Postgraduate – research

Below is a list of FAQs to keep prospective RCSI students up-to-date ahead of course commencements. 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.

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 developing a quarantine protocol to ensure that all international students will be able to join their research teams. Protecting the health and well-being of all our staff and students is our priority.

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 October 2020.

As things stand, we are in full planning mode for courses to commence in October. Of course, the situation is fluid and evolving. Should it not be possible for courses to commence in October we will advise all students and may explore alternative delivery methods and/or start dates.

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.

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.

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.

When you first arrive in Dublin you will need to register your arrival and self-isolate for two weeks. We have prepared a guideline document to help you set up accommodation, taxi from the airport and grocery deliveries.

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