General Surgery

How to apply

There are two entry routes to Specialty Training in RCSI:

Direct progression from CST 


Equivalent standards route (ESR) – this route applies for trainees who are unsuccessful at progressing direct from CST; may have previously undertaken the CST programme; or may have completed equivalent training elsewhere.

Please note if you are dropping in an application in person you will be required to leave it with security in building 121 (entrance on St Stephen's Green) to be delivered to the Surgical training office, ensure you clearly mark it with the name of the administrator + specialty + Surgical Affairs. The building closes at 5pm so if you are dropping after hours you can leave your envelope with the porters in the main college (entrance on York Street) until 10pm. If you are doing either please email the relevant admin to confirm and we would advise noting the name of the person you leave it with along with time and date).

Please note

  • Applications for the July 2022 intake for Higher Surgical Training is now closed. Applications for the July 2023 intake will open in October 2022.
  • Each surgical specialty is involved in the pre-scoring of applications and may undertake a shortlisting of applicants prior to interview.
  • As there are a limited number of places in Specialty Training programmes, entry is competitive.
  • RCSI works in collaboration with the HSE/NDTP to determine appointment numbers – this is subject to change year-on-year.
  • All applicants should familiarise themselves with the HSE's English language requirements information, guidance on the allocation of places and the guidance on eligibility documentation in advance of completing their application.

Progression data

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the training 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.

Specialty Progression Metrics – 2017-2020 PDF | 995 KB