Clinical Pharmacology – Higher Specialist Training

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is run by the ICHMT, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics must have completed a minimum of two years Basic Specialist Training (BST) in General Internal Medicine in approved posts and obtained the MRCPI or (UK*) ) in General Internal Medicine.


The duration of HST in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics is 4 years, one year of which may be gained from a period of full-time research. Those who wish to obtain dual certification in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics and General Internal Medicine will require at least a fifth year of training.

Training Programme

The training programme offered will provide opportunities to fulfil all the requirements of the curriculum of training for the Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics programme in accredited training hospitals. Each post within the programme will have a named
trainer/educational supervisor and programmes will be under the direction of the National Specialty Director(s) for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Programmes will be as
flexible as possible consistent with curricular requirements, for example to allow the trainee to develop a sub-specialty interest.

The experience gained through rotation around different departments is recognised as an essential part of HST. It is preferable that a SpR does not remain in the same unit for longer
than 2 years of clinical training or with the same trainer for more than 1 year. However, given that Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics is a small speciality, there is flexibility in this respect and a trainee will mostly likely spend 2 years with the same trainer.

How to Apply

The recruitment and selection process for Higher Specialist Training (HST) opens in November every year. The deadline to submit an application for HST is normally the last working day in November, with interviews for shortlisted candidates taking place the following February and March. As there are a limited number of places in HST, entry to each specialty is competitive.

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