8 reasons to study at RCSI
With an illustrious history and prime city-centre campus location, RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) has been providing extensive education and training in the healthcare professions, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, for more than 230 years.
Founded in 1784, as the home of surgical training in Ireland, today RCSI has more than 3,700 registered students and its three undergraduate schools offer degrees in medicine, pharmacy and physiotherapy to EU students through the CAO.
1. Focused on health sciences
RCSI is focused exclusively on educating healthcare professionals and the College’s teaching staff are experts in healthcare education, so whether you are interested in medicine, pharmacy or physiotherapy, you will be taught by top specialists in these fields. Lecturers and tutors are trained in the RCSI Health Professions Education Centre to ensure that students experience the highest international standards of teaching, learning and assessment using innovative methods and the latest technologies.
2. Learn in state-of-the-art facilities
RCSI has a strong focus on developing the clinical skills of its students to ensure graduates are clinically-competent and ready to practice as professionals, as soon as they begin working in healthcare. The College has invested €70m in a new academic and education building to give students world-class facilities to practice these skills. Due to be completed in early 2017, the facility will provide unparalleled medical teaching facilities including the largest dedicated clinical simulation centre in Ireland or the UK.
3. Early clinical exposure
As future doctors, pharmacists or physiotherapists, gaining experience in a ‘real world’ patient environment from an early stage is central to learning the skills required as a health professional. At RCSI, students are exposed to clinical environments such as hospitals, clinics and pharmacies early-on and are taught by experienced working clinicians.
4. Location, location, location
Dublin is ranked 8th Best Student City in the World (QS 2012) and the College’s city centre location provides superb access to the heart of the city. It is easily accessible by numerous forms of public transport with plenty to do off campus.
5. Summer work with top researchers
RCSI students have the opportunity to participate in research through the College’s Summer Research School. Students can avail of up to €2,000 funding to work on summer research projects in labs alongside College professors who are senior scientists and clinicians in their field.
6. Global Alumni Network
As a student and after graduating, RCSI Alumni have access to a network of over 20,000 fellow graduates practising throughout the world, leading to fantastic international opportunities for summer electives and career opportunities after qualifying.
7. Degrees recognised worldwide
RCSI graduates are recognised throughout the world and are eligible to practice in almost every country. RCSI was the first medical school in Ireland to independently adopt the standards of the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) – standards since adopted by the Irish Medical Council as the accreditation standard for all Irish medical schools.
8. Careers supports
Individual student support extends to career support with a bi-annual careers symposium, an online mentor network and a global Alumni network all form part of an invaluable toolbox for seeking advice, guidance and practical support on choosing a speciality.