Postgraduate

This is an evolving situation and these FAQs will be updated with any changes that arise.

For further, more specific updates, we ask that you continue to monitor your email and read the regular emails you will continue to receive.

All programmes

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), is advised to contact their GP for further instructions.

Do not go to a GP, surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus), they will arrange a test.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should:

  • isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone;
  • telephone their GP, or emergency department – if this is not possible, telephone 112 or 999;
  • in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms), phone 112 or 999.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days.

The HSE has provided advice on self-isolation here.

If you have any concerns about the impact on your studies or if we can support you during this very challenging time please do not hesitate to contact your programme director or programme coordinator.

Please check forum posts on the Moodle page for your course regularly. All updates will be posted there by a member of staff.

All RCSI Libraries are closed while the campus is shut down. Throughout the closure the Library will continue to offer library services remotely to staff and students as much as possible. Full information is available on LibGuides.

Taught programmes

The following applies to those enrolled in Postgraduate taught programmes, including the RCSI Institute of Leadership programmes.

Lectures are being delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate and will be accessible through your Moodle course page. Please contact your programme coordinator with any queries.

Unless otherwise advised, all lectures will take place as per your original course timetable, so please keep these dates and times available where possible.

You need a device with a stable internet connection, Google Chrome, speakers, microphone and ideally a camera where possible. We recommend that you use a headset to improve the quality of your audio.

Before your class is due to start, go to your course page on Moodle, where your virtual classroom will be clearly signposted. The link will open at least 15 minutes before class starts so you can test your microphone, headphones and camera.

Yes, we are holding regular drop in sessions via the practice room on the student information page. Please check Moodle for notifications of dates and times or contact your programme coordinator for more information.

There are a few things you can do to make the experience more comfortable for everyone, for example:

  • Choose a quiet location where you will be undisturbed for the duration of class.
  • If you are not talking, mute your microphone to reduce feedback or background noise.
  • If you need to move about your home or office during the class, turn your camera off as the movement is distracting.
  • If you need to leave the session temporarily, change your status to ‘Away’.
  • Don’t be shy! Raise your hand to ask questions, answer questions either in the chat or turn your microphone on to speak if the opportunity arises.

As many classes as possible will be recorded and made available on Moodle following the session. Please watch the recordings in your own time. If you have any questions, you can post them to the student discussion forum or contact the lecturer or your programme director. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of some class discussions, some classes will not be recorded.

You will still be contacted and given an opportunity to complete the module on the second sitting.

This usually takes place after the exam board, so please keep an eye on your email and your programme page on Moodle for notifications in relation to examination boards and second sittings.

Research programmes

The following applies to Postgraduate research scholars, specifically those completing research PhDs, MDs, MChs and MScs at RCSI.

If your query is not answered below or you require further information, please contact the School of Postgraduate Studies.

All supervisory meetings have to take place remotely. Supervisors and students are asked to draw up plans now for online supervision for the duration of this period. In line with current Government advice, we encourage you to work remotely and not meet in person.

While students are expected to continue to make reasonable academic progress, we ask faculty to be as flexible and accommodating as you can be in this rapidly evolving situation. We are facing an unprecedented challenge; COVID-19 has disrupted our campus operations in ways that would have been inconceivable just a short time ago.

Students may request an extension on the deadline for submission of their thesis.

Students are required to formally apply by emailing postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie. All requests must include a rationale for the extension request (i.e. a clear outline of the COVID-19 impact on the research/writing schedule) and the expected start and end dates.

It is mandatory to consult and copy the supervisors and the Head of School/Department with regard to your request. Upon review of the application by the Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies, students may be permitted a maximum of a three-month extension from the original submission date. Repeat extension applications are permissible.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hard copies of your thesis (usually 2xsoft-bound) will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie for further information. Please also remember to attach a digitally signed Examination Entry Form.

Please store any soft-bound or hardbound copies you have until the University has re-opened. Your soft-bound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. If examiners need to have a soft-bound copy, we will organise this with examiners on a case-by-case basis. This will likely involve local printing (reimbursed by RCSI) to reduce risk to couriers and printers.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hardbound copies of your thesis will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie for further information.

Please store any soft-bound or hardbound copies you have already printed until the University has re-opened. Your hardbound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. Please also remember to attach the digitally signed Copyright Statement and Thesis Distribution Request form. 

The final step is submission of the final approved version of your thesis to the RCSI Library Repository in PDF format.

The RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies recognises that doctoral viva voce examinations may be disrupted during this time of possible altered working, and reduced ability to travel due to COVID-19.

For viva voce examinations that are imminent, the School of Postgraduate Studies will contact all parties as soon as possible to discuss the alternative arrangements using video/online technologies or the deferral of the exam.

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about family aboard or other areas where COVID-19 is present may seek help/advice. Postgraduate scholars can contact Dr Anthony Chubb (School of Postgraduate Studies).