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 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.
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 4 academic years. The first two semesters consist of eight clinically focused core 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 third 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 sit the examination in Cyprus to qualify as an International Member of the RCGP.
“Family medicine is one of the most challenging of all the medical specialties. Iit 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 course 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 family medicine.”
David Haslam, Prof of General Practice, Chair of UK National Institute For Health and Care Excellence
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.
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 Organisation of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations (WONCA) of Family Medicine. 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.
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 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.
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 for becoming an International Member of the RCGP.
Curriculum mapped to core competences of Family Medicine/General Practitioner doctor (WONCA and RCGP).
1. A medical degree officially recognised by the country from which it was awarded.
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.
4. 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 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.
5. Either 2 reference letters from the academic institution(s) you have attended, or 1 academic reference and 1 professional reference.
6. 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.
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 for becoming an International Member of the RCGP. This exam consists of three components: a written applied knowledge examination, a work-based assessment portfolio and a clinical skills examination. The first two components are shared with the assessments for the Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine, so only the clinical skills examination is an additional requirement for the MRCGP [INT] in Cyprus.
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.
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.
Under this policy, tuition fees for doctors in the Middle East are €6,000 for the Postgraduate Diploma and €9,000 for the Master in Family Medicine. An instalment plan of €750 per module is also available.
Benefits of this degree
1. Upgrade your knowledge, skills and expertise through a structured postgraduate programme based on internationally set standards of primary care delivery
2. Learn from outstanding, high-profile primary care practitioners and academic faculty from the UK and Cyprus.
3. Acquire new skills that will open new career prospects, such as leadership roles in primary care teams, involvement in health policy development in government positions, teaching opportunities for medical students and GP trainees, and involvement in the development of primary care research.
4. Distinguish yourself in your local primary healthcare setting by enhancing your skills in delivering an evidence-based holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care.
5. Run your practice more effectively, increasing your patient inflow and contributing to increased revenue.