The School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin is a unique institution which was founded in 1711 making it one of the oldest medical schools in Europe. The School, through its educational programmes, strives to be innovative, research-driven and interdisciplinary and today, it is an international leader in biomedical research and education.
The core objective of the School of Medicine is to produce caring medical and allied health professional graduates who will contribute to innovation and excellence in their specialty, maintain a capacity for lifelong learning, and exemplify the empathic skills required to address the problems they face in their practice and in their engagement with the broader community.
Degree: M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O.
Duration: 5 YEARS
Year begins: SEPTEMBER
Number of students: OVER 900
Course Code: TR051
The curriculum is based on a spiral model, where student learning is progressive and becomes more complex at each phase of the curriculum. Each year combines professional development with clinical and biomedical sciences which arre revisited in greater depth or in a more applied fashion. A variety of teaching methods are utilised including Problem Based Learning (PBL) in Year 1, small group teaching, lectures, and demonstrations. Self-directed learning and use of e-learning are encouraged throughout the course.
Students will spend much of their time in Year 1 and 2 based in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute which provides state-of-the-art facilities at the main University campus. There are also excellent teaching and library facilities available at both of the major teaching hospital sites.
Our two main general teaching hospitals, St. James’s’ Hospital and Tallaght Hospital, are up-to-date tertiary level hospitals. They have several specialist units and, importantly for students, are linked by the Red LUAS line (tram system). Students will also undertake clinical placements in our specialist affiliated hospitals in the greater Dublin and Kildare areas and GP placements throughout Ireland.
TCD School of Medicine recognises the nexus between research and teaching and its importance to research–led universities. With this in mind, students are exposed to structured opportunities for research in 4 out of 5 years of the course. At the end of Year 3, students may be permitted to undertake a moderatorship in science in an approved subject. An intercalated MSc in Biomedical Sciences is also available as a one-year full-time programme in one of the following five areas: Molecular Medicine, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Translational Oncology and Healthcare Infection Management. To date, the quality of output has been exceptional, with a number of students publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
TCD is ranked in the world top 1% of universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings). The College fosters a unique sense of community whilst being situated in the heart of Dublin’s city centre and the campus is a rich mix of modern and historic facilities which includes the country’s largest research library. Also of note, our international students represent 118 different nationalities.
New entrants are predominantly accommodated at Trinity Hall in Dartry, near Rathmines – about 2.5 miles from the city centre and easily accessible from Trinity College by bus and LUAS. There are over 1,000 residential rooms at Trinity Hall and a significant number are reserved for new entrants to College. Rooms on campus are primarily reserved for students in their final year and Trinity Scholars.