RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

World University Rankings 2022
Impact Rankings 2022
123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, Dublin 2, Ireland

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences is an innovative, world leading university, dedicated to education, training and research in medicine and health sciences.  The home of Ireland’s largest medical school and the largest clinical simulation facility in Europe.

Founded in 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland, our university has six schools offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and professional qualifications aligned to Ireland’s national framework of qualifications. We are home to numerous healthcare institutes as well as leading research centres driving pioneering breakthroughs in human health. Located in the heart of Dublin, with four international campuses and a student community of over sixty nationalities, we have an international perspective on how we train tomorrow’s clinical professionals today.

RCSI is ranked joint #2 in the World for goal 3 “Good Health & Wellbeing” by the Times Higher Impact Ranking (2021). We continually invest and commit to ensuring our education and research responds to the needs of society and is focused on improving the lives of people and communities around the world.

A deep professional responsibility to enhance human health through endeavour, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service informs all that we do. We welcome students and researchers into programmes of academic excellence and a lifelong community of colleagues, that is clinically led, nurturing and supportive to enable them to realise their potential to serve our global patient community.

We are an independent, not-for-profit body and remain committed to institutional independence, service, academic freedom, diversity and humanitarian concern. Our independence enables us to chart our own course in service of excellence in human health. Placing the patient at the centre of all that we do, our values of Respect, Collaboration, Scholarship and Innovation continue to unite and direct our purpose.

RCSI degrees are accredited via our compliance with the national qualifications agency Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) as well as professional regulators across each discipline.

Research and innovation

RCSI is home to numerous healthcare research collaborations and centres with leading research minds driving pioneering breakthroughs in human health.

Our research is focused on improving human health through translational research: clinical, laboratory-based and health service research informed by bedside problems and societal and global health challenges. It is focused on innovative research that leads to improved diagnostics, therapeutics and devices; tackles important healthcare delivery issues; informs policy and clinical practice and enhances the quality of education of healthcare professionals.

As an exclusively health sciences-focused education and research institution with strong links to acute hospitals and other institutions that reflect the wide diversity of healthcare facilities and needs, RCSI is uniquely placed to develop and enhance research for the benefit of patients and to improve human health. Our strategic research themes include:

During the period 2014 – 2018 RCSI affiliated researchers collaborated with over 2,100 international academic and industry institutions producing over 2,900 co-authored publications. As an institution, our field-weighted citation impact is twice the world average and scores in the top decile internationally in Times Higher Education World University Ranking (2020).

Students attending RCSI experience a city campus which exudes diversity and a unique intercultural atmosphere.

RCSI is a truly unique international education institution with an impact reaching far beyond the old front doors of our headquarters at 123 St. Stephens Green. Our staff, students and researchers strive to fulfil our mission ‘to educate nurture and discover for the benefit of human health’. Our RCSI Discover newsletter and blog keeps our national and international  education and research partners, collaborators and peers informed and features innovative research, scientific and translational breakthroughs.

RCSI is more than just a third-level institution. We are home to students, educators, clinicians, researchers and policy leaders in a range of healthcare disciplines. These different backgrounds, experiences, skills and knowledge combine to make RCSI a hub that shapes the future of healthcare.

When you study at RCSI, you work alongside students across the key disciplines of Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. This allows for the development of inter-professional collaboration techniques and practices which will prepare you for professional experience in your chosen field and healthcare system upon graduation, for the benefit of your future patients.

RCSI curriculum, assessment and educational approaches contain distinctive features including a career focus (e.g. USMLE preparation in medicine, integrated Masters in Pharmacy, professionalism, leadership and resilience), early patient contact in hospital/clinical settings, small group tutorials, technology enhanced learning, international student mobilityinternational citizenship, exposure to international clinical and research elective experience and unique exposure to undergraduate research skills through an annual research summer school and international student led research conference. Curriculum innovation is a central theme of our strategic plan 2018 – 2022. As future students you will benefit from continuous investment and access to state-of-the-art facilities including our new experiential simulation centre at No. 26 York Street.

At RCSI history meets cutting-edge technology. Our campus is home to the most advanced clinical healthcare simulation centre in Europe, whilst in contrast our Anatomy Room has been in the same location since it first opened in 1812. As a student you are supported along your personal learning pathway by a network of academic and professional staff including a dedicated expert team in the Centre for Mastery: Personal and Professional and Academic Success (CoMPPAS).

RCSI is an ambitious institution and we shine on a global playing field. That’s why so many international students choose RCSI. We’re proud to have over 60 countries represented in our student body and 20,000 Alumni from 97 different countries. Meeting people with diverse cultures and backgrounds gives you an international perspective and invaluable insights in an increasingly global landscape, further preparing you for your chosen career.

We welcome students and researchers into programmes of academic excellence and a lifelong community of colleagues that is clinically led, nurturing and supportive to enable them to realise your potential to serve a global patient community. RCSI is dedicated to the development of healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

10 reasons to study at RCSI

  1. Focused exclusively on health sciences
  2. Most advanced clinical healthcare simulation & experiential learning centre in Europe.
  3. Early clinical exposure and heavy involvement in teaching from clinicians are central components of the RCSI curriculum delivery. 
  4. RCSI sets national standards for surgical education and training since its foundation and leads national health and clinical outcomes research in distinctive areas of expertise.
  5. International recognition and USMLE and Canadian Board Examination support
  6. Careers and professional supports extending from individual advice to careers symposia and an online mentor network.
  7. Robust professional and regulatory accreditation for all educational awards aligned to the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
  8. Innovative curricula with a focus on career readiness, personal and professional identity through interwoven themes of professionalism, resilience, wellbeing and leadership.
  9. Exposure to research opportunities alongside leading research minds across the spectrum of clinical and biomedical research.
  10. Located at the heart of Dublin city centre, an English speaking European capital city.

Visit rcsi.com to find out more about studying at RCSI, Dublin.

Employing over 1,100 staff from over 45 nationalities, RCSI provides an exciting and challenging environment for committed and talented people to pursue their career with one of Ireland's leading higher education institutions dedicated to medicine and health professions education and research.

RCSI is a truly international institution, headquartered in Dublin with two medical schools in Malaysia (Perdana University-RCSI in Kuala Lumpur and RCSI UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) in Penang), an Institute of Leadership in Dubai and a Medical University in Bahrain.

RCSI is passionate about sourcing, attracting, engaging, developing and retaining the best people for all of our campuses globally. With an international presence across three continents, career opportunities may arise in RCSI academic, research or professional positions for suitably qualified health professionals, researchers or scientists.

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Key statistics

  • 66%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 24.9
    No. of students per staff
  • 2,488
    Number of FTE Students
  • 55 : 45
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings and (2) 2016 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences