About the programme

The MD award is considered a key element in the professional training of registrars and specialist registrars who are on a career trajectory towards consultant level.

Established in 2016, the StAR MD programme offers a highly prestigious and unique opportunity to obtain this award – which is at level 10 on the National Framework of Qualifications – while partnering with one of our participating private hospitals.

The programme encompasses a salaried clinical commitment and funded MD fees sponsored by the private hospital or college, and an RCSI research consumable budget of €10,000 p.a. for two years.

Specific details on the RCSI/ICGP programme are available here

Your proposed research project should reflect one of the following major research themes:

  • Medicine (respiratory, cardiology, gastroenterology and endocrinology)
  • Acute care emergency medicine (including infection, immunity and inflammation)
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurological disorders
  • Rheumatology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Surgical science and practice
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cancer and palliative care
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Vascular biology and diagnostic imaging
  • Gynaecology, obstetrics and perinatal health
  • Paediatrics
  • Anaesthesia and critical care medicine
  • Population health and health science


To be eligible to apply you must have:

  • Obtained general or trainee specialist registration with the Irish Medical Council
  • Previously undertaken research or audit projects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
  • Presentations and publications confirming the quality of you research activity
  • Liaised with potential supervisors to have agreed the focus of the research you wish to carry out. You can identify research supervisors from the RCSI researcher database.

For enquiries please contact: starmd@rcsi.ie