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StAR MD Programme

RCSI – Hermitage StAR MD Programme 2018


RCSI is seeking submissions from interested physician candidates who wish to undertake a Doctorate in Medicine (MD) Degree Programme through the Strategic Academic Recruitment (StAR) Programme.

The MD degree will strengthen translational research output and build on your expertise as a clinical scientist. Like the PhD award, the MD degree is one of the highest degrees awarded, at level 10 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.  The funding of postgraduate research degrees in Medicine is part of RCSI’s translational research focus and is a key aspect of the RCSI StAR Programme.

The programme encompasses funded postgraduate MD fees for two years, a research consumables budget and a clinical commitment to the Hermitage Medical Clinic (salaries pro-rata).

Candidate research profiles should align with one of RCSI’s areas of research strength:

  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Regenerative Medicine (Bioengineering)
  • Surgical Science and Practice
  • Translational Cancer
  • Vascular Biology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Gynaecology, Obstetrics & Perinatal Health
  • Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Chemistry
  • HRB Centre for Primary Care Research
  • Infection, Immunity and Inflammation


Further information about RCSI research can be found here

Interested candidates should submit a research project proposal in the form of a 250 word abstract.

Programme structure

The MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree by dissertation is a substantial body of work representing a minimum of two calendar years of research. RCSI is committed to supporting an effective supervisory system for students registered for the MD to ensure that the student optimises their research and career potential through the programme.

A nominated Principal and Subsidiary Supervisor (Co-Supervisor) will be appointed for each MD student. More information about the MD Programme at RCSI can be found on the School of Postgraduate Studies webpage here


RCSI will fund two years of consumables valued at €10,000 per year per MD student.

Postgraduate registration fees (€4,340) will be sponsored by The Hermitage Medical Clinic.


MD candidates are required to have obtained the degrees of MB BCh BAO and general or trainee specialist registration with the Irish Medical Council ( 

Applicants should liaise with potential supervisors to have agreed the focus of, and in broad outline the nature of, the research they wish to carry out. These MD places will be competitive. It is expected that interested applicants will have:

  • previously undertaken research or audit projects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, 
  • presented at national or other meetings,
  • publications confirming the quality of this activity.

A research proposal (250 words) should be submitted with the application.

Shortlisting of applicants will be undertaken by the panel of assessors. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. An indicative timescale is given below.

Applications Open

1 December 2017

Rolling Applications

Until 31 March 2018 (17:00 GMT)

Position begins

July  2018

Applications to include C.V. and Research Proposal (250 words) should be submitted via the SPGS recruitment portal (here). We will be reviewing applications and communicating decisions on a rolling basis until 31st March or until the positions are filled.

For enquiries please contact: