RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

About RCSI Bahrain

Our 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.


The history and the formation of the Medical University of Bahrain (MUB) which is now formally known as the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain), dates back several years and is marked by a decade of educational excellence since the admission of its first students in October 2004.

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of RCSI in Dublin, Ireland. It was officially opened in October 2004. RCSI Bahrain is internationally recognized as a world-class institution providing healthcare education and training in the Kingdom, the other GCC states, MENA and beyond. RCSI Bahrain is also developing its world-wide reputation for original research and development across the health and biomedical sciences relevant to the healthcare requirements of the Middle East.

In 2004, 28 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 2006, the School of Nursing & Midwifery admitted its first cohort of students and the same year the School of Postgraduate Studies & Research was established. In addition to the medical programmes, the School of Medicine has a Medical Commencement Programme (MCP). The School of Nursing & Midwifery has undergraduate and bridging BSc programmes. The School of Postgraduate Studies & Research has an MSc in Nursing and the university hosts two further programmes - Healthcare Management and Quality and Safety in Healthcare Management. These 2 programmes belong to RCSI's Institute of Leadership which is based in Dublin.

Ten years on, RCSI Bahrain is the educational destination of choice for more than 1,300 students drawn from 39 countries. The RCSI curriculum, examinations, oversight 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) from both the National University of Ireland and 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).

The Campus

The University moved in October 2008 to a purpose built university campus adjacent to the King Hamad University Hospital. The University was officially opened by the then President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese and under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa.

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

Clinical tuition is provided in the King Hamad University Hospital, Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain Defence Forces Hospital and several primary healthcare centers. The University is staffed in the main by academic and administrative personnel from Ireland and Bahrain.

It provides a vibrant blend of multicultural aspects, both academically and in student life, through clubs and societies. With different nationalities presented in the student body, a global outlook to education is one of many positives. The majority of academic staff of the three schools are drawn from Ireland and all meet the high quality criteria of various accreditation bodies.

RCSI Bahrain has received external quality assurance, both through its links with RCSI Dublin and also by the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET).  The last report by QAAET placed the University in the top category regarding its level of achievement in terms of governance, management and teaching. 

In December 2014, RCSI Bahrain received accreditation from the Irish Medical Council.

The University is also listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), UNESCO and in the Avicenna Directories of the World Health Organisation.  It is also recognised by Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, UK, Canada, Oman and California.

Throughout the first decade, results of the penultimate final examinations in Senior Cycle indicate that the university's students perform as well as their counterparts in RCSI Dublin.

RCSI Bahrain's interns are achieving a 100% pass rate in licensing exams conducted by Bahrain's National Health Regulatory Authority. This compares to an average national pass rate of 40%


Strategic Plan 2012 - 2017

After extensive engagement with staff, students and stakeholders, the University is spearheading its 5 year strategic plan for 2012-2017 focusing on three key pillars - Teaching and Learning, Research, and Community Engagement, with goals and key performance Indicators for each pillar.

In order to support the students' academic achievements during their study and later after graduation, the University provides a wide range of services through the student affairs, student welfare, academic career offices and a Centre for Student Success. Additionally, it has a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) with a large electronic collection of resources. 

RCSI Bahrain has an important remit of its 5-year strategy to engage with the wider community of professionals, people and patients at different levels, locally and internationally, some recent examples include the involvement with the Bahrain Diabetic Society on community education on diabetes and the connection with Action Ireland Trust to pursue shared objectives in their charitable work in Lesotho in Africa.


RCSI Bahrain Staff

RCSI Bahrain is currently equipped with the best qualified academic and administration staff. Selection and employment of the faculty members is based on specific measures, standards and qualities that best fit the students' interests and overall reputation of the University. In addition to the full-time staff, the University has a wealth of knowledge and experience to call on from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin.

The international reputation of RCSI Bahrain rests primarily on the quality of the teaching and learning provided to the students and on the unique relationship which has developed on the campus between staff and students.