RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Student Summer Research Projects

Do you want to stand out from the crowd, to gain essential skills that will support you in your future medical careers and to be introduced to the world of biomedical research? Then the RCSI Bahrain 2017 research summer school (RSS) is for you! This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!


What is the purpose?

To introduce all RCSI undergraduates the world of biomedical research as their first step in becoming future researchers.

Can anyone apply?

The student summer research is open to all RCSI undergraduate students from the school of medicine and the school of nursing in RCSI Bahrain. RCSI Ireland undergraduates from all schools are also eligible to apply.

How long will the project take?

The projects will run for approximately 8 weeks during the summer period; June – August. The supervisor and the student must agree on when the eight weeks research will take place during this period.

How do I apply?

Students can apply for student summer research in two ways.
1) Students can apply for any one of the research projects which will be advertised by principle investigators (PI) on this site soon. Students should express their interest in research projects by emailing the PI detailing the following

  • Full name and student ID number
  • Academic programme and year
  • Availability during the summer period; June- August
  • Any previous research experience


2) Students may develop their own project but this must be in collaboration with a member of academic staff. Students should visit the RCSI-Bahrain website here for staff research profiles to identify a suitable PI for their project.

What are the research areas of the projects?

The college has identified 5 key thematic research areas in which to focus its research energy. These are:

  • Haemoglobinopathies
  • Cardiovascular disease and related areas
  • Oncology
  • Medical education
  • Biosciences

Under these 5 key thematic research areas, the projects may be focused on but are not limited to:

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Community care
  • Private care
  • Health professions education
What forms do I need to complete?

Students, under the supervision of the PI’s, must complete the following
1. Application form (requires valid quotes for expenditure of a maximum of 300 BD grant)
2. Research ethics form (if applicable)
3. Certificate from online research ethics training

How do I know if I need ethics approval?

All research projects which involve the participation of humans/human tissues and/or live animals which are carried out under the auspices of RCSI Bahrain should be submitted to RCSI Bahrain REC.

What can I spend the grant on?

The 300BD grant is to cover expenses in the project which may include consumables, reagents, transcription of interviews, travel etc. There is no student stipend for summer research.

What is expected of me as a summer research student?

There are three main expectations of students
1. To be engaged with the research project for approximately 8 weeks during the period agreed upon with your PI.
2. To provide a final report on the project to include any research findings and a budget statement. This report should be forwarded to the chair of the research committee by Dec 2017
3. To present (either a poster or oral presentation) at RCSI Bahrain research day in November 2017.

How will I benefit from undertaking student summer research?
Students who complete a student summer research project will be given the opportunity to present their research at RCSI Bahrain research day 2017 and to publish scientific research. Students will also gain a range of skills including but not limited to:

  • critical thinking skills
  • communication skills
  • leadership skills
  • team working skills
  • inter-professionalism skills
  • insight into scientific methodologies
  • basic laboratory skills
  • physiological measurements


Engagement in such summer student projects sets students apart when applying for electives, international community engagement projects, exchange programmes with RCSI Ireland, student travel funds and employment/internship.

Application Process

Contact the relevant PI as mentioned under FAQ to secure a research project. Complete the following under the supervision of your PI and submit to the Research Committee by the submission deadline to aabdelaal@rcsi-mub.com with the subject 'RSS 2017' no later than April 17th.

1. Project application form
2. Research ethics form
3. Research ethics training certificate. The online ethics training is available here. You will need to complete the evaluation and print the graduation certificate here. This will take approximately 5 hours.

Evaluation Process

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria
1. Scientific merit of the project
2. Alignment of the project with RCSI Bahrain research Goals
3. Demonstrated academic ability of the student(s)
4. Quality of application
5. Potential for student development

Additional Resources

RCSI Bahrain Strategic Plan (Refer to Research Strategy) File



Staff Summer Research Projects


RSS Project summary 2017 - Epidemiological cancer
RSS Project summary 2017 - Falls
RSS Project summary 2017 - GPs and obesity
RSS Project summary 2017 - Gum arabic
RSS Project summary 2017 - Metal Complexes
RSS Project summary 2017 - Nano Complexes
RSS Project summary 2017 - Natural sun screens
RSS Project summary 2017 - Clinical Audit
RSS Project summary 2017 - Diabetes


Research Ethics Form & Guidance Notes

Research ethics committee deadlines and meetings are shown below.

REC Application Deadline

REC Meetings

24th August 2016

7th September 2016

21st September 2016

5th October 2016

19th October 2016

2nd November 2016

23rd November 2016

7th December 2016

21st December 2016

4th January 2017

18th January 2017

1st February 2017

15th February 2017

1st March 2017

22nd March 2017

5th April 2017

19th April 2017

3rd May 2017

24th May 2017

7th June 2017

Research Ethics Committee website URL

Guidance Notes on Submission to the RSS File

Sample Research Participant Information Leaflet File

Sample Research Participant Consent Form File