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 Undergraduate Medicine 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.


Irish and EU applicants

RCSI accepts Irish and EU applicants for Undergraduate Medicine in the following categories:

School Leaver

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Mature Entry

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Non-EU applicants

RCSI accepts Non-EU applicants for Undergraduate Medicine in the following categories: 

School Leaver

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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 a minimum of 480 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination or equivalent.
  • Sit the HPAT-Ireland test in the year of admission to the programme.  

Access and scholarships

  • RCSI participates in the Higher Education Admissions Route (HEAR) which supports socio-economically disadvantaged students and the Disability Access Route (DARE) which supports students applying with a disability. Find out more about HEAR and DARE and how to apply here.
  • The Aim High Medicine Scholarship was established in 2012 by RCSI alumni to provide scholarships for Irish Leaving Certificate students who excel academically and are passionate about developing a lifelong career in medicine. Find out more about Aim High and how to apply here.
  • The Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship is awarded to the student with the highest combined Irish Leaving Certificate and HPAT score entering the RCSI Undergraduate Medicine degree programme. Two Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarships, supported by RCSI Alumni, will be awarded in 2019. Find out more about Consilio Manuque and how to apply here.
  • RCSI has developed a Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) which aims to increase the participation of members from the Traveller Community in RCSI’s Undergraduate programmes. Find out more about TCAP and how to apply here.

Minimum academic entry requirements

All students who qualify for EU admissions are eligible to apply. The local high school examinations that you complete will be used to assess competitiveness for admission. European examinations will be converted into the equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points. These points will then be added to the HPAT points (which is required for all EU School Leaver applicants) to provide an overall points score.

The applicant with the highest combined 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.

The points conversions* for European examinations are shown below.

*The points equivalency calculations below serve as a guide only. The onus is on the applicant to check entry criteria for the programmes for which they are applying. Eligibility criteria can change from year to year.

Please note

The following applies to all Irish and EU School Leaver applicants:

  • For applicants who meet the minimum subject entry requirements, and the 480 points criterion in the same sitting of their school leaving examination, the allocation of places for Medicine will be determined on the basis of a combination of the Irish Leaving Certificate points, or equivalent points, and the HPAT-Ireland score.
  • For the Medicine programme, Irish Leaving Certificate results, or equivalent, above 550 points are adjusted (or 'moderated') when combined with HPAT scores. More information on moderated results and HPAT scores can be found in the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Selection Criteria brochure below.
  • HPAT scores are valid for one year only e.g. a 2019 HPAT score is valid for 2019 admission only.
  • Combined entry points range 2018: As a guide, in 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent points (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 531 to 625 and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 233. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to the Undergraduate Medicine programme in 2018 was 730.
  • If you have additional questions about the application process, please refer to the Application FAQs section. 
Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Selection Criteria - EU applicants 2019 pdf | 1070 kb

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H4 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 in Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics and a third language plus a minimum of a H4 in Chemistry and a H4 in either Physics or Biology.

Applicants must meet the above subject requirements and a minimum of 480 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.

Six-year entry route

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 in Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a third language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science. 

Applicants must meet the above subject requirements and a minimum of 480 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.

  • H indicates minimum grade at Higher Level Leaving Certificate 
  • O indicates minimum grade at Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate
  • Score* (e.g. 730*) if the minimum points requirement has an asterisk (*), this indicates that all applicants with a score greater than that score (e.g. 731 and higher) were offered a place. But all applicants who achieved a score of exactly 730 were not guaranteed an offer and random selection was applied instead.

Eligible applicants are awarded Irish Leaving Certificate points on the basis of their best six recognised subjects, from a single Irish Leaving Certificate sitting, as follows:

Irish Leaving Certificate points calculator
Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale Post-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale New points at Higher Level New points at Ordinary Level
A1 H1/O1 100 56
A2/B1 H2/O2 88 46
B2/B3 H3/O3 77 37
C1/C2 H4/O4 66 28
C3/D1 H5/O5 56 20
D2/D3 H6/06 46 12
E H7/O7 37 0

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a H6 or above in Higher Level Mathematics have 25 points added to their score for Mathematics. The six highest subject scores will be counted to achieve a cumulative points score. The bonus points for Mathematics will only be relevant in cases where the subject Higher Level Mathematics is scored as one of the applicant’s six best subjects for points scoring purposes.

If you are an EU A-Level applicant, you must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

  • Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x A-Level subjects (Grade C or above) and four passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A-Level) to include a minimum Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a second language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics or Biology, to be considered for the six-year entry route.
  • A minimum grade C in A-Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for the five-year entry route.

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the same sitting of the A-Level examinations, calculated on the basis of the following:

  • The best three A-Level subjects from one academic year and one AS in a different subject from the same or preceding academic year; or
  • The best four A-Level subjects from one academic year. If four A-Level subjects are presented, the fourth subject is scored at a lower rate.
  • Only A-Level grades awarded at the same date can be considered for computation.
  • A maximum of four distinct recognised subjects will be counted.
  • Applicants are scored on the basis of their best four A-Levels, or three A-Levels and an AS Level in a different subject from the same or preceding year (note one A-Level grade from the previous year may be substituted for an AS grade but will only be scored as an AS).
  • Grades in the same subject in A-Level and AS Level cannot be combined.

As a guide, Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points are calculated using the following conversion table:

GCE A/AS Level points equivalency calculator
Grade Best three A-Levels Fourth subject (A-Level) Fourth subject (AS Level)
A* 185 points 45 points 31 points
A 156 points 38 points 26 points
B 131 points 32 points 22 points
C 106 points 26 points 18 points
D 84 points 20 points 14 points
E 63 points 15 points 11 points

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland in the same year of admission to the programme.

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a Grade E or above in A-Level Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This will only apply to one Mathematics subject out of the following: Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Pure Mathematics and is only where that subject is used as one of the subjects for points scoring purposes. (N.B. Mathematics and Pure Mathematics cannot be combined for points purposes.)
  • A-Level applicants must satisfy minimum entry requirements (as outlined above) within three consecutive years, i.e. GCSE (2017), AS Levels (2018) and A-Levels (2019).
  • Combined entry points range 2018: As a guide, in 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate points (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 531 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 2 x A*s and 1 x B in your three best A-Levels and a B in your fourth A-Level subject and 4 x A*s at A-Level) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 233. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to the Undergraduate Medicine programme in 2018 was 730.

If you are an EU Scottish Higher applicant, you must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

  • Present five subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade C) and one other subject at Standard/Intermediate Level (National Level 5, minimum Grade 3) to include English, Mathematics, a second language and a laboratory science to be considered for entry to the six-year programme.
  • Applicants must present the above minimum subject and grade requirements to include Advanced Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology (minimum Grade C in each) to be considered for the five-year entry route.

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, calculated on the basis of the best five Scottish Higher results from the same sitting in one academic year and the best two or three Advanced Higher results from the same or subsequent academic year.

Scottish Higher points equivalency calculator
Higher Level Grade Subject score Advanced Higher Level grade Subject score
A 99 A 35
B 80 B 28
C 60 C 21
D 33 D 12

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland in the same year of admission to the programme. 

Note:

  • Highers and Advanced Higher results are considered over two consecutive years only.
  • Highers may not be combined over two years but may be taken in the same year as Advanced Highers.
  • A maximum of five Higher Level subjects and three Advanced Higher Level subjects can be combined for points purposes.
  • You must achieve a minimum Grade 3 at Standard/Intermediate Level English (National Level 5) to be eligible for a place.
  • Scottish Higher applicants should include certified copies of all examinations taken from Standard Level up in their CAO application.
  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a Grade C or above in Advanced Level Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. This will only apply where the subject is one of the subjects used for equivalency points scoring purposes.
  • Combined entry points range 2018: As a guide, in 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate points (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 531 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 4 x As and 1 x C in the Highers and 1 x A and 1 x B in the Advanced Highers and 5 x As in the Highers and 3 x As in the Advanced Highers) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 233. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to the Undergraduate Medicine programme in 2018 was 730.

If you are an EU International Baccalaureate (IB) applicant, you must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

  • Present three subjects at Higher Level (minimum Grade 5) and three subjects at Standard Level (minimum Grade 4) to include English, Mathematics, one laboratory science and a second language to be considered for entry to the six-year programme. A minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for entry to the five-year programme.
  • Applicants presenting IB through English must achieve a minimum Grade 4 in Standard Level English (either English A1, A2 or B). Applicants not presenting IB through English must achieve a minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level English (either English A1, A2 or B). Alternatively, applicants must meet the English language requirements as outlined in the Minimum English language requirements below.

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma points equivalency calculator
Overall IB score Irish Leaving Certificate points
45 IB points 600 points (equivalent to 560 moderated LCE points)
44 IB points 597 points (equivalent to 560 moderated LCE points)
43 IB points 576 points (equivalent to 556 moderated LCE points)
42 IB points 564 points (equivalent to 553 moderated LCE points)
41 IB points 552 points (equivalent to 551 moderated LCE points)
40 IB points 531 points
39 IB points 519 points
38 IB points 508 points
37 IB points 497 points
36 IB points 486 points

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland in the same year of admission to the programme.

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a Grade 4 or above in Higher Level Mathematics only will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points. The subject Mathematics Studies is not acceptable for bonus points purposes.
  • Combined entry points range 2018: As a guide, in 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate points (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 531 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 40 and 45 IB points) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 233. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to the Undergraduate Medicine programme in 2018 was 730.

If you are an EU European Baccalaureate (EB) applicant, you must: 

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum Grade 6 in all subjects to include English (minimum 3/4/5 period), Mathematics (minimum 3 period), one laboratory science and a second language. Must achieve a minimum Grade 7 (3/4/5 hour subject period) in at least two subjects.
  • English language competence: Applicants must achieve a minimum Grade 6 (3/4/5 period) in English examined either as a first language, first foreign language or second foreign language. Alternatively, applicants must meet the English language requirements as outlined in the minimum English language requirements below.

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points, the calculation of which is outlined below:

European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma points equivalency calculator
Overall EB score Irish Leaving Certificate points
100% 600 points (equivalent to 560 moderated LCE points)
96% 586 points (equivalent to 558 moderated LCE points)
93% 570 points (equivalent to 554 moderated LCE points)
90% 531 points
85% 488 points

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland in the same year of admission to the programme. 

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a Grade 6 or above on 5 Period Mathematics or Advanced Mathematics will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points.
  • Combined entry points range 2018: As a guide, in 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate points (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 531 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 90% and 100%) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 233. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to the Undergraduate Medicine programme in 2018 was 730.

If you are an EU French Baccalaureate applicant, you must:

1. Meet the following minimum subject requirements:

  • Must achieve a minimum Grade 10 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 12 (at coefficient =<4) in three acceptable and distinct subjects and a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) in two additional subjects to include Mathematics, one laboratory science and a language other than English.
  • In addition, must achieve a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 14 (at coefficient =<4) in English. Alternatively, applicants must meet the English language requirements as outlined in the minimum English language requirements below.

AND

2. Achieve a minimum of 480 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points , in the same sitting of the French Baccalaureate, the calculation of which is outlined below.

It is normal for some subjects to be examined in the year prior to the final examination. This is acceptable provided examined subjects are covered over a maximum of two consecutive years.

French Baccalaureate points equivalency calculator
Overall French Baccalaureate score Irish Leaving Certificate points
20 600 points (equivalent to 560 moderated ILC points)
19 580 points (equivalent to 555 moderated ILC points)
18 559 points (equivalent to 551 moderated ILC points)
17 539 points
16 518 points
15 486 points

AND

3. Sit the HPAT-Ireland in the same year of admission to the programme. 

Note:

  • Bonus points for Mathematics: Students presenting a Grade 11 or above in Mathematics with a minimum coefficient of 5 will be awarded 25 additional Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points.
  • Combined entry points range 2018: As a guide, in 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate points (for students who successfully entered the RCSI Medicine programme) ranged from 531 to 625 (which is approximately equivalent to a range of between 17 and 20) and HPAT-Ireland scores ranged from 161 to 233. The combined HPAT and points score required for admission to the Undergraduate Medicine programme in 2018 was 730.

For specific information on points conversion of European examinations other than those listed above, please consult the document below:

Guideline Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA applicants other than the Leaving Certificate pdf | 1335.4 kb

Irish and EU applicants - Mature Entry

RCSI welcomes applications from Mature applicants.

The aim of the Mature Entry pathway is to widen access and provide an opportunity for individuals who may not otherwise find it possible to join a medical programme.

The Mature Entry pathway attempts to select students in a holistic manner and focuses on life experience such as volunteer work or relevant work experience in addition to the candidate’s academic background.

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 Undergraduate Medicine programme.
  • Apply via the CAO by 1 February.
  • Complete the required admissions test (HPAT-Ireland) in the year of entry to the programme. Note that HPAT scores are valid for one year only, e.g. a 2019 HPAT score is valid for 2019 admission only. More information on moderated results and HPAT scores can be found in the Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Selection Criteria brochure below.
  • Meet the minimum entry requirements in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent, including 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.

Undergraduate Entry to Medicine Selection Criteria - EU applicants 2019 pdf | 1070 kb

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H4 (HC3) and 4 x O6/H7 (OD3)] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 (OD3) in Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics and a third language plus a minimum of a H4 (HC3) in Chemistry and a H4 (HC3) in either Physics or Biology. 

Six-year entry route

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H5 (HC3) and 4 x O6/H7 (OD3)*] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include a minimum of an O6/H7 *(OD3) in Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a third language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science.

The pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale can be converted into the new Leaving Certificate grading scale by using the table below:

Pre-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale Post-2017 Leaving Certificate grading scale
A1 H1/O1
A2/B1 H2/O2
B2/B3 H3/O3
C1/C2 H4/O4
C3/D1 H5/O5
D2/D3 H6/O6
E H7/O7

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x A-Level subjects (Grade C or above) and four passes (Grade C or above at GCSE level or Grade E or above at A-Level)] to include a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics, a second language and one laboratory science subject from Chemistry, Physics or Biology, to be considered for the six-year entry route.

A minimum Grade C in A-Level Chemistry and either Physics or Biology is required to be considered for the five-year entry route.

Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) recognised Level 6 Access to Science awards are accepted in lieu of the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent secondary school examinations for Mature Entry routes only.

For specific information on points conversion of European examinations other than those listed above, please consult the document below:

Guideline Entry Requirements for EU/EFTA applicants other than the Leaving Certificate pdf | 1335.4 kb

Non-EU applicants - School Leaver

RCSI aims to maintain a broad geographic spread to ensure that students are educated in a truly multicultural environment. Currently, there are approximately 60 different nationalities represented within the Undergraduate Medicine programme in RCSI Dublin.

The Medicine course is run over a six-year period - however, some students are exempt from the first year of the programme on the basis of their educational background. The five and six-year entry requirements are shown in the minimum academic entry requirements section below.


Please note


The list below contains the most frequent academic programmes with which Non-EU students apply for the Medicine course. If your educational programme is not covered on this list, please contact the RCSI Admissions Office directly for further information.

Minimum academic entry requirements

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Applicants must present a minimum of three A-Level subjects with minimum grades of ABB to include the subject Chemistry and two other sciences from the group: Mathematics, Biology and Physics.

All applicants must also have completed a minimum of six subjects at GCSE level, which must include a minimum Grade C in English and Mathematics.

Six-year entry route

Applicants who have completed three A-Levels but do not meet the above subject or grade requirements may be considered for the six-year entry route.

Applicants must attain minimum grades of BBB preferably from the subjects Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Biology.

A missing Science subject must have been taken at GCSE level with a minimum of Grade B attained.

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Applicants must present a minimum score of 36 IB Diploma points (inclusive of bonus points). The IB Diploma must comprise a minimum of six* subjects (three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level), which must include Chemistry at Higher Level (with a minimum score of 5) and another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) or Mathematics at Higher Level.

If Mathematics is presented with Chemistry at Higher Level, another laboratory science subject (Biology or Physics) must also be presented at Standard Level.

Six-year entry route

Applicants must present a minimum score of 33 IB Diploma points (inclusive of bonus points).

The IB Diploma must comprise a minimum of six* subjects (three subjects at Higher Level and three subjects at Standard Level), which must include English, Mathematics and at least one laboratory science subject (Chemistry, Biology or Physics).

*Candidates are required to undertake all six IB examinations in one examination session.

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

  • ATAR/TER required: minimum 95%

Applicants presenting the Australian matriculation examination must include Chemistry and any two of the following three subjects – Physics, Biology and Mathematics in Year 12, provided that the remaining subjects have been passed in years 10/11.

Six-year entry route

  • TER required: 80%

Australian High School Certificate or equivalent with no less than an average of B in each subject. Six subjects are required which must include English, Mathematics and a science subject from the group Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Australian Foundation Programmes

The following foundation programmes are eligible for consideration for entry to the School of Medicine:

  • Monash University Program
  • Trinity College Foundation Program at the University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland Foundation Program
  • University of New South Wales Foundation Program

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Students who have completed one of the above programmes presenting English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics or Biology and with a minimum overall score of 95% will be eligible for consideration for entry to the five-year Undergraduate Medicine programme. No individual module score should be less than 85%.

Six-year entry route

Students who have completed one of the above programmes presenting English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics or Biology and with a minimum overall score of 80% will be eligible for consideration for entry to the six-year Undergraduate Medicine programme. No individual module score should be less than 70%.

Please note:
Other foundation programmes not listed above may be considered. Enquiries should be emailed to the RCSI Admissions Office.

Six-year entry route

Applicants must achieve a minimum average score of 85% with competitive grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics in Grade 12 of the Canadian High School Diploma.

Candidates applying with an IB Diploma (see IB Diploma section above) or with three Advanced Placement (AP) examinations (with minimum scores of 4 in Chemistry, Biology and either Calculus or Physics) may be eligible for consideration for the five-year entry route.

Applicants presenting the CAPE examinations must have achieved the following scores in unit 2:

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

CAPE Exam scores of I,I,II (subjects must include Chemistry and two from the group Mathematics, Biology or Physics)

Six-year entry route

CAPE Exam scores of I,II,II (with at least two science subjects).

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Students must present Chemistry with a score of Level 5. In addition, they must achieve Level 5 in two subjects from the group Biology, Physics and Mathematics.

A minimum score of Level 3 must be achieved in all remaining subjects.

Six-year entry route

All applicants will be expected to take the four core subjects plus three elective subjects and to achieve minimum scores of Levels 5, 5 and 4 from the subjects Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics. Minimum scores of Level 3 must be achieved in all remaining subjects.

In addition, applicants must achieve HKDSE English Language Level 5 or an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Applicants must hold a bona-fide certificate of completion issued by the CBSE or ISCE and have completed the Science stream at Standard XII.

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Applicants must achieve a minimum average score of 90% or above in four subjects to include Chemistry, Biology and either Physics or Mathematics. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 85% in each individual subject.

Six-year entry route

Applicants must achieve a minimum average score of 80% in four subjects to include Chemistry, Biology and either Physics or Mathematics. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 75% in each individual subject.

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

S.T.P.M minimum grades of A, B+, B+ to include Chemistry and Biology and one other subject from the group Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants presenting the Malaysian University Matriculation Exam must achieve a GPA of 3.5 in one sitting and have competitive grades in Mathematics, Physics, Biology and English. Grades obtained in more than one sitting will be considered provided that the proximity of the examinations is in less than one year.

Six-year entry route

S.T.P.M minimum grades of B+, B+, B preferably in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

Please note:
Applicants to the five and six-year entry routes should also have a minimum of six subjects at S.P.M which must include five Bs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject.

Choueifat International School graduates are eligible for consideration for either five or six-year entry to the Undergraduate Medicine programme depending on their combination of subjects/education systems presented at the time of application.

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Candidates eligible for the five-year entry must present a minimum Grade A in A-Level Chemistry or a minimum Score of 4 in Advanced Placement Chemistry or a minimum Score of 5 in Higher Level IB Chemistry. In addition, they must present two additional subjects from the group Mathematics, Biology or Physics with minimum grades of B at A-Level, 4 at Advanced Placement or 5 in the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Six-year entry route

Students who achieve grades less than those outlined above, or who are missing a science subject may be considered for the six-year entry route. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year)

Candidates eligible for the five-year entry include:

  • Those presenting a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the American High School Diploma and three Advanced Placements with minimum scores of 4 in Chemistry, Biology and either Calculus or Physics.
  • Those presenting a competitive cumulative GPA after completion of one or two years of an undergraduate science degree.

Six-year entry route

Candidates presenting a minimum GPA of 3.5 including competitive marks in Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics in the American High School Diploma (without AP examinations) are eligible for consideration for six-year entry.

SAT or ACT scores are not a requirement for admission but can be provided if they are available.

Please note:
RCSI recognises the American High School Diploma Programme delivered by a number of international schools located outside of the USA. Please visit this website for a list of recognised schools. If your school is not listed, please contact the RCSI Admissions Office for more information.

Students who graduate from government/public and bilingual high school programmes that are delivered throughout the Middle East cannot apply for direct entry to RCSI.

Such students must complete a recognised pre-university/foundation programme (see sample list below) prior to applying to RCSI.

Applicants who have undertaken A-Level or IB examinations may be eligible for direct entry to RCSI’s Undergraduate Medicine programme and should refer to the relevant sections above.

Students who graduate from high school systems that do not meet the National University of Ireland (NUI) regulations for direct entry to the Undergraduate programmes offered at RCSI may undertake a recognised pre-university/foundation programme and apply to RCSI on the basis of the results obtained in their selected programme. RCSI does not make recommendations or have any preferred providers from the programmes listed below.

Programme Five-year entry route (exempt from Foundation Year) Six-year entry route
Irish Leaving Certificate Non-EU applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H4 and 4 x O6/H7] to include Chemistry at H4, either Physics or Biology at H4 and a minimum of an O6/H7 in four other subjects including English, Mathematics and one foreign language. Candidates must meet the above minimum subject requirements and achieve a minimum score of 550 points in a single sitting. Non-EU applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] to include a minimum of a H5 in Chemistry or Physics or Biology and a minimum of an O6/H7 in English, Mathematics, a second science and one foreign language. Candidates must meet the above subject requirements and achieve a minimum of 480 points in a single sitting.
Bath Academy Foundation Programme Minimum overall score of 75%, with no less than 75% in any major module. Minimum overall score of 65%, with no less than 65% in any major module.
Bellerbys College Foundation Programme N/A Overall average score of 70% across all the academic modules including a minimum score of 75% in Chemistry and no less than 60% in any individual module.
Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) N/A Minimum grades AAAB in English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry on the Sciences Foundation programme. 
Kings College London International Foundation Minimum score of 75%, with no less than 70% in each individual module. Minimum overall score of 70%, with no less than 65% in each individual module.
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering (UPCSE)  Minimum overall score of 70%, to include 70% in Chemistry, and no less than 65% in any individual module. Minimum overall score of 65%, and no less than 65% in any individual module.
UCLAN On Campus Medicine University Foundation Programme Minimum overall average score of 70% across three modules, with no individual module score less than 65%. Minimum overall average score of 65% across the three modules, with no individual module score less than 60%.
UCLAN On Campus Life Sciences University Programme N/A Minimum overall average score of 70% across the three modules, with no individual module score less than 65%.
University of St Andrew's International Foundation Programme for Medicine Overall average score of 16 across all modules with no individual module score lower than 14 including Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Organic & Biological Chemistry 1 plus achievement of an overall equivalent IELTS score of 6.5 with no band score less than 6.0.  N/A
Scottish Highers N/A Applicants must have completed the Scottish Higher Examinations with minimum grades of AAABB, which must include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English.
University Foundation Programme (UFP) – Medicine Pathway Overall distinction is required with a distinction in Chemistry and a minimum score of Merit in each of the other modules. Overall Merit is required with a minimum score of Merit in each of the individual modules.

Please note:
Other foundation programmes not listed above may be considered. Enquiries should be directed to the RCSI Admissions Office.

Please note

The following information is relevant to all Undergraduate Medicine applicants.

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.

Good Standing

Applicants who have previously been discontinued in any Medicine programme are deemed not to be in 'good standing' and are ineligible to apply.

Fitness to Practice

Students will be subject to the College's Fitness to Practice policy, full details of which can be found in our policies section.

Student vetting

Vetting is carried out by the Student Academic & Regulatory Affairs (SARA) Office in RCSI once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending.

An Garda Síochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more. All students who have resided outside of Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Transfers from other medical schools

RCSI has a 'no transfer' policy, more details of which can be found in our policies section.

Health screening

All RCSI Undergraduate programmes are delivered (in part) in clinical settings and exposure to infection is a risk. As part of the College'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 College Health Facility during the first year of attendance. All students admitted to the Medicine programmes 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 adjustments.