Master in Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
EFMD Equis Accredited

Master in Medicine

Trinity College Dublin

About the course

The Master in Medicine is offered to EU and non-EU medical graduates in training who wish to develop their research skills, broaden their research interests, and develop advanced knowledge in selected areas of clinical and scientific practice.

The course syllabus and curriculum have been developed following consultation with medical trainees in Ireland to ensure that the course fulfills their needs in terms of higher medical training at national and international level.

A substantial amount of postgraduate medical training takes place in university teaching hospitals; however trainees have few opportunities to maximise integration with the university environment to progress their training needs. In addition postgraduate training incorporates very little time for research. It is vital that trainees are equipped with an ethos of enquiry-led practice and research skills from the earliest possible postgraduate period in order to maximise their potential research output.

Who should apply

The course is open to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Medically qualified (MB, BCh, BAO or hold an equivalent qualification from a recognised medical school)
  • Registered with the Medical Council of Ireland (or equivalent overseas regulatory body)
  • Have at least 2 years’ post registration experience(candidates with less experience may be accepted on a caseby-case basis).

In addition each candidate will attend for interview to determine suitability for the course.

Course Objectives

The course aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and competence to:

  • Work at an advanced level in clinical practice, and to develop and sustain evidence-based practice
  • Understand the principles of health service management
  • Communicate effectively with others and work as part of a team
  • Formulate research hypotheses, design experimental studies and conduct research
  • Statistically analyse data, write research reports and critically appraise research

In addition to obligatory “core” modules, students will be able to choose optional modules from a Molecular and Translational Medicine strand or a Population Health and Health Implementation strand according to their chosen career pathway. Their research project will also reflect their chosen optional pathway of learning.

Course Content

Students will be required to complete twelve taught modules, the six core modules (30 ECTS*) and six optional modules (30 ECTS) from Strand A or Strand B as listed below:

Core Modules :

  • Professional and Ethical Practice of Medicine (5 ECTS)
  • Research Skills I (5 ECTS)
  • Research skills II (5 ECTS)
  • Health Services Management (5 ECTS)
  • Health Informatics (5 ECTS)
  • Patient Safety for Clinical Specialists (5 ECTS)

Strand A: Molecular + Translational Medicine

  • Cellular Biology and Cell signalling Mechanisms (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Genetics and Development (5 ECTS)
  • Molecular Oncology (5 ECTS)
  • Molecular mechanisms of human disease I (5 ECTS)
  • Molecular mechanisms of human disease II (5 ECTS)
  • Practical Aspects of Molecular and Cellular Biology (5 ECTS)
  • Clinical Skills (5 ECTS)

Strand B: Public Health and Health Implementation

  • Public Health for Clinical Specialists (5 ECTS)
  • Global Health for Clinical Specialists (5 ECTS)
  • Teaching and Learning for Clinical Specialists (5 ECTS)
  • Health Economics (5 ECTS)
  • Pharmaco-epidemiology and drug safety (5 ECTS)
  • Clinical Skills (5 ECTS)
  • Developing and Prescribing Medicines for Special Populations (5 ECTS)
  • The Role of Biological and Advanced Therapies in Current Clinical Practice (5 ECTS)

To graduate with a Master in Medicine students must complete the equivalent of 90 ECTS: 60 ECTS for the taught components and 30 ECTS for the research project.

Research Project (30 ECTS*)

The research project will be developed in parallel with the taught components of the course in consultation with the assigned research supervisor. Students will engage in original research and report their findings in a dissertation. The dissertation must establish that a significant piece of research has been performed and reported to an acceptable standard, i.e. suitable for publication in an established, peer-reviewed journal.

Course Location

The modules will be run primarily in the Trinity Centre in St. James’s Hospital. Some sessions may also be held in Tallaght Hospital and the Biomedical Sciences Institute (Trinity College main campus).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 29, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
30,133 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Ireland Dublin
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 30,133 EUR
EU €15,198 NON-EU €30,133