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A Brief History of Ireland by The World Factbook 2007

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Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600-150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. English invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for 26 southern counties; six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the UK. In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Read More

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Welcome to the National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences offers undergraduate programmes in Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Speech & Language Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

NUI Galway also has a range of taught and research based postgraduate masters and diplomas. Our goal is to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for a lifetime of learning and commitment to patients and society. We make full use of traditional and modern educational methods. Faculty members are engaged in innovative research in many areas, with particular emphasis on cancer, gene and stem cell therapy, health services research, biomedical engineering and health promotion.

Our Faculty is currently expanding the undergraduate medical intake, implementing an exciting new curriculum, and we hope to offer graduate entry courses in medicine from 2007. Our nursing, speech & language, and occupational therapy students are accommodated in Áras Moyola, which was opened this year. A new Medical Education Centre also opened in March of this year. We hope to begin the construction of a €30 million Human Biology building later this year. A clinical research facility at the main hospital campus is at an advanced stage of planning.

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a vibrant, energetic, educational and research grouping.

National University of Ireland, Galway Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has an enrolment of c.1400 students, including many from overseas. University College Hospital, conveniently located beside the University campus, is the major teaching hospital. The Faculty has expanded in recent years and now offers courses in Medicine, Nursing Studies, Speech & Language Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.

NUI Galway Admissions Office

The Centre for Nursing & Midwifery Studies was established in 1993. It offers a range of degree and diploma programmes.

In September 2003 the Faculty enrolled its first students in Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy.

Faculty members are highly qualified and the university has an extensive and well-funded programme of medical research.

Students completing the Faculty's primary undergraduate programme in Medicine are conferred with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics (M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.).

Postgraduate programmes include the Doctor of Medicine M.D., the Master of Surgery M.Ch., the Master of Obstetrics M.A.O., the Master of Medical Science, the Master of Medical Science in Medicine/Physiotherapy and the Masters of Medical Science in Sport and Exercise Medicine/Physiotherapy.

In line with the recommendations of the Fottrell Report, NUI Galway is considering the introduction of a graduate entry programme, and we intend to increase our undergraduate enrolment to address the need for more medical personnel in our health services.

The University is committed to providing the most up-to-date facilities and resources for the study of medicine and health sciences at the Galway campus. An energetic building programme is underway, with new buildings coming on stream to accommodate new programmes and expanding enrolments.

Studying Medicine in Galway, Ireland

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Full-time overseas students have studied in Galway for over 40 years. They have come from many parts of the world. At present, there are some 800 overseas students in the University, of whom 200 are in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Continental European students spend clinical electives in the hospitals associated with NUI Galway.

A number of factors lead overseas students to study medicine in Galway. These include the quality of education provided and the worldwide recognition given to Irish medical qualifications. Galway, because of its size, its location and its cultural background, provides an environment that is safe and supportive.

Overseas medical students are highly motivated and achieve academic success. Social aspects are not neglected as the overseas students are often elected as class representatives and on occasion are selected for one of the National University of Ireland, Galway's sporting teams. The overseas students make an important contribution to the Medical School.

Medical Places for Overseas (Non-EU) Students

The National University of Ireland, Galway offers a limited number of places in its Medical School to applicants from outside Ireland and other EU countries. These places are in addition to places available to EU students.

The Medical Course

The Medical Course in the National University of Ireland, Galway, is of six year's duration. It consists of a Foundation Year plus 5 years. There is considerable integration of clinical and science subjects throughout the course. Teaching is conducted at the University, the University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) and affiliated hospitals. The degrees awarded on graduation are those of M.B. B.Ch. B.A.O. (Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics) of the National University of Ireland.

NUI Galway Medical School Hospitals

University College Hospital, Galway

University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) is a 500-bed referral or tertiary-level hospital. This is the major teaching hospital of the Medical School. It is located immediately adjacent to the main university campus. Communication and the integration of clinical and basic teaching are greatly facilitated by this proximity.

Merlin Park Hospital, also located in Galway City, is the second designated teaching hospital. Eight additional affiliated hospitals throughout the region are linked to the Galway Medical School.

Students of Galway Medical School are based in the Clinical Science Institute for their Clinical years. This building is located in the grounds of UCHG. It contains the Medical Faculty Office, lecture theatres, laboratories, seminar rooms, computer suites and common rooms. The NUI Galway Medical Library is located in the Clinical Sciences Building.

The Hospital Departments encompass all of the important clinical and laboratory disciplines: Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, General Practice, the Subspecialties, the Clinical Laboratory Departments and the Specialist Diagnostic Units.

The annual admission rate of inpatients is high. The specialist units attract a variety of clinical material. Students spend attachments and electives in various clinical units in one or more of the ten hospitals affiliated to the Medical School. (In all, the Medical School draws on a catchment area with a population of c. 1 million people). These factors, together with the traditional emphasis on small group or individual bedside clinical teaching, combined with the availability of the most sophisticated diagnostic techniques, provide the student with the opportunity to develop the skills, experience and knowledge required by the good physician.

International Student Services

In addition to the medical and counselling services available to overseas students while attending the university, students have ready access to the Dean and other members of academic staff and to the general and specialist offices of the University, including the Accommodation Office, Student Services Office and in particular the Faculty Office in the Clinical Science Institute.

The University has a full-time overseas student officer in the International Office, who will meet overseas students on arrival if requested. She arranges an orientation programme to help incoming students to adapt to life in Galway, organises social and cultural events, and provides advice and support.

Suitable accommodation is important in adapting to life in Galway. The University's Accommodation Office provides a list of apartments and lodgings. Purpose-built student residences are recommended for the first year. These provide single or shared rooms in clusters of houses on the campus, within a seven-minute walk of the faculty buildings.

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