Medicine

MB, BCh, BAO (Hons)
School of Medicine

How to apply

To ensure you complete the Undergraduate Medicine 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 39 places on the Undergraduate Medicine programme each year for competitive Irish and EU School Leaver students.

Applicants must:

  • Apply to the programme through the Central Applications Office (CAO) website (RC001 (Undergraduate Medicine) from 5 November to 1 February.
  • Sit the HPAT Ireland test (in February) in the year of admission to the programme.
  • Be in their final year of school or have completed their Leaving Certificate (or an equivalent EU secondary school exit examination) prior to the year of admission to the programme.

We strongly recommend you refer to the Irish and EU School Leaver application timeline before completing your application.

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RCSI reserves 15 places on the Undergraduate Medicine programme each year for competitive Irish and EU Mature Entry students.

Applicants must:

  • Be EU applicants.
  • Be 23 years of age or older on 1 January of the year of admission to the programme.
  • Meet the minimum entry (matriculation) requirements.
  • Apply to the programme through the Central Applications Office (CAO) website (RC001 (Undergraduate Medicine)) from 5 November to 1 February.
  • Sit the HPAT Ireland test (in February) in the year of admission to the programme.
  • Submit supplementary documentation and undergo an interview process prior to receipt of an offer by RCSI.

We strongly recommend you refer to the application timeline before completing your application.

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Non-EU applicants - School Leaver

RCSI reserves 220 places on the Undergraduate Medicine programme each year for Non-EU School Leaver students.

Non-EU students apply directly to RCSI via our website or if you reside in the USA or Canada, via our educational partner in North America, Atlantic Bridge. For more details on the correct application process, please see below.

  • 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 should refer to the 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
  • Non-academic references
  • 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. 

Please note:

  • Singaporean nationals must complete their National service prior to application.
  • Kuwaiti, Saudi Arabian, UAE and Omani nationals who are under Government Scholarships must apply through their respective Ministries of Higher Education. Their files are then sent to RCSI for consideration by the relevant Cultural Offices in Dublin or London. For more information, please contact the RCSI Admissions Office.

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

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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 Undergraduate Medicine 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.

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