Studying Medicine in Ireland
Undergraduate entry to medicine in Ireland for 2019 will be based on:
- Attaining a minimum of 480 CAO points and
- Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the programme and
- Having sat the HPAT-Ireland admissions test within a one year period prior to admission to the undergraduate medical programme.
|"Do not register for HPAT – Ireland 2019 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2019 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the HPAT" HPAT Ireland Information Booklet.|
HPAT – Ireland
HPAT is a 2½ hour multiple-choice test developed and used specifically to assist with the selection of medical students at undergraduate level.
The test is divided into three sections and is designed to assess your logical reasoning and problem solving skills, as well as non-verbal reasoning and the ability to understand the thoughts, behaviour and/or intentions of people.
The test has a strong focus on general skills and personal abilities that have been identified as important for a competent health professional.
HPAT – Ireland is designed to complement academic achievement; it does not test academic knowledge and it does not require special understanding of any academic discipline.
Entry to medical programmes in Ireland is now based on a combination of CAO points and the HPAT score.
The current entry system effectively reduces the advantage of having more than 550 CAO points, as students are only awarded one point for every five above 550 as follows:
Table: Moderated Leaving Cert Points after 550
Students then add their HPAT score to their CAO points in order to compete for a place on a medical degree programme.
A student can gain a maximum score of 865 based on:
Maximum of 300 HPAT points
565 maximum score in the Leaving Certificate exam (after adjustment as per table above).
To calculate your total points:
Total points = Leaving Certificate (adjusted) + HPAT score
Up to 550 LC points: no adjustment
More than 550 LC points: every 5 points = 1 adjusted point
Maximum LC score of 621-625 = 565 adjusted points
Example : If your LC points are 565, and HPAT score is 190:
Adjusted LC points become 553 (See table above)
Total points are 553+190=743
In 2018, entrants needed upwards of 724 points to get into medicine:
Minimum entry level points: 724 points (in NUI Galway) - not everyone on these points got in.
Maximum: 731 points (in UCD and TCD) - not everyone on these points got in.
To view more information on the HPAT Test and deadlines click here.
The HPAT Ireland test took place on Saturday 23rd February 2019.
|Click here to download HPAT - Ireland 2019 Information Leaflet|
There are free HPAT Practice Tools available from sites such as KAPTEST Global.
Studying Medicine in the UK or Europe
Undergraduate medical schools in the UK are accessible through the UCAS application system. As in Ireland, they require HPAT-type assessments, alongside high academic results, which means that in many ways it is as difficult for Irish students to secure places in UK colleges as in Irish ones.
One route that has been popular in recent years is the option of studying medicine in Europe. Medical schools have had their degrees fully accepted and recognised by the Irish Medical Council under the reciprocal arrangements that operate within the EU.
Unfortunately, many of the medicine and veterinary programmes in EU universities are more expensive, at about €10,000 (though this can vary from country to country).