up in Ireland in 1972, it attained a university status only in the year 1989. It has a staff strength of 1313and houses over 11000 students.

RCSI Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons – Medical University of Bahrain has been set up primarily to deliver the highest quality medical education on international standards for aspirants.

Study MBBS in Ireland – Benefits

There are many benefits that Indian students derive when they choose to do the MBBS course in Ireland. Given below are a few of them:

  • The medical schools and universities located in Ireland are recognized across the world.
  • Students from over 50 countries pursue medical education in Ireland.
  • The educational programs delivered by the Irish universities are designed to be of utmost benefits to the students.
  • The MBBS course in Ireland is designed such that the students are given ample opportunities to interact with the patients and also hone clinical practice skills right from the start of the course.
  • Campus placements are common both in the medical schools and the universities of Ireland that offer MBBS course. The best hospitals in Ireland are handpicked by these schools and universities.
  • Getting admitted to an MBBS course in Ireland does not require the student to pay any kind of capitation fees or donations.
  • Indian students will appreciate the fact that the medium of instruction in all the medical universities and schools is English.
  • Research opportunities are provided for the students by most of the medical universities and schools.
  • Some of the Irish medical universities are MCI- and WHO-recognized.

MBBS in Ireland – Course Duration

The MBBS in Ireland is a 6-year course and this includes one year of student internship. There are other different types of medical courses of differing durations of 1, 2, 3 and 4 years.

Other applied courses that students can take up are Biomedical Engineering, Paediatrics, Pathology, Bachelor of Nursing, Radiology, Bachelor of Science course in Podiatry, Speech and Language Therapy etc.

Syllabus for MBBS in Ireland

Year I

  • Human Biology
  • Respiratory Biology
  • Cardiovascular Biology
  • Metabolism
  • Gastrointestinal, Nutritional and Metabolic Biology

Year II

  • Pharmacology
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Bone Metabolism
  • Renal Mechanisms of Homeostasis and Associated Anatomy

Year III

  • Epidemiology for Evidence-Based Health-Care
  • Clinical Science and Practice III, IV and V
  • Fundamentals of Therapy
  • Manifestations of Disease

Year IV

  • Psychiatry
  • Behavioural Medicine
  • Reproduction
  • Pregnancy
  • Child Health and Development
  • Fundamentals of Adult Disease
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Coroner’s Court

Year V

  • Principles and Practice – Surgery
  • Principles and Practice – Internal Medicine
  • Principles and Practice – Pediatrics and Child Health
  • Principles and Practice – Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Research and Professionalism in Medicine II

MBBS in Ireland – Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must have attained 18 years of age
  • Students must have a valid NEET score; they should have cleared the NEET examination to go and study abroad
  • Students must have cleared the 10 + 2 or equivalent exam with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects and scored at least 60%
  • Foundation programs and diploma courses are available for those students that have scored near 50% (however, these courses are also tough)
  • High scores in IELTS and TOEFL are required as proof of proficiency in the English language

MBBS in Ireland – Costs

As far as the costs are concerned, the MBBS course in Ireland is costlier than in other countries. The average cost for the course works out to between 24 lakhs and 36 lakhs per annum. This would repeat for the 6 years of study. Thus the total tuition cost would come to about 1.5 Cr for all of the six years.

The other expenses are those for food, accommodation, stationery, textbooks, utilities, living expenses, entertainment, etc. these would come up to about 6  to 10 lakhs per annum. For the six years, this amount would come up to 50 to 60 lakhs per annum. Thus the grand total would go up to approximately 2 Cr for the whole period.

Visa Requirements

Any student that plans to stay on in Ireland for more than 3 months requires a student visa. The visa can be applied for before a period of three months prior to the date of travel to Ireland. With such a visa in hand, the student can stay on only in Ireland. Another rule is that a student cannot move from a degree program to a non-degree program or a language course during this period.

MBBS in Ireland – Admission Procedure

  • The admission procedure usually starts in the months of June/July every year.
  • The application requirements for the MBBS course vary by the university in Ireland. However, the generalized admission procedure is as follows:
  • All students applying for undergraduate courses have to apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English have to prove their proficiency through tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum score in TOEFL for such students is 6.0.
  • Students have to appear for the HPAT test and will be gauged for their communication skills, logical reasoning ability and problem-solving capability. The HPAT score is combined with certain other scores to determine eligibility.
  • Students should be ready to complete 1 year of internship after completion of their MBBS course.

MBBS in Ireland – Documentation Required

A study visa

For acquiring a study visa a student needs:

  • Passport size photo (latest)
  • Letter of acceptance from an Irish University for the MBBS full-time course
  • Minimum score in IELTS/TOEFL
  • Proof of payment of course fees (receipt)
  • Bank statement showing a balance of INR 5/6 lakhs
  • Proof of medical insurance (private medical insurance company)
  • Proof that the sponsor will be capable of spending 5-6 lakhs per year for every year of the course (outside of the fees and living expenses)

Bank account balance of at least 7000 euros in the bank

MBBS in Ireland – Accommodation and Hostel Facilities

Campus accommodation is available for students but it is expensive. They can choose the catered option or the self-catered option. For the catered option students, food can be had from the mess at a fixed cost. The accommodation has to be paid for in two instalments. A self-catered student can rent their own accommodation. They can take the rented place on lease for 9 to 12 months. The rent can be paid in every month. They should also pay a deposit of one month’s rent to the owner which is paid back when the student vacates the accommodation. The student is also free to choose a paying guest option.