Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

About RCSI

For over 200 years RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the College provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

RCSI Today

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is home to Ireland's largest medical school, one of the world's leading international medical schools, as well as prestigious Schools of PharmacyPhysiotherapyNursing & MidwiferyPostgraduate Studies and an Institute of Leadership. Our degrees and awards are fully aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications, from levels 7 - 10, in collaboration with the National University of Ireland.

Surgery, Postgraduate Faculties & Professional Bodies

RCSI is the professional training body for Surgery in Ireland. Today, under statutory authority, it manages postgraduate residency training, memberships and fellowships and continuous professional development through its Department of Surgical Affairs, Faculties of RadiologistsDentistrySports & Exercise Medicine and Nursing & Midwifery. RCSI also operates the Irish Institute of Pharmacy on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 

Research Institute

The RCSI is home to some Ireland’s foremost research institutes and centres.  RCSI is committed to performing high levels of research activity, to commercialising intellectual property arising from its research, and to developing collaborative links with industry, educational and research institutions both nationally and internationally.

International

More than 84 countries are represented on RCSI’s international student body. The College has a strong international presence with a University in Bahrain; two Medical Schools in Malaysia (at Perdana University and Penang Medical College, jointly with UCD); and an Institute of Leadership in Dubai. RCSI is independent, international and progressive.

Facts and figures*

  • RCSI was established on 11 February 1784
  • Total registered students: 3,271
  • Undergraduate students: 2,291
  • Postgraduate students: 1,043
  • Surgical trainees: 346 
  • Number of staff:  1,141
  • The Surgical College is the national training body for surgery in Ireland.
  • More than 80 countries are represented on RCSI’s international student body.
  • RCSI has a University in Bahrain; two Medical Schools in Malaysia (at Perdana University and Penang Medical College, jointly with UCD); and an Institute of Leadership in Dubai.
  • RCSI is a not-for-profit organisation.
  • RCSI's Mission: to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health 
*Source: RCSI Annual Report 2016/17