Congratulations on your decision to pursue medicine as a career! Medicine is an interesting, valued and rewarding profession. The process of getting into medicine can be confusing, so here’s an introduction.
Criteria for getting into medicine
The minimum points required to get into medicine varies from year to year and between universities, but a total of at least 720 points is generally required. This is the addition of:
- Your adjusted Leaving Certificate points and
- Your overall HPAT score
Let’s consider each of these in turn.
Adjusted Leaving Certificate Points
In determining entry into medicine, Leaving Certificate Examination points are adjusted as follows:
• Students who obtain 550 points or less: no adjustment to points
• Students who obtain higher than 550 points: each additional 5 points achieved over 550 points is adjusted to 1 point. Therefore, the highest adjusted leaving certificate points possible when applying for medicine is 565.
The maximum score that can be achieved in HPAT is theoretically 300, but in reality anyone who gets 200 or more has done exceptionally well in HPAT, and is in the top 1% of candidates sitting HPAT.
The HPAT overall score is a weighted sum of your section scores. The three sections are weighted as follows: Section 1 (40%), Section 2 (40%) and Section 3 (20%). ACER does not release how they calculate HPAT scores.
Also remember that you need to achieve certain minimum subject requirements in subjects such as English, Irish, third language, maths and various sciences to be eligible for entry into medicine.
Applying for medicine
MedEntry recommends that students interested in medicine apply to all universities in Ireland offering the degree. Note that the minimum points required for medicine varies between universities and may change from year to year.
Students applying for medicine must also register with the CAO: https://www.cao.ie/
There are some important dates to keep in mind when applying for medicine. A sample timeline is below (make sure you research the specific dates applicable for your year and your situation):
|Early November||Registrations for HPAT open|
|Late January||Deadline to register for HPAT|
|Late January||Deadline to apply to the CAO|
|Late February||Sit HPAT|
|Late June||HPAT results released|
|Late August||University offers released|
Remember that you are going to busy in 6th year so it is important to be organised – note down important dates at the beginning of the year so you do not miss important deadlines!
More information regarding the entry process can be obtained from:
- This downloadable, printable document: https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/MedEntry_files/hpat_info_parents_students.pdf
- The ‘Uni Admissions’ section of the LMS
- University websites – you can find contact details here: https://www.medentry-hpat.ie/resources/university-contacts
- Contacting MedEntry