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

NON-EU Medicine School Leaver

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)
No of places: More than 200 Non EU places between 5 & 6 year programmes
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.

 

How to Apply

Please note: Non-EU applications for medicine starting in 2017 are now closed.


1.Non EU Applicants residing in Canada and the United States of America

Application Process

 

Selection Process
Applicants will be selected for admission on the basis of open competition using the following criteria:

  • Academic eligibility, as outlined above, and
  • Confidential references, a personal statement and life experience (work life balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work/ voluntary experience).
Competitive candidates from within the North American pool are provided with the opportunity to attend for face to face interviews which are normally held in New York (last weekend February), Vancouver (last weekend February) and Toronto (beginning of March). Please see Related Links for guidance on "Preparing your Personal Statement" and "Preparing for an Admissions Interview".

 

2. All other Non EU Applicants

Application Process

  • Applications must be made online directly to RCSI through the College website from 1st November to 1st February of each year.
  • There is a 75 euro application fee payable by credit card.
  • The following documents are required as part of the online application process:
    1. Certified copies of academic transcripts including English language transcripts (IELTS) if applicable
    2. Non-academic references
    3. Copy of passport showing name, nationality and date of birth
    4. A passport style photograph
  • The above documents should be uploaded as part of the online application process
  • Applicants are required to nominate an Academic Referee as part of the application process. The Admission Office will then contact the referee and request that they provide a ‘Confidential Academic Reference’. The full name, title, position and contact details of the referee is required as part of the online application. It is advisable therefore to inform the referee and seek his/her permission to nominate them as a referee. Please note that the contact details of the referee are required as part of the application and it is advisable to have these details available prior to commencing the application process

 

Selection process
Applications are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee and applicants will be selected for admission on the basis of open competition using the following criteria:

  • Academic Eligibility, as outlined above
  • English language eligibility - minimum IELTS would be an overall score 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0 and
  • Confidential references, a personal statement and life experience (work life balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work/ voluntary experience).
Competitive applicants are then selected from within the overall application pool and the most competitive cohort is offered the opportunity to undertake an interview. The interview normally takes place in February/March. Please see "Related Links" for guidance on "Preparing your Personal Statement" and "Preparing for an Admissions Interview".

 

Special Notices for International Students:

  • Singaporean nationals MUST complete their National service prior to application.
  • Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian, UAE and Omani Nationals who are under Government Scholarships must apply through their respective Ministries of Higher Education. Their files are then sent to RCSI for consideration by the relevant Cultural Offices in Dublin or London. For more information, please email the Admissions Office.

 

 

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Course Overview

RCSI is Ireland’s largest medical school and one of the most international medical schools in the World. RCSI is ranked in the top 250 institutions worldwide and joint 1st place in the Republic of Ireland in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016-2017).
More than 65% of our student body is international, representing over 60 nationalities. Such cultural diversity makes it a dynamic learning environment leading to a world class medical education preparing graduates to become leaders in healthcare, capable of practising anywhere in the World.

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 physicians 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 understands 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. 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. Medical students are entirely hospital based in the final 2 years of the programme.
  2. Single focus on medicine and health sciences
    Ireland’s largest medical school
    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.
  3. 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. RCSI also offers postgraduate training leading to fellowships in the Faculties of Dentistry, Radiology, Nursing and Midwifery; and Sports and Exercise Medicine.
  4. USMLE and Canadian Board Examination support
    RCSI understands the needs of our international students to return to their home countries to complete Residency placements. To ensure success, 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.
  5. International reputation
    Become part of a global community
    RCSI campuses reflect the truly international character of the College, both in terms of the diversity of its student body and in its geographical reach. RCSI has a long tradition of educating international students, alongside Irish and EU students with more than 60 nationalities represented in the College. In addition to the main campus in Dublin, RCSI has campuses in Bahrain, Dubai and two locations in Malaysia. As a result of this international student body, RCSI has a network of over 15,500 alumni around the world, giving RCSI graduates access to an international network of contacts. Graduates of medicine across all of RCSI’s campuses complete rigorously evaluated programmes that allow for a common degree award of the National University of Ireland.
  6. 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.
  7. First 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, 2005.
  8. RCSI is ranked in the top 250 institutions worldwide and joint 1st place in the Republic of Ireland in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016-2017).
  9. Internationally recognised medical degrees allowing graduates to practice in most countries in the world.
  10. Students are also provided with opportunities to participate in research through the RCSI Research Summer School
  11. At least 65% of the undergraduate student body is from outside of the European Union, making RCSI a unique College in which to study as an international student.
  12. Dublin ranked 3rd Friendliest City in the World (Condé Nast Traveller's Guide 2016).
  13. Ireland ranked Number 1 by Lonely Planet as the World’s Friendliest Country.

 

 

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Student Testimonials

The moment I set foot on Irish soil it felt right. Don’t get me wrong. It was October-cold, windy and I was freezing my (other) cheeks off. Hell, the first thing I bought was the thickest mountaineer’s jacket I could find. But the people; oh they were a warm and cheery folk! And I was on explorer’s high from this new feeling of self-reliance.

This was about 3 years ago; the day I walked into my shared room in Millin House. I was early. People started filling the other rooms on the floor; musically-accented people from Singapore and the Arabian Peninsula. Three all-too-short years later, I would come to love these as family.

And my family and I fought through the years together, with enough random outings peppered along to ward off madness. We never really had trouble with the course itself. You merely adopted the darkness; we were born in it, moulded by it (Asian parents). And I watched with joy as my family adopted hikers, climbers, guitarists, shopaholics, writers and foodies representing at least a quarter of this beautiful planet.

Any young fool can learn medicine. Where you learn it and with whom; now THAT’S what shapes you.

Sailesh Partheeban Student Testimonial

Sailesh Partheeban
Trinidad & Tobago, Final Year Medicine
(Class of 2017)

After graduating from secondary school in Toronto, Canada in 2011, I decided to take the direct route to medical school, and study abroad. This choice, although made in a matter of days, was one of the most important decisions of my academic life. My first three years at the College have allowed me to mature in many ways, namely in an academic, social and professional sense. This school has provided me with a great environment to pursue a career in medicine. Most importantly, it has surrounded me with influential people, students and teachers, who motivate me to work hard, stay focused and maximise my potential. The multi-cultural, tight-knit student culture is something quite unique to RCSI.

I have found many opportunities to network and create lifelong friendships with individuals from both Ireland and all over the world. Being involved with extra-curricular activities such as creating the College’s very own multicultural language society or collaborating with RCSI’s Sports Union to implement an intra-school sports tournament, have all been indispensable experiences that have greatly improved my communication and public speaking abilities. For the past two summers, I was able to volunteer at Toronto Western Hospital as a research assistant to Dr Kieran Murphy, a neuro-radiologist and an alumnus of RCSI. There I have learned about and experienced many different aspects of medicine, be it patient management, advancements in clinical technique or lab-based and clinical research. To conclude I am very appreciative of all the opportunities RCSI has provided thus far and truly look forward to making the most of my last three years.

Ali Hazari Student Testimonial

Ali Hazari
Canada, Final Year Medicine
(Class of 2017)

The pre-clinical portion of the course still has a very hands-on approach and provided early clinical experience through the Clinical Competencies Module in each semester. This is where we are trained at a basic level on how to perform clinical examinations on patients and taking their clinical histories. I found this very fulfilling and in some ways, prepare you for the clinical course that is to come.

The course in RCSI has been very enjoyable, but not without its challenges. However all the lecturers and tutors have been very helpful and guided us in every step of the way. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in various activities offered in RCSI, from sports to international health conferences. And I have served on the PMCSA (Penang Medical College Student Association) committee for two terms.

My experience in Dublin has made me more independent, confident and has helped me grow, both as a student and a better human being.

Fatin Najwa Idris Student Testimonial

Fatin Idris
Malaysia, 3rd Year Medicine, PMC
(Class of 2019)

 

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Entry Requirements

The medical school receives applications from Non EU students who have studied in many different countries and undertaken many different high school systems. The list below are the most frequent academic programmes with which International students apply for the 5/6 year medical course. If your educational programme is not covered on this list, please email the Admissions Office directly for further information.

 

GCE A -Levels


5 year degree programme
Applicants must present a minimum of three A-level subjects with minimum grades of AAB to include the subject Chemistry and two other sciences from the group: Mathematics, Biology and Physics.
All applicants must also have completed a minimum of six subjects at GCSE level, which must include a minimum Grade C in English and Mathematics.

6 year degree programme
Applicants who have completed three A-levels but do not meet the above subject or grade requirements may be considered for entry to the 6-year medical programme.
Applicants must attain minimum grades of BBB preferably from the subjects Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Biology.
A missing Science subject must have been taken at GCSE level with a minimum of Grade B attained.

 

 

IB Diploma


5 year degree programme
Entry to the five year programme requires applicants to present a minimum score of 37 IB Diploma points (inclusive of bonus points). The IB Diploma must comprise a minimum of six subjects (three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level), which must include Chemistry at Higher Level (with a minimum score of 5) and another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) or Mathematics at Higher Level.
If Mathematics is presented with Chemistry at Higher Level, another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) must also be presented at Standard Level.

6 year degree programme
Entry to the six year medical programme requires applicants to present a minimum score of 34 IB Diploma points (inclusive of bonus points).
The IB Diploma must comprise a minimum of six subjects (three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level), which must include English, Mathematics and at least one laboratory science subject (Chemistry, Biology or Physics).

 

Note: Candidates are required to undertake all 6 IB examinations in one examination session.

 

 

Australia


5 year degree programme
ATAR/TER required: minimum 95%
Applicants presenting the Australian matriculation examination must include Chemistry and any two of the following three subjects – Physics, Biology and Mathematics in Year 12, provided that the remaining subjects have been passed in years 10/11.

6 year degree programme
TER required: 80%
Australian High School Certificate or equivalent with no less than an average of B in each subject.
Six subjects are required which must include English, Mathematics and a science subject from the group Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

 

Australian Foundation programmes:

The following foundation programmes are eligible for consideration for entry to the School of Medicine:

  • Monash University Program
  • Trinity College Foundation Program at the University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland Foundation Program
  • University of New South Wales Foundation Program

5 year degree programme
Students who have completed one of the above Australian foundation programmes presenting English, Maths, Chemistry and Physics or Biology and with a minimum overall score of 95% will be eligible for consideration for entry to the five year medical programme. No individual module score should be less than 85%.

6 year degree programme
Students who have completed one of the above Australian foundation programmes presenting English, Maths, Chemistry and Physics or Biology and with a minimum overall score of 80% will be eligible for consideration for entry to the six year medical programme. No individual module score should be less than 70%.

 

Other foundation programmes not listed above may be considered. Enquiries should be emailed to the Admissions Office.

 

Canada


6 year degree programme
Applicants must have completed their high school examinations with a minimum average score of 85% and competitive grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics in Grade 12.

 

Candidates applying with an IB Diploma (see requirements above) or with three AP examinations (with minimum scores of 4 in Chemistry, Biology and either Calculus or Physics) may be eligible for consideration for the five year programme.

 

Caribbean


Applicants presenting the CAPE examinations must have the following scores on Unit 2:

5 year degree programme

CAPE Exams scores of I, I, II (Must include Chemistry and two from the group, Mathematics, Biology or Physics)

6 year degree programme
CAPE Exams scores of I, II, II (with a least two science subjects).

 

 

Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE)


5 year degree programme
Students must present Chemistry with a score of Level 5*.
In addition, they must achieve Level 5 in two subjects from the group Biology, Physics and Mathematics. A minimum score of Level 3 must be achieved in all remaining subjects.

6 year degree programme
All applicants will be expected to take the 4 core subjects plus 3 elective subjects and to achieve minimum scores of Levels 5, 5 and 4 from the subjects Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics. Minimum scores of Level 3 must be achieved in all remaining subjects.
In addition applicants must achieve HKDSE English Language Level 5 or an overall IELTS score 6.5 with no less than a 6.0 in any band.

 

India


Applicants must have completed the Science stream at standard XII and hold a bone-fide certificate of completion issued by the CBSE or ISCE.

5 year degree programme
Applicants must achieve a minimum average score of 95% or above with not less than 85% in any individual subject.

6 year degree programme
Applicants must achieve a minimum average score of 80% with not less than 75% in any individual subject.

 

 

Malaysia


5 year degree programme
S.T.P.M. minimum grades of A,B+,B+ to include Chemistry and Biology and one other subject from the group Mathematics or Physics.
Applicants presenting the Malaysian University Matriculation Exam must achieve a GPA of 3.5 in one sitting and have competitive grades in Mathematics, Physics, Biology and English.
Grades obtained in more than one sitting will be considered provided that the proximity of the examinations is in less than one year.

6 year degree programme
S.T.P.M. minimum grades of B+,B+,B preferably from the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.
Applicants should also have a minimum of six subjects at S.P.M. which must include acceptable pass level grades in English and Mathematics.

 

 

SABIS – Choueifat international Schools


Choueifat International School graduates are eligible for consideration for either the 5 or 6 year medical programmes depending on their combination of subjects/education systems presented at the time of application. Candidates for the 5 year course must present either; A2-level Chemistry with a minimum of grade A, or Advanced Placement Chemistry with a minimum score of 4, or IB Chemistry at Higher Level with a minimum score of 5. In addition, they must present two additional subjects from the group Mathematics, Biology or Physics with minimum grades of B at A2-level, 4 at Advanced Placement, or 5 in the International Baccalaureate.

 

Students who achieve grades below these, or who are missing a science subject may be considered for entry to the 6 year programme. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

 

United States


5 year degree programme
  • Applicants presenting the American High School Diploma must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 and three AP examinations with minimum scores of 4 in Chemistry, Biology and either Calculus or Physics.
  • Applicants presenting with IB should refer to the IB entry requirements as outlined above.
  • Applicants having completed one or two years of an undergraduate science degree with a competitive cumulative GPA.

6 year degree programme
  • Applicants presenting the American High School Graduation Diploma without AP examinations are eligible for consideration for the 6 year programme. A minimum GPA of 3.5 including competitive marks in (i) Biology, (ii) Chemistry and either (iii) Physics or (iv) Mathematics is required.

 

SAT or ACT scores are not a requirement for admission but can be provided if they are available.

RCSI recognises the American High School Diploma Programme delivered by a number of international schools located outside of the USA. Please visit this website for a list of recognised schools. If your school is not listed, please email the Admissions Office for more information.

 

Middle East and Gulf Countries


Students who graduate from government/public and bilingual high school programmes that are delivered throughout the Middle East cannot apply for direct entry to RCSI.
Such students must complete a recognised pre-university/foundation programme (see sample list below) prior to applying to RCSI. Applicants who have undertaken A-level or IB may be eligible for direct entry to RCSI’s 5 and 6 year medical programmes and should refer to the relevant sections above.

 

 

Pre-university/Foundation Programmes


Students who graduate from high school systems that do not meet the National University of Ireland regulations for direct entry to the undergraduate programmes offered in RCSI may undertake a recognised pre-university/foundation programme and apply to RCSI on the basis of the results obtained in their selected programme. RCSI does not make recommendations or have any preferred providers from the programmes listed below.

 

 

Irish Leaving Certificate


5 year degree programme
Non EU Applicants must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x H4 and 4 x O6/H7] to include Chemistry at H4, either Physics or Biology at H4 and a minimum of an O6/H7 in 4 other subjects including English, Maths and one foreign language. Candidates must meet the above subject requirements and achieve a minimum score of 570 points in a single sitting.

6 year degree programme
Non EU Applicants must present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] to include a minimum of a H5 in Chemistry or Physics or Biology and a minimum of an O6/H7 in English, Maths, a second science and one foreign language. Candidates must meet the above subject requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 points in a single sitting.

 

 

INTO St Georges University of London Foundation Programme in Medical, Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences


5 year degree programme
Minimum overall score of 72% including a minimum of 68% in Academic English, a minimum of 65% in Chemistry, and no individual module score less than 60%.

6 year degree programme

Minimum overall score of 60% including a minimum of 68% in Academic English, a minimum of 60% in Chemistry and no individual module score less than 55%.

 

 

Bellerbys College Foundation Programme


6 year degree programme only
Overall average score of 70% across the academic modules including a minimum score of 75% in Chemistry and no less than 60% in any individual module.

 

 

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC)


6 year degree programme only
Minimum grades AAAB in English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry on the Sciences Foundation Programme.

 

 

Liverpool International Foundation Programme


6 year degree programme only
Overall average score of 70% across all modules and no less than 65% in any individual module.

 

 

University of St Andrews International Foundation Programme for Medicine


6 year degree programme only
Overall average score of 70% across all modules including a minimum score of 75% in chemistry and no less than 65% in any individual module plus achievement of an overall equivalent IELTS score of 6.5 with no skill less than 6.0 in the English language modules

 

Other foundation programmes not listed above may be considered. Enquiries should be emailed to the Admissions Office.

 

Scottish Highers


6 year degree programme only
Applicants must have completed the Scottish Higher Examinations with minimum grades of AAABB, which must include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English.

 

 

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 as outlined above or separately in the IELTS examination (academic stream) with an overall average score of 6.5 with 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

 

Fees
Non EU fees for the academic year 2017/18 are €53,000.
An additional one off payment on first year fee of €135 applies for registration with the National University of Ireland (NUI).

 

 

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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 will get 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. As a Non-EU student, do I need to sit any aptitude tests as part of the application process?


    No, RCSI does not require aptitude tests (e.g. HPAT-Ireland, UKCAT, BMAT, etc.) from non-eu applicants for entry into its undergraduate medical degree programmes.
  2. As a Non-EU student, will I get an internship in Ireland after graduation?


    Under EU law, Internship posts must be offered to suitably qualified EU Graduates ahead of Non EU Graduates. As part of Irish Government Policy, the Irish Medical Schools have been increasing the intake of Irish/EU students into the six Irish Medical Schools. As the number of EU graduates increase therefore, it will become increasingly difficult for Non EU Graduates to obtain Internships in Ireland. RCSI recommends that Non EU students come to Ireland in the expectation that they will return to their home country after graduation.
  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. What do I do if I am experiencing difficulties with my RCSI online application?


    Please ensure that you are not applying before or after the application period (1st November - 1st February or 1st July – 15th November if an Atlantic Bridge applicant). If you are experiencing difficulties please email the Admissions Office and indicate what the difficulty is.
  5. Can I have the application form sent to me by post?


    No, all applicants applying directly to RCSI (Non EU applicants from outside North America) must complete the RCSI online application.
  6. 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 2248
Email: admissions@rcsi.ie 

 

The Atlantic Bridge Program is responsible for compiling applications of students residing in Canada and the USA to all of the College's undergraduate programmes.
Address:
3419 Via Lido, Suite 629
Newport Beach, CA 92663
USA
Tel: (949) 723 6318
Email: info@atlanticbridge.com

 

 

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