The RCSI was founded in 1784 by Royal Charter, originally to train surgeons, but has expanded to such an extent that surgical training now constitutes less than 10% of its activities. It is unique among the four Royal colleges of Surgeons (Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London) in that it is now essentially a health sciences university housing Ireland's largest medical school catering for over 3000 students from 60 countries.
In addition to medicine, undergraduate education is also provided in pharmacy, physiotherapy and nursing. Postgraduate education is provided in dentistry, healthcare management and leadership, nursing, radiology, science, sports medicine and surgery.
The College is a major centre for research in transitional medicine which focuses on bringing research findings quickly from the laboratory to patients and the community.
Since 1975 the College has been a recognised College of the National University of Ireland and in 2010 we were granted degree awarding status by the Irish Government. The RCSI is an international organisation with headquarters in Dublin, a University in Bahrain campuses in Dubai and Penang and Kuala Lumpur and additional activities in the United States, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The RCSI prides itself on blending a strong sense of tradition with flexibility and innovation and this has resulted in its rapid expansion over the past 15 years.
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