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6-Year Degree in Medicine for High School Leavers

The University of Nicosia Medical School, the largest in Cyprus, offers a 6-Year MD degree programme designed for high school leavers.

  • EU accredited medical degree allowing medical practice pathways worldwide
  • Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Diverse student body from over 80 countries
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What Our Students Say

My involvement with the Mobile Clinic has allowed me to gain hands-on experience with real patients from year 1. This is a crucial part of becoming a doctor, as you gain experience and understand the true nature of the profession we are dedicating our lives to. It is a great chance to also meet and interact with other medical students and give back to the local community. 
Manisha Weerakkody, Class of 2023, Sri Lanka
It is important as medical students to keep track of the updated requirements for applying to residency programs prior to graduating. This is why I am so thankful for UNIC Medical School’s Career and Alumni Office, which has kept us constantly updated about our options and allowed alumni to speak to the cohort about their experiences in gaining access to prestigious residency programs around the world. I was able to understand better how to prep for exams such as the USMLE and think more closely about which field of medicine I would wish to train in through the experiences of students before me.
Faisal Gharaibeh, Class of 2026, Cyprus
My career intends to help the needy and the distressed, especially the ones in my home country, Sudan. Because many people find it hard to help themselves, I want to empower them. Studying at the University of Nicosia Medical School, an EU accredited medical degree, will open many doors for me that will help to fulfill my dreams.
Waleed Yassir Abbas Salim , Class of 2027,Sudan
Since day one, the University of Nicosia (UNIC) Medical School has been very supportive every step of the way and has made my overall experience very welcoming and friendly. Being the first medical student in my family, there was so much I had to learn. The staff and professors have been so helpful and understanding in helping me navigate through Medical School. They did an amazing job in helping me make UNIC Medical School my home away from home.
Neha Najeeb, Class of 2026, Canada

Career Prospects

With our devoted Student Success Team, students are matched with a personal tutor, and students meet one-on-one with Career Advisers to track their studies and steps, for practice after graduation. As an EU accredited medical degree, graduates who are from one of the countries that constitute the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland will be eligible to apply to practise medicine. Each member state has its own regulations as to which stage of its training programme you will enter, and any additional requirements that you will need to demonstrate (such as language proficiency). While the MD degree is recognised by many different countries internationally, applicants are advised to check with their own individual national authorities, if they wish to practise in their own country. Throughout the journey, students will find support and guidance in aligning with national licensure exams, such as USMLE based on their preferred postgraduate pathway. Our Student Success Team hosts alumni and career experts to advise in best practice for working in different regions of the world to support student goals.

With more than 80 nationalities of students, you will study and practice with colleagues and faculty that provide a competitive advantage in the global healthcare market. This EU accredited medical degree allows medical practice pathways with support and preparation for postgraduate placement. Our graduates have been offered positions at over 200 medical centres around the world for residency training, fellowships, internships, and research.

Our Admissions Advisors can provide further information on your career options with this MD degree and licensure requirements.

General Objectives

This programme of study provides students with the opportunity to receive high quality education in Medicine. The general programme objectives are to:

  1. Train students to become highly competent physicians and equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to respond to the challenges of modern medicine.
  2. Produce competent and caring graduates, safe to practise initially as junior doctors, and with the potential to develop fully their careers in their chosen branch of medicine.
  3. Provide each student with the evidence-based knowledge and experience necessary to advance both scientifically and humanistically in the care and treatment of those who are ill including immediate care of medical emergencies.
  4. Foster the development of lifelong commitments to scholarship and service toward individual patients and the community.
  5. Encourage students to practise medicine holistically including ethical, legal, psychological and social considerations.
  6. Promote health and wellness through disease prevention and research.
  7. Contribute toward the establishment of Cyprus as a regional centre of excellence in medical education.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Upon completion of the programme students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic, clinical, behavioural & social sciences, ethics and jurisprudence which are relevant to the study of medicine and be able to apply such knowledge in clinical practice e.g. in health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles and practice of public health in both individuals and populations, and acquire the ability to implement appropriate measures, independently and with others in the promotion of health, the prevention of illness and the treatment of disease.
  3. Demonstrate problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills in basic and clinical sciences, including research and evidence-based medicine needed for decision-making in the practice of medicine.
  4. Exhibit ability to integrate socio-economic and ethical issues along various phases in learning related to the practice of medicine and management/ treatment modalities.
  5. Recognise the importance of the therapeutic nature of the patient-doctor relationship and the impact on that relationship of the individual characteristics of both patient and doctor.

Skills

Upon completion of the programme students should be able to:

  1. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patients and their relatives, with colleagues from relevant multidisciplinary professions and with communities.
  2. Impart appropriate, relevant and correct information to patients, colleagues and communities in a coherent and clear manner.
  3. Listen effectively to patients, respond to their communication needs and explore their concerns and expectations.
  4. Demonstrate competency in a range of clinical and investigative skills safely, sensitively, independently and with confidence, to a predetermined standard.
  5. Demonstrate a logical approach to solving patient problems, from history data, physical examination findings and results of investigations, and use this information to make differential diagnosis and form management plans.
  6. Keep accurate clinical records based on their own observations and communicate their findings to others clearly and concisely.
  7. Demonstrate skills in the recording, organisation and management of information including the use of appropriate information technology.
  8. Recognise and manage life-threatening conditions and provide immediate care of medical emergencies, including First Aid and resuscitation.
  9. Prescribe drugs safely under supervision, including dosage calculation, prescription writing and administration
  10. Critically appraise information extracted from appropriate information from a diverse range of resources, including library and on-line information (internet, intranet, on-line databases), with emphasis on evidence-based or best practices.
  11. Recognise and fulfil the obligation to educate patients, colleagues and the communities.
  12. Work with members of a multidisciplinary team and understand their own personal roles and responsibilities within the team, as well as those of the other healthcare professionals.
  13. Show qualities of organisation, including prioritisation of workload and time management, with a sense of entrepreneurship.
  14. Demonstrate strategies for preventing, and coping with, stress.

Behaviour

Upon completion of the programme students should be able to:

  1. Ensure the care and safety of patients is central to their everyday practice.
  2. Accept the moral, ethical and professional responsibilities involved in providing care to individual patients and communities, including concern for confidentiality and respect for individual autonomy
  3. Respect patients, regardless of their lifestyles, culture, beliefs, religions, race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, age, and social or economic status.
  4. Respect the right of patients to be fully involved in decisions about their care, enabling patients and families to make informed decisions in relation to their treatment, including the right to refuse treatment or to refuse to take part in teaching or research.
  5. Recognise own limitations, accept criticism when justified and know when to ask for help.
  6. Adopt an empathic and holistic approach to patients and their problems.
  7. Understand and uphold principles of honesty and trustworthiness.
  8. Recognise a duty to protect patients and others by taking action if a colleague’s health, performance or conduct is putting patients at risk.
  9. Behave in a professional manner at all times, by being punctual, reliable, honest, respectful, courteous, and well-presented.
  10. Recognise the impact of your own health on your ability to practise medicine, and respond appropriately.
  11. Keep up-to-date through self-directed learning and recognise that medical education is a lifelong process.
  12. Work cooperatively as a member of a team, accepting and providing leadership as appropriate.

Innovative and Modern Curriculum

Accreditation

The MD programme is accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA).  CYQAA holds Recognition Status by the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) and the MD programme is thus assessed against the rigorous standards for Basic Medical Education of WFME. The framework for WFME accreditation has been developed jointly with the World Health Organisation. This ensures that the quality of education is at an appropriate and comprehensive global standard.

This global mark of recognition enables our graduates to pursue a career in their chosen field of medicine around the world. For example, beginning in 2024, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) will only extend certification to international medical graduates of medical programmes that meet WFME standards. ECFMG certification is required for international medical graduates to pursue residency in the United States and thus practice medicine. Students are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their own country. The Careers & Alumni Office provide individual student career support, starting as early as Year 1.

The MD programme meets, and exceeds, the requirements of the EU Directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications (2005/36/EC) enabling graduates to have their award recognised, and be eligible to practise in EU and EEA member states, following graduation.

You may also find the programme listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS).

Curriculum and Delivery

The curriculum of the MD Programme is innovative and is based on the most recent research in the field of medical education. In addition to compliance with the WFME standards, this curriculum has focused on the guidelines of professional bodies, such as the General Medical Council of the UK (GMC).

The MD programme is discipline-based and has been designed to encourage spiral learning. Topics covered in earlier years are revisited in subsequent years to build on prior experiences. The programme allows students to develop a strong background in the basic and biomedical sciences, during the pre-clinical years (Years 1-3). In parallel, the programme allows early patient contact through integrated clinical practice courses and short clinical placements starting as early as Year 2, which enable students to familiarise themselves with the clinical environment, in preparation for clinical practice years. The curriculum is additionally enriched by courses in social sciences, such as, medical psychology, medical ethics and medical sociology in order to allow students to practise medicine holistically, encompassing ethical, legal, psychological and social considerations. Year 4 represents an important transition point within the students learning experience. In the Spring Semester, students complete junior clinical rotations which further familiarize them with learning in a clinical environment, in preparation for Years 5 and 6, which are almost entirely based in a clinical setting. Years 5 and 6 enable students to gain experience in all major areas of medicine. Furthermore, the MD programme places emphasis on interprofessional learning and education, which allows graduates to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams for patient care.

The Medical School maintains a student-centred learning environment, which promotes the active participation of learners. The multitude of active curriculum delivery methods prepares the students to be life-long learners. The instructional learning methods utilized are based on well-founded pedagogical principles of medical education, including experiential learning, social cognitive theory, adult learning, self-directed learning, situated learning and learning in communities of practice.

The delivery methods used include large-group teaching, small-group tutorials, flipped classroom, clinical and communication skills sessions, role playing, workshops, individual and group work, laboratory practicals, bedside teaching and webinars. The MD programme promotes reflective practice and students are expected to maintain a reflective portfolio throughout the programme, which allows them to gain further insight from learning opportunities. The use of a wide variety of teaching activities ensures that the programme caters for diverse learning styles and needs.

Programme Structure

The programme is structured around 12 academic semesters over a period of 6 years. In each semester students are required to take 30 ECTS credits, completing 360 ECTS credits after 12 semesters of full-time tuition.

REQUIREMENTS ECTS
Basic Medical Sciences 180 ECTS
Year 1 60 ECTS
Year 2 60 ECTS
Year 3 60 ECTS
Integrated Studies – Basic and Clinical Science
60 ECTS
Year 4 60 ECTS
Clinical Studies 120 ECTS
Year 5 60 ECTS
Year 6 60 ECTS
Total Requirements 360 ECTS

Years 1-3 (Basic Medical Sciences)

During Years 1-3 students gain knowledge in the basic medical sciences: general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, histology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, microbiology and virology, immunology, pharmacology, medical genetics, general pathology, medical sociology, medical psychology, medical ethics, research methods in medicine and essential medical statistics.

Students also take courses in integrated clinical practice where they develop the important clinical and communications skills required for medicine. Under supervision, students will have the opportunity to meet selected patients in local hospitals and clinics to practise these basic skills.

Year 4 (Integrated Studies – Basic and Clinical Sciences)

Year 4 represents a transition year from preclinical studies to clinical studies.

During Year 4 students take courses in haematology, systematic pharmacology, epidemiology and public health, and clinical pathophysiology. They also carry out a research project.

In the second semester the students take a course in integrated clinical practice in which they build on the clinical and communication skills they developed during the previous years. The students will visit local hospitals, clinics and the community to further practise the skills they have learnt and gain first-hand experience of how medicine is practised in these settings. Students take part in clinical attachments in medicine, surgery and primary care.

Years 5-6 (Clinical Studies)

The objectives of Years 5 and 6 are to provide students with extensive experience in the clinical environment, mainly in hospitals but also in the community, so that they can utilise their learning over the previous 4 years to practise their clinical, communication, diagnostic and reasoning skills on real patients, and to learn about the management of patients, from a medical, therapeutic, surgical, psychosocial and caring perspective.

Students take part in clinical attachments in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Respiratory Medicine, Thoracic Surgery and Breast Surgery, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Nephrology, Urology and Transplant Surgery, Rheumatology and Dermatology/Plastic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology & Ophthalmology, Therapeutics and Prescribing, General Practice and Geriatric Medicine.

Students also do a Clinical Attachment Elective, spending six weeks on a chosen activity or medical specialty of their choice. Students are encouraged to broaden their experiences by undertaking their elective in a different environment. This includes the option of going abroad for their elective.

Students remaining in Cyprus for clinical training will need an appropriate knowledge of Greek so that they can better communicate with patients. The Medical School provides free Greek-language lessons during the first 4 years of the course to prepare students for this requirement.

Semester Breakdown

YEAR 1
SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
Course code/Title ECTS Course code/Title ECTS
MED-101 Medical Physics I: The Human Body 6 MED-106 Research Methods in Medicine and Essential Medical Statistics 6
MED-102 General Chemistry 6 MED-107 Medical Physics II: Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy 6
MED-103 Biology I 6 MED-108 Organic Chemistry 6
MED-104 Medical Psychology 6 MED-109 Biology II 6
MED-105 Medical Ethics 6 MED-110 Medical Sociology 6
30 30
YEAR 2
SEMESTER  3 SEMESTER  4
Course code/Title ECTS Course code/Title ECTS
MED-201 Anatomy I 6 MED-206 Anatomy II 6
MED-202 Histology I 6 MED-207 Histology II 6
MED-203 Physiology I 6 MED-208 Physiology II 6
MED-204 Biochemistry I 6 MED-209 Biochemistry II 6
MED-205 Integrated Clinical Practice I 6 MED-210 Integrated Clinical Practice II 6
30 30
YEAR 3
SEMESTER  5 SEMESTER  6
Course code/Title ECTS Course code/Title ECTS
MED-301 Brain and Behaviour 6 MED-306 Medical Genetics 6
MED-302 Microbiology & Virology 6 MED-307 Immunology 6
MED-303 Pharmacology 6 MED-308 Systematic Pharmacology I 6
MED-304 Pathology I 6 MED-309 Pathology II 6
MED-305 Integrated Clinical Practice III 6 MED-310 Integrated Clinical Practice IV 6
30 30
YEAR 4
SEMESTER  7 SEMESTER  8
Course code/Title ECTS Course code/Title ECTS
MED-401 Haematology 6 MED-406 Integrated Clinical Practice V 30
MED-402 Systematic Pharmacology II 6
MED-403 Epidemiology and Public Health 6
MED-404 Clinical Pathophysiology 6
MED-405 Research Project 6
30 30
YEAR 5*

* The depicted sequence of courses for Year 5 is one possible sequence. Each student will complete all Year 5 courses by the end of the academic year. The sequence of courses is based on clinical capacity of affiliated hospitals.

SEMESTER  09 SEMESTER  10
Course code/Title ECTS Course code/Title ECTS
MED-501 Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery 6 MED-506 Neurology, Nerurosurgery and Palliative Care 6
MED-502 Respiratory Medicine, Thoracic Surgery and Breast Surgery 6 MED-507 Psychiatry 8
MED-503 Gastroenterology and GI Surgery 6 MED-508 Paediatrics 8
MED-509 Obstetrics and Gynaecology 8
MED-504 Nephrology, Urology and Transplant Medicine 6
MED-505 Rheumatology and Dearmatology/Plastic Surgery 6
30 30
YEAR 6**

**The depicted sequence of courses for Year 6 is one possible sequence. Each student will complete all Year 6 courses by the end of the academic year. The sequence of courses is based on clinical capacity of affiliated hospitals.

SEMESTER 11 SEMESTER  12
Course code/Title ECTS Course code/Title ECTS
MED-601 Internal Medicine 10 MED-604 Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology 6
MED-602 General Surgery 10 MED-605 Therapeutics and Prescribing 4
MED-603 Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care 10 MED-606 General Practice and Geriatric Medicine 10
MED-607 Elective Clinical Attachment 10
30 30

Assessment

The assessment in the six years of the medical programme is designed to thoroughly evaluate the knowledge and skills the medical students will need to attain to allow them to practice medicine.

In the six years of the programme we assess the students’ professionalism, the students’ academic knowledge and the students’ practical skills following the UK General Medical Council (GMC) recommendations for the three categories of outcomes, namely Doctor as a Professional, Doctor as a Scholar and a Scientist and Doctor as a Practitioner.¹
Professionalism is assessed:

  1. As part of individual courses (starting year 1)
  2. By Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs) (in years 4,5,6)

Academic knowledge is assessed by:

  1. Lab reports
  2. Coursework
  3. Written papers
  4. Posters
  5. Oral presentations
  6. Midterm exams
  7. Final exams
  8. End of Year exams (EYE)

Practical skills (Clinical and communication skills) are assessed by Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). OSCEs are practical exams that assess the students’ clinical and communication skills with involvement of real and simulated patients in a setting similar to clinical practice. OSCEs are marked by trained examiners, many of whom are clinically qualified.

The details of assessment for each year of the MD Programme are thoroughly described in the Scheme of Assessment which is available to the students upon enrolment on the programme.

Assessment of the Highest Quality

In the MD Programme several mechanisms are in place to ensure assessment is of the highest quality. All faculty of the MD Programme are trained to ensure the development of high-quality examinations that will also prepare the students for taking the USMLE Step 1 Examination. The exam papers are blueprinted against the curriculum and thoroughly reviewed by Internal Moderators and an Assessment Panel. The results of each exam are reviewed during Results Meetings.

The USMLE Step 1 Examination

The Medical School places great emphasis on ensuring that its graduates are highly competitive in securing the postgraduate training posts of their choice, based on the quality of medical education and opportunities afforded to students during the course of our programme. Students in the MD Programme have the opportunity to take the USMLE Step 1, although this is not a requirement.  For those students interested in this option, the Medical School provides resources such as one-on-one support for USMLE preparation as well as USMLE Step 1 Practice Tests, which are offered through the National Board of Medical Examiners. The questions in these practice tests are derived from the USMLE Bank of Questions, which is used to generate the official USMLE Step 1 Examination.

¹ GMC, Tomorrow’s Doctors, 2009.

Admission Requirements

1. High School Leaving Certificate

High School Leaving Certificate with 90% overall score (Ί8/20 overall in the  Greek/Cypriot High School Leaving Certificate), to include similar grades in Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Or: GCE A’ Levels with grades ABB, to include Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths, and one more subject.

Or: International Baccalaureate with 32 overall and a combined score of 16 at Higher Level, to include Biology and at least one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Candidates are reviewed holistically, so all grades will be reviewed including in Chemistry, Physics and Maths to ensure your knowledge and achievement in these areas meets the demands of our curriculum.

The Medical School may also consider applicants from other education systems. For any other qualifications please contact us so we can assess you eligibility.

Candidates who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to Medicine can be considered for admission to the first year of the course.

2. English Language Requirements:

6.5 overall in the IELTS (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other elements),

Or: 213 overall in the computer-based TOEFL (550 paper based, 79 internet based),

Or: grade 5 in the GCSE (or B with the old grading system),

Or: a score of 5 in English in the International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL),

Or: a score of 8 in English in the European Baccalaureate.

Students from the UK, USA, Canada (from English speaking provinces), Australia and New Zealand are exempt from this requirement as long as they have graduated from an English speaking high school.

3. An Interview – either in person or online

The objective of the interview is to establish whether you have the appropriate skills and attributes to complete the course successfully and to practise medicine professionally.

Applicants need to demonstrate through volunteer experience that they have an understanding of the biological, psychological and social dimensions of medicine to support their application displaying suitability for a career in medicine.


You will need to meet academic and non-academic conditions or requirements before enrolment, and a conditional offer may not be converted to an unconditional offer solely based on meeting minimum grade requirements. The Admissions Committee reviews applicants holistically throughout the Admissions process.

*Applicants from accredited Medical Schools, in good academic standing can be considered for transfer into the second or third year of the UNIC Doctor of Medicine programme. This opportunity will be based on a thorough review of the completed courses by an Academic Panel.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Tuition and Living Costs

Annual tuition is €18,000 for the first 3 years and €22,000 for the final 3 years. Living costs depend on your lifestyle. Students doing their clinical training in the UK pay a supplement of €6,000 per year for the last 2 years .

On average, staying in Nicosia for the whole year will cost a minimum of €10,000.

In addition to tuition, the following fees also apply:

LOCAL/EU(€) INTERNATIONAL(€)
Application fee (one-off/non refundable payment) 60 60
Administrative fee (deducted from the first semester tuition) 1,000 1,000
Entry visa fee (one-off/non refundable payment) 90
Annual health insurance fee (compulsory for non-EU only) 180 180
Annual malpractice insurance fee (from Years 2-4) 300 300
Annual malpractice insurance fee (from Years 5-6, pending clinical site) 500-1250 500-1250
International student guarantee (one-off/refundable payment) 400
Visa extension fee for one year (international/non-EU) 105
Renewal of visa after one year (international/non-EU) 35
Personal accident insurance (both non-EU and local/EU 50 50
Annual learning resources fee – Optional 100 100
*Please note that the above fees may be subject to change.

Financial Assistance

Our Medical School has established a scholarship fund that is designed to assist students in partially funding their studies. Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need and can cover up to 20% of tuition costs per year. Students from certain countries may be entitled to financial support from their home governments – our admissions team can advise further.

An applicant must first meet our admissions requirements, successfully complete the interview, and be offered a place, before they can apply for such a scholarship. If you are considering to apply, please review your offer letter for relevant deadlines to ensure you apply in a timely manner, to be considered for a scholarship.

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