This article aims to inform you about all you need to know as an international student looking to study medicine in Ireland. We focus on things like entry requirements, application procedures fees and more. 


It takes about six years to complete a medical degree in Ireland. 


  • The entry requirements will differ depending on what university in Ireland you are applying to. 
  • Overall, every Irish university will require you to have a score of 480 on the Irish Leaving Certificate, which is equivalent to about 36 points in the International Baccalaureate.  
  • This means that you need to get an A in three of your A-Level subjects. 
  • For your GCSEs, you need to have obtained at least a Grade C in English, Maths, a foreign language, and science.  
  • And for your A-Levels, you will need to have taken chemistry, and either biology or physics. And got a Grade C or above in each. 
  • If you are a non-native English speaker you will be required to provide a certificate proving your English proficiency.  
  • You will need to score at least 6.0 in every component of the IELTS test and have an overall score of between 6.0 and 6.5.  


  • The entrance exam that you will need to take is the Health Professions Admission Test (HPAT).   
  • This test costs about £127 and takes place in February.  
  • This exam tests several of your abilities, your understanding of people’s intentions, actions, and so on. It also tests your skills in solving problems and nonverbal analysing. 
  • You can find more information about HPAT here –  


  • The application fee is £45.  
  • You can apply online, directly through the university’s website, under the course that you have chosen. 

In most cases the documents you will need to submit when completing your application include  

  • A copy of your passport 
  • Your cv 
  • Documentation of your school grades 
  • The score you have obtained on your IELTS test 
  • A copy of your birth certificate 
  • Two recommendation letters 

Depending on the university you are applying to, you might be asked to submit some other documents as well. 


The deadline to meet for your application to a university in Ireland is early February. 


A medical course for an undergraduate student, studying in Ireland, costs anywhere from £32,979 to £45,921 a year. 


  • If you are looking to apply for an undergraduate medicine degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, you might be eligible Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship.  
  • This scholarship provides the recipient with £20,866.  
  • To receive this scholarship, you will need to have lived in the EU for at least 3 years before applying and have really good grades.  
  • More information about how to apply for this scholarship can be found on the RCSI website. 

We hope this article has left you feeling informed and closer to being able to make a confident decision when it comes to it. If you would like to read up on more countries and how this process might differ in them, please do have a look at our other articles on this topic. 

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