Our mission

To educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health.

Our heritage

Founded as the national training body for surgery in Ireland, RCSI has been at the forefront of healthcare education since its establishment in 1784. As an independent, not-for-profit institution, we chart our own course in the pursuit of excellence in human healthcare. Our pioneering spirit has led us to be first in many instances; in fact, RCSI can claim both the first female medical graduate in Ireland or Britain (Ms Mary Emily Dowson in 1885) and the first female surgical fellow (Ms Emily Winifred Dickson in 1893).

Our focus on health science

As one of the few educational institutions worldwide focused solely on the health sciences, at RCSI we aim to enhance human health through endeavour, innovation and collaboration. As a student, this offers you a unique healthcare learning environment in which to study. A knowledge hub that brings together inspiring educators, experienced clinicians and ground-breaking researchers, RCSI's field-weighted research citation impact is the highest in Ireland and twice the world average.

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Our impact

Ranked among the top 2% of universities worldwide, at RCSI we challenge our students to be the best they can be and watch them transform into global healthcare leaders who make a real difference to patients' lives. Today, RCSI has 17,000 alumni, practising in 97 countries, in some of the most prestigious clinical, academic and research positions in the world.

RCSI has a reach that informs a global perspective on how we train tomorrow's clinical professionals.

Our clinical teaching

Your clinical skills training at RCSI begins in the historic Anatomy Room, which dates from 1812. You will learn anatomy through regional cadaveric dissection and benefit from being taught by surgeon prosectors - retired surgeons who bring their clinical experience into the learning environment.

Early patient contact

Students develop their early clinical skills using a combination of patient case studies, consultation labs, medical actors, volunteer patients and high fidelity clinical simulator technologies.

As an RCSI student, you are trained to an advanced level of clinical skills competence before engaging with patients in real-life clinical settings. This provides you with a level of confidence entering the clinical environment.

Our commitment to ensuring you continue to receive the best possible preparation is evident by our investment in building Europe's largest clinical simulation facility on-campus.

Clinical teaching in the clinical environment

When you enter the clinical setting, you will undertake placements in a variety of hospitals and primary care settings throughout Ireland, ranging from large specialist referral hospitals to small regional primary care centres. This combination of teaching in tertiary and primary care sites helps you to develop high levels of clinical confidence and competence.

Maximising student potential

Our ambition is for every RCSI student to reach his or her maximum potential. We encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities available at RCSI to build a solid resume before graduation. These opportunities include the RCSI Research Summer School (RSS), where students, funded by the College, undertake laboratory or clinical research. As part of the RSS, you will have the opportunity to work as part of a research group, present at scientific meetings and publish your findings in scientific journals.

RCSI also collaborates with prestigious hospitals in North America, which offer you the opportunity to explore medical specialities in preparation for your professional training post-graduation. Read more about student opportunities at RCSI.

Our vibrant student life

As a student at RCSI, you will find yourself in a community of Irish and international students from over 60 nationalities. Join one of the 76 student clubs and societies on campus and make new friends and professional connections that will last long after graduation. Read more about student life at RCSI.

Our city centre location

RCSI is located in the heart of Dublin's historic city centre, close to the city's central shopping area and opposite the beautiful St Stephen's Green Park. Voted as one of the top 10 'places you need to visit in 2018' by National Geographic, Dublin is a friendly, welcoming and culturally diverse city with a large international student community, ensuring no matter where you're from, you'll find it easy to settle in. Read more about Dublin city.

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