License, accreditation and recognition

We are constantly working to enhance our relationships with governments and bodies for the benefit of our students.

As of 2021, RCSI Bahrain graduates can apply to the UK General Medical Council (GMC) through the Recognized European Qualification (REQ) route, allowing them to bypass the PLAB licensing examinations.


Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Bahrain

Accreditation and Quality Assurance

  • Irish Medical Council (IMC) – Programme Accreditation
  • Bahrain Quality Authority (BQA) – Programme Accreditation, Institutional Listing
  • Bahrain's Higher Education Council (HEC)

Directory Listing

  • World Directory of Medical Schools (formerly IMED and Avicenna WHO Directories)
  • Health Profession Education Directory of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, World Health Organisation
  • International Association of Universities - List of Universities of the World (UNESCO)


  • Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education
  • United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education
  • Jordan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Oman Ministry of Higher Education
  • Iraq Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
  • Qatar Ministry of Higher Education
  • Medical Board of California
  • Sri Lanka Medical Board
  • Irish Medical Council
  • Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago


  • Association of Quality Assurance Administrations of the Association of Arab Universities
  • Association of Arab Universities
  • International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)