Start dates

Provisional start dates for new incoming students are as follows:

  • Graduate Entry Medicine: Monday, 6 September 2021
  • Medicine (5 and 6 Year), Physiotherapy (3 and 4 Year) and Pharmacy: Monday, 13 September 2021

Please note: The above start dates are subject to change. You can find the most up-to-date information regarding term dates for the 2021/22 academic year here.

a) Will the programmes start at a later date than outlined above?

The start dates outlined above are provisional in nature and based on best available advice at this time. We believe the start dates are realistic, but if the advice were to change, then alternative plans would need to be implemented. 

Our plan is to keep in regular communication with new students over the coming months and if any changes to the planned start dates are required, this will be flagged without delay. 

Presently however, we are working hard to ensure that the programmes start on time and we are optimistic that this will be the case.

b) Will the programmes be delivered online for a period of time?

At the moment, it is still too early to tell how much of the academic programmes will be delivered online due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions/precautions. For now, we expect a continuation of online delivery in conjunction with classroom teaching in the first semester. 

Students will be required to be in Dublin in advance of registration day. 

Under current Government guidelines, the first two weeks will be a restricted movement period for students who are recently arrived in Ireland. 

Based on current restricted movement requirements, new students will undergo an online induction and orientation programme and begin their educational journey with online introductory lectures and course work. 

These two weeks are a core part of the first semester for all students, designed to allow you to get to know your fellow students, teachers and support staff, in addition to commencing your academic programme. 

On completion of the restricted movement period, face-to-face teaching (lectures, practical demonstrations and simulated clinical training) will commence in a safe environment consistent with the highest health and safety protocols. This will include allocated times on campus, at least three days per week, to ensure students can partake in the full range of educational and social activities. This will remain in place until social distancing is no longer required and full face-to-face teaching is restored.

Please note that we are working hard to ensure that our Undergraduate degree programmes start on time and we are optimistic that this will be the case.

In the unlikely event that our programmes will start a number of weeks later than originally planned, there will be a need to extend the end of academic year dates by the same number of weeks. 

This would shorten the 2022 summer break. 

The following academic year would begin again on schedule. 

If there are COVID-19-related restrictions in place in your home country which prevent you from travelling from your home country to Dublin in advance of registration day at RCSI, students will be offered the option to defer their place or request a full refund of their fees.