Candidates must have an RCSI supervisor with whom they have agreed the topic for their thesis and the logistical details for their candidature, for example start date, location for initial research training and so on.
Candidates pay fees each year until they submit their thesis and are allowed a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years from initial registration to complete their degree. Students who take more than 4 years full-time must re-apply for registration.
All students submit annual written reports and present their work in an oral presentation and interview. Progress is reviewed by two staff members and an independent chairperson who decide on the continued registration of each student each year. Students can only progress to MD after a satisfactory progress assessment at the end of the probationary first year.
Students have access to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework system to define their competencies, indentify weaknesses and develop transferable skills.
All MD candidates complete a written thesis on their project which is submitted to one external examiner and one internal examiner* for examination. Following the recommendation of the examiners, including successful completion of an oral (viva voce) examination at RCSI with an independent chair present, an MD may be awarded.
[*Members of academic staff require examination by two external examiners.]