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International Residency Training Programme



RCPI's International Residency Training Programme (IRTP) has been developed in conjunction with overseas partners to give you the opportunity to complete your core Internal Medicine and Paediatrics training in Ireland.

The IRTP  is a three-year training programme, fully delivered in Ireland, certified by RCPI and recognised for registration purposes by our partners. It has been designed to train doctors in the secondary care and prevention of adult disease and illness.

Training in Internal Medicine is primarily structured around developing skills and expertise within four core areas; General Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Training and Clinical Judgement.

Training in Paediatrics is primarily structured around developing skills and expertise within four core areas; General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Subspecialty Training and Clinical Judgement.

Successful completion of the IRTP with RCPI leads to:

  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in General Internal Medicine or Paediatrics
  • A Certificate of Achievement of Residency Training awarded by RCPI in your chosen specialty

“ I was looking for a unique experience and an exciting adventure while still fulfilling excellent educational requirements that would meet high international standards. Ireland was ideal due to its reputation for friendliness and having one of the most welcoming cultures and it is also an extremely beautiful and charming island that’s much closer to home.”

Dr Asmaa Milyani
Trainee, International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics 


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Apply for the International Residency Training Programme

Applications are now open

Applications for RCPI's International Residency Training Programme are now open. 

Apply now Closing date for applications is 30 September 2023

Click here to download the International Residency Training Programme candidate Appraisal Form


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Entry Requirements

To apply for the International Residency Training Programme:

  • You must have completed your primary medical degree through English
  • You must have completed a structured internship
  • You must have provisional sponsorship from your national training body/ministry/hospital to cover your fees, salary and living expenses for the full duration of the programme
  • You must have two letters of recommendation from senior clinical or academic supervisors at your university or hospital
  • You must not currently hold a position on a residency programme in your home country
  • IELTS with an overall band score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four domains, or OET with a minimum score of B in all four domains*

*The entry requirement IELTS/OET score is not required to be eligible for interview but is mandatory to achieve as soon as possible once an offer on the programme is made. Our partners Castel Education offer individually tailored courses to help trainees achieve the mandatory score in a timely fashion ahead of their arrival to Ireland. Trainees are recommended to gain their IELTS or OET as soon as possible. Additional credit will be awarded at interview to candidates who present a valid IELTS or OET certificate at interview.

Following acceptance into the programme, you must:

  • Achieve an Academic IELTS score of overall 7.0 (with no one domain less than 6.5) or an overall OET score of B (with a minimum score of B in each domain)
  • Complete all requirements for registration with the Irish Medical Council

In order to train in Ireland, the Irish Medical Council requires that you possess one of the following qualifications:

  • MRCPI in General Medicine Part 1 or Paediatrics Part 1
  • Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Part 1
  • United States Medical Licencing Exam (USMLE) Step 1 and 2
  • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I
  • Australian Medical Council MCQ (AMC)
  • Saudi Boards for Health Specialties Intermediate Module/Part One Examination or Complete Saudi Boards for Health Specialties
  • Arab Boards for Health Specialties Intermediate Module/Part One
    Examination or Complete Arab Boards for Health Specialties
* MRCPI General Medicine Part I Written exam can be taken just six months after graduating from medical school. This allows you to get an early start on your medical career.


MRCPI in Paediatrics Part I can be taken at least 18 months between the date of your primary medical degree graduation and the date of the exam. You must pass the Part I examination within six years of your first attempt.


 To view a full list of exempting qualifications from PRES Level 2, click here.

Candidates that possess Part 1 of the MRCPI/UK, the required IELTS/OET and/or one of the above-mentioned qualifications for Irish Medical Council registration may be given priority at interview.


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Your Dedicated Clinical Tutor

You will be supported by a clinical tutor for the duration of your training in Ireland. The clinical tutor will be in place to participate in the development, direction, teaching, facilitation and testing of trainees on the International Residency Training Programme in Paediatrics or Internal Medicine. They will be a huge support to you on your road to successful completion of the MRCPI  and Residency Training in the chosen specialty with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

“The International Residency Training Programme of  RCPI presents an exciting opportunity for candidates to gain new perspectives and develop as physicians. At RCPI we want you to feel as comfortable and as at home as possible and we are always willing to liaise with you to develop and deliver a teaching programme that meets your own specific needs. Upon completion of your studies here, you will be a better clinician and you will have the requisite tools to approach complex clinical problems with confidence both here in Ireland and in your future endeavours elsewhere.”

Dr Oliver McElvaney
Past Clinical Tutor, International Residency Training Programme in Internal Medicine


Supporting Your Move to Ireland

At RCPI, we know that moving to another country involves a lot of preparation and paperwork.

We are committed to making this process as easy as possible for all doctors who are accepted onto our international training programmes.

The support we offer in association with Castel Education, an agency that specialises in supporting international students coming to Ireland, includes:

  • English language tutoring in preparation for taking the IELTS/OET and achieving the required score
  • Visa and immigration assistance, including liaising with the Irish Embassy on your behalf
  • Helping you apply for registration with the Irish Medical Council
  • Helping you make travel arrangements
  • Collecting you at the airport in Ireland
  • Helping you find suitable accommodation
  • Helping your family members move to Ireland, e.g. finding suitable schools
  • Assistance with setting up banking and mobile phone accounts
  • Emergency telephone support


“My training experience is excellent so far. I trained in different hospitals and I rotated in too many different sub-specialties and that is what I like most about this programme, the possibility of experiencing a variety of specialities in three years which will help you to decide the speciality you would like to take after your training and guide you on horizons about the different medical fields and patient cohorts.”

Dr Sarah Bukhari
Graduate of the International Residency Programme in Internal Medicine


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