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 you receive a conditional offer from RCSI and subsequently learn that your final high school exam results will not be available in advance of RCSI's registration date, please contact admissions@rcsi.ie to discuss the possibility of a refund or a deferral of your RCSI place to 2022, as soon as you receive confirmation of these dates.

Deferral requests due to 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.

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 was 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 wishes to join an undergraduate medical course in any foreign medical institution on or after 15 March 2002, has to:

  • Approach the Medical Council of India for issuance of an eligibility certificate for that purpose
  • 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. According to the most recent information released by the Government of India's Ministry of Education (press release from 13 July 2021 available here), we expect the NEET exam to take place on Sunday, 12 September 2021. Students who wish to sit the NEET exam in 2021 are advised to check the websites https://nta.ac.in or https://ntaneet.nic.in

Temporary measures for 2021 as a response to COVID-19

Duolingo English Test

For students who need to meet the minimum RCSI English language requirements to meet the full conditions of their offer and are 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.

IELTS Indicator

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 or 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 admissions@rcsi.ie for more information on the relevant entry requirements.

English language requirements for study visas

Non-EU students whose first language is not English also need to demonstrate their capacity to fully partake in their chosen course through the medium of English to the Irish immigration authorities, as part of the Irish study visa application process.

The English language requirements tend to be lower than those required by RCSI but must be demonstrated. Click here for a full list of English language tests recognized by the Irish immigration authorities.