The curriculum is divided into three cycles called Junior Cycle (JC), Intermediate Cycle (IC) and Senior Cycle (SC). Each cycle is taught over one, two or three semesters with the Senior Cycle being delivered over two years, Senior Cycle 1 (SC1) and Senior Cycle 2 (SC2).
Within each cycle, the content is delivered as modules which are largely based on the systems of the human body (systems-based). Each module integrates the biomedical and clinical sciences (integrated) and is defined by a series of learning outcomes (outcomes-focussed).
Teaching, Learning & Assessment
PU-RCSI employs a hybrid approach to teaching and learning, mixing traditional didactic teaching (lectures, tutorials etc.) with problem-based learning where appropriate.
The delivery of course objectives utilises a variety of teaching methods throughout the programmes, including traditional lectures; case-based learning (where a clinical case is used to illustrate or contextualise learning); small group tutorials (both staff and student directed); practicals (e.g. anatomy dissection); computer-assisted learning; bedside clinical teaching; grand rounds; shadowing;observation; skills workshops; tutorials; theatre attendance and ward attendance.
Assessments take place during a module (continuous) or at the end of the module (summative) and take many forms including, multiple-choice questions (MCQs), the short answer was written questions, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), practical exams, oral exams, team / individual projects and online assessments. Assessment modes are matched to the different types of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) for each module.
Hierarchy of Learning Outcomes
The RCSI Medical Graduate Profile (MGP) is a list of the ‘exit’ outcomes that represents a shared understanding of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that PU-RCSI medical graduates will possess on exit from the undergraduate medical program (click here for a copy of the MGP). These outcomes are grouped into five ‘level 1 ‘ themes’ which are ‘inter-woven’ throughout the course. These themes are:
Each of these themes is broken down into a number of level 2 outcomes which are in turn further broken down into a number of level 3 outcomes. Each level 3 outcome links to one or more module outcomes (level 4) in the taught curriculum which in turn link to multiple activity outcomes (level 5).
Students graduating from the PU-RCSI School of Medicine are conferred with the primary medical degrees of the National University of Ireland, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor in the Art of Obstetrics (MB BCh BAO). In addition, they are awarded the historical licentiates of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (LRCP & SI).
The MB BCh BAO degrees are recognized by the Irish Medical Council (IMC), the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) and other regulatory bodies throughout the world. The degrees allow the holder to pursue postgraduate training worldwide.