RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Medical Commencement Programme

The Medical Commencement Programme (MCP) was established at RCSI Bahrain in 2011. It is a bridging programme which is designed to equip students with a greater knowledge of general science subjects, medical terminology, study skills and English language for medical purposes for students entering with less than IELTS 6.5 and research skills for those students holding IELTS 6.5 and above.

The course is structured to ensure the individual student progresses through scientific and professional studies in preparation for Foundation Year. From the outset, professionalism and practice form part of the curriculum. Students are provided with a highly structured programme which leads them from novice to a more skilled and independent learner. As the programme progresses students are required to demonstrate personal responsibility for their learning. The learning culture is one of holistic support. Emphasis is placed on professional development and responsibility and corresponding learner self- esteem. In line with the aim of helping students become more independent learners, students are treated as adults in their activities and are expected to show professionalism, maturity and responsibility in their attitudes and behaviour.

The MCP is taught full-time over 2 semesters (1 full academic year September to June) and is made up of 12 modules, these modules include: Physics; Biology; Chemistry; Medical Terminology; Study Skills, and English Language or Research Skills. Successful completion of the Medical Commencement Programme combined with achieving a minimum IELTS 6 will facilitate entry into the Foundation Year of the RCSI Bahrain Medical Programme.