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

Medicine School Leaver (EU)

Key Facts

Course Title: Bachelor in Medicine, Bachelor in Surgery and Bachelor in Obstetrics
Award: MB (Bachelor of Medicine), BCh (Bachelor of Surgery), BAO (Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics) and historical LRCPI & SI (Licentiates of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
CAO Code: RC001
NFQ Level: Level 8
No of places: 39 EU places
Start date: Each September
Course Length: 5 or 6 years
Mode of Attendance: Full-Time
Academic School: School of Medicine
Accredited by: RCSI is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland (NUI), awarding the MB, BCh, BAO medical degrees to its graduates.
DARE and HEAR: RCSI is part of the DARE and HEAR schemes. Each year, the College reserves 6% of its places for participants in each scheme, with 2 places available for HEAR school leaver applicants and 2 places available for DARE school leaver applicants to the School of Medicine. For more information, please visit the DARE and HEAR website.

How to Apply

  • EU School Leavers apply online through the Central Applications Office (CAO) from 04th November 2016 until 1st February 2017, using the course code RC001. There is no extension to the above CAO application dates for RC001 as Medicine is a restricted entry course with a requirement to sit the HPAT test to fulfil the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants must register for the HPAT-Ireland admission test by 20th January of the year of admission. To be eligible to sit HPAT-Ireland, candidates must be in their final year of school or have completed their Leaving Certificate (or another EU secondary school exit examination) prior to the year of admission.
  • Before registering for the HPAT exam, candidates must complete their CAO application, as the CAO application number is required to register for HPAT-Ireland.
  • The 2017 HPAT exam takes place on 25th February 2017. Visit the HPAT Ireland website for more details.

Note: The CAO Change of Mind facility applies to all RCSI courses (including Medicine, provided that your CAO application at 1st February 2017 included Undergraduate Medicine at any Republic of Ireland institution) and becomes available in 5th May 2017

 

 

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Course Overview

RCSI is Ireland's largest medical school and one of the most international medical schools in the World. The International mix of students includes 84 Irish/EU students who join the programme each year through the CAO. The medical course has a strong emphasis on small group teaching within the Curriculum. Small group teaching involves seminars with tutors in groups of ten and bedside teaching with students in groups of six. Simulation scenarios with the most modern simulators occur in groups of one tutor per three students in the senior clinical years. The programme provides continuous appraisal, mentoring and case presentations on an individual basis along with frequent reviews of your clinical progress with senior clinicians in the clinical years.

A modern curriculum for the 2020 graduate
RCSI prides itself on providing the most modern and up-to-date curriculum. It has a strong focus on early clinical contact with clinical teaching beginning in the first week of the first semester. We have defined the 50 core competencies that are required for a graduating doctor and these will be taught in a seamless continuous fashion throughout the years of medical school.

Focus on professionalism
We pride ourselves in having all our graduates fully trained and aware of the importance of professionalism for the graduating doctor. This theme has been integrated throughout all years of teaching from day one to graduation.

Physician delivered clinical teaching
With over 200 clinical consultants on our teaching staff, in Ireland's best hospitals, all RCSI medical students receive physician delivered clinical teaching in small groups based on individual clinical cases.

International Electives Programme
RCSI have the most comprehensive range of international medical electives for our students in many continents. This is based upon our extensive alumni database of over 15,500 graduates who welcome RCSI students to their clinical practices during their elective periods.

Competency based medical curriculum
Our focus is on delivering graduates who are ready to practice on day one to be safe and effective practitioners.

Successful future career opportunities
Each student has a dedicated careers officer who guides them in their career aspirations in a focused programme of education about the most suitable career opportunities for them ranging from careers within Ireland to across the globe. We also provide comprehensive preparation programmes for the USMLE, MCCEE and NAC exams.

IT empowered learning
RCSI has been at the forefront of educating our graduates with the very latest in educational technology. We were the first institution to provide laptops to all our students. Recent innovations include substantial proportions of the Curriculum being available in interactive modules online, all our clinical sites have enhanced WIFI capability and student learning is supported by the very latest in IT technology.

Excellent teachers
All of our tutors have been trained in the skills of health professions education. We have a dedicated centre for health professions education that ensures our teaching staff understand not only the principles of teaching but the most effective forms of communication.

Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to become lifelong learners with excellent team working and leadership skills. RCSI is committed to developing healthcare leaders who will make a difference worldwide, by providing experiential opportunities beyond the core curriculum, including Research Electives through the RCSI Summer Research School and Overseas Clinical Electives through the Alumni Network programmes.

Continuous investment in developing the College's teaching infrastructure ensures that RCSI remains at the forefront of medical education. As part of this, the College is currently developing an €80m teaching facility at its St. Stephen's Green site. The development is due for completion in 2017 and is the largest redevelopment project in Dublin City Centre in recent years. The 120,000 sq. ft. building will comprise a state of the art surgical and clinical training suite containing a flexible wet lab, mock operating theatres, clinical training wards, standardised patients rooms and task training rooms. It will also include a 540 seat auditorium, a library spanning three floors with 500 study spaces, a sports hall and fitness suites.

The Medical Programme
The medical programme itself focuses on the principle that the patient is paramount. Clinical skills are an integral component of the programme from the very outset.

Clinical exposure in the earlier years takes the form of:

  • Early patient contact
  • Clinical case-based tutorials
  • Case discussion facilitated by clinicians
  • Clinical data interpretation
  • Clinical skills modules
  • Hospital grand rounds

 

In the final 2 years, students are based exclusively on clinical sites for rotations in:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

 

Students also have the opportunity to function as a member of a clinical team before graduation, with a one month sub-internship (residency), which prepares students for the transition from medical student to life in clinical practice as a junior hospital doctor.

 

 

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What You Will Study

The academic year is delivered over two x 15 week semesters.

The structure of the programme is one Foundation Year (Pre-Medical) followed by five medical years.
Some students complete the Foundation year in addition to the five medical years (the 6 year programme).
In other cases, students are exempted from the Foundation Year and complete the five medical years only (the 5 year programme).

The five medical years are divided into three cycles
Junior Cycle (JC1, JC2, JC3) 1.5 years [three semesters]
Intermediate Cycle (IC1, IC2, IC3) 1.5 years [three semesters]
Senior Cycle (SC1 & SC2) 2 years [four semesters]

 

Within each cycle, the content is delivered as modules which are largely based on the systems of the human body (systems-based).
Each module integrates the biomedical and clinical sciences (integrated) and is defined by a series of learning outcomes (outcomes-focused).

Foundation Year (FY1 & FY2)
The Foundation Year extends over the first two semesters of the six year programme (starting in September and extending until May) and provides students with a solid grounding in the biomedical sciences as well as providing them with the necessary IT skills to operate effectively within the College's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The course is delivered as a series of stand-alone and integrated modules with modularised assessment.
The Foundation Year programme is structured as follows:

Foundation Year Semester 1
 Introduction to Medical Physics
 Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry
 Introduction to Human Biology
 Human Systems I
 Professionalism in the Health Sciences
 Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Foundation Year Semester 2
Human Systems II
Professionalism in the Health Sciences
Introduction to Disease, Diagnostics & Therapeutics
Biomedical Laboratory Sciences
Medicinal & Pharmaceutical Chemistry II


Junior Cycle (JC1, JC2 & JC3)

The Junior Cycle extends over three semesters from September of the first medical year to December of the second medical year.
The course is delivered as systems based modules with modularised assessment. The Junior Cycle comprises 12 modules over three semesters and is structured as follows:

 

Junior Cycle Semester 1
Fundamentals of Biomedicine (1)
Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Upper Limb (CVR-UL)
Introduction to Clinical Practice 1 (ICP 1)
Junior Cycle Semester 2
Fundamentals of Biomedicine (2)
Gastrointestinal & Hepatology (GI/HEP)
Renal, Endocrine, Genitourinary & Breast (REGUB)
Health Behaviour & Patient Safety (HBPS)
Introduction to Clinical Practice 1 (ICP 1)
Junior Cycle Semester 3
Molecular Medicine (MM)
Neuroscience (NS)
Evidence Based Health/Population Health and Epidemiology (EBH/PHE)
Introduction to Clinical Practice 2 (ICP 2)

 

Intermediate Cycle (IC1, IC2 & IC3)
The Intermediate Cycle extends over three semesters from January of the second medical year to May of the third medical year.
The course is delivered as systems based modules with modularised assessment and is structured as follows:

Intermediate Cycle Semester 1
Foundations in Microbiology and Immunology
Cardiorespiratory and Respiratory
Fundamentals of Pathology
Intermediate Cycle Semester 2
Gastrointestinal & Hepatology
Renal, Endocrine, Genitourinary and Breast
Central Nervous System/Locomotor/Movement (CNSLF)
Haematolymphoid and Tropical Medicine (HTM)
Intermediate Cycle Semester 3
Musculoskeletal 1 (MSK)
Musculoskeletal 2 (MSK)
Student Selected Component (SSC)
Medicine/Surgery (Clinical Team Attachments)

 

Senior Cycle (SC1 & SC2)
The Senior Cycle is delivered over the final 2 years.
During the first year, students are attached on a rotational basis for 7 weeks to Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medicine and Surgery, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Neonatal Paediatrics. During the final year, students are attached to Medicine and Surgery disciplines at local, national and international hospitals. Of particular interest is the sub internship programme. This gives final year students the opportunity to function as a member of a clinical team in preparation for internship following graduation.

Senior Cycle Rotations
Medicine and Surgery
Medicine and Surgery of Childhood
Obstetrics
Neonatal medicine
Psychiatry
Family Practice
Ophthalmology
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

 

 

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Why Study Medicine at RCSI

 

  1. Single focus on medicine and health sciences
    RCSI is focused exclusively on educating healthcare professionals and every student benefits from being immersed in the RCSI multidisciplinary healthcare environment. The RCSI School of Medicine is Ireland's largest medical school and the College also provides undergraduate courses in Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. The College's teaching staff are experts in healthcare education and the RCSI Health Professions Education Centre ensures that students experience the highest international standards of teaching, learning and assessment using innovative methods and the latest technologies.
  2. Medical teaching infrastructure
    RCSI has a strong focus on developing the clinical skills of its students. Developing these skills has become increasingly difficult set against the background of more and more patients being treated in the hospital setting on a day case basis. To ensure that RCSI students will continue to graduate with exceptional clinical skills, the College is currently investing €80m in a new Academic and Education building which will be located at St. Stephen's Green. Due to be completed in 2017, the facility will provide unparalleled medical teaching facilities including the largest dedicated clinical simulation facilities in these islands.
  3. Early clinical exposure
    Early clinical exposure and heavy involvement in teaching from clinicians is core to the programme. In line with RCSI's commitment to delivering a curriculum that has the patient at the centre of its focus from the first academic year, students learn from specialist consultants in a hospital setting and have contact with real hospital cases.
  4. Setting standards in postgraduate medical training
    RCSI has been responsible for surgical training in Ireland and setting the national standards for surgery since its foundation in 1784. This surgical training ethos feeds down into the medical courses and positively impacts on the delivery of the undergraduate teaching, particularly in areas such as Anatomy. RCSI also offers postgraduate training leading to fellowships in the Faculties of Dentistry, Radiology, Nursing and Midwifery; and Sports and Exercise Medicine. The unique environment within RCSI creates an environment which facilitates and recognises hard work and achievement through academic awards and opportunities.
  5. International recognition
    RCSI graduates are recognised throughout the world and are eligible to practice in almost every country.
  6. USMLE and Canadian Board Examination support
    RCSI understands that our students want the option of completing their residency training at home or abroad. For those students who wish to complete residency placements in the USA or Canada, the College provides Board Examination preparation supports including peer led teaching delivered by senior students on the programme who have successfully completed the exams and Q Bank and Kaplan Test Examinations to provide students with the best opportunity to perform to their maximum potential.
  7. Careers office supports
    Individual student support extends to career support with a bi-annual careers symposium, an online mentor network and the RCSI Global Alumni network all of which forms part of an invaluable toolbox for seeking advice, guidance and practical support on choosing a speciality in Ireland or overseas.
  8. Setting the standards
    RCSI was the 1st medical school in Ireland to independently adopt the standards of the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) - standards since adopted by the Irish Medical Council as the accreditation standard for all Irish medical schools.
  9. Research opportunities
    Students are also provided with opportunities to participate in research through the RCSI Research Summer School
  10. Global Alumni Network
    Access to a network of over 15,500 Alumni practising throughout the World, leading to fantastic international elective opportunities.
  11. Location
    Dublin ranked as 3rd Friendliest City in the World (Condé Nast Traveller’s Guide 2016) and RCSI's city centre location provides superb access to the heart of the City.

 

 

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Student Testimonials

 

From my first point of contact with RCSI I felt immensely supported and accommodated. Upon starting my studies in September 2013, I knew this was exactly where I was meant to be in life. The past two years at the College have been the best and most rewarding years of my life. I have learned so much about myself through meeting others and learning about their unique and diverse cultures. The teaching we have received is second to none, we are encouraged and we grow through RCSI’s incredible academic staff who instil their enthusiasm and passion into us every day.

I was overwhelmed and completely shocked to be chosen as the 2015 international Rose of Tralee. In order to fulfil my duties as the rose to the best of my ability I have taken a year's leave of absence from my medical studies. This past year I was involved in a lot of charity work, traveling the world and representing the festival. I would like to thank all the staff and students of RCSI for their unconditional and unwavering support and encouragement.

Elysha Brennan EU Medicine RCSI testimonial

Elysha Brennan
Ireland, Medicine
(Class of 2018)

After making my way through the mountain of prospectuses and open days in my final year of school, I chose RCSI as my first choice for studying medicine. What attracted me to the college was the quality of education, the community feel and the international mix of students. Since then, I have found all of that to be true. There is such wide scope for getting involved in college life and medicine in RCSI. I have had the opportunity to take part in debating, research projects and social events. Thanks to the college support, we also have an excellent Student Medical Journal which I have the opportunity to edit this year.

Most importantly are the friends I have made here. Being around the same people in class and hospital means that you really get to know one another and support one another. And with people from all over the world in your class, you can meet people and visit places you may not otherwise know.

Eoin Kelleher EU Medicine RCSI testimonial

Eoin Kelleher
Ireland, Medicine
(Class of 2014)

 

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Applicants from the EU, EEA and Switzerland apply to RCSI through the Central Applications Office website. The Irish Leaving Certificate and GCE A-levels are the two most frequent educational systems with which EU students apply to RCSI, followed by the Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate, German Abitur and the Norwegian Vitnemal. Further information on each of these exams, including minimum entry requirements and how to convert your grades into Leaving Certificate Equivalent points, is outlined in more detail below.

A new revised Common Points scale is in place for all candidates sitting the Irish Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) from 2017.
All students applying through the CAO from 2017 will be awarded points under the new scale, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate.

 

EU applicants applying on the basis of the Irish Leaving Certificate

Entry to Undergraduate Medicine for school leavers is based on:

  • Achieving a minimum of 480 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate Exam; and
  • Completing the required admissions test (HPAT-Ireland). This test must be taken in the year of admission to the programme.
  • Full details on the selection criteria for Undergraduate Medicine in the Republic of Ireland are available in the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure

 

All other EU applicants

  • EU school leavers must apply through the Central Applications Office
  • Entry to RCSI's undergraduate programmes is competitive and attainment of the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee a place.
  • A points scoring system is in operation. It is not possible to forecast how many points will be required for a particular course until the current year's examination results are known (August each year) but a points range guide for 2016 is provided below.
  • EU applicants must meet the Minimum Entry Requirements/Matriculation and specific subject requirements of a programme, i.e. must have English, Mathematics, a laboratory science and a second language. Full details on minimum subject and grade requirements are outlined below.
  • Applicants must sit the HPAT-Ireland test (for Medicine only) in the year of admission to the programme (e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only).
  • The applicant's results are ranked relative to all other EU applicants in descending points order and places are allocated from the highest score downwards until the programme is full. All EU applicants will compete based on a combination of their Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalent points and HPAT score, as outlined in more detail below.

 

Irish Leaving Certificate

5 year degree programme

Candidates must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics and a third language plus a minimum of a H4 in Chemistry and H4 in either Physics or Biology. Candidates must meet the above subject requirements and a minimum of 480 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.

6 year degree programme

Candidates must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 in Irish, English, Mathematics, a third language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science. Candidates must meet the above subject requirements and a minimum of 480 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.

Points are awarded on the basis of Irish Leaving Certificate results, as follows:

IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE POINTS CALCULATOR
Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate
Grading Scale
New Leaving Certificate
Grading Scale
New Points at
Higher Level
New Points at Ordinary Level
A1 H1/O1 100 56
A2/B1 H2/O2 88 46
B2/B3 H3/O3 77 37
C1/C2 H4/O4 66 28
C3/D1 H5/O5 56 20
D2/D3 H6/O6 46 12
E H7/O7 33 0

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the minimum subject entry requirements (as outlined above) and the 480 points criterion in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of that Irish Leaving Certificate Exam score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a H6 or above in Higher Level Maths have 25 points added to their score for Mathematics. The six highest subject scores will be counted to achieve a cumulative points score. The bonus points for Mathematics will only be relevant in cases where the subject Higher Level Mathematics is scored as one of the candidate's six best subjects for points scoring purposes. 
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide in 2016, Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

GCE A/AS Levels

EU A-level Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x A2 level subjects (Grade C or above) and 4 passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A2 level)] to include a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a second language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics or Biology, to be considered for the 6 year programme.
A minimum grade C in A2 level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for entry to the 5 year programme.

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the same sitting of the A Level examinations. Please note that grades in the same subject at A2 and AS level cannot be combined for the purposes of calculating CAO points.

Single Sitting: A-level grades taken over a single sitting may be combined with AS grades from the same year or one year previous.

Points scores will be calculated on the basis of either of the following:

  • The best 3 A2 subjects from one academic year and 1 AS in a different subject from the same or preceding academic year; or
  • The best 4 A2 subjects from one academic year. If 4 A2 subjects are presented, the 4th subject is scored at a lower rate.
  • Only A-Level grades awarded at the same date can be considered for computation.
  • A maximum of four distinct recognised subjects will be counted.
  • Applicants are scored on the basis of their best four A-Levels, or three A-Levels and an AS-level in a different subject from the same or preceding year (note one A-Level grade from the previous year may be substituted for an AS grade but will only be scored as an AS).
  • Grades in the same subject in A2 and AS level cannot be combined.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

GCE A/AS LEVELS POINTS EQUIVALENCY
Grade Best 3 A Levels 4th subject - A Level 4th subject - AS Level
A* 180 points 60 points  
A 150 points 50 points 30 points
B 130 points 45 points 25 points
C 100 points 35 points 20 points
D 65 points 20 points 15 points
E 45 points 15 points 10 points

AND

3.Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sitting of the A levels, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • GCE Bonus Points for Mathematics: All students presenting a Grade E or higher in A2 Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This will only apply to one Mathematics subject out of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics AND is only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for scoring purposes. NB Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be combined for points purposes.
  • A-level applicants must satisfy minimum entry requirements (as outlined above) within three consecutive years, i.e. GCSE (2015), AS Levels (2016), A-levels (2017).
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 1 A* and 2 A's in your 3 best A levels and a B in your 4th A level subject and 4 A*’s at A level) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

Scottish Highers Plus Scottish Advanced Highers

EU Scottish Higher Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present 5 subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade C) and 1 other subject at Standard / Intermediate Level (National Level 5) (minimum Grade 3) to include English, Maths, a second language and a laboratory science to be considered for entry to the 6 year programme.

Candidates must present the above minimum subject and grade requirements to include Advanced Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology (minimum Grade C in each) to be considered for entry to the 5 year programme.

Please note:

  • Highers and Advanced Highers results are considered over 2 consecutive years only. 
  • Highers may not be combined over 2 years but may be taken in the same year as Advanced Highers. 
  • A maximum of 5 Higher Level subjects and 3 Advanced Higher Level subjects can be combined for points purposes.
  • English Language competence: Must achieve a minimum Grade 3 at Standard / Intermediate Level English (National Level 5).
  • Scottish Higher applicants should include certified copies of all examinations taken from Standard Level up in their CAO application.

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the same sittings of the Higher and Advanced Higher Examinations.

An applicant's points score will be calculated on the basis of the following:

  • The best 5 Scottish Higher results from the same sitting in one academic year and the best 2 or 3 Advanced Higher results from the same or subsequent academic year.

 

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

SCOTTISH HIGHER POINTS EQUIVALENCE TABLE
Higher Level Grade Subject Score   Advanced Higher Subject Score
A 99   A 35
B 84   B 28
C 69   C 33

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sittings of the Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher Examinations, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • Advanced Highers - Bonus Points for Mathematics(from 2013 for a 4 year period): All students presenting a Grade C or higher in Advanced Higher Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This is only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for equivalent points scoring purposes. 
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 5 A's in the Highers and 2 A's in the Advanced Highers and 5 A's in the Highers and 3 A's in the Advanced Highers) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

International Baccalaureate

EU International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present three subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade 5) and three subjects at Standard Level (minimum Grade 4) to include English, Mathematics, one laboratory science and a second language, to be considered for entry to the 6 year programme. A minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for entry to the 5 year programme.

English Language competence: Candidates presenting IB through English must achieve a minimum Grade 4 in Standard Level English (either English A1, A2 or B).

Candidates not presenting IB through English must achieve a minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level English (either English A1, A2 or B).
Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section "English Language Requirements").

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the same sitting of the IB Examinations.

As a guideline it is anticipated that points will be awarded as follows based on the overall IB score assuming sufficient recognised subjects are presented:

IB AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
45 IB points 600 Leaving Certificate Points
44 IB points 587 Leaving Certificate Points
42 IB points 560 Leaving Certificate Points
40 IB points 533 Leaving Certificate Points
38 IB points 507 Leaving Certificate Points
36 IB points 480 Leaving Certificate Points

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving IB applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the same sitting of the IB Examinations, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • IB - Bonus Points for Mathematics: An additional 25 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 4 or higher in Higher Level Mathematics ONLY. The subject Mathematics Studies is not acceptable.
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 41 IB points and 45 IB points) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.
  • Regarding 2018: A major review of IB scoring is ongoing and there may be significant changes in scoring and entry requirements for 2018.

 

European Baccalaureate

EU European Baccalaureate (EB) applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present a minimum overall EB score of 85%. Must achieve a minimum Grade 6 in all subjects to include English (minimum 3/4/5 period), Mathematics (minimum 3 period), one laboratory science and a second language. Must achieve a minimum Grade 7 (3/4/5 hour subject period) in at least two subjects.

English Language competence: Must achieve a minimum Grade 6 (3/4/5 period) in English examined as either a first language, first foreign language or second foreign language. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section "English Language Requirements").

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate points in the same sitting of the European Baccalaureate Examinations.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table, provided sufficient distinct recognised subjects are passed:

EB AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
96%+ 600 Leaving Certificate Points
95% 591 Leaving Certificate Points
93% 573 Leaving Certificate Points
90% 545 Leaving Certificate Points
85% 498 Leaving Certificate Points

Note: This scoring is based on alignment of percentages attaining scores in the EB compared with scores attained by the same percent in the Irish Leaving Certificate. A further review will be carried out and may change for 2018 or later years.

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sitting of the EB Examinations, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • EB - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 6 or better on 5 Period Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics.
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 91% and 96%+) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

French Baccalaureate

EU French Baccalaureate Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present a minimum overall score of 14.8. Must achieve a minimum Grade 10 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 12 (at coefficient =<4) in six acceptable subjects to include Mathematics, one laboratory science and a language other than English. In addition, must also achieve a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 14 (at coefficient =<4) in two subjects to include English.

English Language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section "English Language Requirements").

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate points in the same sitting of the French Baccalaureate. It is normal for some subjects to be examined in the year prior to the final examination. This is acceptable provided examined subjects are covered over a maximum of 2 consecutive years.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table (provided adequate distinct recognised subjects are presented):

FRENCH BACC AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
20 600 Leaving Certificate Points
19 575 Leaving Certificate Points
18 555 Leaving Certificate Points
17 530 Leaving Certificate Points
16 510 Leaving Certificate Points
15 490 Leaving Certificate Points

The percentage of students attaining each level in the French Baccalaureate is compared with the percentage of students attaining the various points levels in the Irish Leaving Certificate and the comparison is determined on that basis. The uneven relationship between the Irish Leaving Certificate Points System and French Baccalaureate scores is reflective of the distribution of results.

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sitting of the French Baccalaureate, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • French Baccalaureate - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 10 or better in Mathematics with a minimum co-efficient of 5.
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 18 and 20) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

German Abitur

EU German Abitur Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present a minimum overall score of 1.6 in the Durchschnittsnote. Present six subjects each with a minimum average score of 9 to include Mathematics, one laboratory science and a language other than English. Three Higher Level subjects, to include English, with a minimum average score of 10 must also be presented.

English Language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section "English Language Requirements").

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate points in the same sitting of the German Abitur. All four subjects must be examined at the same time.
As a guideline, assuming there are sufficient distinct recognised subjects, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be based on the Durchschnittsnote and calculated using the following conversion table:

GERMAN ABITUR AND LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
1.0 600 Leaving Certificate Points
1.1 580 Leaving Certificate Points
1.2 560 Leaving Certificate Points
1.3 540 Leaving Certificate Points
1.6 480 Leaving Certificate Points

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sitting of the German Abitur Examinations, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only.
  • German Abitur - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a minimum Grade 4 in Intensive Level Mathematics.
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 1.2 and 1.0) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

Norwegian Vitnemal

EU Norwegian Vitnemal Applicants must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

Present a minimum overall average mark of 4.8. Must present a minimum of six distinct subjects to include at least four examined and two non-examined subjects, three of which must be at Grade 4 or higher (including English) and the other three at a minimum Grade 2 or higher. Subjects must include English, Mathematics, one laboratory science and a second language.

English Language competence: Must achieve a minimum Grade 4 in examined or final year English. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined below (please refer to section "English Language Requirements").

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate points in the same sitting of the Norwegian Vitnemal Examinations.

As a guide, the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

NORWEGIAN VITNEMAL AND LEAVING CERTIFICATE EQUIVALENCY
5.86+ 600 Leaving Certificate Points
5.5 570 Leaving Certificate Points
5 525 Leaving Certificate Points
4.8 500 Leaving Certificate Points

The percentages of students attaining each average point in the Vitnemål are compared with the percentages of students attaining the various points levels in the Irish leaving certificate and the comparison is determined on that basis. The uneven relationship reflects the distribution of results.

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the same year of admission to the programme.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the above minimum subject entry requirements and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sitting of the Norwegian Vitnemal Examinations, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only. 
  • Norwegian Vitnemal - Bonus Points for Mathematics: An additional 25 Irish Leaving Certificate points will be awarded for a Grade 4 in Maths VG3.
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 5.3 and 6) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

 

Other European Examinations

For specific information on points conversion of European Examinations other than those listed above, please check out the Guideline Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA applicants other than the Leaving Certificate.

Please note:

  • For EU school-leaving applicants who meet the minimum subject entry requirements (as outlined in the above document) and the 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points criterion in the same sitting of the school leaving examination, allocation of places for medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score and the HPAT-Ireland score. For more information on combining the Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent and HPAT scores, please review the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Brochure.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2017 HPAT score is valid for 2017 admission only. 
  • Combined entry points range 2016: As a guide, the 2016 Irish Leaving Certificate points scores (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 535 to 625 and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 201. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to RCSI's Undergraduate Medicine Programme in 2016 was 724*.

Please note the Irish Leaving Certificate scoring system is changing in 2017 which may lead to a change in the points profile of Irish school-leavers. Individual countries will be updated for 2018 and following years when statistics are available. The points equivalent calculations above serve as a guide only.

The onus is on the applicant to check entry criteria for the programmes for which they are applying. Please note, criteria can change from year to year.

 

English Language Requirements

Teaching in RCSI is through the medium of English; therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language.

Applicants (whose first language is not English) must either meet the minimum English language matriculation requirement in their secondary school qualifications as outlined above or separately in the IELTS examination (academic stream) with an overall average score of 6.5 and no individual section lower than 6.0.

Note: All IELTS test results must be less than two years old at the time of admission.

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Course Fees

 

Free Fees Scheme

  • EU Fees are set by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
  • RCSI is part of the "Free Fees Initiative" funded by the HEA. The tuition Fees for EU school leavers who have not previously attended University are therefore normally covered under the Free Fees Scheme.
  • Students are required to pay a student contribution fee for non-tuition costs. For the academic year 2016/17, the EU Student Contribution fee for Undergraduate Medicine is €3,860 per annum (comprising a student contribution charge of €3000, an IT fee of €475 and two one-off fees, a health screening charge of €250 and a National University of Ireland fee of €135).

 

EU Fees

  • Free Fees can only be drawn down once and candidates who have previously attended third level education under the "Free Fees Scheme" are liable for EU fees. 
  • Students who are not covered under the Free Fees Scheme are required to pay a Student Contribution fee in addition to the EU Tuition Fees.
  • In 2016/17, the overall EU fee for Undergraduate Medicine (including the EU Tuition Fee, student contribution charge etc.) is €10,377 per annum.
  • EU Fees for the academic year 2017/18 are set by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and have not been set at this time.

 

 

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DARE and HEAR

RCSI participates in the Higher Education Admissions Route (HEAR) which supports socio-economically disadvantaged students and the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) which supports students applying with a disability.

The Admissions Office manages the DARE and HEAR Schemes, offering 6% of CAO places on reduced points to DARE and HEAR eligible applicants.

HEAR DARE CAO reduced points places

RC001 Medicine: 39 CAO places, 2 are DARE and 2 are HEAR + 1 Aim High Medicine Scholarship (HEAR applicant).

School Leavers applying through the CAO who provide the necessary evidence relating to their socio-economic circumstances and/or disability are eligible to compete for places allocated on reduced points through the DARE and HEAR schemes. Please note that the normal College matriculation and entry requirements apply to DARE and HEAR applicants.

Click here for further information on DARE and HEAR.

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Scholarships

In addition to the 6% DARE and HEAR places, the Admissions Office stewards scholarships for CAO school leaver applicants hoping to study Medicine at RCSI:

  • The Aim High Medicine Scholarship
  • Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship
  • The Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) Scholarships which are available for members of the Traveller Community applying for Medicine, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy.

School Leavers interested in applying for these scholarships must apply through the CAO by 1 February. Additional information and supplementary application forms are available here.

 

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Policies

To review any of the following policy documents and statements, please visit the Policies page:

  • Am I an EU or Non EU Student (for application and fees assessment)
  • Applicants with Disabilities Policy
  • Complaints and Appeals Procedure
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Fees Policy
  • Fitness to Practice Information
  • Policy and Procedure for Admitting Students under 18 years of age
  • Statement on Confidentiality and Declaration of Interest pertaining to admission
  • Statement on Feedback pertaining to admission
  • Statement on Fraud pertaining to admission
  • Statement on Garda (Police) Vetting
  • Statement on Infectious Diseases and General Health
  • Undergraduate Admissions Policy
  • Undergraduate Schools Transfer Policy

 

 

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Visit RCSI - Open Days and Education Fairs

Open Days
  • RCSI hosts a number of dedicated Medicine Open Days and Open Evenings throughout the year.
  • The School Leaver's Open Day took place Wednesday, 04th January 2017.
  • School leavers got a taste for what life will be like as an undergraduate RCSI Medicine, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy student.
  • For more details on the event, please visit the Open Days Page.
Education Fairs
Book a Campus Visit or School Tour
  • To book a guided tour of the RCSI campus, please email the Admissions Office at least one week in advance.
  • Guided tours normally take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-12pm (outside of bank holidays etc.).

 

 

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FAQs

 

  1. My Irish Leaving Certificate results are being re-checked. What happens if I receive an upgrade?

    CAO places for Irish school leaving applicants are awarded on the basis of points obtained in the Irish Leaving Certificate. Some students apply to the Examinations Commission and have their papers rechecked. If additional points are awarded as a result of a recheck, an applicant may become eligible for a course for which they were previously unsuccessful. How does this work? If, as a result of an upgrade, your points are higher than the points on which the last offer was made, you will be eligible for a place. If you obtain the same points at which the last offer was made you may be eligible for a place. The awarding of places for applicants on the same points is based on the candidates Random Selection number which is a computer generated number applied to each applicant at the time they apply to the CAO. If the Random Selection number is higher than the last person offered on those points, then the candidate is eligible for an offer. If the Random Selection number is lower than the last person offered on those points, then you are not eligible for an offer.

  2. Does RCSI offer training for the HPAT-Ireland examination?

    No, RCSI does not offer training for the HPAT-Ireland examination. Sample test papers will be available from the HPAT website and it is recommended that you purchase some sample papers and practice sitting the examination in a mock simulation, as time management in the exam can be beneficial to your overall performance.

  3. Is the RCSI degree recognised in all Countries?

    RCSI Graduates are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland. The degrees are internationally recognised but as with many degrees there may be a need for Graduates wishing to practice in some countries to sit local licensing examinations. For example, Graduates wishing to practice in the USA or Canada are required to sit the USMLE and Canadian Board examination respectively. Similarly, Graduates returning to Hong Kong sit the Hong Kong Board examinations. It is advisable to check with the Medical Council of the country you intend to practice in and familiarise yourself with the local license requirements.

  4. Are students guaranteed housing?

    Mercer Court Accommodation is located immediately adjacent to the College and is reserved for new incoming students. Capacity is limited and places are offered to students on a first come first served basis. The Student Services Department maintains a Registry of Accommodation and assists students in finding suitable accommodation. Details in relation to accommodation are available in the Student Life section of the website.

 

 

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Contact Us

 

The Admissions Office is responsible for the admission of students to all of the College's undergraduate programmes.

Address:
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Admissions Office
123 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2
Ireland
Tel: 00 353 1 402 2228
Email: admissions@rcsi.ie

 

 

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