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RCSI-Dublin vs. UK Medical Schools?

I have the option of either accepting an offer from RCSI to start med this september, or waiting to apply to UK schools for med next year. How do Irish medical schools compare to those in the UK?

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Reply 1
Irish medical schools are good, if you like it go :smile:

If I had the grades and were in your situation, I'd apply for a UK school next year...but that's just cause I love London.
RCSI is a good school, and u probably have the grades for UK medical schools as Irish medical schools require higher grades, but that doesn't mean u'll get accepted even if u apply again; so i would suggest u go.
Reply 3
billykwok
RCSI is a good school, and u probably have the grades for UK medical schools as Irish medical schools require higher grades, but that doesn't mean u'll get accepted even if u apply again; so i would suggest u go.


that's true..it would be a disaster if I end up waiting until next year and then don't get accepted anywhere. thanks..
Reply 4
asherjw
that's true..it would be a disaster if I end up waiting until next year and then don't get accepted anywhere. thanks..

I agree. The Irish system favours academics much clearer than our system, we have the murky qualitative personal statement and interview to go through which you may get rejected for and then you're left with nothing :dontknow:

And you'll be in less debt, does SLC support RoI candidates with full fee support? I presume you get EU fees, but EU fees are more expensive than the silly "registration fees" - student fees by another name - in Ireland.
Fusilero
I agree. The Irish system favours academics much clearer than our system, we have the murky qualitative personal statement and interview to go through which you may get rejected for and then you're left with nothing :dontknow:

And you'll be in less debt, does SLC support RoI candidates with full fee support? I presume you get EU fees, but EU fees are more expensive than the silly "registration fees" - student fees by another name - in Ireland.


I don't know what RCSI is like, but i am in TCD and because i hold a British passport and own a place in the UK i am entitled to free fees.
Reply 6
Fusilero
I agree. The Irish system favours academics much clearer than our system, we have the murky qualitative personal statement and interview to go through which you may get rejected for and then you're left with nothing :dontknow:

And you'll be in less debt, does SLC support RoI candidates with full fee support? I presume you get EU fees, but EU fees are more expensive than the silly "registration fees" - student fees by another name - in Ireland.

I'm not EU but I have a scholarship that will cover my tuition fees. Yeah..there is a bit more run around involved in applying to UK schools. I was just wondering if going to Ireland wolud be a compromise on quality (for such a high price too!).
Reply 7
billykwok
I don't know what RCSI is like, but i am in TCD and because i hold a British passport and own a place in the UK i am entitled to free fees.

I'm pretty sure UK citizens pay tuition fees. :s-smilie:
asherjw
I'm not EU but I have a scholarship that will cover my tuition fees. Yeah..there is a bit more run around involved in applying to UK schools. I was just wondering if going to Ireland wolud be a compromise on quality (for such a high price too!).

You're not really compromising quality, Irish medical schools have an excellent reputation and the Irish doctors I've had the fortune to meet all seem like excellent people. :yep:
Fusilero
I'm pretty sure UK citizens pay tuition fees. :s-smilie:


I am pretty sure i know what fee category i am paying, i have been registering and paying it for 3 years. I am not an Irish citizen, i came straight from the UK with a UK passport.
Reply 9
billykwok
I am pretty sure i know what fee category i am paying, i have been registering and paying it for 3 years. I am not an Irish citizen, i came straight from the UK with a UK passport.
I just re-read your post, sorry about that! I thought you were talking about fees in UK. :stupido:
asherjw
I have the option of either accepting an offer from RCSI to start med this september, or waiting to apply to UK schools for med next year. How do Irish medical schools compare to those in the UK?


I go to RCSI and I am in my 2nd year now. I am also a UK citizen.

Which UK uni's are you thinking about applying for?
Reply 11
DorianGrayism
I go to RCSI and I am in my 2nd year now. I am also a UK citizen.

Which UK uni's are you thinking about applying for?


Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and King's College..what do you think?

btw i decided to take the year off after all..i'm lacking clinical experience so i'll work on getting some of that. How is it at RCSI so far??
asherjw
Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and King's College..what do you think?

btw i decided to take the year off after all..i'm lacking clinical experience so i'll work on getting some of that. How is it at RCSI so far??


There are all pretty good uni's. I know people that go to all of them to do medicine/dentistry

Personally, I think Bristol and Kings are pretty good. Bristol is known as a fairly hard university to get into.

I wouldn't say there is a massive difference in the teaching standards and you will definitely get a job when you leave. The most important thing is the grade in your degree.


I can only really tell you about RCSI but I think the facilities at UK universities will be newer. I remember going to Kings and the lecture theatres were a lot newer.

It isn't bad at RCSI but it is a small medical college, so it is a fairly tight knit community even with different years. I think at the other uni's, there are a lot more things to do.

It is a lot more expensive to live in Dublin than those other UK uni's.


I think you should apply to RCSI as a back up. Just in case the UK uni's don't come through.
Reply 13
DorianGrayism
There are all pretty good uni's. I know people that go to all of them to do medicine/dentistry

Personally, I think Bristol and Kings are pretty good. Bristol is known as a fairly hard university to get into.

I wouldn't say there is a massive difference in the teaching standards and you will definitely get a job when you leave. The most important thing is the grade in your degree.


I can only really tell you about RCSI but I think the facilities at UK universities will be newer. I remember going to Kings and the lecture theatres were a lot newer.

It isn't bad at RCSI but it is a small medical college, so it is a fairly tight knit community even with different years. I think at the other uni's, there are a lot more things to do.

It is a lot more expensive to live in Dublin than those other UK uni's.


I think you should apply to RCSI as a back up. Just in case the UK uni's don't come through.


ok then, thanks a lot for the advice. btwm do you know of any good medical schools in countries besides the US, UK and Ireland?
asherjw
ok then, thanks a lot for the advice. btwm do you know of any good medical schools in countries besides the US, UK and Ireland?


Australia is a good place to go to.

RCSI also have schools in Bahrain and Malaysia, so you can go there instead and they basically do the same exams as those in Ireland.

If you want to know something else just pm me.
Reply 15
Original post by DorianGrayism

Original post by DorianGrayism
Australia is a good place to go to.

RCSI also have schools in Bahrain and Malaysia, so you can go there instead and they basically do the same exams as those in Ireland.

If you want to know something else just pm me.


yup RCSI does a twinning programme with Penang Medical College in Malaysia. btw, i need to ask something. between RCSI and UCD, which is better? or what are the advantages and disadvantage of them?
Original post by libra08
yup RCSI does a twinning programme with Penang Medical College in Malaysia. btw, i need to ask something. between RCSI and UCD, which is better? or what are the advantages and disadvantage of them?


To be honest, I don't really know much about UCD.

Not many people from Penang go to UCD. In my year, I think there were only 5.



Also, RCSI is the middle of the city, so it is easier to get around Dublin and there are more things to do.

However, RCSI isn't really a proper university. It is really a medical college and is pretty small. You will always see the same people around. UCD is a proper university so I guess there are more things to do and better facilities.

Also, I think UCD is considered to be a better Unviersity in Ireland.
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Reply 17
i would take it, RCSI Dublin is an excellent school and you aren't gaining all that much going in the UK versus Ireland. If we were talking UK versus Poland or something then I would think about retrying but we're not. Take it for sure.
Original post by DorianGrayism
I go to RCSI and I am in my 2nd year now. I am also a UK citizen.

Which UK uni's are you thinking about applying for?


How do you find RCSI and what made you choose RCSI instead of the universities in the UK ?being a UK citizen yourself as I am currently torn to study in the UK or in Ireland, particularly RCSI. hope you will care to reply !thanx
Original post by stars_shadows
How do you find RCSI and what made you choose RCSI instead of the universities in the UK ?being a UK citizen yourself as I am currently torn to study in the UK or in Ireland, particularly RCSI. hope you will care to reply !thanx


Hey,

I went to RCSI because I was too late to apply for other universities.

The application forms for Irish Universities close in February and I didn't need to do an interview and a test at the time. They only wanted my grades.

I think that entire process has changed now. You will have to do a test.

I am not sure it makes a huge difference where you study. You are treated the same if you graduate from RCSI or the UK because you are both EU graduates.

RCSI does have good international links for studying in America.

However, it is only a medical school ( like St Georges). The extra curricular facilities are currently very sub-standard if you compared them to a decent UK University.

I think it is important to note, that Ireland is still a fairly small country. There are certain surgeries and etc that they will not do here but they will send over to the UK because they simply do not have the demand.

If you have any questions, you can PM me whenever.

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