FAQs: Australia and New Zealand

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The autumn 2020 academic semester will commence as planned. Courses will be delivered in-person and/or online based on public health recommendations which relate to the current pandemic. Applications are still open for all programmes and reviewed by our Admissions department.

The SGUL MBBS delivered in Cyprus is recognised as a UK Primary Medical Qualification by the UK General Medical Council and is therefore recognised in Australia and NZ as a Primary Medical Qualification.

All graduates of foreign medical degrees are categorized as International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) and must therefore meet certain requirements in order to obtain registration. There are two relevant ‘pathways’ to registration for IMG’S, the Standard Pathway and the Competent Authority Pathway.

The Standard Pathway


This option requires an exam and candidates must secure a supervised internship. These are invariably all taken by graduates of Australian Medical Schools; thus, this is not the preferred option.

The Competent Authority Pathway


 The Competent Authority pathway is for IMGs who are non-specialist or specialists (including general practitioners) and are seeking general registration with the Medical Board of Australia (the Board).

The Board has approved a number of international authorities as competent to assess, for medical registration, the applied medical knowledge and basic clinical skills of IMGs.

The approved competent authorities include:

  • General Medical Council (United Kingdom) – for the PLAB examination OR for graduates of GMC-accredited medical courses in the United Kingdom.  (Graduates of the St George’s, University of London MBBS delivered in Cyprus qualify under this requirement.)


The Medical Board of Australia stipulates a number of eligible categories for applicants wishing to undertake the Competent Authority Pathway. UNIC/SGUL MBBS Graduates are covered by Category B:

  • Graduate of a medical course conducted by a medical school in the United Kingdom accredited by the General Medical Council, AND:
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1,

or · 12 months supervised training (internship equivalent) in the United Kingdom,

or · if the 12 months supervised training (internship equivalent) is completed in another Board approved competent authority country, approved by that competent authority.

UK Foundation Year 1 (F1)

We currently recommend that Australian and New Zealand MBBS graduates should apply to do the UK F1 program. This will allow them to qualify for the Competent Authority Pathway to registration. Under current regulations, St George’s, University of London MBBS graduates are eligible for a TIER 5 visa that allows them do the F1 year in the United Kingdom. Given uncertainties around Brexit it is possible that this may change in the future; however, there is another current option for F1 applicants through a Tier 2 Sponsorship visa, with the Certificate of Sponsorship being offered through the Higher Education Authorities.

NB: The Tier 5 visa has an age limitation attached to it. (Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of application.) Those applicants who are not eligible may do the F1 year in Cyprus.

Please note: all requirements are current and are subject to change by Medical and/or Government authorities.

We recommend that any students who are eligible for dual Australian/EU citizenship (or NZ/EU citizenship) should take steps to secure dual citizenship. While EU citizenship does not affect tuition costs, it does allow for ease of movement for leisure and work within the EU – and also access to a less complicated student visa process.

Yes, you can settle your full academic year’s tuition and fees in one payment if you wish.

Once you receive an official offer letter from the St George’s, University of London’s Medical Programme delivered at the University of Nicosia and accept with the required deposit, this secures your spot in the incoming cohort.

Deferrals are only granted in exceptional circumstances.