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Research - MCh

Each unique Masters in Surgery (MCh) project is carried out over a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years (full-time).

Within this time you will be guided through your research project with the support of your supervisors and the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies.

Develop your skills as a researcher at RCSI

You will have a range of resources, research development opportunities and training at your disposal during your MCh, including:

•Access to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, which allows you to map your competencies, identify areas for improvement and develop transferable skills

•Dissemination of your research. The perfect starting point for this is our annual Research Day; apply for a poster or oral presentation and practice key presenting and communication skills.

•Dedicated write-up space in our Postgraduate Suite in our new Library.

Key milestones

1. Project proposal

With the help of your supervisors, you will submit a comprehensive project proposal when applying to RCSI. This will help you to form a solid plan and kick-start your research.

2. Research development

Participate in any one of the modules on offer as part of the Professional Certificate in Research Practice modules during the year.

3. Submit your thesis

One external examiner and one internal examiner will assess your thesis. Submit corrections.

4. Graduation

If the thesis is deemed of sufficient quality, you will be conferring with an RCSI degree in your chosen field.

Entry requirements

To be considered eligible for the programme, you must:

•Hold the degree of MB/BAO/BCh or equivalent medical degree, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

•Have completed at least one-year of an internship.

•Have an RCSI supervisor with whom you have agreed the topic of your thesis and the logistical details for your candidature (e.g. start date, location for initial research training etc.).

You will also need to supply a copy of an academic  IELTS examination, or equivalent (for candidates whose first language is not English). 

Careers or further progression

Your future

Your postgraduate degree at RCSI builds skills, expertise and specialist knowledge in your chosen field, in preparation for career pathways across many employment sectors including higher education, health, and industry and entrepreneurial roles.

Your degree will equip you with a transferable skill-set that is highly valued by employers particularly for problem-solving, critical reasoning, thinking in-depth along with the ability to project manage and evidence of a range of 'soft' skills, like communication and collaboration.

As a graduate of RCSI, you join a community of over 17,000 alumni worldwide.

With campuses located in Dublin, Dubai, Bahrain and Malaysia, some of the world's most exciting career opportunities are available to you and your network as a graduate of RCSI.

Course fee

Fees and funding

EU applicants: €4,700

Non-EU applicants: €12,800

If you chose to complete the programme on a part-time basis over a maximum of two years, the fees are as follows:

•EU applicants: €2,350 (per annum)
•Non-EU applicants: €6,400 (per annum)

Please note

•Fees are subject to annual review and can increase by up to 4% per annum.

•It is your own responsibility to register each year. Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification from the degree programme.

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