Pharmacy

BSc (Hons) MPharm
School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

There are a number of entry requirements you need to meet to be considered eligible for the Pharmacy 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 Pharmacy in the following categories:

School Leaver

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Mature Entry

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Pharmacy Technician

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Graduate Entry

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Non-EU applicants

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

School Leaver

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Graduate Entry

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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 the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points or equivalent.  

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 Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship was established in memory of Kiran Pathak MPSI, and his family, who tragically lost their lives in a boating accident in Kenya in 2001. The scholarship provides educational opportunities for students with a desire to study Pharmacy. Find out more about Kiran Pathak 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 they have taken will be used to assess competitiveness for admission. European examinations will be converted into the equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) points.

The applicant with the highest 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.

If you have additional questions about the application process, please refer to the Application FAQs section.

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, Chemistry, a third language and another recognised subject. Applicants must present a minimum grade of H5 in Chemistry, a H5 in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

  • H indicates minimum grade at Higher Level Leaving Certificate 
  • O indicates minimum grade at Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate
  • Score* (e.g. 544*) if the minimum points have an asterisk (*) , this indicates that all applicants with a score greater than that score (e.g. 545 and higher) were offered a place, but all applicants who achieved a score of exactly 544 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.
  • Points guide 2018: As a guide, the 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate points score required for admission to the MPharm programme was 544.

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) and 4 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 other recognised subject, plus a minimum Grade C in A-Level Chemistry.

AND

2. Meet the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points 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 on 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

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).
  • Points guide 2018: As a guide, the 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to the MPharm programme was 544 which is approximately equivalent to 2 x A* and 1 x A in your three best A-Levels and 1 x C in your fourth A-Level subject (or a similar combination).

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.
  • Applicants must present a minimum of two Advanced Higher level subjects, to include Chemistry,  at minimum Grade C.

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements, 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

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.
  • Points guide 2018: As a guide, the 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to the MPharm programme was 544 which is approximately equivalent to 5 x As in the Highers and 1 B and 1 C in the Advanced Highers (or a similar combination).

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, a second language and another recognised subject. A minimum Grade 5 in Higher Level Chemistry is required for entry to the MPharm 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. Meet the minimum points requirements, 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

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.
  • Points guide 2018: As a guide, the 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to the MPharm programme was 544 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 41 IB points.

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), a second language and another recognised subject. Must achieve a minimum Grade 7 (3/4/5 hour subject period) in at least two subjects, one of which must include Chemistry.
  • English language competence: 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. Meet the minimum points requirements, 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

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.
  • Points guide 2018: As a guide, the 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to the MPharm Programme was 544 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 91%.

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 recognised subjects to include Mathematics, a language other than English and another recognised subject. 
  • Achieve a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) or Grade 14 (at coefficient =<4) in English and a minimum Grade 12 (at coefficient =>5) in 2 recognised subjects including Chemistry.
  • English language competence: See above. Alternatively, must meet English language requirements outlined in the minimum English language requirements below.

AND

2. Meet the minimum points requirements, the calculation of which is outlined below.

  • Applicants must meet the above minimum subject and grade requirements and the minimum Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points in the French Baccalaureate. 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
19 580 points
18 559 points
17 539 points
16 518 points
15 486 points

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.
  • Points guide 2018: As a guide, the 2018 Irish Leaving Certificate equivalent points score required for admission to the MPharm Programme was 544 which is approximately equivalent to an overall score of 17.3.

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

If you are a Mature Entry applicant, you will be considered in the first instance on the basis of how relevant your life, work and educational experiences are to the course you wish to pursue. In addition, you should demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of your chosen course in your supplementary application and at interview stage.

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 MPharm programme.
  • Meet the minimum entry requirements in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination or an 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.

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H3 (HB3) and 4 x O6/H7 (OD3)] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and a third language.

Applicants must present a minimum grade of H3 (HB3) in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

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 another recognised subject plus a minimum Grade B in both A-Level Chemistry and Biology to be considered for the programme. 

A-level applicants must satisfy minimum entry requirements (as outlined above) within three consecutive years, i.e. GCSE (2013), AS Levels (2014), A-levels (2015).

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

Irish and EU applicants - Pharmacy Technician

To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU Pharmacy Technician 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 MPharm programme.
  • Have at least three years post-qualification experience as a Pharmacy Technician.
  • Meet NUI matriculation requirements which must include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, a foreign language, Chemistry and Biology.
  • Present minimum H3 Grades in both Higher Level Chemistry and Higher Level Biology (pre-2017 Leaving Certificate HB3 grades in both Chemistry and Biology). Applicants may satisfy these criteria by presenting two science results obtained in more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate examination.
  • Hold at least a QQI Level 6 (National Framework of Qualifications) Pharmacy Technician qualification.

Applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H3 (HB3) and 4 x O6/H7 (OD3)] in the Irish Leaving Certificate to include Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and a third language.

Applicants must present a minimum grade of H3 (HB3) in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology.

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 another recognised subject plus a minimum Grade B in both A-Level Chemistry and Biology to be considered for the programme. 

A-Level applicants must satisfy minimum entry requirements (as outlined above) within three consecutive years, i.e. GCSE (2013), AS Levels (2014), A-Levels (2015).

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 - Graduate Entry

To be eligible for consideration for an Irish or EU Graduate 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.
  • Hold (or expect to hold by July prior to entry) a minimum second class honours (2H2) result in your first honours bachelor degree (NFQ level 8). This degree can be in any discipline. 
  • Meet NUI matriculation requirements in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent, as outlined below, if you present with a non-science degree. 

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 Irish (unless exempt), English, Mathematics, Chemistry, a third language and another recognised subject.

Applicants must present a minimum grade of H5 (HC3) in Chemistry, a H5 (HC3) in another subject and a minimum of O6/H7 (OD3) in the remaining four subjects.

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 another recognised subject plus a minimum Grade B in both A-Level Chemistry and Biology to be considered for the programme. 

A-Level applicants must satisfy minimum entry requirements (as outlined above) within three consecutive years, i.e. GCSE (2013), AS Levels (2014), A-Levels (2015).

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

The School of Pharmacy receives applications from Non-EU students who have studied in many different countries and undertaken many different high school systems. 

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 fees status, however, this must be done well in advance of the closing date.

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 email the RCSI Admissions Office directly for further information.

Minimum academic entry requirements

Applicants must present a minimum of three A-levels with minimum grades of ABB to include Chemistry and one of the following: Mathematics, Biology or 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.

Applicants must present a minimum score of 35 IB Diploma points (inclusive of bonus points). The 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.

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

Applicants must have completed their high school examinations with a minimum average score of 85% and competitive grades in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics in Grade 12. 

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

Applicants must achieve an average of 85% or above in four subjects to include Chemistry, Biology and either Physics or Mathematics. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 75% in each individual subject.

S.T.P.M. minimum grades of A,B+,B+ to include Chemistry and one of the following; Mathematics, Biology 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. 

Only grades of A, B or C (1-6) are considered to be of a pass standard.

Choueifat International School graduates are eligible for consideration for RCSI’s MPharm programme depending on their combination of subjects/education systems presented at the time of application.

Applicants must present either A-level Chemistry with a minimum of grade A, or Advanced Placement Chemistry with a minimum score of 4, or IB Chemistry at Higher Level with a minimum score of 5.

In addition, they must present one additional subject 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.

Applicants presenting a minimum GPA of 3.5 on the 4.0 scale including competitive marks in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics in Grade 12 of the American High School Diploma (without AP examinations) are eligible for consideration on the MPharm programme. 

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 email the RCSI Admissions Office for more information.

HKDSE at 5,5,5 in three elective subjects (which must include Chemistry). Integrated or combined sciences are not accepted. In addition, they must achieve at least 4,4,4,4 in the four core subjects.

Applicants must have completed the Natural Science stream to Year 12 and achieved competitive grades in their final year high school examinations. 

Applicants must also achieve a minimum overall score of 90% in the College Scholastic Aptitude Test, including a minimum score of 80% in the Science examinations.

Finally, applicants must present a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual score less than 6.0.

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 Pharmacy 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.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Non-EU applicants must present a minimum of six subjects [2 x H4 and 4 x O6/H7] to include Chemistry and either Physics Biology at H4 and a minimum of an O6/H7 in four other subjects to include English, Mathematics and one foreign language. In addition to meeting these subject requirements, applicants must also achieve a minimum of 500 points in the same sitting of the Irish Leaving Certificate examination.
  • Bath Academy Foundation Programme: Minimum grades of AAB in the three major modules with Chemistry as one of the A grades.
  • Bellerbys College Foundation Programme: Overall average score of 70% across the academic modules including a minimum score of 70% in Chemistry and no less than 55% in any individual module.
  • Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC): Minimum grades AAAB in English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry on the Sciences Foundation Programme.
  • Liverpool International Foundation Programme: Overall average score of 70% across all modules and no less than 65% in any individual module.
  • University of St Andrew’s International Foundation Programme for Medicine: Minimum overall score of 15 with no less than 16 in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Organic & Biological Chemistry 1 plus achievement of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no skill less than 6.0 in the English language modules.
  • 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
  • UCLAN On Campus Medicine Undergraduate Foundation Programme: Overall average score of 65% across all academic modules including a minimum average score of 65% in MUFP Chemistry for Medics and no less than 60% in any individual module. Achievement of an overall equivalent IELTS score of 6.5 with no skill less than 6.0 in the English language modules is also a minimum entry requirement.
  • UCLAN On Campus Life Sciences Foundation Programme: Overall average score of 70% across all academic modules and no less than 65% in any individual module. Achievement of an overall equivalent IELTS score of 6.5 with no skill less than 6.0 in the English language modules is also a minimum entry requirement.
  • Scottish Highers: 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 Merit is required with a minimum score of Merit in Chemistry.

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

Non-EU applicants - Graduate Entry

The Graduate Entry Pharmacy programme is designed for students who hold (or expect to hold by July prior to entry) a competitive GPA* or a minimum of a second class honours from a four-year undergraduate bachelor degree preferably in a science-related field. 

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 fees status, however, this must be done well in advance of the closing date.

*RCSI does not specify minimum GPA requirements for international applicants as GPAs are measured on different scales and scores may vary from one country to the next. 

The Admissions Committee review all transcripts on an individual basis to determine eligibility and level of competitiveness for entry to the Graduate Entry Pharmacy programme.


Please note

The following information is relevant to all Pharmacy 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.

Transfers from other schools of pharmacy

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

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.