Medical Commencement Programme

School of Medicine

Programme details


On completing this programme students will receive a Certificate in Foundation Medical Science from the National University of Ireland (NUI), which is a Special Purpose Award at level 6 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.


The MCP comprises 12 modules over two semesters, including biology, chemistry, physics, third-level learning and medical terminology. Teaching methods vary according to the requirements of each module, but typically include lectures, tutorials, group and individual work and self-directed learning and are characterised by small class sizes. Students are also encouraged to participate in laboratory electives designed to enhance their science based modules.