Your Dream Career in the
Royal College of Surgeons
in Ireland Awaits

When you study the Health Sciences pathway at DIFC you can go on to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

The International Foundation Year, Health Science programme at DIFC is a specialised university foundation course designed to support international students to progress to study Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing or Pharmacy. There are over 30 nationalities studying at DIFC.

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& let DIFC help you on
your path to studies at RCSI

9-month pathway

This DIFC pathway is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) for entry to its Medical Degree programme (6 year course).

When you choose to study at DIFC, you can progress to study full time at the RCSI within 9 months. Or 6 months when you choose our January intake option. 

Stepping stone to studying at RCSI


September & January




6 – 9 Months


Dublin €17,800

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students in RCSI

medical students placed

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Get to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

About RCSI

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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland was founded in 1784 and is located in the heart of Dublin city centre. RCSI is well renowned for providing education and training at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Today RCSI has almost 4,000 registered students and offers undergraduate training in;

  • Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Nursing

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland also offers graduate entry medicine and postgraduate training in;

  • Surgery
  • Medical Sciences,
  • Nursing
  • Healthcare Management & Leadership


RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2%) universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and its research is ranked first in Ireland. At RCSI you have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned health practitioners and researchers and obtain an internationally-recognised degree.

  •  Focused exclusively on health sciences
  • New €80m state-of-the-art building to provide unparalleled medical teaching facilities
  • Early clinical exposure and heavy involvement in teaching from clinicians
  • International recognition and USMLE and Canadian Board Examination support
  • First medical school in Ireland to independently adopt the standards of the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) standards
  • Access to Global Alumni Network of over 20,000 Alumni practising throughout the World, leading to fantastic international elective opportunities

RCSI is ranked among the
Top 250

universities worldwide

Notable Alumni

  • Sir William Wilde – Surgeon, author and father of Oscar Wilde
  • Sir William Stokes – knighted for his contribution in the field of surgery
  • Ara Darzi, Baron Darzi of Denham – Professor of Surgery,  Imperial College London and British Minister of Health, who is at the forefront of minimally invasive surgery research
  • Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – The first Malaysian to be awarded the MacNaughton-Jones gold medal for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1977; Malaysia first female Deputy Prime Minister (Starting May 2018), a politician and the first president of the Malaysian People’s Justice Party
  • Felipe Contepomi – Former Argentina rugby union international

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Cost of studying at RCSI

Graduate Entry Medicine
Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU GEM tuition fees €58,000
NUI fee* (once-off charge) €135
Total fees (for academic year 2017/18) €58,135

Grades required for RCSI

Royal College Of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland Medicine (6 Years)

Grades Required

NCUK Health Science Foundation:
Health & Science Foundation Grades A, A, A
(Minimum in IFY)*

Time To Make Your Dreams Come True

Choosing to study Medicine is no small decision! The academic competition is high, you are adapting to a new country and you are making new friends – there is a lot on your plate. At DIFC we make sure your IFY Health Science Programme gives you help and support every step of the way.

  • Guide you through the admissions and visa processes
  • Help you to settle into a new city and country
  • Highest quality academic teaching
  • Tailored support and guidance on your university applications
  • Specialised preparation for all admission requirements to Medicine degrees
  • Develop your skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and time management
  • Major emphasis on your physical and emotional well being
  • Intakes every September and January

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