For the remainder of the academic year, teaching will be delivered online where possible. There will be no further teaching on the Campus for this academic year.

We have complied with all Government advice and guidance, and we will continue to take direction from the State. We support the measures mandated by the Government.

For further updates, we ask that you continue to monitor your RCSI email. For all additional queries, please contact


In these circumstances, we advise you to make plans to go home.

For our international students, we appreciate that many of you will already have return tickets. The most effective way for you to return home will be for you to contact your existing airline/supplier website and request to amend the date.

Please understand that RCSI Travel cannot help with your current booking. If however you need assistance in purchasing a new ticket, our travel office can advise. Please email, and they will respond to you within four hours. Please have your passport ready and include a copy of it in the email you send to

Lectures are being delivered over Blackboard and Moodle where possible. Any additional questions should be directed the CoMPPAS team.

All RCSI Libraries are closed while the campus is shut down. Throughout the closure the Library will continue to offer library services remotely to staff and students as much as possible. Full information is available on LibGuides.

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), is advised to contact their GP for further instructions.

Do not go to a GP, surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus), they will arrange a test.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should:

  • isolate themselves from other people – this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone;
  • telephone their GP, or emergency department – if this is not possible, telephone 112 or 999;
  • in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms), phone 112 or 999.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days.

The HSE has provided advice on self-isolation. Read the advice here.

Please contact the CoMPPAS Office to let them know your circumstances.

Please give your:

  • name;
  • student number; and
  • programme of study.

Someone will make contact with you to offer you support, advice and discuss the impact on your studies. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

We ask that you consider if any upcoming travel is truly essential.

Travel advice is changing regularly, and you may be required to self-isolate upon your return. Students who must travel should follow up-to-date travel information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for travel advice on countries and regions affected by COVID-19.

Specific travel information is available for areas affected with a spread of COVID-19:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Italy
  • Spain

Students who are abroad, or who intend to travel abroad in the near future and have concerns about COVID-19, can call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's dedicated phone line (+353 (0) 1 613 1733).

If you are studying or are on placement in an affected area and you are feeling well, carry on with your normal routine. MPharm students should continue to follow the guidance provided by APPEL, and there will be regular updates from them on an ongoing basis.

It is important to follow the advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other infections such as flu.

Avoid spending time with people that are ill with a cough, high temperature, or breathing problems.

To protect yourself:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty
  • practice good respiratory hygiene, that is, when coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • maintain social distancing, that is, leave at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth – if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19:

  • avoid contact with people by self-isolating
  • phone your doctor or emergency department
  • tell them your symptoms and let them know you have been to a country or region with a spread of COVID-19

All supervisory meetings have to take place remotely. Supervisors and students are asked to draw up plans now for online supervision for the duration of this period. In line with current government advice, we encourage you to work remotely and not meet in person.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hard copies of your thesis (usually 2xsoft-bound) will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact for further information. Please also remember to attach a digitally signed Examination Entry Form.

Please store any soft-bound or hardbound copies you have until the University has re-opened. Your soft-bound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. If examiners need to have a soft-bound copy, we will organise this with examiners on a case-by-case basis. This will likely involve local printing (reimbursed by RCSI) to reduce risk to couriers and printers.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hardbound copies of your thesis will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact for further information.

Please store any soft-bound or hardbound copies you have already printed until the University has re-opened. Your hardbound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. Please also remember to attach the digitally signed Copyright Statement and Thesis Distribution Request form. The final step is submission of the final approved version of your thesis to the RCSI Library Repository in PDF format.

The RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies recognises that doctoral viva voce examinations may be disrupted during this time of possible altered working, and reduced ability to travel due to COVID-19.

For viva voce examinations that are imminent, the School of Postgraduate Studies will contact all parties as soon as possible to discuss the alternative arrangements using video/online technologies or the deferral of the exam.

While students are expected to continue to make reasonable academic progress, we ask faculty to be as flexible and accommodating as you can be in this rapidly evolving situation. We are facing an unprecedented challenge; COVID-19 has disrupted our Campus operations in ways that would have been inconceivable just a short time ago.

All laboratories are no longer available to staff or scholars.

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about family aboard or other areas where COVID-19 is present may seek help/advice. Undergraduate students should contact CoMPPAS, while Postgraduate scholars can contact Dr Anthony Chubb (School of Postgraduate Studies).

Students may request an extension on the deadline for submission of their thesis.

Students are required to formally apply by emailing All requests must include a rationale for the extension request (i.e. a clear outline of the COVID-19 impact on the research/writing schedule) and the expected start and end dates.

It is mandatory to consult and copy the supervisors and the Head of School/Department with regard to your request. Upon review of the application by the Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies, students may be permitted a maximum of a three-month extension from the original submission date. Repeat extension applications are permissible.

The HPSC has put together resources to guide healthcare workers, which can be found on the Centre's website.

Should you have any queries regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, please email

Although this is an evolving situation, we are working to process all applications in order to commence new students as planned in September 2020.