Irish and EU applicants – School Leaver
To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU School Leaver place, you must:
- Meet the minimum entry (matriculation) and specific subject requirements.
- Achieve the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points or equivalent.
Access and scholarships
Minimum academic entry requirements
All students who qualify for EU admissions are eligible to apply. The local high school examinations that they have taken will be used to assess competitiveness for admission. European examinations will be converted into the equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points.
The applicant with the highest points score receives the first offer, the second highest receives the second offer and so on until all EU seats are filled. The allocation of School Leaver places is purely based on points.
Applicants completing school leaving examinations other than the Irish Leaving Certificate may be required to submit additional documentation as part of their application, or be subject to minimum English language requirements.
If you have additional questions about the application process, please refer to the Application FAQs section.
Irish and EU applicants - Mature Entry
If you are a Mature Entry applicant, you will be considered in the first instance on the basis of how relevant your life, work and educational experiences are to the course you wish to pursue. In addition, you should demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of your chosen course in your supplementary application and at interview stage.
To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU Mature Entry place, you must:
- Be an EU applicant (this includes applicants from Ireland, EU, EEA and Switzerland). If you are unsure of your status, please consult the EU Nationality Test as outlined in more detail in here.
- Be 23 years of age or older on 1 January of the year of entry to the Advanced Therapeutic Technologies programme.
- Meet the minimum entry requirements in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination or an RCSI pre-approved Access to Science programmes, as outlined in more detail below.
- Note that Mature Entry applicants are not required to present a third level qualification to be eligible to apply.
Non-EU applicants – School Leaver
The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences invites applications to the BSc in Advanced Therapeutic Technologies from Non-EU students.
If you are unsure whether you are an EU or Non-EU applicant, please consult the EU Nationality Test for guidance. You can also contact the RCSI Admissions Office directly to verify your fees status, however, this must be done well in advance of the closing date.
The list below contains the most frequent academic programmes with which Non-EU students apply to RCSI's undergraduate programmes. If your educational programme is not covered on this list, please email the RCSI Admissions Office directly for further information.
Minimum academic entry requirements
The following information is relevant to all Advanced Therapeutic Technologies applicants.
Minimum English language requirements
Teaching in RCSI is through the medium of English. As a consequence, all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of English language competence. Applicants whose first language is not English must present a minimum overall average IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band (reading, writing, listening and speaking) lower than 6.0. IELTS Certificates must be less than two years old at the time of admission. Equivalent scores in TOEFL are also acceptable.
Applicants presenting programmes that are delivered entirely through English (e.g. International Baccalaureate or A Levels) are not required to supply an IELTS certificate as part of their initial application. Please note that applicants presenting A Levels must hold a GCSE English grade C or above to meet RCSI's English language requirement.
Applicants who have been previously discontinued from any academic institution are deemed not to be in 'good standing' and are ineligible to apply to RCSI.
Fitness to Practice
Students will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practice policy, full details of which can be found in our policies section.
Police clearance (or "Garda vetting" as it is known in Ireland) of our students is required to facilitate clinical teaching, and is a standard protocol for all individuals working and training in the healthcare sector. All students will undergo Garda vetting during their first year of studies at RCSI.
Garda Vetting is organised through the RCSI Student Academic & Regulatory Affairs office (The Registry Office) and requires students to complete a form outlining all of the permanent addresses that they have lived in from birth. This form is checked (vetted) by the Irish Police to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending.
Transfers from other schools
RCSI has a 'no transfer' policy, more details of which can be found in our policies section.
All RCSI Undergraduate programmes are delivered (in part) in clinical settings and exposure to infection is a risk. As part of the University's overall approach to minimising the risks associated with blood-borne viruses all students must complete a blood-borne virus risk assessment. This is coordinated through the University Health Facility during the first year of attendance. All students admitted to the Advanced Therapeutic Technologies programme must consent to immunisation at the RCSI Travel Health Centre at the Mercer's Medical Centre.
Applications from students with disabilities
RCSI welcomes applications from students with disabilities. All applications will be treated on an individual basis to ensure that the applicant has the potential fitness to practice. Disability will not be considered as part of the selection process, however, it is strongly advised that applicants disclose their disability on their application and contact the RCSI Admissions Office to obtain further advice.
Applicants may also be required to provide relevant information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence. It is important that RCSI has an understanding of your support requirements to implement reasonable accommodations.