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Access & Scholarships

RCSI offers a range of scholarships to European Union (EU) Applicants. The scholarships acknowledge academic excellence, socio-economic disadvantage and disability.

Students with disabilities, socio-economic disadvantage and members of the Traveller Community continue to experience barriers to reaching their full educational potential. RCSI is committed to widening access and to the creation of a socially inclusive learning environment.

To widen access RCSI participates in the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and offers 6% of its undergraduate places to CAO school leaver students who meet the HEAR & DARE criteria at reduced CAO points.

The RCSI Scholarships are:

  • The ‘Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship’
  • The ‘Aim High Medicine Scholarship’
  • The ‘Kiran Pathak Pharmacy Scholarship’
  • The ‘Traveller Community Access Programme’ Scholarships

 

 

Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship

The ‘Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship’ is offered to recognise academic excellence.

Consilio Manuque, meaning Scholarship and Dexterity, is RCSI’s motto. The purpose of this scholarship is to recognise and foster academic excellence. Two Consilio Manuque Scholarships will be awarded in 2017 (the 'John & Anne Murphy Scholarship' and the 'Richard & Lucille Nora Scholarship').  The scholarships will be awarded to two EU students with the highest combined Leaving Certificate and HPAT scores, entering the 5 year medicine degree programme. The €5,000 per annum Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship is generously funded by our global alumni network and will be awarded to the recipient for each year of their medical degree programme.

RCSI Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship applicants must:

  • Meet eligibility to apply through the CAO as an EU applicant;
  • Apply through the CAO and list RC001 as their first preference course choice by 5.15pm on 1 February;
  • Sit the HPAT examination in the year of admission;
  • Present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7 ] in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination which must include Irish, English, Mathematics, a third language and a science subject from the group Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science; 
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least 3 out of the past 5 years and immediately preceding the year of application; and
  • Complete the Consilio Manuque Medicine Scholarship application form which will include a 500 word essay to support their passion and commitment to study medicine and email it to the RCSI Admissions Office, admissions@rcsi.ie.

Download the Consilio Manuque Application Form

 

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Aim High Medicine Scholarship

The RCSI ‘Aim High Medicine Scholarship’ is awarded to a school leaver who excels academically, is passionate about medicine as their career choice and who, without financial support, would be unable to attend third level education due to social disadvantage. Financial support is provided through this scholarship to reduce the financial burden of undertaking the undergraduate medicine degree programme for the duration of the programme.

In assessing candidates for the Aim High Scholarship, RCSI relies on the HEAR criteria and the applicants’ school references to determine eligibility for the scholarship.

RCSI Aim High Medicine Scholarship applicants must:

  • Meet eligibility to apply through the CAO as an EU applicant;
  • Apply through the CAO and list RC001 as one of the course choices by 5.15pm on 1 February at the CAO website;
  • Sit the HPAT examination in the year of admission;
  • Indicate in the CAO application that they wish to apply for the HEAR Scheme and complete all elements of the HEAR form (which is part of the CAO application); Form for supporting reference can be downloaded here.
  • Present a minimum of 6 subjects [2 x H5 and 4 x O6/H7] in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination which must include Irish, English, Mathematics, a third language and a science subject from the group Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science; and
  • Achieve a minimum of 480 points in the Irish Leaving Certificate Examination; and
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least 3 out of the past 5 years and immediately preceding the year of application.

 

Download the RCSI Aim High Application Form

 

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Kiran Pathak Scholarship

The Kiran Pathak Scholarship has been established in memory of Kiran Pathak MPSI, and his family, who tragically lost their lives in a boating accident in Kenya in 2001.

The fund aims to support a range of Pharmacy initiatives and a key area of interest to the Pathak family is the establishment of this access scholarship for students with a desire to study Pharmacy and who, due to social exclusion, may otherwise be unable to undertake this course of study. Financial support is provided through this scholarship to reduce the financial burden of undertaking the undergraduate pharmacy degree programme for the duration of the programme.

RCSI Kiran Pathak Fund Scholarship applicants must:

  • Meet eligibility to apply through the CAO as an EU applicant;
  • Apply through the CAO and list RC005 as one of the course choices;
  • Indicate in their CAO application that they wish to apply for the HEAR Scheme and complete all elements of the HEAR form, which is part of the CAO application;
  • Present a minimum of six recognised Irish Leaving Certificate subjects to include Irish, English, Maths, another language, Chemistry (H5) and one other recognised subject. A minimum of Grade H5 in Chemistry, an H5 in another subject and a minimum Grade O6 / H7 in the remaining four subjects;
  • Complete the Pathak Application Form to demonstrate the ability, motivation and commitment to complete this course of study successfully and  email it to the RCSI Student Services Office no later than 24th February 2017; and 
  • Have resided in Ireland for at least 3 out of the past 5 years and immediately preceding the year of application.

 

Download the Kiran Pathak Application Form

 

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Traveller Community Access Programme Scholarships

The Traveller Community Access Programme (TCAP) aims to increase the participation of members from the Traveller Community* in RCSI’s undergraduate medicine, physiotherapy and pharmacy programmes.

TCAP Scholarship applicants must:

  • Meet eligibility to apply through the CAO as an EU applicant;
  • Apply through the CAO and list RC001 as one of the course choices by 5.15pm on Wednesday, 01st February at the CAO website;
  • Sit the HPAT examination in the year of admission; and 
  • Complete the TCAP Application Form and email it RCSI no later than Wednesday 24th February 2017.

 

Download the TCAP Application Form

 

*For the purpose of the Scholarship, the ‘Traveller Community’ is defined by the Equal Status Acts 2000 - 2012, which defines the community as follows:

People who are commonly called Travellers, who are identified both by Travellers and others as people with a shared history, culture and traditions, identified historically as a nomadic way of life on the Island of Ireland.

 

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