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On this page we hope to answer those questions we are asked most regularly regarding MMI Courses & Workshops, and some we believe may be asked in the future. If you cannot find an answer to your question here please email

Who can apply for a course?
Molecular Medicine Ireland (MMI) Courses and Workshops are open to applications from all those interested in molecular medicine research within National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC) and University College Dublin (UCD) and their affiliated teaching hospitals.

You can apply to attend this MMI Course if you are a postgraduate student, postdoctoral researcher, or member of staff in NUI Galway, RCSI, TCD, UCC, UCD and affiliated hospitals. Unless indicated otherwise, there is no charge for attendance. Those interested in attending who are based outside these institutions should contact education@molecularmedicineireland.ie before applying online.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to attend, please email education@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie for clarification before you apply online.

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How I apply for a course/workshop?

Applications are invited when a MMI course/workshop is listed under the header 'Application open'  in the Forthcoming Courses & Workshops page. If you click on the course/workshop title, this will bring you to the course/workshop information page displaying further information. At the bottom of this page you will find the 'Apply for this course' button.

In general, the application period for each course will extend from around four weeks before the course begins until one week before. Please apply during this period.

You should apply for each MMI Course you wish to attend during the application period for that particular course. Please apply for your own place and provide all the information requested. You will then receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. At the end of the application period, we will notify you whether your application has been successful (numbers of attendees are limited by venue size for lecture-based courses, and by teaching and equipment constraints for hands-on courses). 

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Are applications open to overseas students?
Only for selected MMI Courses, and this is clearly indicated. For most MMI Courses we do not currently offer places to applicants from overseas. This is due mainly to the structure and timings of courses; one day a week, or covering only two or three consecutive days. The cost to an individual for attending a course would be very high. Also as MMI Courses are part-time they do not meet the Department of Foreign Affairs criteria for students requiring an Entry Visa.

If you live outside Ireland, in a country where an Entry Visa is not required to visit Ireland and are serious about making the commitment both personally and financially to attend a MMI Course, please email education@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie, before you apply.

If you are unsure as to whether you would require an Entry Visa, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs Visa Services pages.

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I've seen a MMI Course I'm interested in, when can I apply?
When applications are invited for MMI Courses it is advertised clearly on the website Education and Training on the Forthcoming Courses page.

Do not apply until you see an invitation to apply for the course you are interested in. In general, the application period for each course will extend from around four weeks before the course begins until one week before. You should apply for each MMI course you wish to attend during the application period for that particular course.

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What happens after I have applied?
Once you have applied online you will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of your application.
At the end of the application period you will receive another email notifying you whether or not your application has been successful.
The number of places on a course is limited by the capacity of the lecture theatre or training room and/or equipment and instructor availability for practical courses. Places are decided either on a first-come-first-served basis, or via a selection process if the latter is considered more equitable (e.g. to ensure that limited training places do not go to a minority of laboratories or a single institution).

If you are not successful at this stage, your application will automatically be placed on a waiting list and you may then be offered a place if a successful applicant fails to confirm their attendance or if they cancel subsequently.

If successful, you will be asked to reply to the email to confirm whether or not you still wish to attend the course, and to provide answers to one or two questions on how you heard about the course, etc. You must reply to this email before the date given - if you do not reply, and we have a waiting list, we will offer your place to another applicant. It is important therefore that you check your email account regularly. When we receive an email from you confirming that you wish to accept a place on the course (provided we receive this before the deadline for confirmation) a place on the course will be reserved for you. Confirmed attendees will be reminded to attend by email a day or two before the course is due to start.

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Why haven't I received any emails from you acknowledging my application or confirming whether I can attend a course?
Sometimes we receive applications where an applicants email address has been mistyped and the acknowledgement email bounces back to us. When this happens we endeavour to correct the error and make sure the email is delivered to the correct account. It is usually a case of checking the spelling of a persons name, or changing .com to .ie or .co.uk. Where we are unable to determine the correct email address we may contact an applicant by telephone.

Another reason why you may not have received any notification from us is if you apply using an internet based email account such as those supplied by Hotmail or Yahoo. These service providers tend to have filters on accounts which transfer emails from addresses they don't recognise away from the Inbox. In the case of Hotmail they are transferred to the 'Junk' folder and with Yahoo it is the 'Bulk' folder (other email providers may have similar names for these folders). Emails which are moved to these folders can be read, but you must make sure you check for them regularly as the emails are automatically deleted after a certain amount of time.

You can set up your account so that any emails from the MMI will go straight to your Inbox. Instructions for other email providers may vary.

Do I get a Certificate for attending a course?
If you attend a course fully you will receive a MMI Certificate of Attendance for that course. If you only attend part of a course you will not qualify for a Certificate. Please click here in order to see a sample MMI Certificate of Attendance

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Do I have to attend every session?
It is not compulsory for you to attend every session of a course, you may only wish to attend a part of a course which covers a certain topic of interest to you. However if you only attend certain sessions rather than the whole course, you will not receive a

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Certificate of Attendance.

How do you monitor attendance?
On each day you attend a session of a course you must sign the course register. This will normally be available outside the entrance of the room the course is being held in. The register is available to sign from 15 minutes before the scheduled start of a session, to 30 minutes after the scheduled start of a session. If you do not sign the register within this 45 minute period your attendance will not be officially recognised for the purposes of obtaining a Certificate of Attendance.

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I have applied online but I cannot attend the course, what should I do?
If you find at any point after applying for a course that you are unable to attend it is important that you let us know immediately. On many occasions we have more applicants than there are places available on a course. If you have a confirmed place on a course and can no longer attend, and you don't let us know, you could be depriving another applicant of a place unnecessarily. There is no penalty for cancelling your place on a course, and a brief email to education@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie is all it takes to let us know.

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How do I get to the course?
MMI Courses are held at various locations in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Travel information are provided to succesful applicants.

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 Can I have copies of the presentations from a course?
Unfortunately we are unable as a general rule to make all lecture handouts available to MMI Course attendees before each session. Occasionally when you attend a course the lecturer may give out copies of his/her presentation before their lecture. This is at the discretion of the individual lecturer.

If after a course has run we are able to get electronic copies of a presentation from a lecturer we do make them available to course attendees. This does depend on the willingness of lecturers to share their presentations in this way and we are unable therefore to guarantee all presentations will be available.

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How can I comment on a course?
When you sign the register on each day you attend, you will receive a brief questionnaire which covers the lectures or practical topics in that session. This includes options to rate how well the subject area was covered and whether the presentation was clear and well structured. Each questionnaire also has a space where you can add any other comments you may have about the session or the course as a whole. These questionnaires are collected at the end of each session.

In addition, at the end of each MMI Course, we send out a brief email questionnaire to attendees. This comprises a few general questions on the coverage of topics, timing of sessions, and general organisation.

All the feedback is collated and reported back to the course instructors. Your responses help us to improve existing courses and develop new courses, so please take the time to let us know what you think. In addition to completing these questionnaires you are free to email education@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie at any time with your comments on a particular course.

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Who should I contact if I have a question about a course?
If you have any questions regarding a course or want to let us know areas you would like to see covered in future MMI courses you can contact us at any time by email: education@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie

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If your question has not been answered on this page please email education@MolecularMedicineIreland.ie and we will try to help you. We may even include your question and our response on this page in the future.