The MBBS programme is offered under the degree-awarding powers of St George’s, University of London, and shares the same recognition in the United Kingdom and almost all of the rest of the world. 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.
Our medical programme is subject to the UK General Medical Council’s quality assurance processes for new overseas programmes .
The St George’s, University of London MBBS4 at the University of Nicosia provides a firm foundation on which to build a career in the global healthcare sector.
Information for Applicants
At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
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 undergraduate programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.
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.
There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.
The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a license to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.
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 Union 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) practice 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 practice tests will allow our students to be better prepared to pursue a medical career in the United States.