The MD by dissertation is a substantial body of work representing a minimum of two calendar years of research.

RCSI is committed to supporting an effective supervisory system for students registered for the programme to ensure that students optimise their research and career potential through the programme. A nominated principal and subsidiary supervisor (co-supervisor) will be appointed for each MD student.


MD candidates are required to have obtained the degrees of MB, BCh, BAO and general or trainee specialist registration with the Irish Medical Council.

Applicants should liaise with potential supervisors to have agreed the focus – and in broad outline the nature – of the research they wish to carry out.

Places are competitive and it is expected that interested applicants will have:

  • previously undertaken research or audit projects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level;
  • presented at national or international workshops, meetings or conferences; and
  • publications confirming the quality of this activity.

For informal enquires or questions about the application process please contact