RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has been at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals since 1784 when granted the authority and responsibility to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland, a responsibility that remains central to the College to this day. This proud surgical heritage remains at the core of RCSI’s mission ‘to educate, nurture and discover for the benefit of human health’.

Today the RCSI is an innovative, world-leading international health sciences university with undergraduate and postgraduate schools and faculties across the spectrum of health sciences. The Institution is home to numerous national healthcare institutes and world-leading research minds that drive pioneering breakthroughs and inform policy in human healthcare.

The principles established in the early years continue to drive the ethos of the university and place the patient at the centre. RCSI welcomes learners and researchers into not just programmes of academic excellence, but into a lifelong community of professional colleagues, in an environment that is clinically-led, nurturing and supportive, to enable them realise their individual potential to transform clinical leadership for a changing world.

Located in the heart of Dublin with four international campuses, students from more than 60 countries worldwide and a network of alumni spanning 97 countries, the RCSI has a global reach that informs a global perspective on the training of future clinical professionals. As an independent, not-for-profit institution, the RCSI charts its own course in service of excellence in human health.

Ranked number one globally for Good Health and Well-being in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2020, RCSI is among the top 250 universities worldwide in the THE World University Rankings (2021) and its research is ranked first in Ireland for citations.