Anaesthesiology is the practice of administering medications, which allows medical and surgical procedures to be undertaken without causing undue distress or discomfort. It involves the full perioperative care of a patient undergoing such procedures by a physician.


Specialist training in Anaesthesiology, including Intensive Care and Pain Medicine is a six-year Postgraduate Specialist Training programme comprising of training, assessment, formal examination, and accreditation. It is organised and regulated by the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. The training combines practical clinical experience, as part of hospital team, along with knowledge and skills-based courses.

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.
  • Have completed your internship before the start of the training programme in July.
  • For non-Ireland, - UK, - Australia, -Canada, - New Zealand or - US: An IELTS certificate OR the Occupational English Test (OET).


SAT applications usually open in early November for 4 weeks and close early December.

SAT Interviews take place online usually at the end of January.

See website for an outline of the marking scheme.

Feedback is only provided if you are unsuccessful at interview stage.