FAQ

1) What is the CSMM?

For information on the establishment of the CSMM as a postgraduate school, click here.

The Prospectus of the CSMM is available here.

An informative brochure about the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics, which is the parent institute of the CSMM is available here.

2) Which programs are offered by the CSMM?

The CSMM offers seven fully accredited programs of study leading to four MSc and three PhD degrees respectively:

1. Master in Science (MSc) in Molecular Medicine
2. Master in Science (MSc) in Medical Genetics
3. Master in Science (MSc) in Neuroscience
4. Master in Science (MSc) in Biomedical Research
5. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Medicine 
6. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Molecular Genetics
7. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Neuroscience  

All Programs are taught in English.
View and download the CSMM Prospectus here.

3) Where can I find detailed information about each module on the CSMM postgraduate programs?

 Information on each module of the CSMM programs, is available in the CSMM Prospectus.

 

4) Does the CSMM offer undergraduate courses?

The CSMM does not offer undergraduate courses.

5) Are the CSMM programs accredited?

All seven programs of the CSMM are fully accredited.

Click here for Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics Accreditation

Click here for Neuroscience and Biomedical Research Accreditation

 

 

 

 

6) When can I make an application to the CSMM?

The Application Period for all CSMM postgraduate programs usually begins from late January every year. Precise dates are announced online. Meanwhile, you can create a CSMM Members Registration account in preparation for the application procedure. Members Registration can be performed throughout the year.

7) How can I apply to the CSMM?

Applications must be carried out online, via the following link: http://www.cing.ac.cy/csmm/. Applicants can easily create an account in the Members Registration area (username and password) and submit all documentation online (scanned). Please note that a new account using a different email address must be created for each application. For example if you want to be considered for both the MSc Medical Genetics and the MSc Molecular Medicine, then you must complete the Members Registration process twice, so as to create two individual User Accounts, with a different email address for each one.

The application fee required for processing each application is €40. This amount is also paid online via JCC.

8) How much are the Tuition Fees for the CSMM programs?

Education is an investment in your future and the CSMM is committed to offering an accessible education to all successful applicants.

Students will be informed by the Education Office about the exact payment deadlines each semester.
 

 

FEE TYPE

AMOUNT (€)

DETAILS

MSc Tuition Fees
PhD Tuition Fees

8,000
Please see note 3 below

-

Application Fees

40

Per application

Registration Fees

25

Per registration

Late Registration Fees

25

Per late registration

Technology Fees (internet & email use)

10

Per registration

Transcript Fees

5

Per additional copy

Graduation Fees

50

-

Preparatory Course Fees

300

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Notes:
(1) Health Insurance cover is recommended for all students.
(2) International students are required to have health insurance for themselves as well as for their spouse and children. 
(3) The total cost for the PhD Programs (Euros 20,750) is divided over the duration of 4 years. The cost for the 1st year of studies amounts to Euros 5,450.
 

9) What are the entry requirements for the CSMM programs?

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • A Bachelor's degree from a recognized accredited institution, in a related field. All candidates are encouraged to apply and the two Admissions Committees will determine whether the degree held is considered relevant or not.
  • English Language (CSMM accepts any of the accredited tests e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, G.C.E., Proficiency (minimum passing grade). For candidates who have graduated from an English-speaking University, there is no need to submit an English Language Certificate).

10) Which documents will I need in order to complete the application procedure?

 

  • An Application Form

Applications for the School’s programs must be submitted to the Admissions Office via the online application procedure. http://www.cing.ac.cy/csmm/

  • Two Academic Reference Letters

References should be written and forwarded directly to the CSMM by two people who know you well. At least one reference must be written by someone who taught you during a previous degree.  In addition to the online submission, it is essential to advise your referees to send the original signed and stamped reference letters to the address below:

Attention Maria Lagou
Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine
The Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics
6 International Airport Avenue, P.O.Box 23462, 1683 Nicosia, Cyprus.

  • Academic Transcripts

An official transcript or a certified copy of the subjects/modules studied during a previous degree/s should be submitted directly by the previous academic institution at which you were a registered student. This transcript should include the marks/grades given for each subject/module. In the instance where you are in the process of completing your degree, you should ask the University to submit a transcript of the grades awarded in the previous years, directly to us here at the CSMM.

  • English Language Certificate (if English is not your first language)

The CSMM accepts any of the accredited tests e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, G.C.E., Proficiency (minimum passing grade). Submitted test certificates must be no older than three years preceding the date of application to the CSMM. If you have graduated from an English-speaking University, there is no need to submit an English Language Certificate.

11) What happens after I have submitted my online application to the CSMM?

Once you have completed your online application procedure and submitted all scanned documents, the Admissions Committees for each program will study your application and decide as to whether to invite you for an interview. The purpose of the interview (which will either be in person or via online video conferencing), is to determine your ability to undertake the rigor of the MSc/PhD program and to provide you with feedback on the Faculty’s views of your potential for completing the MSc/PhD program, you have applied for. The Admissions Committee selects and decides on the successful candidates.

Thereafter, you will receive notification of the outcome of your application and interview. If you are offered a place on a program, which you subsequently accept, you will be invited to proceed with the formalities of your registration.

12) Does the CSMM offer scholarships?

CSMM Scholarships
A number of full and partial scholarships to cover tuition fees are awarded to MSc and PhD students based on academic criteria.
In addition to the above, various types of scholarships are available specifically for PhD students, for years 2, 3 and 4 which may cover costs of consumables and/or a monthly allowance.
The exact amount and number of scholarships that are offered is always subject to the yearly budget of the School.

13) On entering the MSc programs of the CSMM, what is considered “successful completion” of the course?

In order for a student (on the Full Time MSc Programs) to be awarded the MSc degree title, he/she must attend and successfully complete:

  • 4 Mandatory Courses (2 courses during the Autumn Semester and 2 courses during Spring Semester).
  • 1 Elective Course (students must choose 1 elective out of 4. They must register for the course either during Autumn or Spring Semester).
  • MSc Research/Library Project (students must register for the MSc Research/Library Project Part I, either during Autumn or Spring Semester). All students must register for the MSc Research/Library Project II during the Summer Period of each Academic Year (June-August). All students must complete both Part I and Part II of their research/Library Project. It is each student’s own decision as to which to select amongst the Research or Library Project.

In order for a student (on the Part Time MSc Programs) to be awarded the MSc degree title, he/she must complete all of the above in 2 years. They can register for fewer courses per semester and they can do their research/library project either during the 1st year or during the 2nd year of studies.

14) On entering the PhD programs of the CSMM, what is considered “successful completion” of the course?

In order for a student on the PhD Programs to be awarded the PhD degree title, he/she must attend and successfully complete:

  • Year 1 of the PhD programs, which is the same as Year 1 of the MSc programs
  • 4 Mandatory Courses (2 courses during Autumn Semester and 2 courses during Spring Semester).
  • 1 Elective Course (students have to choose 1 elective out of 4. They must register for the course either during Autumn or Spring Semester).

PhD Programs are based on the Lab Rotation Concept. During the Autumn Semester all students must go through lab rotation. They will have the opportunity to work /visit up to 3 different laboratories/departments of CING before they decide on their PhD Research Project.

15) How do I choose which modules to register for during each semester?

Students must register either for an elective course or a research module during every Semester. i.e. If you decide to register for an elective course offered during the Autumn Semester, then you must register for the MSc Research/Library Part I during the Spring Semester only.

Students cannot register for a research/library project and for an elective course at the same time. Please also note that an Academic Advisor is assigned to each student, so as to provide advice on any academic matter.

16) What is the duration and scheduling of tutorials and lectures?

Every course has a 1 hour tutorial per week (Total 13). Attendance is mandatory for all lectures and tutorials. Courses and tutorials are held daily (Monday-Friday).

17) I do not have a biomedical sciences background, but am interested in the CSMM programs, is there a preparatory course which will help me if my application is successful?

The CSMM provides a preparatory course called, Introduction to Molecular Biomedical Sciences, providing necessary background information for the main courses of the CSMM Molecular Medicine and Medical Genetics programs. Attendance is compulsory for course participants from non-biomedical sciences backgrounds, is highly recommended for participants whose biomedical education took place at non-English-speaking institutions or ended a few years ago, and may benefit anyone registered for the main CSMM postgraduate programs.

The course has a duration of three-weeks, is structured into nine lectures and takes place over the summer period, before the beginning of term. If the Academic Committee makes you a conditional offer based on attending and passing the preparatory course, then this course will be mandatory for you.

18) Does the CSMM use ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and ECTS Exemptions?

All Programs use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which takes into consideration the workload for: a) class attendance, b) homework and c) exam preparation.

If you believe you are entitled to ECTS Exemptions, please bear in mind the following:

  • From an MSc to an MSc, a maximum of  1/3 of courses can be recognized
  • For PhD studies, a maximum of 3 courses can be recognized. The 60 ECTS units for PhD research years will be broken down to 6 X 10, in order to allow students to transfer 10 ECTS units, if their waived courses from previous degrees can be recognized, thus, a minimum of 2 taught courses should be selected by the candidates.

 

19) Where can I seek advice and guidance during my studies at the CSMM?

For all queries and advice, the Education Office will be your first point of contact during your application period and also during your studies at the CSMM. The Education Office will direct you towards the member of staff who will be able to address your queries and provide the advice you need. Thereafter, it is important to know that all MSc and PhD Students will be assigned an Academic Advisor and a Research Advisor, who will guide you in matters relating to your studies and in any other academic issues.

20) Information for International Applicants

Entry Requirements and Travel Documents
Traveling to Cyprus requires certain documentation which varies, depending on your nationality.
A valid passport is required for a stay of up to 90 days for all tourists, except EU,  Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway citizens, who may enter Cyprus with the use of their national identity card provided that it bears a photo. Some non-EU third country nationals require a visa. Further detailed information can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

Legal Points of Entry
The legal ports of entry into the Republic of Cyprus are the airports of Larnaca and Pafos (Paphos) and the ports of Larnaca, Lemesos (Limassol), Latsi and Pafos (Paphos), which are situated in the area under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Entry into the territory of the Republic of Cyprus via any other port or airport in which the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control (Turkish occupied areas) is illegal.

Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Cyprus Abroad
Detailed information regarding the Embassies and High Commissions of the Republic of Cyprus abroad can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.
All E.U. students who have a European Medical Card E111 are entitled, upon presentation of the card, to free medical and pharmaceutical care by public hospitals in Cyprus.
Non – E.U. students, as well as E.U. students who do not possess the above mentioned card, must obtain private medical insurance for in-hospital and outpatient medical treatment in Cyprus.
NON – E.U. students will also need to obtain private medical insurance immediately upon arrival in Cyprus as it is a requirement to obtain a VISA.

21) Accommodation

Students of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine can choose from a great range of private apartments and houses within walking distance of the School. The Education Office may assist students in finding accommodation for the duration of their studies.

The monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment varies from €425-€500, whereas the monthly rent for a three-bedroom apartment ranges between €450-€650.

22) Services for students with special needs

The CSMM is committed to treating all students with special needs as equal to all other students; therefore, every effort is made to offer practical solutions to specific needs, such as access to the CSMM facilities, or assistance on academic issues. Please consult the Education Office regarding specific issues with which you may need assistance.

23) How to find us

 PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine
The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
6 International Airport Avenue
Ayios Dhometios, 2370 Nicosia, Cyprus

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE
Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine
The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics
6 International Airport Avenue
Ayios Dhometios, P.O.Box 23462
1683 Nicosia, Cyprus

COMING FROM PAPHOS, LIMASSOL, LARNACA
Coming from the Limassol/Larnaca-Nicosia highway, keep to the left hand lane when approaching the main roundabout under the bridge and take the 1st exit. Go straight ahead, past ex-Orphanides supermarket (on your left), Metro supermarket (on your left) and Jumbo Toy Store (on your right) until you reach the T-junction at the top of the hill at Makedonitissa, where you will have Ayios Panteleimon Church on your right (you will pass several roundabouts and traffic lights along the way). Turn right on to Iroon Avenue and go straight ahead (pass Makedonitissa Palace on your right and Tymvos Cemetery on your left). Just after the University of Nicosia (on the right), and following a sharp bend, the entrance to the Institute is on your left.

COMING FROM NICOSIA CENTER
At the traffic lights where Likavitos Police Station is situated, with Debenhams “Central”  on your right, go straight ahead on to Spiros Kyprianou Street (previously Santa Roza Street), which then becomes Griva Digenis Street (pass Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Ariston patisserie, Kykkos’ Metochi, Alpha Mega supermarket, McDonalds and Hilton Park Hotel), until you reach the Kolokassides roundabout at the end of the road.
Take the 1st exit and then immediately on your right you will see the entrance of the Institute.

COMING FROM TROODOS MOUNTAINS
Coming from Troodos Mountains, follow directions towards Nicosia and exit the highway towards Makedonitissa. From Iroon Avenue you go straight ahead (pass Makedonitissa Palace on your right and Tymvos Cemetery on your left). Just after the University of Nicosia (on the right), and following a sharp bend, the entrance to the Institute is on your left.

24) Useful contact numbers and emails

Telephone CING: +357 22358600
Telephone CSMM: +357 22392840
Telefax CING: +357 22358237
Telefax CSMM: +357 22392845
Website: http://www.cing.ac.cy/csmm/
E-mail: csmm@cing.ac.cy

25) Does the CSMM have social media accounts?

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