Graduate Entry Medicine

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)
School of Medicine

Fees and funding

In order to assess the total amount of fees you will need to pay and any funding you may be entitled to apply for, you must first 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.

The GEM programme is not covered under the Irish Exchequer Free Fees Initiative on the basis that graduate entry students have already completed a Level 8 undergraduate degree. As a result, all GEM students are either liable for EU or Non-EU Fees, depending on their EU status.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) provides partial funding for Irish and EU students joining the GEM programme as outlined in more detail below.

If you have at any time resided, or are at present resident, outside of the EU, it is important that you read and clearly understand the EU vs Non-EU policy. If you require clarification on your status, you can contact the RCSI Admission Office. 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.

  • Fees are set by the HEA and have not yet been published for the 2019/20 academic year.
  • Fees for the 2018/19 academic year are listed below as a guideline, and are unlikely to go through considerable changes.
EU GEM tuition fees  €25,380
(HEA contribution) (€10,300)
Student contribution charge* €1,000
IT fee** €475
Health screening*** (once-off charge) €250
NUI fee**** (once-off charge) €135
Total fees (for academic year 2018/19) €16,940
  • *The student contribution charge applies in all universities in Ireland and covers non-tuition costs such as library services, examinations, student support services, welfare and counselling services etc.
  • **The IT fee is an annual charge to cover the costs of providing significant IT support which is essential to the delivery of the programme.
  • ***RCSI has a duty of care to its students and to the patients with whom they engage. Students risk being exposed to blood-borne viruses (BBV) in the clinical setting throughout their academic programme. To minimise the risk of infection, students are required to undergo BBV screening and vaccinations in the first year of their studies. This is delivered through Mercer’s Medical Centre.
  • ****The undergraduate degrees issued by RCSI are the degrees of the National University of Ireland (NUI). This fee is a once-off registration fee with the NUI.

Funding

If you are offered a place on the four-year GEM programme at RCSI, you can apply for financing via the Bank of Ireland Graduate Entry Medicine Tuition Fees Loan (St Stephen's Green Branch). More information on loans can be found on the student loans page.

If you are unsure whether you are an EU or Non-EU applicant, please consult the EU Nationality Test for guidance.

If you require clarification on your status, you can contact the RCSI Admission Office. 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.

Non-EU GEM tuition fees €56,500
NUI fee* (once-off charge) €135
Total fees (for academic year 2019/20) €56,635
  • *The Undergraduate Degrees issued by RCSI are the degrees of the National University of Ireland (NUI). This fee is a once-off registration fee with the NUI.

Please note:
The Non-EU fees for GEM are subject to annual increases. The inflationary increase has been in the order of 2% per annum for the past number of years.

Fee payment

The following fee payment process applies to applicants.

Incoming students (first year only): Students registering with RCSI for the first time must pay their fees in full prior to commencement of the programme.

Returning students (from second year onwards): In subsequent years, 50% of fees are due prior to the start of the academic year and the balance is due by 31 January.

Fee payment methods: Fees are normally paid by electronic funds transfer, which is the best and fastest payment method. Further information on fee payment methods can be found in the student finance section.