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Studying Medicine and Dentistry in Ireland

Ireland has a long tradition of educating students from all over the world and teaching them the Science and Art of Medicine and Dentistry.

There are many reasons why students from all over the world come to study in Ireland. The first is Ireland’s excellent international reputation for education and globally recognised degrees. The country has an excellent educational infrastructure which has contributed to the country’s well-educated and skilled young workforce. It is therefore not surprising that the world’s top technology, pharmaceutical and biomedical device companies now base their European headquarters in Ireland, along with the European Headquarters of Apple and Google.

Ireland has always had a reputation for producing excellent clinicians. Irish-trained doctors hold leading positions in the world’s top medical institutes. This is due in no small part to the early, consistent and varied clinical exposure that is a hallmark of medical training in Ireland. This clinical excellence is augmented by Irish graduates’ superb communication and critical thinking skills. Good communication skills are intrinsic to the practice of Medicine and Dentistry and Irish-trained doctors have a unique ability to explain, to teach and to communicate information.

Scientific research and innovation are part of Ireland’s national strategy. Research features highly in Irish medical education and all of the medical schools have diverse research portfolios and are aligned with leading research institutes.


All of our Universities have well-developed student health, student welfare and student support services. There is a strong emphasis on sports and recreation and all of the universities have outstanding sports and exercise facilities including state of the art running tracks and gyms. The large number of clubs and societies are a great way to learn new skills and make new friends.


University campuses have a range of onsite restaurants, cafes, banks, bookshops and convenience stores. All of the universities have advanced IT and e-learning platforms along with dedicated language centres. Student accommodation consists of high-quality security-monitored residences either on campus or a short walk away (usually self-catering apartments with en-suite bedrooms).


Due to their long history in international student admissions, our universities have excellent International Student Offices providing a one-stop shop on all aspects of coming to live and study in Ireland including advice, visa requirements, application procedures, accommodation and support services. Student orientation programmes for international students commence before term starts and all students are assigned experienced mentors. Students settle in quickly, helped by peer support from other students, in particular the large number of international students.



Another reason for studying in Ireland is the Five-Star student experience. Ireland is considered ‘The World’s Friendliest Country’ by the Lonely Planet Guide and is an extremely easy place to settle into as a new student. It is a beautiful country with an unspoiled natural landscape – full of rugged mountains, rivers, lakes and magnificent beaches. Ireland is ideal for hiking, cycling, surfing, golfing or sailing.

It’s a great place for students! Almost 40% of the population is under the age of 40 and Dublin, Cork and Galway are all vibrant cosmopolitan cities with great restaurants, cafes and nightlife. Ireland is a country steeped in history and culture and the country has numerous music, film, drama and literature festivals, attracting visitors from all over the world. The country is renowned for its singers, musicians, writers and poets and Irish dancing was launched on the world stage by Riverdance.

Tourism and agriculture have always been an important part of the Irish economy. Ireland has a reputation for its great food, which is hardly surprising considering the plentiful supply of fresh produce from the country’s lush pasturelands.

A growing economy, good airline connections, and a great quality of life are just some of the reasons why people from all over the world come to live and work in Ireland.


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


Studying in UCC has been life changing. The campus is a short distance to Cork city centre and student accommodation is within walking distance. The Irish are renowned for their friendliness and I have found them to be extremely warm and welcoming, making it very easy to settle in. The medical faculty (professors and lecturers) have been really impressive, and actively engage students and promote class participation. They are always willing to assist with any problems and this really improves the quality of learning and understanding. Being in UCC also gives you the opportunity to explore new places and is definitely a wonderful and life-changing experience.

Singapore; UCC, Medical Student


When I first came to Cork I was quite nervous as I was not sure what to expect. Having lived here for five years, I can now say that it is an experience I would trade with no other! The support system here is really strong and my journey was eased with the help of my classmates and lecturers. However, despite the busy schedule, I still manage to squeeze in some weekend trips around Cork which is surrounded by gorgeous places for a big fan of nature like me.

UCC; Dental Science Student


I chose UCD mainly for its campus life and also because UCD is known for its research work and the student summer research programme. The programme has been the most interesting aspect of my time here. Research prompts me to think, and it is an avenue where I can finally apply what I have studied so far in medical school.

Malaysia; UCD, Medical Student


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


Coming to National University of Ireland Galway to study medicine has been wonderful. NUI Galway is unique not only in its location but also in the people who work here. People from every department, from lecturers to clinicians, from librarians to administrative staff, have made my journey that much sweeter. I would recommend NUI Galway to any student.

Malaysia; NUIG, Medical Student
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