The University of Nicosia Medical School, the largest in Cyprus, offers a 6-Year MD degree programme designed for high school leavers.
- Innovative curriculum with early clinical exposure
- Experience in international medical education
- Brand new, high tech facilities
- Financial aid opportunities
This programme of study provides students with the opportunity to receive high-quality education in Medicine. The general program objectives are:
- To train students in the practice of scientific evidence-based medicine.
- To encourage students to practice medicine holistically, encompassing ethical, legal, psychological and social considerations.
- To produce highly competent and caring physicians.
- To foster the development of lifelong commitments to scholarship and service toward patients.
- To promote health and wellness through disease prevention and research.
- To contribute toward the establishment of Cyprus as a regional center of excellence in medical education.
Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
- Apply an understanding of normal and abnormal human structure, function and behavior to the diagnosis, management, and prevention of health problems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the factors which influence the health of the population and the respective roles of the promotion of health, the prevention of illness and the treatment of disease.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of genetic, legal, social, environmental, political, economic, historical and behavioral factors to health, illness, and disease within a global context.
- Elicit and interpret clinical symptoms and signs by interviewing and examining patients systematically and with sensitivity, and use this information to order investigations, make differential diagnoses and form management plans.
- Keep accurate clinical records based on their own observations and communicate their findings to others clearly and concisely.
- Recognise and manage life-threatening conditions and provide immediate care for medical emergencies, including First Aid and resuscitation.
- Prescribe drugs safely.
- Develop an understanding of the work of other health care professionals, and demonstrate a willingness and ability to work inter-professionally and to learn from other professional groups.
- Work cooperatively as a member of a team, accepting and providing leadership as appropriate.
- Analyse and critically appraise clinical data and published work to determine their validity and usefulness.
- Practise ethical behavior in meeting the needs of patients and families; concern for confidentiality and respect for individual autonomy, enabling patients and their families to make informed decisions in relation to their medical care.
- Possess an on-going commitment to the advancement of knowledge within a community of medical scholars and to life-long learning to maintain high professional standards.
- Possess skills in the recording, organization, and management of information including the use of appropriate information technology.
- Understand the therapeutic nature of the patient-doctor relationship and the impact on that relationship of the individual characteristics of both patient and doctor.
Innovative and Modern Curriculum
The curriculum of the MD Programme is innovative and is based on the most recent research in the field of medical education.
Students learn through case studies and have small group tutorials for most of their courses. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on the social sciences including medical ethics and sociology.
Curriculum development has focused on the guidelines of professional bodies, such as the General Medical Council of the UK (GMC), which places particular emphasis on social sciences because patients are social beings and clinicians benefit substantially from learning about the social aspects of health and illness and social health behavior.
Furthermore, there is currently a discussion about training both medical students and clinicians to be culturally competent in order to improve their interaction with patients. Medical Sociology has a crucial role to play in this training because it covers issues that relate to patients’ health beliefs, the experience of chronic illness, migration and health, cultural values and health behavior, socio-cultural environment, and mental illness, and socioeconomic background and health.
Today medical schools can no longer afford to negate the importance of medical ethics in the undergraduate curriculum if they are to adhere to the prerequisites of professional bodies such as the General Medical Council, the World Medical Association and the World Federation for Medical Education which, among other professional bodies throughout the world, deem medical ethics as a core part of the medical curriculum. Ethics is a philosophical discipline and medical students, who may be more adept in the sciences, need an appropriate amount of time dedicated to this subject. Therefore, we strongly feel that one full course, in addition to integrated lectures in medical ethics throughout the curriculum in a six-year medical programme, is necessary to form doctors who are aware that ethics is crucial to good medical practice and will have the clinical ethical competence skills required by these professional bodies. The attainment of scientific knowledge is not sufficient to become a good doctor. Students need to know how to use, and not misuse, such knowledge.
In addition, the curriculum has been designed to encourage spiral learning. Therefore topics visited in first years are revisited in subsequent years to build on further experiences.
The programme is structured around 12 academic semesters over a period of 6 years. In each semester students are required to take 30 ECTS credits, completing 360 ECTS credits after 12 semesters of full-time tuition.
Phases of the MD Programme
Phase I consists of years 1-3, Phase II consists of year 4 and Phase III consists of years 5 and 6.
Phase I (Basic Medical Sciences)
During Phase I (years 1-3) students gain knowledge in the basic medical sciences: general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, biology, anatomy, histology, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, microbiology and virology, immunology, pharmacology, medical genetics, general pathology, medical sociology, medical psychology, medical ethics, research methods in medicine and essential medical statistics.
Students also take courses in Integrated Clinical Practice where they develop the important clinical and communication skills required for medicine. Under supervision students will have the opportunity to meet, selected patients in local hospitals and clinics to practice these basic skills.
Phase II (Integrated Studies – Basic and Clinical Sciences)
During the first semester of Phase II (year 4) students take courses in hematology, systematic pharmacology, and public health and epidemiology. They also take a course in which they carry out a research project.
In the second semester of Phase II, the students take a course in Integrated Clinical Practice in which they build on the clinical and communication skills they developed during the previous years. The aim is for students to practice further clinical and communication skills related to the courses running concurrently, initially on each other and professional role players, and subsequently on selected patients in the community. The students will visit local hospitals, clinics, and the community to allow the further practice of the skills they have learned and to understand how medicine is practiced in these settings. Students take part in clinical attachments in medicine, surgery and general practice.
Phase III (Clinical Studies)
The objectives of Phase III (years 5 and 6) are to provide students with extensive experience in the clinical environment, mainly in hospitals but also in the community, so that they can utilise their learning over the previous 4 years to practise their clinical, communication, diagnostic and reasoning skills on real patients, and to learn about the management of patients, from a medical, therapeutic, surgical, psychosocial and caring perspective.
Students take part in clinical attachments in cardiology, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, respiratory medicine, thoracic surgery and breast surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, urology and transplant surgery, rheumatology and dermatology/plastic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery and palliative care, psychiatry, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine and intensive care, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology & ophthalmology, therapeutics and prescribing, general practice and geriatric medicine.
Students also do a Clinical Attachment Elective, spending six weeks on a chosen activity or medical specialty of their choice. Students are encouraged to broaden their experiences by undertaking their elective in a different environment. This includes the option of carrying out an elective in teaching hospitals abroad.
The last 2 years of the course are spent at teaching hospitals in Cyprus, with the opportunity to undertake elective rotations in the United States during the final year.
The assessment in the six years of the medical programme is designed to thoroughly evaluate the knowledge and skills the medical students will need to attain to allow them to practice medicine.
In the six years of the programme we assess the students’ professionalism, the students’ academic knowledge and the students’ practical skills following the UK General Medical Council (GMC) recommendations for the three categories of outcomes, namely Doctor as a Professional, Doctor as a Scholar and a Scientist and Doctor as a Practitioner.¹
Professionalism is assessed:
- As part of individual courses (starting year 1)
- By Workplace Based Assessments (WBAs) (in years 4,5,6)
Academic knowledge is assessed by:
- Lab reports
- Written papers
- Oral presentations
- Midterm exams
- Final exams
- End of Year exams (EYE)
Practical skills (Clinical and communication skills) are assessed by Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). OSCEs are practical exams that assess the students’ clinical and communication skills with the involvement of real and simulated patients in a setting similar to clinical practice. OSCEs are marked by trained examiners, many of whom are clinically qualified.
The details of assessment for each year of the MD Programme are thoroughly described in the Scheme of Assessment which is available to the students upon enrolment on the programme.
Assessment of the Highest Quality
In the MD Programme, several mechanisms are in place to ensure assessment is of the highest quality. All faculty of the MD Programme is trained to ensure the development of high-quality examinations that will also prepare the students for taking the USMLE Step 1 Examination. The exam papers are blueprinted against the curriculum and thoroughly reviewed by Internal Moderators and an Assessment Panel. The results of each exam are reviewed during Results Meetings.
The USMLE Step 1 Examination
The curriculum of the MD Programme is mapped against the topics of the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Examination. In order to progress from Phase II to Phase III, the students in the MD Programme will have to pass the USMLE Step 1 Exam. The University of Nicosia Medical School provides the students in the MD Programme with the opportunity to take USMLE Step 1 Practice Tests which are offered through the National Board of Medical Examiners. The questions in these practice tests are derived from the USMLE Bank of Questions which is used to generate the official USMLE Step 1 Examination. The USMLE exam is an international benchmark that ensures the offering of a high-quality programme that meets the standards of high-quality international programmes. Taking the USMLE is also the first step in the process to become a physician in the United States.
¹ GMC, Tomorrow’s Doctors, 2009.
1. High School Leaving Certificate
- High School Leaving Certificate with 90% overall score (Ί8/20 overall in the Greek/Cypriot High School Leaving Certificate), to include similar grades in Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths.
- Or: GCE A’ Levels with grades ABB, to include Biology and one of either Chemistry, Physics or Maths, and one more subject
- Or: International Baccalaureate with 32 overall and a combined score of 16 at Higher Level, to include Biology and at least one of either Chemistry Physics or Maths.
We will also review your other grades in Chemistry, Physics or Maths to ensure your knowledge in these areas meets the demands of our curriculum.
The Medical School may also consider applicants from other education systems. For any other qualifications please contact us so we can assess your eligibility.
Candidates who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to Medicine can be considered for admission to the first year of the course. Such candidates from English – language universities would be exempt from the English-language requirements.
2. 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 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.
Students from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from this requirement as long as they have graduated from an English speaking high school.
3. An Interview – either in person or online
The objective of the interview is to establish whether you have the appropriate skills and attributes to complete the course successfully and to practice medicine professionally.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Cyprus Medical Council in order to proceed with Residency applications in Cyprus or other EU countries.
Graduates who are from one of the 30 countries that constitute the European Economic Area will be eligible to apply for registration with the Cyprus Medical Council in order to proceed with Residency applications in Cyprus or other EEA country. In order to be registered, applicants must additionally have Greek language proficiency at the B2 level of the Common European Framework for language learning, teaching assessment. The Medical School provides free-of-charge Greek language lessons to support students with this.
To practice in countries outside of the EEA, graduates will need to meet any other requirements of the country in which the graduate will apply for licensure.
Your Admissions Advisor will be able to provide further information to guide you on this.
BSc in Biomedical Sciences
All students who successfully complete the courses of Years 1-4 (i.e., Phases I and II of the MD programme) will be awarded a BSc in Biomedical Sciences.
This degree will offer an opportunity to students who either do not want or cannot progress from Phase II to Phase III of their studies to obtain a BSc degree that will help them follow a different career option.
Scholarships - Financial Aid
The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.
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Last updated February 21, 2018