Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with the treatment of conditions involving the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.


Specialists in the field of urology are called urologists – healthcare professionals who are trained to diagnose, detect and treat this group of disorders and diseases.

Traditionally, urology has had a smaller number of trainees compared to other specialties with training concentrated to eight hospitals in Ireland. One of the benefits of urology training in Ireland is that, as a trainee, you will rotate through at least four of the eight major academic urology units during the scheme.

As a urology trainee on a specialist scheme, you will have the opportunity to, not only learn core urology procedures, but also to gain experience in the various urology sub-specialties from experienced trainers.

CST (see General Surgery)

Core Surgical Training (CST) see General Surgery

In Surgery, initial training equivalent to BST is called Core Surgical Training (CST) of 2 years [known as ST1-ST2] which must completed before applying for HST in relevant Surgical Specialty of up to 6 years [known as ST3-ST8]. CST is included in the General Surgery page but also applies to the other surgrical specilaities.

Higher Specialist Training (HST)


  • Have completed a Medical Degree.
  • Be eligible for inclusion on the Trainee Specialist Division of the Medical Council Register at the time of application.
  • Certificate of Completion of Core Surgical Training - CST is a minimum duration of two years of structured Core or Basic training, post internship.
  • Successful completion of MRCS part A&B/DOHNS Part B
  • For non-Ireland, -UK, -Australia, -Canada, -New Zealand or -US: An IELTS certificate OR the Occupational English Test (OET).