Postgraduate Programs

MSc Biomedical Research (accredited) 2-year program

The importance of Biomedical Research

Can you make a positive difference in the field of Biomedical Research? At the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine we encourage our students to make a difference and a positive contribution to science and society. Major milestones in biomedical research have led to breakthroughs in vaccinations, Diabetes, organ transplantation, Cancer, cardiovascular disease and other discoveries related to the understanding of DNA. Continued investment in education around biomedical research will lead to increased understanding and possibilities for treatment of many diseases and conditions. 

 

Program’s purpose and objectives:

The program promotes academic excellence and educates students on research in Biomedical Science. This two-year Program mostly aims to train students in biomedical research while doing a 70 ECTS laboratory-based project. The challenging curricula includes taught courses aiming to cover the main aspects of biomedical research and to enable the students to broaden their knowledge on other fields in the discipline. The students of this Program have the opportunity to carry out their research projects in the state-of-the-art Departments and Clinics of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and work side by side with the highly experienced scientists and clinicians of the Institute.  The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics implements pioneering research work and internationally renowned work in biomedical research and, therefore, provides an environment that inspires MSc students to pursue and complete innovative research projects.

Intended learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will be able to: 

  1. Formulate and test valid scientific hypotheses 
  2. Design appropriate experiments, obtain and analyze scientific data 
  3. Improve both their oral and written communication skills 
  4. Develop critical thinking 
  5. Appreciate how research can reduce human suffering and improve life quality

For detailed program information please refer to the CSMM Prospectus 

 

MSc Biomedical Research at the CSMM is suitable for you:
 
If you are a graduate with a background in medicine, biological and related sciences, genetics, neuroscience, biomedicine, chemistry and other related fields, looking to progress to MSc or PhD level, this program is appropriate for you. 
 
Studying Biomedical Research at the CSMM will provide you with:
 
  • Work experience
  • Hands-on lab skills
  • A thorough understanding of the latest research and academic knowledge in innovative fields
  • The capabilities to successfully enter the job market or further education
 
Due to the fact that the CSMM is a postgraduate school of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics, a leading research centre in the region, the CSMM is equipped in providing an unrivalled educational experience to you as a student. You can expect to be taught and mentored by the leading Biomedical Scientists and Neurologists in Cyprus, while also working alongside them in their respective laboratories.
 
  • Hands-on work experience: It is important to us to ensure that upon graduating from the CSMM, you will have hands-on work experience, a factor which is vital for a strong CV in today’s competitive job market
  • Knowledge and Skills: As a graduate of the CSMM, you will be fully prepared for employment through your daily interaction in a professional work environment, which offers research and services alongside education. Furthermore, each academic course has been developed based upon both learning objectives and employment objectives
  • Ready for employment: The above factors ensure that the CSMM delivers fully equipped graduates to the job market, an objective which has been proven through the high employment rates of our alumni. 
 
Language of Instruction: English

Full-Time mode: 24 months (taught courses & research project).
Part-Time mode: 36 months (with minimum of one course per semester, among those offered in the referred semester).
 

To be admitted to the MSc Programs, a student must meet at least the minimum requirements listed below:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized accredited institution, in a related field
  2. English Language Certification or other accepted International Standard, if the previous degree obtained was not in English 

 

Students must successfully complete 4 mandatory courses, 1 elective course and a Thesis Project while enrolled in the MSc and PhD Programs in Molecular Medicine.

 

Mandatory Courses

*Elective Courses

NEURO101: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

NEURO102: Brain and Behaviour

MM103/NEURO103: Neurosciences and Neurogenetics

 

MM101: Molecular Basis of Monogenetic Diseases

MM102: Molecular Basis of Complex Diseases

MM104: Gene and Cell Therapy

MG101: Molecular Genetics

MG102: Cytogenetics and Genomics

MG103: Methodologies and Technologies Applied in Medical Genetics

MG104: Biochemical Basis of Genetic Diseases

MVI: Molecular Virology and Immunology

BMI101: Bioinformatics

 

*Elective courses are subject to availability and the school’s discretion to run a specific course during a particular semester

  1. A Completed Online Application Form 
  2. Two Academic References
  3. Academic Transcripts
  4. High School Leaving certificate.
  5. English Language Certificate (if not graduated from an English speaking University)
The CSMM Admission period begins in late January every year, for programs beginning in September of that year. Our Application and Admissions process is as follows:
 
  1. Check out our prospectus (link prospectus) for information on our postgraduate programs

 

  1. If you have any queries or require further information and guidance, contact the Education Office by phone (+357 22 392 840) or email ([email protected]). You may wish to make an appointment and come and speak to us in person, we would be happy to meet with you! Alternatively, all information can be given by phone or email
 
  1. Now that you have all you need to know, you are ready to complete our online application! Ensure that you have all your required documents (listed below), scanned and ready in an up-loadable format:
  • Two Academic References (you will not need actual reference letters, only the names and email addresses of your Referees, who will receive an automated notification from our applications system, in order to complete our specific Reference Form)
  • Academic Transcripts (secondary school/high school, higher education)
  • High School Leaving certificate
  • English Language Certificate (if previous degree was obtained in a language other than English). This can also be submitted at a later date if you are admitted to the program. 

 

  1. Next, you will need to create your Extranet User Account 

From here you will be prompted to complete information and upload documents to your online application form. You can save your Application Form and log back in to continue at any time. Once you are happy with your application, you can submit it. You will receive a prompt in order to pay the application fee via the JCC gateway. Please proceed to do this, as your application will not be considered valid until the fee has been settled.

 
  1. Thereafter, your application and all supporting documentation, will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in order to assess whether your application will progress to the interview stage. For some applicants, the process will end here.

 

  1. If you are invited to an interview, you will receive an email notification from the Education Office stating the date and time of the interview together with any other arrangements. Interviews for students in Cyprus, are carried out in person at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics. If you are overseas during the given period, then you will be interviewed via Skype/Zoom and you will be prompted to provide your Skype/Zoom user name in the days prior to the interview. The interview itself is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the School, Institute and program you have applied for, while simultaneously presenting yourself as a prime candidate! Use this as an opportunity to explain about your scientific work so far, your research interests and how you would like to progress in the future. This will give our Admissions Committee a good understanding of whether you are suitable for the program.
 
  1. Once you have been interviewed, you will receive an email stating the decision of the Admissions Committee. For some applicants, the process will end here. For successful applicants, the decision will be either Unconditional Admission (provided that all documents are submitted with the agreed grades and within the timeframe etc together with payments) or Conditional Admission based on the applicant taking and passing the Preparatory Course offered in August (provided that all documents are submitted with the agreed grades and within the timeframe etc together with payments).