In Irish universities, undergraduate entry to medicine for school leavers is based on both:
- achieving a minimum of 480 points and meeting the minimum entry requirements for the programme in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent) and
- completing the required admissions test (HPAT-Ireland) within the 2 year period immediately preceding admission to the medicine programme.
There is also a graduate entry route to medicine, for candidates who hold, or expect to hold by the end of the relevant academic year, a high grade result in their first honours bachelor degree (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent, and who sit the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test).
In July 2012 an evaluation of HPAT-Ireland was published based on data from 3 years of operations. The report can be found here HPAT-report-July2012
For further details regarding both undergraduate and graduate entry routes to medicine, please consult the CAO website www.cao.ie