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

Examinations and prizes

Psychiatry examinations (SC1)

All undergraduate students sit their final examination in Psychiatry at the end of Senior Cycle 1. The examination consists of both formative and summative assessments. See RCSI Marks and Standards document for full details.

For exam dates for Psychiatry please consult this section for further details.

Hilary Standish-Barry Prize

This medal is awarded to the student who obtains first place in psychiatry, subject to recommendation by the examiners.

Tom Lynch Medal

This medal is awarded to the student who obtains the highest mark in the clinical examination.

Dr H.H. Stewart Medical Scholarship and Prizes in Psychiatry (NUI)

Two students from the year will be nominated to represent RCSI and compete in the H H Stewart scholarship prize which is co-ordinated through the NUI. Further details available at

Best Student in Clinical Attachment

A certificate is awarded to the best student in each clinical site as nominated by the appropriate local senior lecturer/tutor.

Spike Milligan Public Speaking Competition

Students are also highly encouraged to participate in this national competition, which takes place each year (heats are usually held internally in advance). Teams of two members are selected from all the medical schools in Ireland and compete for the overall prize of €1,500. The final will be held with members of the public and media in attendance.

The Spike Milligan Trophy will be presented to the winning team. The RCSI has been extremely successful in previous years and hopes to maintain its high profile in this prestigious competition.

Biological Society Psychiatry Case Competition

Each year, students have the opportunity to enter a Psychiatry Case Competition, run by the Biological Society. Students are encouraged to present a case they found particularly interesting, covering details such as presenting complaint, patient’s background, differential diagnosis and a brief summary of the illness and its treatment options. On average, four case presentations are shortlisted each year and speakers have the opportunity to present to three judges. The winner is awarded a medal by the Biological Society.