An MD requires a candidate who has already obtained the MB BCh BAO qualification to attend and perform research activities under the appropriate supervision of RUMC and either RCSI or UCD, for a minimum of 2-years, full-time.


Minimum: 2 years
Maximum: 4 years

Research Fees

Note: It is the postgraduate students’ responsibility to register each year before submission of the thesis.

Failure of students to register will lead to automatic disqualification from the programme.

MD, MCh, MAO Full-time (Euro (€)):
RCSI: €4,340
UCD: €4,600

MD, MCh, MAO Part-time (Euro (€)):
RCSI: €2,170
UCD: €2,305


  • An additional National University of Ireland (NUI) fee of €45 per year applies for years 1 to 3.
  • Please contact RCSI/UCD Fees Office should you have any queries on the fee payment.
  • Do take note of the increase in fee by ~5% per annum.


You are required to possess the following criteria to register for the Structured MD programme at RUMC.

  • An MB Mch BAO degree OR equivalent is eligible for full registration as a medical doctor with the Irish Medical Council)
  • Conducted research for a minimum of two years, full-time.

MD can be awarded, after a minimum of 3 years from the award of above degrees.

English Language Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you are to possess a high standard of written and spoken English.
  • You are to submit IELTS or equivalent language test scores, for both written and spoken English (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge)
  • An IELTS score of 7.0 is desirable, but scores > 6.5 are also accepted.

How To Apply

  • Registration for the programme is to be made via RUMC.
  • Application form (consists of proposal template) to be completed and to be submitted to RUMC Registrar.
  • The Registrar will forward the application to RCSI or UCD upon preliminary review.

Candidates pay EU fees each year until they submit their thesis and are allowed a minimum of three years and a maximum of six years from initial registration to complete their degree. Students who take more than six years must re-apply for registration.

All students must submit annual written reports and present their work in an oral presentation and interview. The progress is reviewed by two independent staff members. Students can only progress to MD after a satisfactory progress assessment at the end of the probationary first year.

All MD candidates must complete a written thesis on their project which is submitted to one external examiner and one internal examiner for examination, as per the institution’s academic regulations. Following the recommendation of the examiners, including successful completion of an oral (viva vace) examination at RCSI or UCD with an independent chair present, an MD may be awarded.