RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

About RCSI Bahrain

RCSI Bahrain Noble purpose

Building on the heritage of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland which was founded in 1784, we will enhance health in Bahrain, the other GCC countries and beyond through endeavour, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service.

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The role of the University is to provide healthcare education and training to world standards in Bahrain, drawing students from Bahrain, the other GCC countries and beyond.

With students from over 40 countries, numbers are at an all-time high, with 1,186 students currently undertaking courses in Medicine, Nursing and Postgraduate Studies and Research. The RCSI curriculum, examinations and supervision ensures the highest international standards.

Medical graduates are awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO) of both the National University of Ireland and of RCSI Bahrain. In addition, they receive the Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (LRCSI) and the Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (LRCPI).

History of RCSI Bahrain

In October 2003 HE Sh. Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Ambassador of Bahrain to the United Kingdom and the then President of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Mr. Michael Butler signed a memorandum of understanding which provided for RCSI setting up a medical university in Bahrain.

As a result The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Medical University of Bahrain was founded in 2004 under license from the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and was officially opened in October 2004 by HH the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Sh. Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa and the then Prime Minister of Ireland, Mr. Bertie Ahearn TD.

Students from Bahrain, India, Italy, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Yemen were admitted to the inaugural foundation year for Medicine in October 2004. The School of Nursing admitted its first cohort of students in October 2006.

Phase Development of RCSI Bahrain Campus

  • Phase 1 (Completed): Essential core facilities for the School of Medicine and School of Nursing including recreational facilities.
  • Phase 2: Expansion for potential Schools of Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Healthcare Management, Dentistry and student accommodation

The Campus

The University moved in October 2008 to a purpose built university campus adjacent to the King Hamad University Hospital.

The state-of-the-art campus has three lecture theatres, three laboratories, nine tutorial rooms and a large library with several group study rooms. In 2012, a large dedicated Library and Learning Resource Centre opened on site.

Clinical tuition is provided in the King Hamad University Hospital and other healthcare facilities of the Ministry of Health and the Bahrain Defence Forces Hospital. The University is staffed in the main by academic and administrative personnel from Ireland and Bahrain.