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

How to apply

We are keen to hear from recent graduates of the health sciences or if your career is already in healthcare and you wish to pursue a career as a physician associate.

Key facts

Course Title: MSc in Physicians Associate Studies (Level 9)
Award: MSc
No of places: 20

Application timeline

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday, 4 August 2017
Interviews: First week in September, 2017
Offer letters: Early September, 2017
Application for scholarships: Mid September, 2017 with offers made end September 2017
Start date: January 2018

Course length: Two calendar years. This programme is two full calendar years with a total of 30 days annual leave, dispersed throughout. There is no summer break as in some other postgraduate programmes. This is due to clinical rotations and academic commitments.
Mode of attendance: Full-time
Teaching location: RCSI, St Stephen's Green; Beaumont Hospital and associate hospitals.

Tuition fees: €12,000 per year (this includes NUI fee)
Additional fees: While every effort has been made to keep costs at a minimum, there will be some additional costs incurred during the first year, namely:
1) White coat for anatomy lab: €30
2) White coat for clinical rotations: €30
3) Vaccine fees: €250 
4) Good quality stethescope: €40-60
There are scholarship opportunities available to successful applicants. For more information, please click here.

Successful Physician Associates are required to have

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Emotional stability
  • Adaptability
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A strong work ethic
  • The ability to recognise his/her own limits.

Application procedure

The online application process is now closed for our January 2018 programme and re-opens in the new year for our January 2019 programme. To assist you with understanding the admission process and timelines that you should expect while applying for the programme it is important that you read and understand the entry requirements and details outlined in the application process. In addition, candidates will need to be available for interview.

Please click here to apply. Please note that this application process incurs a €100 non-refundable fee.

For more information, please contact pastudies@rcsi.ie.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are:

  • Level 8 Health Science or Science related Degree with a minimum classification 2.2 award or equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who present a Level 7 degree plus relevant work experience may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • The MSc in Physician Associate Studies is a post-graduate qualification that includes extensive clinical placement. To be eligible for acceptance to and continuation on the Physician Associate Programme, you must hold either a current valid EU passport or a current valid visa which entitles you to work in Ireland. Please note that failure to maintain either your EU passport or valid work visa during the programme would render you ineligible to remain on the programme.

As part of the selection process candidates will be required to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • Copy of passport, showing personal details.
  • Personal statement of not more than 1,000 words outlining why you are interested in pursuing a career as a Physician Associate and why you feel your application has merit.
  • Two reference letters, one of which must be an academic reference. Reference letters can be uploaded with your application, or sent directly to pastudies@rcsi.ie by the referee.
  • Certified, or stamped copy of academic transcripts (or interim transcripts).
  • Resume outlining education qualifications and work experience.
  • You may also send any additional information that you feel is relevant to your application.
  • Copy of an academic IELTS examination or equivalent with an overall score of 7.0 and no individual band below 6.5 (for candidates whose first language is not English only).

Garda Vetting policy

  • Garda Vetting is required as a standard part of the registration process.
  • Applicants who accept an offer to register on the course will begin the Garda Vetting process prior to registration.
  • All students are provisionally registered until they have received clearance from the Garda authorities. 
  • Students who fail to secure Garda clearance or who present with serious criminal convictions may be discontinued.

Contact us

To find out more contact pastudies@rcsi.ie.