Higher Specialist Training

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The final crucial step on the path to specialisation in medicine

Higher Specialist Training (HST) is the final crucial step on the path to specialisation in medicine. It is a four- to six-year training programme completed in Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts, with programmes available in 28 specialties.

On completion of HST, you will be eligible to register with the Medical Council of Ireland as a specialist and can begin to apply for consultant posts.

Entry to HST is competitive and we manage the national recruitment process every year. 

You can apply for HST programmes commencing July 2018 on this website from Wednesday 1 November 2017. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2017 at 5:00pm.