StAR Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme

The aim of the Strategic Academic Recruitment (StAR) MD Programme is to accelerate the delivery of innovative, impactful translational research and build on highly skilled clinical expertise to improve modern healthcare issues.

The programme attracts some of the best research talent in Ireland, working across a range of research themes.

About the programme

The StAR MD degree by dissertation is a body of work representing two years of research activity. In order to graduate with the MD degree, you must provide evidence of an original contribution to any area of medicine, surgery, psychiatry or medical science.

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Our partners

Opportunities are available for successful candidates to partner with one of the following:

Blackrock Health - Hermitage
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How to apply

Applications are now being invited from registrars and specialist registrars for the StAR MD programme.

All completed applications must be emailed to no later than Friday, 24 November 2023 and include:

  • An application form
  • A copy of your CV (max. 2 pages)
  • A cover letter (including your research achievements to date and reasons for applying to the StAR MD Programme)
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For further information on the StAR MD programme or to check eligibility, please contact us.

Please note 

  • Under some circumstances senior house officers (SHOs) may also be eligible to apply.
  • GP applicants must be able to demonstrate at least 24 months' (post-training) relevant clinical practice experience.