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Postgraduate Diploma and Master in Family Medicine

Duration:
3 Semesters

Qualification Awarded:
Postgraduate Diploma (PG) and Master (MSc) in Family Medicine

Language:
English

Mode of Study:
Distance Learning

Earn a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Family Medicine Online

An EU degree in which curricula and assessments have been developed in coordination with UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Today’s healthcare challenges, whether strengthening health systems, improving the quality of our patient care, or enhancing access to healthcare, require strong primary care.

Strong primary care requires competent family doctors who are forward-thinking and keen to develop new relationships with patients and other health professionals in primary and secondary care. To address global population health challenges, and expand primary care for patients worldwide, the University of Nicosia (UNIC) Medical School offers a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Family Medicine delivered online.

It is a structured continuing professional development programme for physicians working as Family Doctors or in the community with a specialist role in internal medicine, paediatrics, or gynaecology.

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  • EU degree, recognized and developed in coordination with the UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

  • Continuing professional education for physicians in primary care

  • Courses in all areas of Family Medicine: management of chronic diseases and multimorbidities, mental health, musculoskeletal health, child and women’s health and others

  • Direct access to faculty: thrive and find support with a personal tutor matched with students from day one

  • Option of full-time or part-time study, depending on your schedule and commitments

  • Expand communication and consultation skills for family medicine

  • Affordable PG/MSc in Family Medicine with scholarships available to enable global access

  • Develop skills in operations management, including quality improvement and patient safety

  • Graduates have a 99,8% career placement rate, within our international medical programmes

Who is this Programme for

The MSc in Family Medicine is a perfect fit for…

  • Doctors seeking to move from specialization to primary care in Family Medicine

  • Physicians who desire to build stronger relationships within the community through development of communication and consultation skills

  • Practicing clinicians seeking to raise standards and further patient involvement in Family Medicine initiatives regionally and nationally

  • Physicians working as Family Doctors or in the community with a specialist role in Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, or Gynaecology

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Why Study Family Medicine?

  • This course was reported in the British Journal of General Practice, May 2019 (Vol. 69 Issue 682), a leading international journal for family doctors. It describes the development and unique contribution the programme makes to family medicine on the world stage

  • With the rise of chronic diseases, these diseases cannot be prevented or managed without people-centred primary care. Data reveals, family doctors can manage 95% of the health problems while absorbing only 5% of the national health budget. World Health Organization (WHO)

  • With an aging population the jobs related to healthcare services are projected to grow more than any of the other occupational groups with a projected growth rate of 14 percent from 2018-2028, significantly higher growth rate than average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • The ageing population and increase in chronic conditions have rapidly increased the demand for health care in the EU, to meet the challenge EU health systems need to strengthen primary care systems for their populations. OECD

“Family medicine is one of the most challenging of all the medical specialties. It involves looking after most of the patients, with most of the problems, most of the time, and therefore needs a really high-quality education. The Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Nicosia Medical School offers high-quality education for people who are going to take on the challenging work involved in primary care and family medicine.”

Sir David Haslam – Professor of General Practice, Chair of UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2013-2019)

UK Royal College of General Practitioners

The Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine has been recognized and developed in coordination with the UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

Assessments have been accredited by the RCGP for eligibility to take MRCGP International exam and the University of Nicosia Medical School is also recognized by the RCGP to deliver the MRCGP International exam in Cyprus.

Students successfully completing the first two semesters and meeting the RCGP’s clinical experience eligibility criteria will be entitled to sit the MRCGP[INT] examination in Cyprus.

Alternatively, because the content of the course is aligned with the RCGP curriculum, students are well prepared to take this exam at another RCGP International site.

Dr Amer Salim – International Development Adviser Royal College of General Practitioners

What our Faculty and Experts Say

Professor Kevork Hopayian – Curriculum Lead

What our Graduates Say

“With a comprehensive curriculum in the master’s degree and modern teaching methods and international experts for tutors, this programme enables me to become an adaptable and critical thinker and a lifelong reflective learner.”

Dr Irene Cotter, MScFM 2016 Cohort

“The programme was excellent and pursuing it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I unreservedly recommend the MSc in Family Medicine to every GP. I can also say work at my practices has increased in volume since I completed the course as today’s patients — because they are able to cross-reference information online — are in a better position to realize if their doctor is up to date on new medical developments or not.”

Dr Christos Hadjicostas, MScFM 2016 Cohort

“The MSc in Family Medicine programme has provided me with knowledge and skills to practice medicine using an evidenced based patient centred approach. Professional development is an important part of being a doctor. This programme has given me inspiration to reach higher goals as a Family Physician and instilled in me the desire to be a life-long learner.”

Dr Maria Avraamidou, MScFM 2016 Cohort

“This programme has broadened my scope and has given depth to my understanding of family medicine and its practice. It has helped me develop a reflective, empathetic, and structured communication pattern with my patients.”

Dr Daniel Unegbu, MScFM 2019 Cohort

“The Master in Family Medicine is delivered at a flexible time, something that suits my busy professional life. In addition, it gives me the ability to choose my own pathway comfortably and at my own pace.”

Dr Intisar Alghurabi, MScFM 2019 Cohort

Featured Faculty and Expert Testimonials

“The Royal College of General Practitioners in the United kingdom has been working at an international level for over 60 years. Its strategy has been to work collaboratively with host nations to promote Family Medicine. And especially, to support host sites in developing their systems for training and assessing Family Medicine doctors. The University of Nicosia Medical School is one of only three sites across the whole of Europe that offers the MRCGP[INT] qualification. The Cyprus MRCGP[INT] is a component of the MSc in Family Medicine. It is delivered to an internationally high standard and is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners.”

Dr Amer Salim, International Development Adviser Royal College of General Practitioners

“We teach the skills of patient centred care, core clinical knowledge and critical thinking needed by today’s doctors. We offer online innovative learning that combines flexible self-study with webinars, practical activities and personalised feedback.”

Proffesor Kevork Hopayian, Curriculum Lead

“Family medicine is one of the most challenging of all the medical specialties. It involves looking after most of the patients, with most of the problems, most of the time, and therefore needs a really high-quality education. The Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Nicosia Medical School offers high-quality education for people who are going to take on the challenging work involved in primary care and family medicine.”

Sir David Haslam, Professor of General Practice, Chair of UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

“Family medicine is one of the basic cornerstones of healthcare provision. The maste of Science iN family Medicine is a structured continuous development programme for doctors who want to have a career in primary care and would like to enhance their knowledge, skills and competencies towards a comprehensive, holistic and evidence-based approach to clinical practice.”

Dr Ourania Kolokotroni, Head, Department of Primary Care and Population Health

Profile of the Programme

Today’s healthcare challenges, whether strengthening health systems, improving the quality of our patient care, or enhancing access to healthcare, require strong primary care.

Strong primary care in turn requires competent family doctors who are forward-thinking and keen to develop new relationships with patients and other health professionals in primary and secondary care.

To address these global population health challenges, the University of Nicosia Medical School offers a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Family Medicine delivered online.

It is a structured continuing professional development programme for physicians working as Family Doctors or in the community with a specialist role in internal medicine, paediatrics, or gynaecology.

The minimum full-time duration of the MSc programme in Family Medicine is 18 months (three semesters), with a flexible part-time option of up to four academic years. The first two semesters consist of eight core clinically focused modules. Semester three is primarily research-oriented, offering an opportunity for students to develop their research skills.

The programme is completed online, with each module delivered over 3 learning weeks through an electronic platform. This platform enables access to video-recorded presentations, written material and lecture notes whilst allowing for active learning through interactive seminars, case-based discussions in forums, online quizzes, and workshops.

Online Education at UNIC

The First University in the EU to be awarded 5 QS Stars in Distance Education

Our University has been a pioneer in online/distance learning education in Europe, supporting both its own degree programmes, as well as those of its joint degree partners.

UNIC is the first university in the European Union to be awarded a 5-Star QS rating for Online/Distance Learning by the QS Intelligence Unit and the first university globally to receive triple accreditation for its online learning quality.

5 QS Stars in Online/Distance Education

An integral part of our approach to the learning design of these courses is our commitment to help our students develop higher-order skills of critical analysis, reflection, and problem-solving. We also support our learners in building knowledge collaboratively and engaging in social learning.

As a testament to the quality of our online programmes, our University has been awarded the highest accolades for e-learning and distance learning education excellence.

UNIC continues to strive for excellence globally. The 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, ranked the University of Nicosia (UNIC) as the number 32 university in the world in the core area of Quality Education, and among the top 301-400 universities globally in terms of its overall social and economic impact.

Programme Structure

The duration of the programme is 18 months (three semesters) with a flexible part-time option of up to four academic years.

The course consists of 12 modules and its curriculum has been mapped against the core competences of a Family Medicine practitioner as defined by the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations(WONCA) of Family Medicine.

The first two semesters are clinically focused, encompassing modules on Communication and Consultation Skills in Primary Care, Evidence-Based Practice in Family Medicine, Managing Adults’ Common Diseases and Multi-Morbidity in Primary Care, Mental Health in Primary Care, Acute Serious Illnesses and Traumatic Conditions in Primary Care, Common Musculoskeletal Conditions in Primary Care, Paediatrics and Child Health Surveillance and Women’s Health.

The third semester is research-oriented and includes a research methodology module and a primary care research project. Moreover, during the third semester students can select two out of the following six offered electives: Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care; Implementing Change in Primary Care; Informatics for Primary and Community Health Care; Learning and Teaching in Healthcare; Medical Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare; and Prevention, Epidemiology and Health Promotion.*

Course assessment for the MSc in Family Medicine is based on four pillars: a written applied knowledge examination; a workplace-based assessment portfolio; the design, implementation, completion and write-up of a research project; and assignments for two elective modules.

Students who do not wish to continue with the third semester will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine following the successful completion of the first two semesters.

Semester Breakdown

FIRST SEMESTER
Course code/Title (30 ECTS, all courses required)
FMED-511 Communication and Consultation Skills in Primary Care (teaching is spread out during Semester 1&2)
FMED-521 Evidence-based Practice in Family Medicine
FMED-533 Managing Adults’ Common Diseases and Multi-Morbidity in Primary Care
FMED-535 Common Musculoskeletal Conditions in Primary Care
SECOND SEMESTER
Course code/Title (30 ECTS, all courses required – PG in Family Medicine for those students who do not wish to continue with the MScFM)
FMED-534 Mental Health in Primary Care
FMED-514 Acute Serious Illnesses and Traumatic Conditions in Primary Care
FMED-531 Women’s Health
FMED-532 Paediatrics and Child Health Surveillance
THIRD SEMESTER
Course code/Title (30 ECTS, two required courses + two electives)
FMED-590 Research Methodology in Family Medicine (Required)
FMED-591 Primary Care Research Project (Required)
2 elective courses are chosen from the following:
FMED-513 Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care
FMED-536 Medical Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare
FMED-537 Learning and Teaching in Healthcare
FMED-512 Epidemiology, Prevention and Health Promotion
FMED-522 Informatics for Primary and Community Health Care
FMED-523 Implementing Change in Primary Care

*The above structure is based on current delivery in 2021-2022. The programme is subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, in consultation with students and lecturers, and in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, and therefore may be subject to change for future cohorts.

Academic Path
2020-21 Faculty

Assessment

Assessments for the Masters of Science in Family Medicine have been accredited by the RCGP. The course assessments are based on the following four pillars:

  1. A written applied knowledge examination
  2. A workplace-based assessment portfolio
  3. The design, implementation, completion and write-up of a research project
  4. Assignments for two elective modules

Students successfully completing the written applied knowledge examination and the workplace-based portfolio will be granted a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine.

Progression Path

Admission Requirements

1. A medical degree granted by an institution recognised in the country where it is offered.

2. Evidence of current registration with the relevant medical council.

3. 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 70% in English in the European Baccalaureate.

Students holding a degree from the UK, USA, Canada (from English speaking provinces), Australia and New Zealand & Ireland are exempt from this requirement.

4. Either 2  reference letters from the academic institution(s) you have attended, or 1 academic reference and 1 professional reference.

5. An interview either in person or through video conference, which assesses your professional ability and commitment, empathy, initiative and resilience, communication skills, organisational and problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

Tuition Costs – Scholarships

A key objective of our Family Medicine programme is to contribute to the improvement of population health across the globe. In support of this goal, scholarships are available to allow access to the course by doctors in a wide range of countries with varying levels of development. Tuition is €12,000 for the PG and €18,000 for the Master in Family Medicine. Scholarships can be awarded up to 45% with total tuition at €6,600 for the PG and €9,900 for the Master’s degree.

Our Admissions Advisers can provide more details.

Please note that students are responsible for the costs of arranging to take their examinations in their country of residence; these could include fees for a venue and invigilation.

Scholarship Terms

  • Only students who have been accepted to the MScFM are eligible to submit a scholarship application.
  • Scholarships are awarded with consideration for a student’s country of residency according to the World Bank Index country income classification.
  • Scholarships are applied on a pro-rata basis to each course in the MScFM.
  • The University of Nicosia reserves the right, at its sole discretion to award or not award any scholarship to any student and/or to change the number of scholarships awarded, their eligibility requirements or any other aspect of the financial aid program.
  • Final tuition is subject to course load as there may be minimal variation in costs, pending the timeline of completion.

Scholarships available

Primary Care Advancement Scholars

Type: Need-based

Students with financial need are eligible to apply for this need-based scholarship award. In order to be considered for this scholarship, in addition to the scholarship application, students need to provide evidence of financial need.

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