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 arrive in Dublin in advance of registration day (either 6 or 13 September 2021), preferably arriving on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday beforehand.

Please note that with effect from 4 February 2021, a legal requirement to home quarantine was introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland. This 14-day quarantine must be undertaken at the address specified on your Passenger Locator Form. This also applies to passengers travelling from another country to Ireland, who arrive via Northern Ireland. International students may only leave their place of residence during the quarantine period for unavoidable reasons of an emergency nature to protect a person's health or welfare, or to leave the State. Students from non-designated states (Low Risk Category 1 countries) can end their period of quarantine if they receive written confirmation of a negative or 'not detected' RT-PCR test result taken no less than five days after arrival. Students must retain the written confirmation of their test result for at least 14 days from their date of arrival in Ireland.

Arrivals from designated states (High Risk Category 2 countries) are subject to mandatory hotel quarantine. Further details on mandatory quarantine are available at gov.ie. Please see below for a graphic illustration of the current quarantine requirements of those who arrive in Ireland from designated states (High Risk Category 2) and non-designated states (Low Risk Category 1).

Based on current government guidelines and the possibility that a number of international students will have to complete up to 14 days of self quarantine on arrival, all new students will undergo an online induction and orientation programme and begin their educational journey with online introductory lectures and course work.

These first 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 first two weeks of online learning, 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.

Quarantine requirements – updated June 2021 PDF | 371.7 KB

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 you arrive late, you will be required to undertake a post-arrival quarantine of up to 14 days and we can support you during this. Of course, it would be much easier for your student journey to arrive at the same time as the rest of your class, as it will let you start your journey with the other students in your 'student pod'. Contact us at admissions@rcsi.ie and we can help support you and give you more information.