Final exam results
If your final high school exams have been cancelled, RCSI will accept official exam results by the relevant examining body, provided they are available in advance of RCSI’s registration date.
For example, the UK Government recently cancelled A Level examinations scheduled for summer 2021. Students will instead be awarded grades based on teacher assessment. A Level results are expected to be released on 10 August and RCSI will accept these results for 2021 entry to our Undergraduate degree programmes.
If your final high school exams are due to take place after the RCSI registration date and you wish to sit these examinations, we would advise that you request a deferral of your RCSI place to 2022 as soon as you receive confirmation of these dates.
Deferral requests based on COVID-19 restrictions which are outside of the student’s control will be dealt with by the Admissions Office on a case-by-case basis. Please note that RCSI does not offer deferrals to students who simply change their minds in advance of the registration date.
All GEM applicants must present either a competitive MCAT or GAMSAT score in order to be deemed eligible for a GEM offer in 2021.
If you are a Non-EU applicant and do not have an MCAT score by March 2021, we would advise that you plan for 2022 entry to the GEM programme instead.
If you are a Non-EU GEM applicant without a GAMSAT score by March 2021, we would advise that you plan for 2022 entry to the GEM programme instead, as offers will be released in March and April 2021.
If you are an EU GEM applicant (i.e. applying via the CAO), we will accept GAMSAT scores from the March 2021 sitting, as offers won’t be released until August of this year.
Please note that the requirement to sit the NEET entrance exam is a Medical Council of India (which has since been replaced by the National Medical Commission in September 2020) requirement and not an RCSI pre-requisite.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) recently introduced a Certificate of Eligibility requirement for Indian students studying abroad who wished to return to India to practice medicine, post-graduation.
According to the Foreign Medical Institution Regulations 2002, any candidate who passed the qualifying exam either from India (e.g. via the NEET) or an equivalent board from abroad and is desirous of joining an undergraduate medical course in any foreign medical institutions on or after 15 March 2002, has to:
- Approach the Medical Council of India for issuance of an eligibility certificate for that purpose
- The candidate has to confirm the status of the medical qualification and its awarding university/institution from the Indian embassy or from the MCI in order to obtain the certificate.
If a candidate has not obtained a certificate of eligibility from the MCI, they will not be allowed to sit the screening test after obtaining the medical degree from abroad for the purpose of registration in India.
One of the requirements of obtaining a certificate of eligibility is to successfully pass the NEET entrance examination. NEET replaced the All India Pre Medical Test from 2017. NEET is an MCI mandatory requirement for those who wish to study Medicine in India. It is also an MCI mandatory requirement for candidates who wish to study Medicine abroad and return to India to practice.
We are currently awaiting news on the 2021 NEET exam dates and will update this section as soon as this information becomes available. At the moment, we expect the NEET exam to take place during the first week in May 2021. For more information, please check out the National Medical Commission website.
Temporary measures for 2021 as a response to COVID-19
Duolingo English Test
For students impacted by language testing centre closures due to COVID-19, RCSI has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for our 2021 student intake. The minimum requirement is a DET score of 110. An English language competency interview may be required in conjunction with this.
For students impacted by IELTS testing centre closures due to COVID-19, RCSI has approved the use of the IELTS indicator as a temporary measure for our 2021 student intake. The minimum requirement is the same as our standard IELTS requirement, an overall indicated score of 6.5 with no individual band (reading, writing, listening and speaking) lower than 6.0.
If you are unable to access either of the above (DET or IELTS Indicator) we will also accept the TOEFL iBT Home Edition as a temporary measure for our 2021 student intake. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the relevant entry requirements.