Surgery

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences,
School of Medicine

Course overview

The Discipline of Surgery provides a facility for medical students and surgical personnel wishing to undertake clinical research projects or postgraduate courses. Current research involves the Department of Breast, Gastrointestinal/Colorectal, Orthopaedic and Vascular Surgery. The research laboratory is also home to full-time scientific researchers focusing primarilly on cancer research.

Research facilities include the Surgical Research laboratories in the Clinical Science Institute, REMEDI, NCBES at NUI Galway and the Western Vascular Institute at University Hospital, Galway.

The Discipline of Surgery collaborates with national and international research instituions, e.g. Cancer Research UK, EMBL, and the Mayo Clinic. Researchers are affiliated with the Galway CancerInitiative.
The Discipline offers supervision in a wide area of medical interest. To pursue either degree, potential candidates should discuss the matter with the Head of Department.

Programmes available

PhD (Surgery), part-time    
MCh (Surgery), full-time
MCh (Surgery), part-time
MD (Surgery), full-time    
MD (Surgery), part-time

Entry requirements

PhD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

MD candidates should normally have a high honours standard in Medicine from NUI Galway or possess qualification deemed to be equivalent. Candidates shall be eligible to register onto the MD programme, three years after obtaining the Degree of Bachelor of Medicine. The application will also require support of an academic staff member who is approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.

Additional entry requirements
Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Areas of interest

Breast cancer

  • Population genetics
  • Molecular profiling
  • Role of stem cells in metastasis
  • Mestastatis prevention
  • Early detection


Colorectal cancer

  • Molecular profiling
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Ischaemia/Reperfusion
  • Wound healing


Cardiovascular

  • Stem cells in arthritis (with REMEDI)
  • Hyperbaric oxygen

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PAC code

PhD (part-time) GYN54
MCh (full-time) GYN57
MCh (part-time) GYN58
MD (full-time) GYN55
MD (part-time) GYN56

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Fees for this course

EU: €4,529 (PhD); €5,345 (MD)

Non-EU: €13,750

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