The first Medical School established in Cyprus offers Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and Master (MSc) in Family Medicine.
Academic degrees awarded concurrently by University of Nicosia and St George’s, University of London
Delivered through blended learning format that uses flexible e-learning
Opportunity to become international member of UK Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
50% scholarship for Maltese candidates
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. The University of Nicosia and St George’s, University of London offer a PgDip and MSc in Family Medicine specially designed with this development in mind. This is an academic degree awarded concurrently by the University of Nicosia and St George’s, University of London.
It is a structured continuing professional development programme for doctors working as Family Doctors or in the community with a specialist role in internal medicine, paediatrics, or gynaecology.
The programme aims to enhance knowledge, advance clinical skills and develop professional behaviour and attitudes towards a comprehensive, holistic and evidence-based approach to medical practice. The course is delivered through a high-quality blended learning 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.
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 enter and complete the assessment for becoming an International Member of the RCGP.
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.*
Students who do not wish to continue with the third semester will receive a PgDip in Family Medicine following the successful completion of the first two semesters.
Blended Learning Format
The programme is delivered through a high-quality blended learning format that combines flexible technology-assisted learning with a relevant one week face-to-face teaching block once per semester. The online part of all modules, except for the Primary Care Research Project and the Communication and Consultation Skills in Primary Care module, is delivered over three 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. Clinical and communication skills teaching as well as interactive module-specific workshops will be delivered during the face-to-face teaching block at the end of each semester.
*Each elective module will run if a minimum number of 10-12 students is enrolled.
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.
The 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
- 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.
1. A medical degree granted by an institution recognised in the country where it is offered. Furthermore, you must be involved in medical practice throughout the duration of your enrolment in the programme.
2. English Language requirements
If English is not your first language and you have not undertaken a previous degree taught in English you need:
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 Β in the GCSE
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.
3. Reference letters: Either 2 reference letters from the academic institution(s) you have attended, or 1 academic reference and 1 professional reference.
4. 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.
Maltese doctors benefit from a 50% scholarship, making tuition fees €9,000 for the Master in Family Medicine and €6,000 for the PgDip in Family Medicine.