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Higher Specialist Training
 

Pathology

 

Applying to HST

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for Higher Specialist Training are programme-specific. To see the entry requirements for your preferred programme, please check the relevant HST curriculum.

General entry requirements for HST:

  • You must have completed Basic Specialist Training in the relevant specialty (or an equivalent programme) by the start date for HST. Please note that not all BST programmes offer consideration of equivalence. Download guidelines on BST programme equivalence (PDF, 133KB)
  • You must have achieved a relevant postgraduate qualification such as MRCPI in General Medicine, General Paediatrics or Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Please note: we have reverted to the previous regulations regarding the examination which were in place before COVID-19. That is, all HST candidates must have successfully passed their MRCPI Clinical Examination relevant to their speciality before their HST interview date.  There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • You must be currently or previously registered on one of the divisions of the Irish Medical Council, or provide proof of eligibility for registration
  • You must have proof of competency in the English language in line with HSE specifications (PDF, 506KB). 
  • You must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and an interest in, that specialty.

Places in HST are allocated in the first instance to applicants who, at the time of application, are citizens of Ireland or nationals of another Member State of the European Union, Stamp 4 Visa Holders and UK nationals.

Read more about the Allocation of Places on Specialist Training Programmes (PDF, 623KB)

 

Current Applications and Updates

Applications for Higher Specialist Training programmes open on Monday 2 October 2023 at 1PM and will close at 12pm (midday), Tuesday 31 October 2023.

An important note around eligibility regarding HST applications and potentially getting on a HST training scheme. Since the summer of 2022, we have reverted to previous regulations that were in place before COVID-19. That is, all HST candidates must have successfully passed their MRCPI Clinical Examination before their HST interview date. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

 

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