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Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Family Medicine

The first Medical School established in Cyprus offers Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and Master (MSc) in Family Medicine.

  • A fully online course leading to a University of Nicosia award
  • Concurrently earn a St George’s, University of London degree through blended learning format
  • Option of full-time or part –time study, depending on your schedule and commitments
  • Opportunity to become international member of UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
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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.

To address these global population health challenges, the University of Nicosia Medical School offers a Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Family Medicine delivered entirely online. It is a structured continuing professional development programme for physicians working as Family Doctor or in the community with a specialist role in internal medicine, paediatrics, or gynaecology.validated st georges

These degrees are validated and concurrently awarded by St George’s, University of London if a candidate opts for a blended format that combines flexible e-learning with relevant face-to-face teaching once per semester.

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. Students who do not wish to continue with the 3rd semester can receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine following the successful completion of the first two semesters.

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The University of Nicosia Medical School is accredited by the UK Royal College of General Practitioners (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 examination in Cyprus to qualify as an  International Member of the RCGP.

Course 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.*

validated st georgesCourse 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 opting for blended learning and a concurrent award from St George’s, University of London will take the exams at the end of the first two semesters in Cyprus, while students on the fully online programme will sit those exams at a local approved test centre.
  • 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.

Online Learning

The programme is completed fully online, with each module delivered over 3 learning weeks through an electronic platform. This platform enables to access 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.

  • Students who wish to receive a concurrent award from St George’s, University of London must attend a one-week face-to-face teaching block once per semester. These are workshops on developing clinical and communication skills, and practising patient-centred and evidence-based care.
  • Students who wish to attain only a University of Nicosia award through the fully online programme will receive additional online tutorials and videos on the same topics instead of attending the respective onsite teaching sessions.

*Each elective module will run if a minimum number of 10-12 students is enrolled.

 

Programme Specification

The attached Programme Specification provides details of the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and Master (MSc) in Family Medicine to assist applicants in making informed decisions about how the programme is delivered and to set out for students the structures in place that define the programme.

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Semester Breakdown

Assessment

The course assessment for the MSc in Family Medicine is based on 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 2 elective modules

Students successfully completing the written applied knowledge examination and the workplace – based portfolio will be granted a PgDip in Family Medicine should they not wish to complete the Masters programme.

Students opting for blended learning and a concurrent award from St George’s, University of London will take the exams at the end of the first two semesters in Cyprus, while students on the fully online programme will sit those exams at a local approved test centre.

 

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. You must be involved in clinical practice throughout the duration of your enrolment in the programme.

If English is not your first language and you have not undertaken a previous degree taught in English you need:
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 Β in the IGCSE
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.

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

A key objective of our Family Medicine programme is to contribute, through development programmes, to the improvement of population health across the globe.  In support of this goal, tuition fees and scholarships are designed to allow access to the course by doctors in a wide range of countries with varying levels of development.

While standard tuition fees are €12,000 for the PgDip and €18,000 for the Master in Family Medicine, candidates might be eligible for specific tuition programmes or scholarships as noted above. An instalment plan is also available. Please contact our admissions representatives for more details at admissions@med.unic.ac.cy or +357 2247 1999.

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