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Access and scholarships

RCSI is committed to widening access and to the creation of a socially inclusive learning environment. Students with disabilities, socio-economically disadvantaged students and members of the Traveller Community continue to experience barriers to reaching their full educational potential.

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. In addition to the 6% DARE and HEAR places the Admissions Office stewards three Access Scholarships for CAO school leaver applicants:

  • The Aim High Medicine Scholarship
  • The Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship
  • The Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) Scholarships.

The Aim High Medicine, Kiran Pathak Pharmacy and Traveller Community Access Programme Scholarships provide reduced points entry, financial support and opportunities for students who might otherwise be unable to attend third level education due to social disadvantage or financial constraints.

 

RCSI DARE HEAR CAO reduced points places

 

RC001 Medicine
  • 39 CAO places: 2 are DARE and 2 are HEAR + 1 Aim High Medicine Scholarship (HEAR applicant).
RC004 Physiotherapy
  • 13 CAO places: 1 is DARE and 1 is HEAR.
RC005 Pharmacy
  • 30 CAO places: 2 are DARE and 2 are HEAR + 1 Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship (HEAR applicant).

 

  • Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) Scholarship to Medicine, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy x 1 place.
  • 13/82 CAO school leaver places (16%) offered to students with disabilities, socially-disadvantaged students or members of the Traveller Community

 

Scholarships

Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship

‘Consilio Manuque’ meaning Scholarship and Dexterity is RCSI’s motto. The purpose of the Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship is to foster academic excellence and is awarded to the student with the highest combined Leaving Certificate and HPAT score, entering the five year Medical Degree programme (RCSI CAO course code: RC001).

 

Two Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarships will be awarded in 2017:

  • The John & Anne Murphy Scholarship
  • The Richard & Lucille Nora Scholarship


The scholarship award of €5,000 will be provided each year to the student with the highest combined Leaving Certificate and HPAT scores and for the duration of their five-year Medical Degree programme (€25,000 over five years).

The Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship is generously funded by our global network of RCSI Alumni.

CAO school leavers interested in applying for the Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship must:

  • Be eligible for admission to RCSI’s five-year Medical Degree programme through the CAO (course code RC001).
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least three of five years preceding admission.
  • Present a minimum of six recognised Irish Leaving Certificate subjects to include Irish, English, Maths, another language and two laboratory sciences, which must include Chemistry (H4) and Physics (H4) or Biology (H4)
  • Achieve the minimum subject grade requirements for the five-year Medicine programme (RC001) in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination and present HPAT.
  • Submit a CAO application by 1 February 2017 listing Medicine as a course choice (RC001)
  • Complete the Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship application form.
  • Submit a 500 word personal statement detailing their passion and commitment to study medicine.
  • Applications must be returned to the RCSI Admissions Office, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Please email any further queries to admissions@rcsi.ie.

Download the Consilio Manuque Application Form

 

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Aim High Medicine Scholarship

The RCSI Aim High Medicine Scholarship was established in 2012 by RCSI Alumni to provide an Irish Leaving Certificate student who excels academically, is passionate about developing a lifelong career in medicine as their career choice and who without financial support would be unable to attend third level education due to social disadvantage. The Aim High Scholarship supports are provided to reduce the financial burden of undertaking the medical degree programme.

In assessing candidates for the Aim High Scholarship RCSI relies on the HEAR eligibility criteria and confidential academic references to determine eligibility for the scholarship.

RCSI Aim High Medicine Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be eligible for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR).
  • Be eligible for admission to RCSI’s Medicine Degree programme through the CAO (course code RC001).
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least three of five years preceding admission
  • Present a minimum of six recognised Irish Leaving Certificate subjects to include Irish, English, Maths, another language and one laboratory science (minimum subject grades must include 2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7)
  • Achieve a minimum of 480 points and meet the minimum subject grade requirements for the five or six year Medicine programme (RC001) in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination (2017) and present HPAT in 2017.
  • Submit a CAO application by 1 February 2017 listing Medicine as a first preference course choice (RC001).
  • Indicate in your CAO application that you wish to apply for the HEAR Scheme.
  • Return applications to the RCSI Admissions Office, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

 

Download the RCSI Aim High Application Form

Download Aim High Medicine Confidential Academic Reference

 

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Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship

The Kiran Pathak Scholarship has been established in memory of Kiran Pathak MPSI, and his family, who tragically lost their lives in a boating accident in Kenya in 2001.

The fund aims to support a range of pharmacy initiatives and a key area of interest to the Pathak Family is the establishment of this access scholarship for students with a desire to study Pharmacy and who, due to social exclusion, may otherwise be unable to undertake this course of study. Financial support is provided through this scholarship to reduce the financial burden of undertaking the five year Pharmacy Degree programme.

RCSI Kiran Pathak Fund Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be eligible for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR).
  • Be eligible for admission to RCSI’s Pharmacy Degree programme through the CAO (course code RC005).
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least three of five years preceding admission.
  • Present a minimum of six recognised Irish Leaving Certificate subjects to include Irish, English, Maths, another language and Chemistry (H5).
  • Achieve minimum subject grades 2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7.
  • Submit a CAO application by 1 February 2017 listing Pharmacy as a first preference course choice (RC005).
  • Indicate in your CAO application that you wish to apply for the HEAR Scheme.
  • Return applications to the RCSI Admissions Office, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

 

Download the Kiran Pathak Application Form

Download the Kiran Pathak Confidential Academic Reference

 

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Traveller Community Access Programme Scholarships

The Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) aims to increase the participation of members from the Traveller Community* in RCSI’s undergraduate medicine, physiotherapy and pharmacy programmes.

TCAP Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be eligible for admission to one (or all) of RCSI’s Undergraduate Degree programmes through the CAO; course codes RC001 Medicine, RC004 Physiotherapy and/or RC005 Pharmacy.
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least three of five years preceding admission.
  • Present a minimum of six recognised Irish Leaving Certificate subjects to include Irish, English, Maths, another language and one science subject.
  • Present HPAT 2017 if applying for RC001 Medicine, achieve a minimum of 480 points and meet the minimum subject grade requirements for the five or six year Medicine programme in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination.
  • Achieve minimum subject grades 2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7.
  • Submit a CAO application by 1 February 2017 listing Medicine or Physiotherapy or Pharmacy as a first preference course choice (RC001, RC004 and/or RC005).
  • Return applications to the RCSI Admissions Office, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

 

Download the TCAP Application Form

 

*For the purpose of the Scholarship, the ‘Traveller Community’ is defined by the Equal Status Acts 2000 - 2012, which defines the community as follows:

People who are commonly called Travellers, who are identified both by Travellers and others as people with a shared history, culture and traditions, identified historically as a nomadic way of life on the Island of Ireland.

 

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