Study at Trinity

Trinity College
Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland's leading university and is ranked in 78th position in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings 2015.

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin was founded in 1711 and has played a central role in the golden age of Irish medicine. Today it is an international leader in biomedical research and education.  Students from many undergraduate courses in the School of Medicine spend a portion of their time on placement at TUH including Medicine. Undergraduate Medicine students on the undergraduate medicine programme at Trinity, follow a five-year programme leading to the degrees of Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics. Following graduation, there is a further year as an intern in an approved hospital before becoming a fully registered medical practitioner. TUH is one of the School’s main teaching hospitals and we work closely together to ensure high quality clinical and research training for our students.

Undergraduate Medicine students on the undergraduate medicine programme at Trinity, follow a five-year programme leading to the degrees of Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics. Following graduation, there is a further year as an intern in an approved hospital before becoming a fully registered medical practitioner. Tallaght University Hospital is one of the School’s main teaching hospitals and we work closely together to ensure high quality clinical and research training for our students.

The curriculum is organised into two broad phases: preclinical and clinical years. Instruction in preclinical years is through individual combinations of lectures, problem-based learning, evidence-based medicine and small-group seminars, tutorials, practicals, laboratories and computer-aided learning. In recent years, early patient contact has been integrated into the curriculum with more emphasis on problem-based learning which is very popular with the students.

In the clinical years, the student moves to the University’s teaching hospitals to learn on a case-by-case basis at the patient’s bedside. The School of Medicine at Trinity has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its “bedside” teaching, which is possible through co-operation and linkages with its teaching hospitals such as TUH.

The major characteristics of the undergraduate medical programme at Trinity are:

  • Integration of scientific and clinical material and delivery in context
  • Facilitation of active learning and a deep strategic approach
  • Early and comprehensive development of technical and interpersonal skills
  • Definition of the ideal programme of clinical rotation
  • Continuous review and revision of the assessment programme to ensure alignment with the stated outcomes and course content
  • Promotion of multiple assessment formats including continuous assessment and a reduction of reliance on annual high stakes assessments
  • Recognition of the patient as an active partner
  • Prioritisation of personal and professional development

The School of Medicine at Tallaght University Hospital 
Tallaght University Hospital is one of the School of Medicine’s main teaching hospitals. The Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, which is at the far end of Tallaght University Hospital, houses the Disciplines of Clinical Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Public Health and Primary Care and Psychiatry. The teaching facilities consist of a large lecture theatre, seminar rooms and treatment rooms.  There is also a dedicated Clinical Skills Laboratory.   

There are two postgraduate taught courses delivered on our Tallaght campus, the Masters Programme in Clinical Chemistry and Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science.  Postgraduate research courses are also run within each of the Disciplines.


Clinical Skills Laboratory


Discipline of Surgery and Clinical Medicine  


Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Discipline of Paediatrics


Discipline of Public Health and Primary Care


Discipline of Psychiatry


Postgraduate Taught Courses



The Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences is one of three faculties in Trinity College. Established in 2008, we were the first Faculty of Health Sciences in these islands and this concept is now being followed by other Irish Universities. The Faculty comprises the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Dental Science, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. We are health sciences precisely because health and health care are interdisciplinary and collaborative concerns. This interdisciplinary approach offers the potential to educate and train the full range of health care personnel in an integrated Faculty, facilitating our graduates’ transition to an interdisciplinary workforce, which is critical for optimal patient care.

 We are a research-led Faculty, with strategic research areas including cancer, ageing, inclusive society, next generation medical devices, immunology and infection and neuroscience. Our graduates are the top in their field, with many alumni in key positions both nationally and internationally. Our staff have research strengths in multiple areas, spanning several of Trinity's key research themes. You can view a snapshot of the Faculty's researchers in this Research Profiles booklet .

The Faculty is engaged in teaching, research and service delivery on its Tallaght campus, both in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences and in the main hospital. We work closely with our clinical and hospital colleagues to provide high-quality interdisciplinary teaching for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and to advance research that will improve patient care and influence national and international policy.


School of Dental Science


School of Medicine


School of Nursing and Midwifery 


School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 

Nurse Training at Tallaght University Hospital

At Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) we have a long and proud tradition in Nurse training.

Nurse training is a four year (honours) degree programme with Trinity College Dublin as the academic partner to TUH. Nurse training in TUH enables you not only to experience Medical and Surgical Nursing placement but also gives you a chance to explore the specialist areas of the Hospital such as the Children’s Services, Emergency Department, Operating Theatres, Intensive Care and Renal to name but a few of the specialities of the Hospital.

TUH is about people caring for people to live better lives. A team approach is taken to all patient care and as an undergraduate student Nurse you will become part of that team.

During your Nurse training in this Hospital you will be supported by the Nurse Practice Development Department, the Clinical Nurse Managers and the staff Nurses. With our academic partner Trinity College Dublin you may choose to study General Nursing or General and Children’s which enables you to register as a Registered General Nurse and Children’s Nurse on completion of your studies.

Nursing is a profession that is about lifelong learning. When you qualify as a registered General Nurse or a Children’s and General Nurse on the Children’s and General Integrated Degree Programme there are many options available to you if you choose to specialise or continue in academia. TUH in partnership with Trinity College Dublin run a wide variety of Post Graduate Diplomas in specialist Nursing if you continue on this pathway you may obtain your Masters in Nursing.

Meath link for entry to Nursing on CAO

Adelaide link for entry to Nursing on CAO

Below are some insights into Nurse training at TUH from recent and current Undergraduate Nurses.

Brian Jordan,
Brian Jordan
Where to begin! Firstly, TUH is without a doubt a dedicated teaching hospital. Every ward that I’ve been fortunate enough to carry out placement in has been exceptional to date. I’m constantly astounded by the dedication and enthusiasm that innumerable nurses have shown towards me, no matter how much time it took out of their day. Their constant support is probably my biggest motivation day in and day out.

The Clinical Place Coordinators are also always there to help – one in particular helped me carry out an entire admission just to make sure I felt confident in them (Apologies again for taking the better part of two hours!). Nursing can be difficult at times, there’s a plethora of challenges to overcome; however, Tallaght University Hospital has such wonderful facilities dedicated to students and will do their best to support you throughout your training. Now I know I shouldn’t play favourites, but if you’re struggling to decide on your base hospital, I would highly suggest you choose TUH – no other hospital can guarantee such a consistently high quality of training.
Herty Anom, Nurse Training
Henrietta Anom
My decision to study nursing was significantly influenced by an encounter I had with some nurses. Having encountered and observed the high level of care and professionalism displayed by these nurses, I was convinced that nursing was the profession I aspired to.
My training in Tallaght University Hospital has been a step in the right direction. The nurses here are highly skilled, very friendly and work to create environments which facilitate learning and development. I have learned that no question is a silly one; and it is only through asking and being facilitated that my confidence as a student nurse has improved. Student nurses are valued as members of the Multidisciplinary Team.
Student placement coordinators are outstanding in ensuring that students gain exposure to as many clinical procedures and educational training as possible.
I deem it as a privilege to be training in Tallaght University Hospital and on the way to be one good nurse!

Saroja Bhandari, Nurse Training
Saroja Bhandari
Training in Tallaght University Hospital as both a children’s and general nurse has been a challenging yet rewarding experience for me.
During my training, I learned to promote optimum health, prevent ill health and provide holistic care to patients across the life span. I found it challenging at times when switching between children’s and general placements in the hospital. However, the support and guidance provided by the staff nurse made this transition easier. The staff also taught me to integrate theory and practice to provide patient-centred care.
Along with being trained in the ward, I also got to train in a variety of specialities within the hospital which facilitated continuous learning and reassured me about the wide range of career options available to me once I am qualified. Training as a nurse in Tallaght University Hospital not only prepared me for my nursing career, it also changed my outlook of life and made me realise the importance of good health.
Kate Jester, Trainee Nurse
Kate Jester

The four years that I have spent training to be a nurse in Tallaght University Hospital have been filled with countless positive experiences, enabling me to grow to be a confident and competent healthcare professional.

Throughout my training, Tallaght University Hospital has allowed me to develop my communication, interpersonal and especially my clinical nursing skills. The support and guidance from staff is incredible from the entire Multidisciplinary Team and the Clinical Placement Co-ordinators.

The nursing staff are eager to teach and encourage students to participate in all learning opportunities. During my internship especially, I felt that the staff embraced us students as part of their team, making work an enjoyable place to be. Getting to work in so many different departments of the hospital including the wards and specialist areas has provided me with a vast range of knowledge and new skills. Training in this hospital has enabled me to feel confident and greatly prepared to begin my nursing career.

Trainee Nurses Tallaght University Hospital

Centre for Learning & Development, Tallaght University Hospital - January 2018

The Centre for Learning & Development (CLD) at Tallaght University Hospital takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide a variety of programmes and training to the Hospital community. These include staff development opportunities, teaching technologies, student preparation for university courses and expert advice on teaching and learning.

We provide leadership in learning and development opportunities that support the priorities of Tallaght University Hospital and its overall human resource management strategies.

As new graduate Nurses and employees of Tallaght University Hospital, you will have access to over 140 programmes which are categorised in our Annual Prospectus under the four following “pillars”.

  • Patients
  • People
  • Process
  • Professional

The CLD also offers:

  • Mandatory training – hand hygiene, manual handling etc.
  • Facility to apply for educational funding and/or study/exam leave

Our upcoming programme details are communicated via:

  • “Touchpoint” - Tallaght Hospital Staff Newsletter
  • Monthly CLD Newsletter
  • Emails to Line Managers
  • CLD Page on Hospital Intranet
  • Twitter - @CLDTallaghtHosp

We look forward to meeting you and engaging with you on your learning journey in Tallaght University Hospital.

For further information on the CLD and our various programmes please click here.