Core Surgical Training (CST)

How to apply

All applicants for the CST programme at RCSI must:

Applications for CST commencing July 2021 are now closed. Applications for the July 2022 intake will open in October 2021. Please check back for more details closer to the time.

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.

CST intake frequently asked questions PDF | 455.2 KB Application checklist 2021 PDF | 572.9 KB Selection process and guide to the marking system PDF | 162.3 KB Guidance on allocation of training places 2021 PDF | 667.9 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.

Training progression data 2020 PDF | 730.8 KB