Study medicine at the RCSI

Medical School in Ireland

Study Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons

RSCI is Ireland’s largest medical school that offers a five/six-year programme that offers early exposure to the clinical environment with a chance to develop basic clinical skills from the very beginning.

In the first year of the course, students learn the principles of biomedical science underlying medicine and about the body’s structure and function in a state of health. Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, practicals, clinical skills training and some patient interaction opportunities. This includes learning anatomy from surgeons and other healthcare professional through cadaveric dissection.

In the second year, the focus shifts to studying the body in pathological and diseased states. During this time students also begin to develop clinical skills through workshops, case-based learning activities and small-group tutorials.

In the third year students will also have clinical placements in medicine, surgery and orthopaedics at various hospitals as well as undertake a Student Selected Component project and a research placement.

In the final two years, students massively expand their clinical knowledge through extensive placements in different medical and surgical specialties. In this time students also hone the clinical, professional and communication skills that are gradually developed throughout the course.

RCSI also offer students opportunities to develop research skills and explore medicine in the wider world through research electives, the RCSI Research Summer School, clinical electives and sub-internships.

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Hi aspiring medics!

I am Chang, a second-year medical student at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. RCSI was founded in 1784 and is home to Ireland's largest medical school and one of the most international medical schools in the world. Being a medical school with a long history, ensures that you get the best education and strong professional connections from the RCSI alumni family. Located in the heart of Dublin’s historic city centre, you can enjoy great convenience in your daily commute to campus and experience a city-campus student life. RCSI emphasises greatly on early patient contact thereby giving you clinical experience from your very first week of school. If you are a student who prefers a city campus lifestyle, enjoys having hands on experience throughout your medical programme and wants world class education, RCSI is the place to be!

大家好!我是 Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 的二年级医学生,你若有任何对于 RCSI 的疑问,欢迎透过这平台发问。

-by Chang, studying medicine in Ireland, at Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin

Hello everyone,

I am Shwe from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). I am a final year medical student of the 5-year undergraduate program at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland). Growing up in one of the third world countries, I did not have a similar education background or social environment that most of my peers had. Studying medicine abroad for me was not very straightforward. Cliché to say that I have had cultural shocks and challenges, faced communication/ language barriers, etc. But at the end of the day, everything you are encountering every day, whether good or bad, is a life experience for you to learn. Great appreciation to be surrounded by a well diverse community of mature, kind, supportive and professional friends and colleagues at RCSI, which has helped me shape into a better individual!

အကြံ ဉာဏ် များ တောင်း လိုပါ က ဆက်သွယ် နိုင်ပါတယ် :) နောင်တ ကို နောင် မှ မရအောင် အကောင်ဆုံးရလဒ်အတွက် ကြိုးစားရမယ်!

-by Shwe current medical student at RCSI, Dublin

My name is Ananya and I am from Hyderabad, India. I am currently a 4th year medical student at RCSI, and over the last many years, Dublin has become my second home. Being at RCSI as an international student has been an incredibly enriching experience so far. With its location in the heart of Dublin city, I have experienced the warmth, friendliness, and beauty of Irish culture, alongside studying what I am most passionate about. RCSI also has an extremely diverse student body, which has allowed me to experience cultures from all corners of the world in one place.

We are taught by some of the most incredible minds in medicine all of whom harbour a love for teaching! We are also prepared for our careers from day one with early patient contact. RCSI heavily advocates for a good work-life balance and therefore brings with it a vibrant student life. The environment created by the students and faculty is one that is extremely helpful and encourages both, personal and professional growth and is therefore a fantastic place to start your career in medicine!

यदि आपके कोई प्रश्न हैं, तो मुझे आपसे बात करके खुशी होगी!

-by Ananya, currently studying medicine in Ireland at the RCSI

Hey, my name is Kanyinsolami and I am a 3rd year medical student from Lagos, Nigeria. I possess a curiosity trait as well as a great passion Science and the Arts, both of which I have been privileged to participate in heavily while at RCSI. Medicine has been a journey for me and I have been learning every step of the way. RCSI played a big role in encouraging my many interests and supporting my transition into university. They have numerous facilities to help you decide on the best steps to take.

With it being a medical school, the niche of students, all of who are studying healthcare allows for a conducive environment to learn from and connect with peers as well as learn from professionals employed at the school. This is helpful in finding your role in all of this and the direction you want your career to go.

Gaining clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills has not been the easiest but I am grateful for how far I have come and the support I have received along the way. Over the years I found my voice and I haven’t looked back since. RCSI is a great starting point for the future ahead.

-by Kanyinsolami, medical student at the RCSI, Dublin

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