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Options for Pursuing Medicine in Ireland

12th September 2022

Options for Pursuing Medicine in Ireland

With the release of Leaving Cert scores recently, some students may be wondering what options they have for getting into medicine. Irish students are fortunate – there are many options for studying medicine both in Ireland and abroad. This blog describes them in detail.   1. Undergraduate medicine Entry into undergraduate medicine is based on a combination of adjusted leavi ...

 

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Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine

8th September 2022

Ten tips for surviving your first year of Medicine

Medicine is tough, really tough but you’ve made it this far so you’re tougher. First year is a whirlwind and at times can seem overwhelming, but having made it through to the other side of those first few full-on months, I can hand on heart say that everyone is telling the truth when they say college will be the best time of your life. You’ll have ups and downs, I can guarant ...

 

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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to help your Son or Daughter get into Medicine

11th August 2022

ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 Ways to help your Son or Daughter get into Medicine

Great things never come easy. Medicine is an incredibly rewarding, secure, well paid and respected profession in Ireland. It is also the hardest course to get into. Furthermore, the final years of secondary school are a stressful and demanding time for your son or daughter, and the need to sit HPAT places additional pressure on them during this time. Thankfully there are ways ...

 

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Why is the HPAT so important?

1st August 2022

Why is the HPAT so important?

The Leaving Cert, and its points system, is an important part of the process of being eligible to study at university. However, for those who want to study medicine, the HPAT is also an important part of the process. It’s vital to understand why it is so important and why you need to prepare for it. Firstly, the HPAT is important because without it, you cannot study medicine in Irelan ...

 

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How to apply for medicine in the UK as an Irish student

13th July 2022

How to apply for medicine in the UK as an Irish student

UK medical schools have an excellent reputation internationally and many Irish students travel to the UK to study each year. Applications to UK universities are made through UCAS (like the UK version of the CAO). Irish students applying to study medicine in the UK in 2023 can start their UCAS application over the summer before 6th year (applications open on 17 May 2022). They must submit th ...

 

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I didn’t get a good enough HPAT score. What should I do?

25th June 2022

I didn’t get a good enough HPAT score. What should I do?

After spending months working through HPAT guides, completing practise exams and labouring over difficult drills it can be devastating when HPAT results day arrives, and you realise that you have not achieved a good enough HPAT score to get into medicine. It is completely understandable that to feel extremely disappointed, but it is very important that you have a clear idea of the other option ...

 

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HPAT Results: What to do with your CAO

15th June 2022

HPAT Results: What to do with your CAO

HPAT results are usually released in mid to late June. After months of waiting to find out your HPAT results, it can feel quite overwhelming to finally receive them! After all of the hard work and preparation for HPAT, everyone wants to get a great HPAT score. However, it is important to know what to do if things don’t go as well as you had hoped. It’s not the end of the world and ...

 

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Medicine, the HPAT, the CAO and one big mistake to avoid

9th June 2022

Medicine, the HPAT, the CAO and one big mistake to avoid

For any Leaving Certificate students hoping to go on to study medicine, the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test) and the CAO (Central Applications Office) are two well-known abbreviations which are of great importance to you as you prepare for life after the Leaving Certificate. For me, I wasn’t certain until the very end of 6th year as to what exactly I wanted to do after school. ...

 

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9 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School

2nd June 2022

9 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School

There are 5 universities in the Republic of Ireland which offer undergraduate medicine: University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and University College Cork (UCC). It may seem difficult to decide which university is right for you and students often end up making their choice purely b ...

 

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Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022

30th May 2022

Timeline for Medical Entry 2021-2022

Getting into medicine is a complex process. It’s not just about your academic performance, you also need to succeed in HPAT. There are many important deadlines that you must not miss if you are to enter your dream course. This blog outlines the key dates and tasks so you can ensure you keep on track!    Date Deadline Tasks ...

 

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