Graduate Entry Medicine

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)
School of Medicine

How to apply

To ensure you complete the GEM application process correctly, you will need to confirm your status as an Irish/EU applicant or a Non-EU applicant.

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 status. However, as additional supporting documentation may be required to process your request, we recommend that you contact us well in advance of the application closing date.

To be considered an EU applicant, you must:

  • Have been living in an EU Member State (which includes the EEA and Switzerland) for at least three of the last five years before starting the course. Members of the EEA include Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
  • Meet the EU Nationality Test as outlined in more detail in here.
  • Meet a number of other terms and conditions that need to be met regarding residency, income tax etc. Please review this information carefully as a general guide regarding your eligibility for EU applicant status.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for EU applicant status, you will be deemed a Non-EU student for fees and application purposes.

 

Please note:
The information below should be used as a guide only, regarding your EU or Non-EU applicant status. If, after working through the guide, you are still unsure of your EU or Non-EU status, you should refer to this policy for further guidance.

Alternatively, you may contact the RCSI Admissions Office who can assist in verifying your status.

 

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Irish and EU applicants

RCSI reserves 30 places on the GEM programme each year for Irish and EU students.

Please note:

  • Irish and EU applicants must hold a competitive GPA or a minimum of an upper second class honours from an accredited undergraduate bachelor degree (equivalent to NFQ Level 8) to be eligible to apply for GEM via the CAO.
  • Graduates from any discipline may apply.
  • For applicants who meet this requirement, places are issued through the CAO on the basis of their GAMSAT scores.
  • There are no interviews for EU GEM students.
  • We strongly recommend you refer to the application timeline before completing your application.
Apply now to study GEM as an Irish or EU applicant at RCSI Irish and EU application timeline pdf | 151.6 kb


Non-EU applicants

RCSI reserves 52 places on the GEM programme each year for Non-EU students.

  • All non-EU applicants (with the exception of those residing in the USA or Canada) should apply directly to RCSI.
  • Applicants residing in the USA or Canada should refer to section 'Non-EU applicants (residing in the USA/Canada)' below.
  • Applications open on 1 November and close on 1 February in the year of admission to the programme.
  • There is a €75 application fee payable by credit card.

Applicants must:

- Meet the minimum academic eligibility criteria (including English language requirements) for entry to RCSI’s Undergraduate Medicine programme, as outlined in the entry requirements.

- Apply directly to RCSI between 1 November and 1 February (in the year of admission to the programme).

- Upload the following documentation as part of their application:

  • Certified copies of academic transcripts including English language transcripts (IELTS) if applicable
  • Competitive MCATor GAMSAT results
  • Copy of passport showing name, nationality and date of birth
  • A passport style photograph
  • Confidential academic referee* contact details
  • A personal statement (guidance on preparing your statement can be found here)
  • Documents which reflect your life experience (such as work/life balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work/voluntary experience etc.)

*Academic references

Applicants are required to nominate an academic referee as part of the application process. The Admissions Office will contact the referee and request that they provide a ‘confidential academic reference’. The full name, title, position and contact details of the referee are required as part of the online application (please do not begin your application without these details). It is advisable therefore to inform the referee and seek his/her permission to nominate them as a referee.

We strongly recommend you refer to the Non-EU (excluding USA/Canada) application timeline before completing your application.

Apply now to study GEM as a Non-EU applicant at RCSI Non-EU (excluding the USA/Canada) application timeline pdf | 139 kb

All Non-EU applicants residing in the USA and Canada should apply to RCSI through our educational agent partner, Atlantic Bridge.

Applicants must:

- Meet the minimum academic eligibility criteria for entry to RCSI’s GEM programme, as outlined in entry requirements.  

- Contact Atlantic Bridge for guidance in advance of applications opening on 1 July prior to the year of admission.

- Complete and submit the Atlantic Bridge application within the deadline dates, as outlined in the application timeline.

- Include the following documentation in their Atlantic Bridge applications:

  • Two letters of recommendation or one committee letter
  • A personal statement on ‘why I would be an asset to the School of Medicine and the medical profession’ (guidance on preparing your statement can be found here)
  • Official transcripts 
  • One recent passport sized photograph (colour or black and white) and
  • Any additional documentation specified by Atlantic Bridge
  • US$100 application fee payable by credit card

Interviews for applicants who apply through Atlantic Bridge are usually held on the last weekend in February in New York, Toronto and Vancouver. Early application is advisable as demand for interview slots is competitive. Information on preparing for an interview can be found here.

We strongly recommend you refer to the Non-EU (residing in the USA/Canada) application timeline before completing your application.

Apply now to study GEM as a Non-EU applicant at RCSI Non-EU (residing in the USA/Canada) application timeline pdf | 194.3 kb