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From your first day in the dissection lab to the start of your clinical training, student life at UCD School of Medicine is a stimulating, diverse and vibrant experience. When you choose Medicine at UCD, you choose early patient contact, a world-class curriculum and an unrivalled calendar of social and extra-curricular activities.

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About Health & Medicine

As a UCD medical student, you will experience a modern, internationally recognised curriculum that introduces patient contact and clinical skills at an early stage. Our modular programmes combine lectures and seminars from leading academics and practitioners, patient-led learning and clinically based real-world education at Ireland's leading network of acute and specialist teaching hospitals.

You will benefit from a range of integrated international study options which will take you all over the world, and you will immerse yourself in the science of medicine through our acclaimed undergraduate student research programme.

All of our programmes are delivered at Ireland's most diverse, student-friendly university.

In your first year, you will be introduced to the science of medicine which underpins our clinical curriculum. You will learn about how the body works, why and how things go wrong, and how to treat and manage disease and ill-health. Teaching methods include small group sessions, practicals and enquiry-based tutorials. You will also be introduced to ethical, societal and technological issues relevant to the practice of medicine.

Your first year is also an opportunity to explore the diversity of university life. Not only can you design your own degree with electives from across UCD, but you will enjoy a student experience that includes almost 100 student societies, 55 sports clubs and a state-of-the-art student sports centre.

Among our accomplished alumni of UCD Health and Medicine are:
  • Prof Courtney Bartholomew, Professor of Medicine and pioneer in AIDS research
  • Dr Hugh Brady, President Emeritus of UCD
  • Prof Martin Carey, Harvard Medical School
  • Anthony Clare, Psychiatrist
  • Dr Ralph De-Vere White, Director Cancer Centre UC Davis
  • Prof Garrett Fitzgerald, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr Patrick Hillary, Former President of Ireland
  • Dr Leslie Lam, Consultant Cardiologist
  • Sr Dr Maura Lynch, Consultant Surgeon Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
  • Prof Trevor McGill, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr Alasdair McDonnell, GP & SDLP Leader
  • Dr Anne Merriman, Founder of Hospice Care in Uganda & Consultant Geriatrician
  • Prof Stephen O'Rahilly, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Sharon Sheehan, Master Coombe Women’s Hospital