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

About us

Our vision

To be recognised internationally as a leading centre for pharmacy education, research and innovation

The School of Pharmacy at RCSI is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. It is situated on St Stephens Green, in the heart of Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in the world. The School is recognised for its innovation in teaching and research, and attracts both high-quality staff and well-qualified students. 

The School currently has in the region of:

  • 380 students completing the BSc(Pharm) programme and NPIP programmes
  • 20 postgraduate students completing MSc and PhD programmes by research
  • 35 academic, technical, administrative and postdoctoral research staff

RCSI has a long tradition of educating international students, alongside Irish and EU students with more than 60 nationalities represented in the College, providing a rich and stimulating diverse environment. The School of Pharmacy follows in that tradition with increasing numbers of international students in recent years.

We have a student-centred approach and a strong clinical focus both in our MPharm programme and in our translational research strategy.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, academic research and regulatory affairs. Learn more about our alumni and what they have done after graduation by viewing our video testimonials

About Pharmacy

In September 2015, the School of Pharmacy introduced a new integrated MPharm programme (MPharm) for all future students.

The MPharm is the only degree which, on successful completion, enables registration as a pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Educating pharmacy students is the sole focus of our undergraduate programmes, so all our teaching is specifically tailored to that purpose. Our MPharm programme is designed to integrate the teaching, learning and understanding of pharmaceutical science in the context of pharmacy practice. The programme includes contact with patients from the start through hospital visits and patient interviews with our partner institutions.

Further information on this new programme can be found in the courses section of the School website.

Prior to 2015, students first completed the four year undergraduate BSc (Pharm) programme at one of the three Irish Schools of Pharmacy. They then completed the one-year National Pharmacy Internship Programme in order to be awarded the MPharm.

For further information on the MPharm degree programme at RCSI, please watch the video below.