RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

MB BCh BAO (Medicine)


RSCI Bahrain is a contemporary medical university in the Gulf region, which opened in October 2004. In June 2010, the first group of students to graduate from the University marked a major milestone in its short history.

RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI), which was established in 1784. Like its Irish counterpart, the role of RCSI Bahrain is to deliver healthcare education to the highest international standards.

It is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement, each of which represents a pillar in the University's five-year Strategic Plan 2012-17

The medical curriculum is delivered in a six-year programme, comprising Foundation Year and three Cycles (Junior, Intermediate and Senior Cycle). The University also has a five-year programme for suitably-qualified students.

The curriculum is the same as the one delivered in RCSI Dublin. Students at both universities sit the same examinations, often at the same time, and the same external examiners are often used for both campuses.

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

RCSI Bahrain's undergraduate programme has an excellent staff/student ratio, especially in the important hospital-based, clinical years.

More than 100 senior lecturers and medical consultants work in the University's three affiliated teaching hospitals, one of which - King Hamad University Hospital - is adjacent to the university campus.

Many of the full-time, senior medical teaching faculty members at RCSI Bahrain are from Ireland.

RCSI Bahrain delivers the authentic, internationally respected brand of RCSI healthcare teaching.

The University places a strong emphasis on early clinical exposure and throughout the undergraduate programme, students are exposed to real patients.

At various stages of the medical programme, the University's state-of-the-art Simulation Laboratory is used for teaching clinical skill to students.

On successful completion of the medical course, graduates are awarded the degree MB BCh BAO from the National University of Ireland (NUI) and from Bahrain. In addition, graduates are made Licentiates of The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

RCSI Bahrain welcomes students of all nationalities. While the majority of its undergraduates are from Bahrain and the Gulf region, the University has students from 34 countries representing more than 30 nationalities. The Medical School is truly international and multicultural.

I hope you enjoy browsing through our website and find the content helpful and informative. I also sincerely hope you choose RCSI Bahrain for your undergraduate medical training.

If you decide to join RCSI Bahrain, I am confident that you will not regret your decision.


Professor Joe McMenamin
Head of School of Medicine; Professor and Chairman, Department of Paediatrics