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StAR MD Programme

RCSI – Beacon Hospital StAR MD Programme 2019


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

This MD degree will strengthen translational research output and build on your expertise as a clinical scientist. 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 and Beacon Hospital’s translational research focus and is a key aspect of the RCSI StAR Programme.

The programme encompasses funded MD fees for two years, a research consumable budget and a clinical commitment to the Beacon Hospital.

Candidate research profiles should align with one of RCSI’s or the Beacon Hospital’s areas of research strength:

  • Acute Care Emergency Medicine (including infection, immunity and Inflammation)
  • Anaesthesia & Critical Care Medicine
  • Cancer & Palliative Care
  • Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Perinatal Health
  • Medicine (Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory & Endocrinology)
  • Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Population Health and Health Science
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Surgical Science and Practice (Robotics, Urology & Plastics)
  • Vascular Biology and Diagnostic Imaging


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 (€4,600) will be sponsored by The Beacon Hospital.


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 and it is expected that interested applicants will have:

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

Please apply with a research proposal (250 words) and an up-to-date CV.

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

Applications are now closed