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A Brief History of Cyprus

Flag of CyprusA former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to seize control of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. The election of a new Cypriot president in 2008 served as the impetus for the UN to encourage both the Turkish and Cypriot Governments to reopen unification negotiations. In September 2008, the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities started negotiations under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states. Read More...

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About Us

St. George's, University of London, one of the leading medical schools in the United Kingdom, and the University of Nicosia, the largest private university in Cyprus, have joined forces to offer the St George's graduate-entry 4-year MBBS (Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery) programme in Cyprus. This collaboration falls within the European Commission's policy to encourage academic and research cooperation between European Union universities.

Students accepted into the programme in Cyprus are considered St. George's, University of London students, learning through the innovative curriculum developed by St George's and enjoying full access to the e-learning medical education resources available to students in London, while also enjoying the full privileges and access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources available to all University of Nicosia students. At the conclusion of the programme in Cyprus, students will earn an MBBS degree from St George's, University of London, which is also responsible for academic standards and quality assurance of the programme. This degree is considered a British primary medical qualification by the UK General Medical Council.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling admissions basis for the 2014 entry class, which starts simultaneously in London and Nicosia in September 2014.


A Great Place to Study

St George's, University of London
St George's is justifiably proud of its distinctiveness as the only specialist health sciences university in the United Kingdom. We take great pride in working with the University of Nicosia to provide the first graduate medical training programme in Cyprus.

Why the St George's programme in Nicosia?
This prospectus sets out the attractions of studying on a degree programme that combines the strengths of St George's, University of London and the University of Nicosia. Students benefit from the expertise of St George's, our reputation and our tradition of training doctors for over 250 years from our London location. Our courses are informed by research, and our close links with healthcare providers ensure that our programmes continue to meet the changing needs of public health and healthcare professions.

What is distinctive about St George's?
We have an illustrious history and a tradition of innovation in research and education. This stretches from John Hunter – widely regarded as the founder of modern surgery – and Edward Jenner – famed for developing the first successful vaccine, and finding a cure for the deadly disease smallpox – in the 1700s, to modern day internationally recognised scientists at the forefront of treating infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our clinical scientists work closely with biological scientists to better understand the biological and genetic mechanisms that lead to illness, and the most effective methods for preventing disease. We are proud of how this knowledge is translated into the care of patients and we look forward to extending this dedication to care internationally..

Why is St George's for you?
Our students based in London consider St George's to be an incredible place to study – they rate the university very highly (we are in the top 20 of all universities in the United Kingdom in the National Student Survey, and top of the medical schools). They acknowledge the teaching to be exceptional and value the closeness with the academic and administrative staff. Importantly, our students rate their facilities highly. Our partnership with the University of Nicosia will provide a comparable experience for students on our international programme.

What now?
Choosing a university and a degree programme requires considerable thought - it is one of the most important and challenging decisions of your life. As an alumnus of St George's I harbour many happy memories of student life – I hope that you too will feel similarly in the future and hope that you will give serious consideration to the St George's, University of London medical programme in Nicosia.

Peter Kopelman


Who We Are

St George's, University of London and the University of Nicosia are both recognised as leading institutions in their respective fields.

St George's, University of London

With a 250-year history, St George's is the only specialist medical and healthcare higher education institution in the UK, offering highest quality education complemented by world-class research activity.

University of Nicosia

The University of Nicosia is not only the largest university in Cyprus but also a global educational centre with 20% of its 5,000 students coming from abroad, representing over 80 different countries in a multicultural learning environment.


Our History

Both St George's and the University of Nicosia enjoy proud histories in their own nations. St George's was the second institution in England to provide formal training courses for doctors – more than 250 years ago – while the University of Nicosia is the largest independent university in Cyprus and recently was ranked as the country's best private educational institution.

The University of Nicosia has established itself as a dynamic and respected international institution of higher education in just 30 years, evolving from a college into the largest private university in Cyprus, with over 5,000 students.

In a nationwide survey in 2009, it was ranked as the best private educational institution in Cyprus, offering Bachelors degree programs in a wide range of fields including Human Biology, Nursing, Architecture, Law and Business, as well as postgraduate degree programs at the Masters and PhD levels.

2010 marked another milestone: the launch of the first medical programme in Cyprus, offered by St George's, University of London in association with the University of Nicosia.

Admissions Requirementss

Entry Requirements
A Bachelors degree with at least a 2nd class honours or equivalent or a higher degree (e.g., MSc, MPhil or PhD) in any discipline.

You should have worked or had voluntary experience in a medical or health-related field and be able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine.

You must have attained a satisfactory score in the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Please see the GAMSAT or MCAT websites for further details ( or

If you get an interview to study medicine at the St George's programme in Nicosia, it will be a structured session lasting 40 minutes. Depending on your location, you might be interviewed in person, or the interview may be conducted through a video conference.

The goal of the interview is to find out if there is more to you than your grades. Of course, your academic performance is important, but so is your potential to behave professionally in your chosen field. So we'll be looking for academic ability and intellect, empathy, initiative and resilience, communication skills, organisational and problem-solving skills, team-work, insight and integrity and effective learning style.

You must undergo satisfactory health and police screening, including a screen for and immunisation against Hepatitis B.

Financial Information

Embarking on a medical degree course involves careful financial planning, as you will need to take into account a variety of factors when assessing how to cover study and living costs. The following are the tuition and other fees for the academic year 2014-2015:

Tuition and fees
Annual tuition at the St George's programme in Nicosia is €27,000 for all students, whether local, EU, or international (non-EU). Your annual tuition includes registration, tuition, examination and graduation charges and is payable in respect of each year of your degree programme.

In addition to tuition, the following fees also apply:

Euro €
Euro €
Application fee (one-off/non refundable payment) 60 60
Visa fee (one-off/non refundable payment) - 90
Annual health insurance fee - 180
Annual malpractice insurance fee 300 300
International student guarantee (one-off/refundable payment) - 400

Living costs
These will, of course, depend on your lifestyle. But on average, staying in Nicosia for the whole year will cost a minimum of €9,000.

The St George's, University of London medical programme at the University of Nicosia Medical School offers scholarships designed to assist students in partially funding their studies. Scholarships will be based on demonstrated financial need and can cover up to 30% of tuition costs per year.

An applicant must first meet our admissions requirements, successfully complete the interview, and be offered a place, before they can apply for such a scholarship.

Financial assistance
The St George's, University of London medical programme at the University of Nicosia Medical School is approved for Sallie Mae® loans. This means US citizens and permanent residents accepted into our school are able to borrow money from the leading provider of education loans in the United States to cover tuition, fees, and living expenses for our programme.

Canadian students can use financing from the Canada Student Loans Program toward this medical programme.

Students from other countries may be eligible for grants, loans or other financial assistance from their home governments. Our Admissions Office can help you explore these options for offsetting the costs of studying at our medical programme.


Introduction to Programme

St George's has a well-deserved reputation as a friendly medical school and is a popular and competitive choice for students applying for medicine. The graduate entry programme was created in 2000 to attract mature applicants who already had a degree and who had experienced life in the world outside education. The course attracted widespread interest and became quickly recognized across the UK as being pioneering, innovative and cutting edge.

Now, 11 years on, the course has been modified and improved – the result of feedback from students and staff over the years. The philosophy behind the course is built around a student-centred approach towards learning in combination with learning through experience. It is problem-based and patientcentred, right from the start of the course. Clinical and communication skills are given the importance they deserve, simulation being a key teaching aid – whether simulated patients, manikins, or complex state-of-the art computer-based simulations. E-learning is another important learning tool, students having access to the St George's intranet site and library resources. The scientific basis of medicine is strongly emphasised throughout the course, but particularly in the first two years. The school in Cyprus is equipped with a brand new dissection room to learn anatomy using prosected specimens, imaging, anatomical models and computer-assisted learning.

The first two years of the course take place in Cyprus, the last two years in state-of-the-art hospitals: Jackson Park and Mount Sinai Hospitals in Chicago, the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Aviv, and Nicosia General Hospital in Cyprus. Students will graduate with a degree from St George's Hospital Medical School, a constituent college of the University of London. This is a truly exciting opportunity for international students – who are not eligible for the St George's programme in London – to undertake an identical programme, sit the same assessments, and gain the same degree but learn in different, and highly respected, clinical environments. The links between the University of Nicosia and St George's are strong and fruitful. St George's faculty and staff make regular visits to Nicosia to observe teaching, participate in assessments, take part in planning meetings and ensure the quality of the course provision. This is an exciting project for our two universities and we look forward to welcoming you on the course.

Peter McCrorie
Dean for Medical Education



The MBBS programme is offered under the degree-awarding powers of St George's, University of London and is recognised worldwide. St George's was the first medical school in the United Kingdom to offer a graduate entry programme in medicine and is the only independently governed medical school in that country. It is recognised for excellence in medical education, receiving a score of 23 out of 24 in the UK's Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) inspection of medicine – the highest score of any London medical school.

The St George's, University of London medical programme at the University of Nicosia Medical School provides a firm foundation on which to build a career in the global healthcare sector.

At the end of the programme, you will receive your MBBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the UK General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Applicants from outside the UK and EU should note that you will potentially not be able to complete the first year of foundation training in the UK leading to full registration, as under prevailing UK immigration rules you may not be able to get the right visa.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

While the St George's MBBS is recognised by many different countries, applicants from outside the European Community are advised to check with their own individual national authorities if they wish to practise in their own country.

For US and Canadian students

Our programme is approved by the Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

US students would be eligible to participate in the Match Program for residency and take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). For more details, please read below.

Canadian students would be eligible to participate in the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).


Students who are interested in pursuing a medical career in the United States have the opportunity to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 practice tests in Nicosia, free of charge. We offer two National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) practice tests in Year 1 and one test in Year 2 to help students prepare for the USMLE Step 1.

Furthermore, the International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM) practise test is offered in Year 3 to help students prepare for the USMLE Step 2. The questions in these practice tests are derived from the USMLE bank of questions, which are used to generate the official USMLE examinations. Ultimately, these practise tests will allow our students to be better prepared to pursue a medical career in the United States.



Aim of the Curriculum
The aim of the MBBS course is to produce graduates with the essential knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes required to practise medicine competently and professionally in a patient-centred, multi-professional environment and to equip them for a career of life-long learning and professional development.

The course will prepare you to start work as a junior doctor at qualification, and subsequently to progress to any of the wide choice of careers within medicine.


Overview Of The Curriculum

The MBBS curriculum is organised as follows:

Clinical Science
Core Curriculum Clinical Sciences: Year 1
Clinical Practice
Transitional Year: Year 2
Penultimate Year: Year 3
Final Year: Year 4
Student Selected Components: Years 1, 2 and 4


Structure of the academic year
The curriculum is taught within a traditional academic year structure, starting in September. Years 2 and 3 are organised around the 6 week blocks that make up those years. Year 4, for reasons concerned with the required overall length of the course and its nature as a period of intensive clinical experience, is a continuous period of 45 weeks.

Credit Structure of the MBBS Curriculum
The MBBS course is based upon the accumulation of credit in each year of the programme, using the standard undergraduate UK framework and the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS), as follows:

Year 1 Level 2 120 60
Year 2 Level 3 180 90
Year 3 Level 3 180 90
Year 4 Level 3 180 90

Further Information

For detailed information, please contact us.

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