Core Surgical Training (CST)

How to apply

All applicants for the CST programme at RCSI must:

  • Submit evidence to prove eligibility and commencement of registration on the Irish Medical Council at the time of application.
  • Be able to communicate clearly with patients and colleagues (details of which are outlined in the HSE's English language requirements document below).

Please note:

  • Applications for CST 2024 intake are now closed. Applications for 2025 intake (commencing July 2025) will open in October 2024.
Eligibility for IMC Registration Guidance PDF | 832.7 KB Eligibility for the Trainee Specialist Division PDF | 142.7 KB HSE English Language Requirements PDF | 506.3 KB

Further information

For further information on CST, contact us at coreST@rcsi.ie.

Please note

  • There is no limit to the number of times you can apply to the programme.
  • You are expected to be truthful and honest in your application. The submission of false or misleading information will be regarded as a form of professional misconduct – this will lead to permanent disqualification and you may be reported to the Irish Medical Council.

Guidance documents

Below you will find important information/documentation regarding the 2024 intake process.

National Surgical Training Programme – Application Checklist DOC | 244.5 KB CST Intake Guide (including FAQs) 2024 PDF | 1070.7 KB Guidance on Allocation of Training Places PDF | 637 KB