RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

About The Course

RCSI is a specialist health sciences university based in Dublin, the capital city of the Republic of Ireland, offering undergraduate and graduate entry degree programmes in Medicine, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Advanced Therapeutic Technologies

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is ranked #1 in the world by Times Higher Education for its contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3 ‘Good Health and Well-being’. This reflects the University’s commitment to supporting people of all ages to live healthy lives and our work to promote the concepts of well-being and positive health.

RCSI is also one of only a few prestigious medical schools to be recognised by the ASPIRE programme, which assesses international excellence in education in a medical, dental or veterinary school. The ASPIRE programme follows a rigorous peer-review process to measure and benchmark medical schools for world-class excellence in education.

Our city-centre campus is located right in the heart of Dublin and is built to meet the needs of current and future students. RCSI’s flagship 26 York Street building is home to the main RCSI library, and to the most advanced clinical healthcare simulation centre in Europe. This is an award-winning teaching, research and recreational facility spanning 10 floors. 

With more than 60 countries represented within the undergraduate student community and over 70% of undergraduate medicine places available to Non-EU students, RCSI is a truly international university. The RCSI alumni network consists of over 30,000 graduates located in 98 countries around the world. 

To find out more about RCSI, check out this video and download our prospectus today

Course Information 

Duration: 5 years/6 years (inclusive of Foundation Year) 

Award: MB, BCh, BAO (Hons) [equivalent to MBBS] 

Intake: Annually (September) 

During your early years studying Medicine at RCSI, you will obtain a solid grounding in the biomedical sciences via systems-based modules and you will learn about the body structure and functions in its normal state. You will study anatomy with expert surgeons and healthcare professionals through regional cadaveric dissection. 

The intermediate years of the programme will focus on learning about abnormal bodily functions as well as a wide array of clinical skills workshops, small group tutorials and case-based teaching sessions. The final years of the programme are spent on clinical placement in a number of important clinical specialties, ranging from paediatrics and family medicine, to psychiatry and surgery and internal medicine. 

Our Medicine curriculum has an intensive focus on acquiring excellent clinical and communication skills and understanding the central tenets of personal and professional identity formation. Our students are taught by award-wining RCSI academics, clinicians and researchers. 

You will begin interacting with actual patients in the first few weeks and will take part in immersive clinical placements in Ireland’s leading hospitals. You will also develop your research skills and take part in exciting and innovative research projects. We also follow a positive education approach. This combines the science of positive psychology with teaching best practices and encourages and supports students and allows them to flourish. This approach to learning actively promotes positive growth, resilience and well-being. 

You will find a full programme overview here.

Entry Requirements: EU applicants apply to RCSI via www.cao.ie from 5 November each year and are required to sit the HPAT admissions exam. Non EU applicants apply directly to RCSI via www.rcsi.com/dublin (applications open on 1 November each year). Non EU applicants residing in North America apply via our educational agent partner, Atlantic Bridge.

Before starting your application, you should confirm whether you are an EU or Non EU applicant by consulting the information available here. Please note that post-Brexit, UK citizens will continue to be classed as EU applicants due to the Common Travel Area in place between Ireland and the UK.

Once you have determined your applicant status, you can consult the relevant entry requirements via the links below:


Academic Requirements

A-levels: Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects: 2 x A-Level subjects (Grade C or above) and four passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A-Level) to include a minimum Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a second language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics or Biology, to be considered for the six-year track. A minimum grade C in A-Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for the five-year track.

Scottish Higher: Must present five subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade C) and one other subject at Standard/Intermediate Level (National Level 5, minimum Grade 3) to include English, Mathematics, a second language and a laboratory science to be considered for entry to the six-year programme. Applicants must present the above minimum subject and grade requirements to include Advanced Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology (minimum Grade C in each) to be considered for the five-year track.

International Baccalaureate: Must present three subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade 5) and three subjects at Standard Level (minimum Grade 4) to include English, Mathematics, one laboratory science and a second language to be considered for entry to the six-year programme. A minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for entry to the five-year track.

Mitigating Circumstances

Admissions Process

Admissions Tests:

The HPAT admissions test is required instead of UCAT or BMAT. GAMSAT (or MCAT for applicants based in North America) is required for Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) applications.

Interview Type: Traditional

Admissions Statistics

Total number of applicants: TBC
Total number of places: TBC
Total number of entrants: TBC
Acceptance rate: TBC


Home students: TBC
Rest of UK: TBC
International students: TBC


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