Welcome to RCSI
We hope you are looking forward to commencing your studies. We recommend that you take some time to read the induction information below carefully to get you started on your RCSI journey.Play Video
Orientation Content: The orientation module will open on our virtual learning environment (also referred to as the VLE or Moodle) on Monday, 5 September 2022. During this two-week orientation period you will be required to complete some brief exercises and view a suite of short instructional videos.
There are two important activities to highlight as part of the orientation:
- The Student Agreement – One of your first tasks will be to confirm you have read and understood these important documents.
- Plagiarism course and quiz – This is an important and helpful resource. Understanding plagiarism will help you succeed in your assignments. Completion of this course and quiz are mandatory for all students.
There will be two live sessions as part of the orientation module:
- Orientation: Getting started with Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate – 5 September (1 hour; times will be sent to students directly)
- Programme induction: meet your Programme Director and academic orientation – 12 September (1 hour; times will be sent to students directly)
These live events are an excellent opportunity to meet the programme team and your new classmates, and acquire the skills you need for academic success. Programme staff will be available to assist students at all times throughout the live orientation events. Please be assured that we are experienced in working with students to access new technology and will ensure all our new students are able to participate.
Your Programme Team will consist of:
- Programme Director
- Programme Coordinator
- Module Leaders
The Programme Director is your academic lead, they are responsible for the running of the programme and may teach some of the modules. The Programme Coordinator is responsible for all non-academic elements and is available to support you with operational, technical and regulatory matters. Finally, the Module Leader is the academic lead for the module, if you have a question or query about a particular module you should contact the Module Lead first.
All our academic programmes will be delivered through a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, to offer a collaborative and supported student experience.
You will have the opportunity to become part of an international, healthcare-focused, learning community, no matter where you are based.
Per module, there will be live (or synchronous sessions) where live material is delivered in real-time via the online teaching platform, or non-live (or asynchronous sessions) consisting of pre-recorded lectures, videos, readings and tutorials that are uploaded to a module page on Moodle.
The schedule for each day will be available at the commencement of each module. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all scheduled teaching days listed.
Sometimes there are also additional tutorials or assignment clinics which are recommended/optional to attend and those dates will be released when each module goes live.
Select your programme below to view the timetable:
Times Higher Education have an excellent article here that offers tips for online study.
Students are advised use the internet browser Chrome when accessing live sessions and Moodle.
You will need the following:
- Laptop or desktop computer
- Stable and reliable internet connection
- Microsoft Word, Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint (or similar) on a laptop/desktop
- Headphones if you are in a noisy environment
- A camera and microphone
- A notebook and pen
Before the programme begins you will receive your IT credentials directly from the RCSI IT Department. They will provide you with your RCSI username and a link for you to create your own secure password. Please keep these details safe as you will use them to access all programme content, teaching sessions and RCSI platforms.
Once you have your IT credentials you will be able to access your RCSI email here. We will use this email address to contact you, so please become familiar with it.
It is important that you check your VLE site forum and RCSI email account regularly, as all programme announcements will be communicated via these mechanisms. Your RCSI email address is the only one that will be used for communicating with you during the programme. Unfortunately, for reasons of information security RCSI staff are not able to respond to queries from any other email accounts once the programme begins.
The RCSI Student Fees Department manage all matters relating to student fees. If you have any queries in relation to your fees please contact the team directly.
You will be asked to pay your fees at set times during the academic year. The schedule of fees payments are as per our website here.
Invoices will be available on request only to self-funded students. If you are a sponsored student an invoice will automatically be sent to your employer.
We can accept payments via the following routes:
- Debit/credit card: Card payments can be made here. (Please note that a 3% service charge is payable on card payments).
- Electronic Financial Transfer (SEPA):
- RCSI FEES ACCOUNT, BANK OF IRELAND, 39 ST STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN 2
- IBAN No IE75 BOFI 9000 8410 0440 74
- BIC/SWIFT No BOFIIE2D
Please ensure your name is attached to any bank/online transfer. Once you have your IT credentials you may request receipts for fees through the VLE here.
RCSI student cards are available on request only.
To request a student ID card, please follow the below steps:
- Download ‘Microsoft Power Apps’ via the App Store or Google Play and upload a profile picture. A video guide is available here.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org, copying email@example.com and confirm the following:
- that you wish to order a student card
- your name
- student number
- postal address
- that you have uploaded your photo (as per step 1)
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