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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
  • 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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What Our Graduates Say

The program 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.

I strongly believe that doctors need to keep their knowledge and skills up to date and this was initially my main reason for undertaking the new degree. There are constantly new developments in medicine and I had for some time been mainly focused on homeopathy. When I looked into the University of Nicosia’s postgraduate programme in Family Medicine I realized it would be a good opportunity for me to undertake a review of what I know and update my knowledge on conventional medicine. That was where it began. I had originally been concerned about time restraints due to my heavy work schedule treating patients in three towns around Cyprus and lecturing but have never regretted going ahead. It has been very useful.

You update your knowledge and you cover cases that you may not otherwise encounter in your everyday practice until then. It also helps you become even better prepared to help your patients and your patients pick up on this and trust you more. You basically learn to approach them in a much more effective way. It also helps you avoid mistakes and excess because you are reminded of certain guidelines that should be followed, something that had not necessarily been touched upon as much when I first qualified as a medical doctor (in 1990). The course also helped me in many other aspects of my work, from making better diagnoses and treatment choices when someone seeks your help for the first time, to helping patients understand the importance of prevention, a duty that is especially important for a GP. Every doctor should find the time to do this course. Cyprus’ new national health system (the implementation of which is set to begin in 2019 and which is anticipated to be fully operational by 2020) will only work if properly-trained GPs are part of its base.

Dr Christos Hadjicostas, Class of 2016, Cyprus
The MD-6 year programme is extremely organized and has a competitive student body. It is really easy for international students to adapt because we get a lot of support from all the school’s staff as well as students from the second year.
Dr Irene Cotter, Class of 2016
The MSc in FM 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, Class of 2016, Cyprus

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 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. 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.*

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.

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.

Candidates are responsible for checking with local regulatory authorities regarding the recognition of online / distance learning programmes in their country or another location where they wish to work.

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

 

 

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.

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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