Higher Specialist Training (HST) is the final stage of postgraduate medical training.
It is a four- to six-year training programme completed in Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts. We offer Higher Specialist Training programmes in 28 specialties.
Our Higher Specialist Training programmes are designed to produce doctors who are leaders in their fields. We will help you develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for practising independently as a specialist, leading a clinical team and managing the everyday challenges of our health service.
On successful completion of HST, you will receive a CSCST (Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training). You will be eligible to register with the Medical Council of Ireland as a specialist.
Entry to HST is competitive. Completion of Basic Specialist Training, or an equivalent programme, is an essential entry requirement for HST.
Applications for Higher Specialist Training programmes for July 2022 are now closed.
Entry requirements for Higher Specialist Training are programme-specific. To see the entry requirements for your preferred programme, please check the relevant HST curriculum here.
General entry requirements for HST:
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. We are awaiting updated guidance from the HSE/NDTP on this process, and once we receive this it will be published here.
Applications for July 2022 intake are now closed.
You can apply to Higher Specialist Training in 28 programmes. You can apply to more than one programme, although we advise against applying to more than two programmes.
You must submit a separate application for each programme.
The application process is fully online –you don’t need to submit a paper application.
Make sure you read the entry requirements for your chosen programme carefully. The entry requirements are listed in the HST curriculum for each programme.
Shortlisting for interviews (where necessary) will take place in December/January.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates take place in February.
As there are a limited number of places in HST, entry to each programme is competitive.
Click here for further details on these documents and a checklist to assist with your application preparation.
There are three ways to confirm your eligibility for Irish Medical Council (IMC) registration:
The online application form will ask you for the following information:
Please note you are not required to submit additional documents related to the above. Please be brief in describing only relevant experience under each of the headings on the application form.
Please note that formatting (paragraphs, special characters, bullet points, spacing etc.) will not copy over to your final application. All free text boxes are limited to 500 characters (letters/spaces etc).
Interviews for HST will take place in February 2022. All interviews will take place virtually via Zoom. Interviews generally take place between 7:00am – 5:00pm GMT on the interview date.
Applications for July 2022 are now closed.