Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

History of the School


RCSI  John Kelly

The RCSI School of Pharmacy was established in 2002 under the leadership of Professor John Kelly (pictured). The vision of Prof. Kelly from the outset was to embrace an outcomes based approach to pharmacy education and to embrace novel ways of teaching informed by scholarship.

In 2007 the landmark Pharmacy Act 2007 was signed into law. This primary legislation marked a step change in the regulation of pharmacy and established the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) as the relevant competent authority. The Act conferred significant responsibility on the PSI with respect to pharmacy education and training.

Arising from this change, a tender was issued for the operational management of the fifth year of education and training on behalf of the PSI. The RCSI School of Pharmacy won the tender and commenced delivery of the National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP) in September 2009, which currently leads to the award of a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm). The NPIP marked a significant improvement in the quality of the final year of education and training and ensured pharmacists entering the register were better equipped with the knowledge and skills for an increased scope of practice.

In July 2010 Prof. John Kelly was succeeded by Prof. Paul Gallagher as Head of the School of Pharmacy. Since his appointment the School has undergone a significant period of expansion and innovation, culminating in the introduction of a new integrated MPharm (MPharm) curriculum in September 2015.

In addition, the School has also developed a strong research base since its inception. This is evidenced by the significant levels of independently secured research funding that has been received by the School, the number of published peer reviewed research papers and the wide range of intra-institutional, national and international collaborations that have been developed. Further information on our research activities can be found on the research page of the website.