RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Medical Commencement Programme


Medical Commencement Programme 

Academic and English Language Entry Requirements

How to Apply 



Online Application Form

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Applicants are selected for admission to the Medical Commencement Programme on the basis of open competition using the following criteria:


  • Basic eligibility, i.e. achievement of minimum academic and English language entry requirements.
  • References and life experience, i.e. work/life balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work or voluntary experience, etc.
  • Performance at a structured interview.


Academic and English Language Entry Requirements

The following requirements are the minimum standards required for consideration for entry into the Medical Commencement Programme. Attainment of these grades does not guarantee acceptance. Admission to the programme is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Please note: All applicants must have completed at least 12 years of schooling by the end of secondary school education.


English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated solely in a native English speaking country must satisfy an English language proficiency requirement through one of the following means:


  • IELTS – A minimum score of 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in any band).
  • TOEFL – A minimum score of 53 in the Internet Based Test (IBT) (minimum 12 in any band).


Please note: English language qualifications are only valid for two years from the date of the test.

Applicants in Bahrain who require an IELTS certificate, are advised to book an appointment with the British Council at their earliest convenience, Tel: +973 1726 1555/1726 6166 E-mail: bc.enquiries@britishcouncil.org.bh.


Exemptions: Applicants who have been solely educated in a native English speaking country and/or those who have completed the following curricula may be exempted from the English language requirement:


IB Diploma                 Minimum score of 5 in Standard Level English.

(I)GCSE/GCE                 Minimum score of Grade C in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate        Minimum score of Grade D in Ordinary Level English.


Please make contact with the Admissions Office to confirm your eligibility for such an exemption.


Academic Entry Requirements

Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Applicants must have completed at least 12 years of secondary school education within the Science Stream and achieve a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 87%.


High School Diploma 

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 years of secondary school education and achieve a minimum unweighted cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 85% (calculated over Grades 10, 11 and 12).


Indian High School

Applicants must achieve a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 70% at standard XII and hold a bone-fide certificate of completion issued by the CBSE or ISCE.


For academic entry requirements for additional curricula, please contact the Admissions Team on admissions@rcsi-mub.com.


How to Apply

Applications for the Medical Commencement Programme must be submitted online. A non-refundable application fee of US$100/BD40 is required and is payable by credit card at the final stage of the online application or by cash when the applicant presents for interview at the University.

Upon successful completion of the online application, the applicant will receive an auto response email confirming receipt of the application.


Essential documentation required for consideration for the programme is as follows:


  • Certified copies of academic transcripts and certificates from school (Grades 10, 11 &12)/university.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency, i.e. IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Copy of passport showing name, nationality, date of birth and photograph page.
  • Copy of CPR card/GCC identity card (if applicable).
  • Academic Reference Form completed by your school/university. To print, please click here 
  • Personal Statement.


 These documents must be uploaded during the online application process (incomplete applications cannot be processed by the Admissions Team).


Please Note:  Applicants should include their unique Application ID number and full name in all correspondence with the University.


Following completion of the online application, including submission of all essential documentation, eligible applicants will be invited to the University for interview. The interview will be conducted by two members of academic staff and will assess the applicant’s communication skills, maturity, motivation and suitability for a career in medicine.


Following attendance at interview, the Admissions Committee will consider the application in full. Candidates will be advised of the outcome of this consideration by email within approximately two (2) weeks of interview.


Application outcomes are as follows:


  1. Candidates may be issued with a Full Offer.
  2. Candidates may be issued with a Conditional Offer, i.e. pending achievement of conditions specified in the offer letter.
  3. Candidates may be placed on a waitlist, which will be reviewed prior to commencement of the programme.
  4. Candidates may be issued with a regret letter, indicating they have been unsuccessful in obtaining a place on the programme.




Tuition fees for academic year commencing September 2014 are USD$11,300* per annum, this includes provision of a laptop computer for each student. A fee payment schedule will be further outlined in your offer letter.


Fees are reviewed periodically and may increase for the next academic year to meet cost increases incurred in running the programme. 


To accept your offer a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the annual programme fee is required. If your tuition fees will be paid by means of a Scholarship or Sponsor, you are required to submit a letter of confirmation from the awarding body. If a valid sponsorship letter is not provided along with your acceptance of offer, conditions for self-funding will apply.


Upon your acceptance of offer, you are agreeing to the conditions set out in the Universities Fee Policy. To view RCSI Bahrain's Fee Policy please click here

(*Subject to HEC approval)



On successful completion of the Medical Commencement Programme and achievement of an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in any band) or TOEFL equivalent, students can progress to the Foundation Year of the 6 year Medical Programme.  



Online Application

Applications for this programme are closed for September 2014 entry


Contact Us

Should you have any queries or require assistance with any aspect of the admissions process please contact the Admissions Team at admissions@rcsi-mub.com or by Tel: +973 1735 1450 Ext: 5555.