I don't think slow moving would be a good description!
OK from the start. I applied to UL - my undergrad was Mech Eng from UL, so I know the system there and the environment. I didn't have to do an interview and got accepted despite not having the required honours grade in my degree (though I have relatively substantial industrial experience, work in the medical device industry and am a Chartered Engineer).
More importantly, there were only two options for p/t (UL & TCD) and UL do their Medical Sciences module over 2 solid weeks in RCSI, whereas TCD do theirs over 8 Friday afternoons. Being based outside Dublin, travelling up every Friday for 8 weeks was not attractive.
And I'm glad I did it - the RCSI was, by a long, long way, the best example of teaching I've ever experienced. Experienced, expert lecturers, interested in teaching, and in ensuring students are learning, rather than standing at the top of a room talking to their feet. The lectures are backed up by practical sessions in the Anatomy room which, though intimidating to some at first, is spectacularly helpful in reinforcing what's described in the lectures. People from industry apparently do this two week course on its own without the MSc and it is run in a professional student-centric manner that I've never seen matched anywhere else before or since.
Following those 2 weeks, the FT & 2nd year PT students do Biomechanics in TCD. This is a very intensive week, followed by 3 very intensive weeks of projects / assignments and an exam in December. I'm scheduled to do this next September and, from what I've heard, its savage difficult and demanding. But really interesting.
In November, there's a week of Bioinstrumentation in UL for FT & 1st year PT students. This consists of lectures and labs (Matlab, Labview). There was a huge class this year, so the lab sessions were no fun at all (too many people, too few workstations, too few tutors). There was an exam in December and 4 written assignments and 1 Labview project to submit by the start of March. If you're electrically / electronically savvy, you'll be fine. I'm not so I struggled a bit but was happy with my exam result (haven't got the continuous assessment results yet).
In January, there's 3 days of Biomaterials in UCD & 3 days in UL for FT & 1st year PT students. These were mostly lectures in both locations, with a half day of labs on the Wed pm in UL. The lab reports had to be submitted online. There's a staggering amount of stuff covered in the 6 days - just about 1200 powerpoint slides, already quite heavily condensed.
FT & 2nd year UL students then do a half week each of Rehab Eng and a half week of Cell & Tissue Eng (in Feb & Apr this year), with, I believe, reports / projects to do for each (due last week and before end of May). The exam for Biomaterials this year was on Monday last and the other 2 modules were on today and on Friday coming. TCD students have an alternative Neural Engineering module to choose from too - pick 2 from 3 modules.
FT / 2nd year PT students also undertake a significant project from November to September - this is worth something like nearly half the final mark. And UL grade their awards, whereas I think TCD award pass/fail.
I know one student (also electronically qualified) who's working ft and taking on this course ft as well. To me it seems like a staggering amount of work to undertake and I don't believe I could manage it - though I'm a bit of a perfectionist so just passing is not my aim.
Hope that helps!