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Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

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.

School's Ethos

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.

COURSE DETAILS

Degree: M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O.
Duration: 5 YEARS
Year begins: SEPTEMBER
Location: IRELAND
Number of students: OVER 900

COURSE FEATURES

  • INTEGRATION OF SCIENTIFIC AND CLINICAL MATERIAL AND DELIVERY IN CONTEXT
  • CLINICAL CONTACT FROM YEAR 1 OF THE PROGRAMME
  • RESEARCH MODULE IN YEAR 2
  • PROMOTION OF MULTIPLE ASSESSMENT FORMATS INCLUDING CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT
  • RECOGNITION OF THE PATIENT AS AN ACTIVE PARTNER
  • PRIORITISATION OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CURRICULUM

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.

TEACHING FACILITIES

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.

TEACHING HOSPITALS

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.

RESEARCH

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.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

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.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

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.

YEN YEN HO

I was surprised by how friendly and helpful Irish people were – this helped me settle in immediately in this place I call home for the next five years. It was easy to adapt to the Irish culture as Irish people are warm and approachable and the food is nothing short of delicious!

Studying medicine in Ireland has vastly enhanced my knowledge and the structured clinical opportunities in different hospital rotations has allowed me to gain significant clinical skills. The lecturers are very helpful and the hospital doctors are always happy to include students in the team. Overall, the learning experience has been great and I am looking forward to completing my medical journey here.

Trinity College Dublin; Medical Student

AMBRISH ROSHAN

Dentistry at Trinity College has been an extremely enriching experience. The Dublin Dental Hospital is well  equipped with up- to-date facilities & cutting-edge technology. Highly qualified clinical supervisors and lecturers provide individual guidance and evidence-based training. Students have vast clinical exposure from 2nd year on, hence producing very clinically experienced graduates.

Personally, I enjoy being able to manage my own portfolio of patients, seeing them through to full health and managing every aspect of their oral health. The Bachelor of Dental Science degree opens a myriad of opportunities with graduates being able to practice dentistry almost anywhere in the world, testimony to the high quality of the undergraduate training programme.

Trinity College Dublin; Dental Science Student

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