The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland was founded in 1784 by Royal Charter from King George III of Great Britain and Ireland. The College was established to educate surgeons as surgeons were trained separately from physicians. In 1886, the training of physicians and surgeons merged, and the College established a Medical School.
Since then, the college has grown to become a world-renowned College and in addition to its School of Medicine, the College also houses Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy), Post Graduate Studies and Faculties of Radiology, Dentistry, Nursing & Midwifery, Sports & Exercise Medicine. The college also encompasses the RCSI Research Institute and the National Surgical Training Centre. Today, RCSI has an international network of more than 20,000 Alumni working in 70 countries worldwide.
The School of Pharmacy, established in 2002, is part of the historic and globally recognized Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The School offers one of the most progressive and modern pharmacy programs and is known for its innovation in teaching and research. The School of Pharmacy is based in the main college campus on St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city center.
RCSI Pharmacy Degree
Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)
Students who complete the full 5 years of the undergraduate Pharmacy program graduate with an NUI/RCSI accredited Master of Pharmacy and are thereby eligible to apply to be registered as a pharmacist in Ireland and throughout the European Union (EU) (BSc graduates do not have this entitlement) or can return home to North America and fulfill licensure requirements as per State Board regulations.
Note: In most states, the licensure requirements for those presenting with a Master’s degree (as opposed to a Bachelor’s degree) are significantly less than with a Bachelor’s degree. The MPharm is more internationally portable and the preferred professional qualification to have when returning to North America.
Length of Program
The Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) program is delivered over 5 years.
Applicants can apply directly from high school, on the basis of one or two years of an undergraduate degree or on completion of an undergraduate degree.
Applicants who pass RCSI’s initial evaluation will be invited to participate in an online interview.