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Trinity College Dublin - Ireland

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin (TCD) was founded in 1592 and is the top ranked university in Ireland.  Using the QS methodology, TCD is ranked 81st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2024).  The Medical School celebrated its Tercentenary in 2011 and has an outstanding reputation.

The TCD medicine degree course is 5700 hours over five years and all teaching, patient contact and examinations are through English.  The 5-year Medicine degree programme is accredited by the Irish Medical Council in accordance with the guidelines set by the World Federation of Medical Education.

The philosophy of Trinity College embeds education within a dynamic research environment. The school has been very successful in establishing a series of internationally recognized programs in basic, translational and clinical research.

  • Dates: Various
  • Length of rotation: Four weeks
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Language requirement: English
  • Student level: M4
  • How to apply: Complete the online application
  • Rotation areas: medicine (general medicine, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, cardiology, medicine for the elderly, rheumatology, endocrinology and renal medicine, ENT, emergency medicine, neurology, dermatology, nephrology), surgery (general surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesia, orthopaedics, radiology, vascular surgery), clinical microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics, psychiatry, public health and primary care

Rotation Details

Visiting medical students may undertake an elective period of study in departments based in teaching hospitals affiliated with the TCD School of Medicine - St. James’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital.

Application Deadline

Northwestern medical students should plan on applying at least eight months early for an elective rotation with Trinity. They receive a lot of interest from international students, and late applications will not be considered. 

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Trinity is not able to provide housing services or dormitory space to visiting medical students, but it can be difficult to rent short-term apartments in Dublin. Their International Office advises visiting students to find private accommodation (i.e., an apartment or a house) in the city centre (Dublin 2) or near St. James’ Hospital (Dublin 7 and 8). It is quite common to share a house/apartment with other international visitors.  Short-term private rentals are advertised through, which is the most popular accommodation website in Ireland and is recommended by students. Students may also visit Trinity’s Accommodation page or the International Students website.


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