Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    World Rank: 749th by World Rank
    Established on: 1784

    The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), often known as RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, is a medical professional and educational organisation. The college includes medical, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and nursing schools and is located on St. Stephen's Green and York Street in the heart of Dublin.

    The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, which was founded in 1784 AD as the national body for the surgical medicine branch in Ireland and has a role in training supervision, is Ireland's first private university and, as of 2021, offers a broad spectrum of medical education in several nations.

    The RCSI ranked second globally for "Good Health and Wellbeing" out of 871 institutions, earning Ireland's highest ranking in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2021. The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations serve as the foundation for THE University Effect Rankings, which honour colleges worldwide for their social and economic impact (SDGs).

    The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is organised into Faculties and Schools, some of which emphasise post-graduate and continuing professional education. In contrast, others place more emphasis on undergraduate study.

    The School of Medicine, which is also the largest medical school in Ireland, offers a five or six-year undergraduate program and a four-year Graduate Entry Program (GEM), Schools of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences that provide bachelors programs in MPharm, and post-graduate program,  School of Physiotherapy that offers bachelors and masters programs in Education, School of Nursing & Midwifery which is the largest post-graduate nursing institute in Ireland and also School of Postgraduate Studies with three masters, MD and PhD studies are the schools of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

    The Institute of Leadership and the Centre for Positive Psychology and Health are two other college units. The college's additional faculties include the Faculty of Radiologists (serving as a resource for radiologists and radiation oncologists), Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, and Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine, which is run in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has several centres and cooperation for healthcare research. The university's research focuses on "translational" research, which includes clinical, laboratory-based, and health services research informed by societal and worldwide health challenges, as well as on issues relating to improved diagnostics, therapeutics, and devices, healthcare delivery, policy, clinical practice, and improvement of the standard of education for healthcare professionals.

    College Highlights 

    College Type

    Private Institution

    Established Year




    Number of Courses

    11 Faculties 

    Tuition Fees

    4,099 USD/year - 25,290 USD/year


    October and April 

    Main Intakes

    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland accepts students for the winter semester in October and the summer semester in April.


    The Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland offers underprivileged and deserving college students financial help and scholarships to support their academic endeavours. The scholarship programs are described in full below.

    Aim High Medicine Scholarship

    The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Alumni-founded Aim High Medicine Scholarship, which now includes the new Ireland Healthcare Aim High Scholarship, was created in 2012 to offer financial aid to Irish Leaving Certificate students who demonstrate academic excellence and a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine.

    Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship

    The Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship promotes academic performance. It is given to the applicant who enters the RCSI Undergraduate Medicine program with the highest combined HPAT and Irish Leaving Certificate (or equivalent school leaving examinations) score.

    1916 Bursary

    The faculty of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science provides funding for the 1916 Bursary (DFHERIS). This scholarship aims to support participation and achievement among students from the most underrepresented groups in higher education and the most socioeconomically disadvantaged.

    Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship

    In honour of Kiran Pathak MPSI and his family, who sadly perished in an accident in Kenya in 2001, the Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship was created. Students who want to study pharmacy at RCSI are offered this grant.

    International Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship

    RCSI Alumni founded the International Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarships to aid undergrads with outstanding academic records who have proven commitment and enthusiasm to study medicine at RCSI.

    International Pharmacy Scholarship

    If Malaysian citizen accepts the five-year Pharmacy (MPharm) program at the university, RCSI will provide them with one of many international pharmacy scholarships. Due to this scholarship's 50% fee reduction, the student will only be responsible for paying the remaining €12,500 in tuition each year.

    Application Process

    Entry requirements

    Depending on whether they satisfy the requirements for EU candidates, all applicants to RCSI Undergraduate programs are classified as EU or Non-EU (which includes nationality and residency criteria).

    Irish and EU applicants

    To be eligible for an Irish or EU School Leaver place:

    Satisfy the matriculation and particular subject criteria for entrance.

    Obtain a minimum of 480 points on the Irish Leaving Certificate exam—or an equivalent—in the same sitting.

    Non-EU applicants

    • Minimum academic entry requirements

    GCE A Levels: A minimum of three A-Level courses with minimum grades of ABB or AAC are required for applicants. These three subjects must include Chemistry, one other laboratory science (such as Biology or Physics), and one more from the list of Biology, Physics, Mathematics, or Psychology. Additionally, all applicants must have achieved a minimum of six GCSE courses with a minimum grade of C in both English and mathematics.

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: IB Diploma applicants must submit a minimum score of 36 points (including bonus points). The IB Diploma must include a minimum of six subjects (three at a Higher Level and three at the Standard Level), two of which must be laboratory science subjects (one of which must be Biology or Physics). Chemistry at a Higher Level (with a minimum score of 5) and another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) at a Higher Level are also required.

    • Minimum English language requirements

    The minimal overall average IELTS score for applicants whose first language is not English is 6.5, with no individual bands (reading, writing, listening and speaking) lower than 6.

    Documents required:

    • Requirements for educational documents
      • De­gree cer­ti­fic­ate
      • Tran­script of re­cords
      • Trans­la­tions of edu­ca­tional doc­u­ments
    • Motivation Statement, Recommendation letter (optional/upon request).
    • Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
    • English Language Proficiency (TOEFL-IBT or IELTS) or Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT/ACT) are accepted.
    • Visa (for international students).


    Where is the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland?

    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is in Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland. 



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