Prospective students

Below is a list of FAQs to keep prospective Postgraduate RCSI students up-to-date ahead of course commencements. Please ensure you also monitor your emails accordingly. 

All programmes

Please be assured that we will be prepared to welcome our new Postgraduate students this autumn as scheduled.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all our colleagues on the frontline of healthcare and we will work with you to ensure that you will be able to commence your programme even if practice has not returned to normal.

  • If you applied for a Research Postgraduate programme, please contact the School of Postgraduate Studies with any queries. 
  • If you applied for a leadership programme, please contact our Student Recruitment Advisor at if you have questions or concerns.
  • If you applied for the MSc in Neurology and Gerontology, please contact our School of Physiotherapy Administrator at if you have questions or concerns.
  • If you applied for a surgery programme, please please contact us at if you have questions or concerns.
  • If you applied for a nursing and midwifery programme, please contact the Operations Manager at if you have questions or concerns.

Presently, Irish Visa Offices are not taking applications. Until they reopen, we advise that you continue your preparations for a visa application submission, including gathering all required supporting documentation.

No, in such cases you should not travel. Follow local health advisories and seek medical assistance.

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (Ireland) is monitoring the situation and updating its website regularly.

You can find the latest travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice.

Please also visit the RCSI website regularly for updates.

Taught programmes

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

Yes, we are accepting applications at present. To apply, please visit the page of the course you are interested in for more details on closing dates and a link to our online application system.

Although this is an evolving situation, we are working to process all applications in order to commence new students as planned in autumn 2020. It may take a little longer than we usual to get back to you, but please be assured we will be in touch as soon as possible.

We have been in contact with all applicants regarding any surgery applications. If you have not heard from us, please email

Please keep in regular contact with us and we will discuss all available options based on your circumstances.

We expect that all programmes will run as scheduled. Applicants will be contacted directly if there is any change to our schedule of programme commencement.

Yes, we will offer refunds if any course is cancelled. Alternatively, you will be given the option to enrol on a similar course or start the same programme at a later date.

We are aware that many test centres are closed until further notice. We will discuss the available options based on your circumstances. In the meantime, we would encourage students to continue to prepare for their exam until further information is available.

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.

Your application will not be affected in anyway whatsoever. We welcome all applications and normal admissions processes and procedures apply.

There is no disruption to the review process as a result of COVID-19. To ensure that you get a decision on your application as soon as possible, please ensure that you apply early, and submit as complete an application as possible. Please allow at least six weeks to receive a decision on your application.

RCSI want to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that we manage any impact that COVID-19 might have on you joining us. RCSI is here to support you during this time of uncertainty in order for you to commence your studies in 2021.

As things stand, our programmes are running as planned. . Of course, the situation is fluid and evolving. Should it not be possible for a programme to commence, we will advise all affected students and may explore alternative delivery methods and/or start dates.

Yes, while restrictions are common in many countries, we are still accepting applications. The global situation is ever changing and we would suggest that you apply, as you normally would, with a view to continuing your studies abroad when it is safe and advisable to do so.

We are accepting and assessing all applications as normal and look forward to welcoming new students to Dublin in October. However, if you feel that it is not realistic for you to commence a course, please contact and we will provide you with advice regarding your options.

If you are arriving from overseas, please note that the publication of the 'Green list' by the Irish Government does not change the RCSI position on restricted movement and as such you must restrict your movements for 14 days on arrival. Further information on restricted movement is available from the HSE website.

All passengers arriving into Ireland (except those arriving from Northern Ireland) are required to have a negative/‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Please see here for further details on this requirement.