Postgraduate – taught programmes

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

This is an evolving situation and these FAQs will be updated with any changes that arise.

For further, more specific updates, we ask that you continue to monitor your email and read the regular emails you will continue to receive.

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 here.

If you have any concerns about the impact on your studies or if we can support you during this very challenging time please do not hesitate to contact your programme director or programme coordinator.

Please check forum posts on the Moodle page for your course regularly. All updates will be posted there by a member of staff.

Lectures are being delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate and will be accessible through your Moodle course page. Please contact your programme coordinator with any queries.

Unless otherwise advised, all lectures will take place as per your original course timetable, so please keep these dates and times available where possible.

You need a device with a stable internet connection, Google Chrome, speakers, microphone and ideally a camera where possible. We recommend that you use a headset to improve the quality of your audio.

Before your class is due to start, go to your course page on Moodle, where your virtual classroom will be clearly signposted. The link will open at least 15 minutes before class starts so you can test your microphone, headphones and camera.

Yes, we are holding regular drop in sessions via the practice room on the student information page. Please check Moodle for notifications of dates and times or contact your programme coordinator for more information.

There are a few things you can do to make the experience more comfortable for everyone, for example:

  • Choose a quiet location where you will be undisturbed for the duration of class.
  • If you are not talking, mute your microphone to reduce feedback or background noise.
  • If you need to move about your home or office during the class, turn your camera off as the movement is distracting.
  • If you need to leave the session temporarily, change your status to ‘Away’.
  • Don’t be shy! Raise your hand to ask questions, answer questions either in the chat or turn your microphone on to speak if the opportunity arises.

As many classes as possible will be recorded and made available on Moodle following the session. Please watch the recordings in your own time. If you have any questions, you can post them to the student discussion forum or contact the lecturer or your programme director. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of some class discussions, some classes will not be recorded.

All defense presentations will be scheduled following submission and will take place virtually. Your programme coordinator will contact you with a personal link and further information closer to the time.

Absolutely, please contact your programme director or programme coordinator to discuss your options. In the meantime, please remember a decision doesn’t need to be made just yet;, there is still plenty of time.

Absolutely, the draft submission window is currently open. Final dissertation submission windows will be opened closer to the deadline.

Unless otherwise communicated from your programme director/coordinator, original deadlines will still exist. Please see your programme page on Moodle for more information.

Please note: For those enrolled in Institute of Leadership programmes

  • If you are unable to submit on time you will automatically be granted an extension until 1 July without academic penalty.
  • You do not need to apply for a extension request to 1 July, however please let your programme director/coordinator know of your intentions in relation to submissions.
  • We appreciate these are unprecedented and exceptional times. If you miss the 1 July extension deadline we will manage this on a case-by-case basis, and will do our utmost to support and guide you through to completion.

You will still be contacted and given an opportunity to complete the module on the second sitting.

This usually takes place after the exam board, so please keep an eye on your email and your programme page on Moodle for notifications in relation to examination boards and second sittings.

Not necessarily; it depends on how much you have completed to date. Please talk to your supervisor or Cathy Doyle in the Institute of Leadership about your progress to help you decide which option is best.

Yes, in so far as they are possible. We recommend each group to arrange suitable dates and times to hold the session if the scheduled time is not convenient. If the group can’t meet as a whole, please check in with your supervisor and let them know how you are getting on and your plans going forward.

Draft report submission Final report submission
   2 April 28 May Tailor-made, agreed
with supervisor
14 May 1 July
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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.

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