Medicine - Doctor of Medicine - Research

Develop your skills as a researcher at RCSI

You will have a range of resources, research development opportunities and training at your disposal during your MD, including:

Core and optional modules as part of our research development training – all MD scholars are expected to complete the Postgraduate Essentials (PC01) and Research Ethics and Integrity (PC04) core modules as part of their degree.

Access to the Opens in new windowVitae Researcher Development Framework, which allows you to map your competencies, identify areas for improvement and develop transferable skills

International placements – we have a competitive award for those without funding who can apply for three-month international secondment award (RCSI-funded).

Dissemination of your research. The perfect starting point for this is our Opens in new windowannual Research Day; apply for a poster or oral presentation and practice key presenting and communication skills.

Dedicated write-up space in our Postgraduate Suite in our new Library.

Entry requirements

To be considered eligible for the programme, you must:

• Hold the degree of MB/BAO/BCh or equivalent medical degree, plus a minimum of a one-year internship.

• Be eligible for full registration with the Irish Medical Council.

• Have an RCSI supervisor with whom you have agreed the topic of your thesis and the logistical details for your candidature (e.g. start date, location for initial research training etc.).

You will also need to supply a copy of an academic IELTS examination, or equivalent (for candidates whose first language is not English).

See link to Englis Language Requirements:


Each unique Medical Doctorate (MD) project is carried out over a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years (full-time) (Doctoral Award NFQ Level 10).

Within this time you will be guided through your research project with the support of your supervisors and the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies.


EU applicants: €4,700 (per annum)

Non-EU applicants: €12,800 (per annum)

If you chose to complete the programme on a part-time basis – over a minimum of four years – the fees are as follows:

•EU applicants: €2,350 (per annum)

•Non-EU applicants: €6,400 (per annum)

Please note

•An additional NUI fee of €45 (per annum) applies for Years 1 to 3.

•Fees are subject to annual review and can increase by up to 4% per annum.

•It is your own responsibility to register each year. Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification from the degree programme.

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Your future

Your postgraduate degree at RCSI builds skills, expertise and specialist knowledge in your chosen field, in preparation for career pathways across many employment sectors including higher education, health, and industry and entrepreneurial roles.

Your degree will equip you with a transferable skill-set that is highly valued by employers particularly for problem-solving, critical reasoning, thinking in-depth along with the ability to project manage and evidence of a range of ‘soft’ skills, like communication and collaboration.

As a graduate of RCSI, you join a community of over 26,000 alumni worldwide.

With campuses located in Dublin, Dubai, Bahrain and Malaysia, some of the world’s most exciting career opportunities are available to you and your network as a graduate of RCSI.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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