Graduate Entry Medicine

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)
School of Medicine

Entry requirements

There are a number of entry requirements you need to meet to be considered eligible for the GEM programme, but first you need to confirm your status as an Irish/EU applicant or a Non-EU applicant.

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.

To be eligible for consideration for an EU GEM place, you must:

  • Apply to the CAO by 1 February in the year of admission to the programme.
  • Hold or expect to hold – by July prior to entry – a competitive GPA or a minimum of an upper second class honours from an accredited undergraduate bachelor degree (equivalent to NFQ Level 8). The degree can be in any discipline.
  • Compete on the basis of your Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) scores only. As a guide, the minimum GAMSAT on which students were admitted to RCSI in 2017 was 58*. The GAMSAT-Ireland test is held in March and September each year (date of next examination: 24 March 2018). Registration is by online enrolment and opens in early November preceding the test. Please consult the GAMSAT website for further information.

Please note:

  • GAMSAT results are valid for two years prior to the start of the programme you are applying for. If you are presenting GAMSAT UK or GAMSAT Australia results you must provide these to the CAO when submitting your application.
  • There are no interviews for EU GEM applicants.
  • If you have additional questions about the application process, please refer to the Application FAQs section.

If you are unsure whether you are an EU or Non-EU applicant, please consult the EU vs Non-EU fee policy 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 eligible for consideration for a Non-EU GEM place, you must:

  • Apply through the correct application channel (either directly through RCSI or via Atlantic Bridge if you reside in North America).
  • Hold or expect to hold by July prior to entry a competitive GPA* from an accredited undergraduate bachelor degree (equivalent to NFQ Level 8).
  • Present either a competitive Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or a Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) score. Further information on each of these tests is available on the MCAT and GAMSAT websites.

Please note:

  •  MCAT and GAMSAT results for students applying to Non-EU GEM are valid for five years prior to the start of the programme. As a guide, the minimum scores on which students were admitted in 2017 were MCAT: 501 (26) and GAMSAT: 58.
  • If you have completed an undergraduate degree, you are only eligible to apply for the four-year GEM programme (i.e. Non-EU degree holders cannot apply for a place on the five or six-year Undergraduate Medicine programme).

Minimum English language requirements

Teaching in RCSI is through the medium of English, therefore all applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of competence in the English language. Applicants whose first language is not English must present a minimum overall average score of 6.5 with no individual section lower than 6.0.in the IELTS examination (academic stream). All IELTS test results must be less than two years old at the time of admission.

*GPAs have different scoring systems and can vary from one country to the next. As a consequence, RCSI does not specify a minimum cut off GPA score and all transcripts are individually reviewed to determine if the GPA is competitive for entry.