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Registration as a Doctor in Ireland

If you are a Doctor and would like to work in the Republic of Ireland, you must register with the Irish Medical Council.

The Irish Medical Council registry covers several categories:

  • Trainee Specialist Division
  • Internship Registration
  • Specialist Division
  • General Division
  • Supervised Division
  • Visiting EEA Practitioners Division

The first step is to contact the Medical council directly so they can access your eligibility for registration and determine your application route (Irish graduates, EU graduates or non-EU graduates).

  • Graduates of one of the 6 medical schools in Ireland.
  • Graduates of medical schools in EU/EEA member states with recognised qualifications and training
  • Graduates of medical schools in non-EU/EEA member states.

You can check your eligibility for registration here.

To apply, you must create an online account on the Irish Medical Council website. After that, they will review your application and the documents you will submit before making a decision about your registration.

The documents you will need to submit depend on your registration route, but there are some documents that are generally required, such as:

  • Identity card/Passport
  • English proficiency certificate 
  • University degree certificate
  • Internship certificate and speciality certificate (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificate of registration
  • CV

All documents, if not in English, must be translated into English and certified.


Specialist Registration
Doctors who have trained or are recognised as a specialist in the EU/EEA will have their qualifications automatically recognised by the Irish Medical Council. Learn more about the specialist automatic recognition of qualifications here.

If you trained outside of the EU/EEA area you are nor eligible for automatic recognition and will be required to sit Pre-Registration Examination system (PRES). Learn more about the PRES here.


English language 

To work as a doctor in Ireland, you must prove your English proficiency.

An IELTS Academic certificate or equivalent will be required.

This is not necessary if the basic medical degree or internship is obtained through English-speaking countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA.
You can learn more about the language requirement here.

Posted on 26 June 2019 by Andreia Castro
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