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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

For over 200 years RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, today the College provides extensive education and training in the healthcare professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.



The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland was granted a Charter on 11th February 1784. This Charter gave the College the power to control the practice of surgery and to make provision for surgical education. Prior to that time the surgeons were grouped with the barbers and the Barbers Surgeons Guild.


The Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is home to Ireland's largest medical school, one of the world's leading international medical schools, as well as prestigious Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing & Midwifery, Postgraduate Studies and an Institute of Leadership. Our degrees and awards are fully aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications, from levels 7 - 10, in collaboration with the National University of Ireland. RCSI is the professional training body for Surgery in Ireland. 


As an exclusively health sciences-focused educational and research institution, RCSI is uniquely placed to develop and enhance translational research for the benefit of patients and the community. We promote innovative research that leads to improved diagnostics, therapeutics and devices; informs policy and clinical practice; and enhances the quality of education of healthcare professionals.


RCSI provides an exciting and challenging environment for committed and talented people to pursue their career with one of Ireland's leading centres of health and medical education. With an international presence across three continents, career opportunities may arise in RCSI Academic Departments or Faculties for suitably qualified health professionals or scientists, or within our support departments for people with relevant business or administration experience. 

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Housing services

  • Mercer Court, which encompasses Millin House Student Residence, and Mercer Court Apartments, is a popular student residence. With an excellent location in the heart of Dublin, it is ideally located within two minutes walk of the main College and the RCSI Library, ensuring you can walk to and from lectures.
  • RCSI New Mill student accommodation in Dublin 8, is a combination of en-suite single rooms in a shared apartment, and self-contained en-suite studio rooms, only 15 minutes’ walk from our St Stephen’s Green campus. 

Library services

The Library supports the teaching, learning and research activities of the RCSI by the provision of information resources through our networked digital library services.

Direct study facilities are provided in the RCSI Library at the 26 York Street and Beaumont Hospital sites. We aim to provide an optimal study and learning environment and we operate specific policies to support that objective.  

ICT services

The library provides wireless access to the RCSI network and a range of both open and dedicated PCs and photocopying and printing services. 

All the available information technology is supported by the IT Department. For issues and queries about PCs, wireless access, wifi, laptops, RCSI Network Accounts/Passwords and printing credit/refunds, please contact the IT Department.

Medical services

All non-EEA students are required to have private medical health insurance purchased in Ireland.

Private medical health insurance is not organised by or through RCSI. It is each student’s responsibility to obtain their own private medical health insurance.

To obtain insurance for private healthcare, students must subscribe to a private health insurance company. 

Student Life

Campus life

At RCSI history meets cutting-edge technology. Our state-of-the-art campus offers everything you will need to meet your academic, professional and personal goals while studying at RCSI. Designed with top performance in mind, the RCSI campus - on St Stephen's Green, York Street and Beaumont Hospital - is packed with resources fine-tuned for your needs.

Student clubs

The Students' Union (SU) is an annually elected body, consisting of eight officers.The SU represents all students on a variety of both academic and non-academic committees and is considered the College's bridge between faculty/administration and the student body.The SU is invited to most meetings and ensures that student voices are heard on a variety of topics. The Union also works closely with the Student Council, which consists of representatives from all classes at RCSI.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

In terms of academics: amazing, the college is very supportive and helpful, especially for board exams. In terms of administration: horrible, until clinical years when suddenly you get treated very, very well.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I strongly recommend the experience at this university to everybody. I advice you to make the most of it.

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