Studying Medicine In Ireland


Introduction and Overview of Medical Education in Ireland

All Irish undergraduate medical degrees, whether direct or graduate entry, are of the same standard and all the medical schools and the programmes they deliver are approved by the Medical Council in Ireland.  Irish universities award medical degrees with different titles, due to the legal, historical, and cultural context of their foundation and development.

The role of the Medical Council is to protect the public by promoting and ensuring the highest professional standards among doctors.  Processes for setting and monitoring standards at undergraduate, intern and postgraduate levels have been streamlined to ensure that educational standards in Ireland benchmark favourably against the highest standards internationally.  Professional competence requirements have been introduced in recent years, making it a legal obligation for all doctors to keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their professional lives.

The Medical Council also has strong links with international developments in the area of accreditation of medical education and training.  The Medical Council’s Standards are - at an undergraduate level - based on those of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), an international organisation linked to the World Health Organisation (WHO).  A WFME nominee has acted as an external assessor for the Medical Council on medical school visits over a number of years and a member of the Medical Council Executive has acted as a WFME advisor on accreditations in Moldova and Turkey.  The postgraduate standards are informed by those of the Australian Medical Council.  Internationalisation in regulation and quality assurance is welcome on the grounds that it drives up standards through the sharing of good practice and facilitates input from external experts.