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Key Facts

Course Title: Master of Pharmacy
Award: MPharm
CAO Code: RC005
NFQ Level: Level 9
No of places: 30 EU places
Start date: Each September
Course Length: 5 years
Mode of Attendance: Full-Time
Academic School: School of Pharmacy
Accredited by: The MPharm is a new, fully integrated 5-year degree programme accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI). On completion of the MPharm programme, graduates are fully qualified to apply to register as a pharmacist in Ireland and throughout the EU. RCSI is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland (NUI), awarding the MPharm degree to its pharmacy 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 Pharmacy. 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 06th November 2017 until 1st February 2018, using the course code RC005.
  • Late applications for school leavers are accepted via the CAO until 17.15 GMT on 1st May of each year.
  • 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 to the MPharm.

Note: The CAO Change of Mind facility applies to all RCSI courses and becomes available at 12:00 Noon on 04th May 2018.

 

 

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Course Overview

A qualification in Pharmacy enables a rich and rewarding career that can be pursued in a variety of distinct settings, both nationally and internationally. RCSI are pioneers in pharmacy education, offering the most progressive and modern programme in a reputable and globally respected institution whose sole mission is to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health.

There is a strong emphasis on clinical practice and clinical competence from the beginning of the programme.

Students from years 1 to 3 of the programme have introductory pharmacy practice experiences. This takes the form of:

  • Early patient contact
  • Out of hours pharmacy visits
  • Shadowing a pharmacist
  • Case discussions facilitated by pharmacists
  • Clinical data interpretation and
  • Attendance at hospital grand rounds by video conference link

 

Students have the option of undertaking a 2 month clinical or non-clinical placement over the summer months prior to commencement of their fourth year. In their fourth year, students undertake 4 months of a structured professional placement in either a clinical or non-clinical setting. In their fifth year, students undertake 8 months of clinical training under the supervision of an RCSI tutor. This ensures that students have the opportunity to apply, in a supervised clinical setting, all of the knowledge and skills acquired over the 5 years at the RCSI School of Pharmacy.
RCSI Pharmacy graduates are confident and capable of meeting the medication related needs of both patients and populations. They are prepared to fulfil their professional responsibilities via clinical practice or to enter into doctoral studies for advanced practice or in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.

Highlights of the MPharm

  • Small, culturally diverse classes - MPharm classes will contain approximately 70 students per year of which 30% will be international students. This diversity offers a unique global perspective and is reflective of the patient populations graduates will ultimately seek to serve.

  • Integrated taught and experiential curriculum - The MPharm degree is delivered over five years, with two semesters per year. Each semester is divided into modules, and the curriculum is delivered using an integrated systems-based teaching approach. The teaching is, supported by student placements in the hospital, community or industrial pharmacy settings. This fully integrated teaching approach enables students to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom and while on professional practice placements to ensure that the student is fully prepared to deliver optimal patient care after graduation.

  • Focus on learning outcomes - Upon entry to the programme students are first introduced to core scientific and professional principles. As their educational journey through the MPharm programme progresses, the student’s curriculum focuses on successive learning outcomes to produce a competent, reflective and patient focused pharmacist, ready for pharmacy practice in all professional domains.

  • Focus on professional development - RCSI’s MPharm programme will produce graduates who are committed to lifelong learning which is a requirement for the effective and safe provision of pharmacist delivered patient care.

  • Bed-side teaching – The Clinical pharmacy faculty within the RCSI Hospital’s Group and at clinical partner sites provides structured bed-side teaching to support and drive attainment of learning outcomes.

  • International electives - Students have the opportunity to travel to the University of Lorraine (France) through the Erasmus programme or to apply to participate in a range of international electives including the USA and China.

  • Practice makes perfect - The programme includes experiential learning opportunities, for example, internships which allow students to practice professional skills under the guidance of an experienced pharmacy practitioner, within the community, the hospital or the industrial pharmacy settings.
  • Career focus - Upon successful completion of the MPharm programme, graduates can register with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and enter professional pharmacy practice as very well equipped pharmacists, ready to respond effectively to the opportunities and challenges modern healthcare delivery brings.

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    What You Will Study

    Professional and practical studies form part of the curriculum from the start and the programme produces graduates capable of undertaking a career in any of the specialties of pharmacy. To provide this, the programme combines the practice of pharmacy with teaching in basic and pharmaceutical sciences to produce a well-rounded professional. The course is structured such that the student progresses from foundation studies, through scientific and professional studies to preparation for practice.

    The academic content is delivered in modules, which are based on the systems of the human body and each module integrates the life-sciences, clinical sciences and practice associated with that system and is defined by a series of learning outcomes.

    Structured experiential learning opportunities are integrated throughout the programme. These include, a 4 month structured professional placement in the fourth year, 1 or 2-month placement option over the summer months between third and fourth year and an 8-month professional placement in the final fifth year.

    Year One
    An introduction to the pharmacist as a Professional and the many roles of the pharmacist is central to the first year of the programme which provides students with a solid grounding in the fields of pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry. The course is delivered as a series of stand-alone and integrated modules with modularised assessment and is structured as follows:

    Year 1 Modules
    Pharmacists: Beginning the Professional Journey
    Health Body and Function
    Physical and Chemical Properties of Drugs and Their Dosage 1
    Professional Development 1
    Gastrointestinal Health: Medicines and Patient Care
    Physical and Chemical Properties of Drugs and Their Dosage 2
    Cardiovascular Health: Medicines and Patient Care

     

    Year Two
    The second year of the programme is focused on a number of further systems of the human body and is structured as follows:

    Year 2 Modules
    Respiratory Health: Medicines and Patient Care
    Professional Development 2
    Musculoskeletal Health: Medicines and Patient Care
    Central Nervous System Health: Medicines and Patient Care
    Immunology: Self-protection and Management of Response
    Infection: Optimising Prevention and Treatment Strategies
    Sensory and Protective Structures: Health and Potential for External Delivery

     

    Year Three
    The third year of the programme is focused on systems of increasing complexity and the health of populations. It includes a module on the drug discovery pathway which looks at the research and discovery pathways of medicines and is structured as follows:

    Year 3 Modules
    The Liver and Kidney: Health, Function and Medicines Handling
    Professional Development 3
    The Endocrine System: Hormones as Signals and Regulators
    Men’s and Women’s Health: Tailored Care
    Stages of Life: The Changing Body and Medicines Handling
    Malignant Disease: Optimising Prevention and Treatment
    The Drug Life Cycle: Discovery and Beyond

     

    Year Four
    The fourth year of the programme is focused on professional development and practice, in conjunction with global health and population challenges. It also provides for development of research skills, and allows an opportunity to pursue an elective in an area of choice and is structured as follows:

    Year 4 Modules
    Organisation and Management Skills
    Professional Skills Development
    Professional Practice
    Professional Development 4
    Global and Population Health
    Scientific Research Skills
    Options: Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
    Options: Education and Training
    Options: Philosophy
    Options: Communication Through Creative Media
    Options: Social Justice
    Options: Team Based Product Design

     

    Year Five
    The fifth year is focused on gaining the relevant experience in practice and embedding that knowledge so that students are ready to practice as pharmacists immediately after graduation and is structured as follows:

    Year 5 Modules
    Patient Care and Society
    Professional Development 5
    Decision Making in Complex Care
    Leadership in Pharmacy: Building the Future
    Supply of Medicines and Organisation and Management Skills
    Leading the Safe and Rational Use of Medicines
    Professional Practice and Public Health
    Clinical Research Skills

    Students are required to complete the MPharm programme and graduate in no more than 7 academic years following commencement. Students may only repeat 2 academic years in total during the MPharm subject to programme conditions.

     

     

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    Why Study Pharmacy at RCSI

     

    1. Single focus on health sciences: RCSI is focused exclusively on educating healthcare professionals and every student benefits from being immersed in the RCSI multidisciplinary healthcare environment. 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. International recognition: The MPharm from RCSI is internationally recognised and globally portable.
    3. Professional placements: RCSI has professional experiential placements throughout the Pharmacy programme so that knowledge and skills are always contextualised in a clinical setting.
    4. International electives: Students are offered the opportunity to undertake electives in partnered North American, French and Chinese Faculties of Pharmacy.
    5. Research opportunities: Students are also provided with opportunities to participate in research through the RCSI Research Summer School.
    6. International learning environment: At least 65% of the undergraduate student body is from outside of the European Union, making RCSI a unique College in which to study.
    7. Global Alumni network: Access to a network of over 16,000 Alumni practicing throughout the World.
    8. 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.
    9. On completion of the MPharm, graduates can progress to a doctorate in the pharmaceutical sciences and become leaders in drug discovery.
    10. RCSI is home to the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP) – the leadership body for pharmacists in Ireland.

     

     

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    Student Testimonials

    I firmly believe that the Pharmacy course run by RCSI is the best in the country. Not only are we provided with a solid foundation in all the science subjects in our first year, we are also afforded the privilege of practical learning in the Anatomy Room.

    This, along with an acute emphasis on the clinical aspect of Pharmacy, makes this course unique and exceptional. The academic excellence, friendliness and approachability of all our lecturers are second to none. Such a support system is key to the enjoyment of this Pharmacy course and it provides a calm and pleasant atmosphere in which to learn.

    Muireann Windsor Glynn Student Testimonial

    Muireann Windsor Glynn
    Ireland
    (Class of 2017)

     

     

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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.

     

    Please Note: A 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 since 2017 will be awarded points under the new scale, no matter when they sat the Leaving Certificate.

     

    Irish and 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 guide for 2017 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 second language, Chemistry and one other recognised subject. Full details on minimum subject and grade requirements are outlined below.
    • 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 their Irish Leaving Certificate (or Equivalent) points, as outlined in more detail below.

     

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    Candidates must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, Chemistry, a third language and another recognised subject. Candidates must present a minimum grade of H5 in Chemistry, a H5 in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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

    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 37 0

    Please note:

    • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a H6 or above in Higher Level Maths (HD3) have 25 points added to their score for Mathematics. The six highest subject points 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.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540.

     

    GCE A/AS Levels

    EU A-level Applicants must:

    1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

    Candidates must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x A2 level subjects (Grade C) and 4 passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A2 level)] to include a minimum Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a second language and one other recognised subject plus a minimum Grade C at A2 Level in Chemistry.

    AND

    2.Meet the minimum points requirements:

    Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and achieve the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the A2-Level Examinations (if you present AS grades, they will only be accepted from the year immediately preceding the grades in the A2 subjects). Please note that grades in the same subject at A2 and AS level cannot be combined for the purposes of calculating CAO points.

    • 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 A2 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 A2, or three A2 and an AS Level in a different subject from the same or preceding year (note one A2 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

    Please note:

    • 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 (2016), AS Levels (2017), A-levels (2018).
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to 2 A*’s and 1 B in your 3 best A levels and 1 A in your 4th A level subject (or a similar combination).

     

    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 another recognised subject. In addition, candidates must present a minimum of two Advanced Higher level subjects at Grade C to include Chemistry.

    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.

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    2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

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

    An applicant’s 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 77   B 27
    C 56   C 20

    Please note:

    • Advanced Highers - Bonus Points for Mathematics (from 2014 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.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to 4 A’s and 1 B in the Highers and 2 A's in the Advanced Highers (or a similar combination).

     

    International Baccalaureate

    EU International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants must:

    1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

    Candidates must present three subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade 5) and three subjects at Standard Level (minimum Grade 4) to include English, Mathematics, a second language and another recognised subject. A minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry is required for entry to the MPharm.

    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 at the "English Language Requirements" section.

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    2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

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

    As a guideline it is anticipated that the indicative equivalence with Irish Leaving Certificate points will be calculated using the following conversion table:

    IB AND IRISH LEAVING CERTIFICATE (ILC) EQUIVALENCY
    45 IB points 600 ILC Points
    44 IB points 587 ILC Points
    43 IB points 573 ILC Points
    42 IB points 560 ILC Points
    41 IB points 547 ILC Points
    40 IB points 533 ILC Points
    38 IB points 507 ILC Points
    36 IB points 480 ILC Points

    Please note:

    • 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.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 41 IB points.
    • Regarding 2019: A major review of IB scoring is ongoing and there may be significant changes in scoring and entry requirements for 2019.

     

    European Baccalaureate

    EU European Baccalaureate (EB) applicants must:

    1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

    Must achieve a minimum Grade 6 in all subjects to include English (minimum 3/4/5 period), Mathematics (minimum 3 period), a second language and another recognised subject.

    Must achieve a minimum Grade 7 (3/4/5 hour subject period) in at least two subjects, one of which must include Chemistry.

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

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    2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

    Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in 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 (ILC) EQUIVALENCY
    96%+ 600 ILC Points
    95% 591 ILC Points
    94% 582 ILC Points
    93% 573 ILC Points
    92% 563 ILC Points
    91% 554 ILC Points
    90% 545 ILC Points
    85% 498 ILC Points

    This scoring is based on alignment with 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.

    Please note:

    • EB - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 6 or above on 5 Period Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 90%.

     

    French Baccalaureate

    EU French Baccalaureate Applicants must:

    1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

    Must achieve a minimum Grade 10 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 12 (at coefficient =<4) in six recognised subjects to include Mathematics, a language other than English and another recognised subject. In addition, must also achieve a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 14 (at coefficient =<4) in English and a minimum Grade 13 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 15 (at coefficient =<4) in Chemistry.

    English Language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined at the English Language Requirements section.

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    2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

    Candidates must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in 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 (ILC) EQUIVALENCY
    20 600 ILC Points
    19 580 ILC Points
    18 559 ILC Points
    17 539 ILC Points
    16 518 ILC Points
    15 486 ILC 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.

    Please note:

    • French Baccalaureate - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a Grade 11 or above in Mathematics with a minimum co-efficient of 5.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 17.2.

     

    German Abitur

    EU German Abitur Applicants must:

    1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

    Present six distinct recognised subjects to include 3 subjects with a minimum grade 5 at intensive level and 2 subjects (including Chemistry) with a minimum grade 6 at intensive level to include maths and a second language. In addition, candidates must achieve a minimum grade 11 at standard level or a minimum grade 9 at intensive level in English.

    English Language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements as outlined at the "English Language Requirements" section.

    AND

    2. Meet the minimum points requirements:

    Candidates must meet the minimum points requirements in the same sitting of the German Abitur examinations.

    As a guideline, it is anticipated that Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalent points will be awarded based on the Durchschnittsnote and and converted as follows:

    GERMAN ABITUR AND LEAVING CERTIFICATE (ILC) EQUIVALENCY
    1.0 600 ILC Points
    1.1 580 ILC Points
    1.2 554 ILC Points
    1.3 530 ILC Points
    1.4 520 ILC Points
    1.5 506 ILC Points

    Please note:

    • German Abitur - Bonus Points for Mathematics: 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points will be awarded for a minimum Grade 5 or above in Intensive Level Mathematics.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 1.2.

     

    Norwegian Vitnemal

    EU Norwegian Vitnemal Applicants must:

    1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

    Must present a minimum of six distinct, recognised subjects to include four examined and two non-examined subjects. Subjects must include English (minimum Grade 4 examined or final year), Chemistry (minimum Grade 4 or final year), Maths, a second language, a laboratory science and one other recognised subject (two subjects at a minimum Grade 4 examined or final year and two subjects at a minimum Grade 2 examined or final year).

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

    Points calculation is based on the best 6 distinct, recognised subjects. To score maximum points, applicants need to present 5 examined subjects (which carry a maximum score of 113 each) and 1 non-examined subject 9which carries a maximum score of 35). If six examined subjects are presented, the lowest result is scored as a non-examined subject, as follows:

    NORWEGIAN VITNEMAL POINTS EQUIVALENCE TABLE
    Score IPS Examined Subjects IPS final year school
    6 113 35
    5 112 33
    4 84 24
    3 32 9
    2 20 6

    Please note:

    • Norwegian Vitnemal - Bonus Points for Mathematics: An additional 25 Irish Leaving Certificate points will be awarded for a Grade 3 or above in Maths VG3.
    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540 which is approximately equivalent to 5 examined subjects (4 at Grade 5 and 1 at Grade 4) and 1 non-examined subject at grade 3.

     

    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:

    • Points guide 2017: As a guide, the 2017 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to RCSI’s Undergraduate Pharmacy Programme was 540.

    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 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 that the 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 2 years old at the time of admission.

     

     

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    Course Fees

     

    Free Fees Scheme

    • 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 2017/18, the EU Student Contribution fee for Undergraduate Pharmacy is €3,860 per annum (comprising a student contribution charge of €3,000, 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.
    • EU Fees are set by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
    • EU Fees for the academic year 2018/19 have not been set at this time.
    • In 2017/18, the overall EU fee for Undergraduate Pharmacy (including the EU Tuition Fee, student contribution charge etc.) is €8,752 per annum.

    Note: Pharmacy is a five-year integrated degree programme from 2015 entry. This applies to all undergraduate pharmacy programmes being offered in the Republic of Ireland from 2015. Pharmacy graduates in 2020 will exit with a Master of Pharmacy (Level 9 degree award on the national framework of qualifications) therefore the Free Fees Scheme (Level 8 degrees only) will not cover the cost of the final 5th year of any Pharmacy programme in Ireland. Tuition fee costs for the final 5th year of the Pharmacy programme have not yet been set, however the cost is estimated to be approximately €9,000

     

     

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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 HEAR Schemes, offering 6% of CAO places on reduced points to DARE and HEAR eligible applicants.

    DARE HEAR CAO reduced points places

    RC005 Pharmacy: 30 CAO places, 2 are DARE and 2 are HEAR + 1 Kiran Pathak Pharmacy 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 Pharmacy at RCSI:

    • The Kiran Pathak Pharmacy 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
    • English Language Policy
    • Fees Policy
    • Fitness to Practice Information
    • General Entrance Requirements
    • 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

     

    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. 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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