Admissions FAQs

What undergraduate programmes does RCSI Bahrain offer?

RCSI offers undergraduate programmes in medicine and nursing.

What degrees does RCSI Bahrain award?

RCSI Bahrain confers undergraduate degrees in medicine and nursing, as well as master’s degrees in nursing. Graduates are awarded degrees from both RCSI Bahrain and the National University of Ireland (NUI). In addition, graduates in medicine also receive licentiates from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). The degrees awarded by RCSI Bahrain are recognised and attested by the Higher Education Council in Bahrain.

When do RCSI Bahrain’s programmes commence?

All programmes follow an academic calendar from September – May/June each year. The exception to this is the BSc in Nursing – Bridging Programme, which may have an additional intake in January. Academic calendars and a schedule of orientation will be available in the Student Life section on our website and circulated to new students in the weeks prior to the commencement date.

What are the RCSI Bahrain’s main teaching hospitals?

RCSI Bahrain’s main teaching hospitals are the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital, Cadiac Centre (CC) King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH), Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) and some private hospitals. We also use a number of local health centres. 

Is RCSI Bahrain accredited by the Irish Medical Council?

Yes, the medicine programme has received accreditation from the Irish Medical Council, based on the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) standards, which are the highest available in medical education.  

Can I choose to apply for the five or the six-year medicine programme?

Applicants apply to the undergraduate medicine programme and the Admissions Committee will then make an offer to the candidates for the entry point for which they are eligible.

What is the difference between the medicine programme offered in RCSI Bahrain and the medicine programme offered at RCSI in Dublin?

The undergraduate medicine programmes operated by RCSI Bahrain and RCSI in Dublin run to the same curriculum, assessments and standards. Graduates of both institutions will receive degrees from the National University of Ireland, which facilitates international mobility. Mobility is dependent on the labour laws and licensing requirements of any given country.

Can students attending the medicine programme in Bahrain transfer to Dublin and vice versa?

No, students cannot transfer between campuses but they can take part in the Student Exchange Programme at the JC3 and IC2 stages of the medicine programme. The exchange programme offers the opportunity for students to spend a full semester at the alternate RCSI campus and is extremely popular and competitive.

Is the RCSI Bahrain degree recognised in all countries?

RCSI Bahrain graduates are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland (NUI) and RCSI Bahrain. The degrees are internationally recognised but, as with other degrees, there may be a need for graduates wishing to practice in some countries to sit local licensing examinations and meet other country-specific requirements.
For example, graduates wishing to practice in the USA or Canada are required to sit the USMLE or Canadian Board examinations respectively. Similarly, it is advisable to check with the Medical Council of the country you intend to practice in to familiarise yourself with the local license requirements.

What do I do if I am experiencing difficulties with my RCSI online application?

If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact our Admissions department on or and attach a screenshot if possible.

Can I have the application form sent to me by post?

No, all applicants applying directly to RCSI Bahrain must complete the online application.

Are students interviewed as part of the application process?

Yes, students are interviewed as part of the Admissions process

Do you offer any English language courses?

No, RCSI Bahrain does not offer English language courses however, the Centre for Student Success and the Language and Cultural Unit can offer support. 

Can I have a tour of RCSI Bahrain?

Tours are available by appointment and can be arranged through the student recruitment department at any time. Please e-mail to arrange a tour.

Is RCSI Bahrain approved for student loans in Canada?

RCSI Bahrain has been designated as an ‘eligible institution for student financial assistance purposes’ in Canada, which means eligible students may apply for provincial and federal funding to help them with the cost of their education.

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