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Core Surgical Training (CST)


How to apply

All applicants for the CST programme at RCSI must:

Applications for CST, beginning in July 2020 are now closed. Applications for July 2021 will open in October 2021.

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 intake process. 

Guidance on eligibility 2020 PDF | 513.2 KB Application checklist 2020 PDF | 548.1 KB Selection process and guide to the marking system PDF | 162.3 KB Guidance on allocation of training places 2020 PDF | 662.4 KB

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Trainee Progression Data which includes information around the progression of trainees from each stage of training – particularly for their appointment onto the CST programme and progression to specialty training.

Trainee Progression Data 2019 PDF | 1649.1 KB