MSc Postgraduate Programs

MSc Medical Genetics (accredited)

The Importance of Medical Genetics
 
Can you make a positive difference in the field of Medical Genetics? At the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine we encourage our students to make a difference and a positive contribution to science and society. Advances in Medical Genetics are revolutionizing the medical practice at every stage, from diagnosis to management, paving the way for a more informed medical approach to the entire spectrum of health conditions, from rare diseases to the most common. 
 
Program’s purpose and objectives:
 
Medical Genetics is becoming an increasingly important aspect in healthcare and has a major impact in the provision of more accurate clinical diagnoses, as well as enabling state-of-the-art therapeutic approaches that have already been introduced in the clinic in the recent years. It is a major component of the vision towards personalized medicine and thus constitutes a highly attractive field of studies for the next generation of biomedicine professionals.   
 
The program offers four stimulating compulsory courses on Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics and Genomics, Biochemical Genetics, as well as Methodologies and Technologies Applied in Medical Genetics. A number of elective courses such as Bioinformatics, Molecular Basis of Monogenic Diseases, Molecular Basis of Complex Diseases, Gene and Cell Therapy, Neurosciences and Neurogenetics, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Brain and Behaviour and Molecular Virology and Immunology are also available, enabling students to broaden their knowledge. Students also carry out an original research or library project within the state-of-the-art Departments and Clinics of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics. The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics implements pioneering research work and internationally renowned work in Medical Genetics and therefore provides the MSc students with the knowledge and tools to complete a competitive and advanced research or library project work.
 
 
Intended learning outcomes:
 
Upon completing this program, MSc graduates will have acquired a detailed knowledge of the major medical genetics topics with emphasis on clinically relevant and translational aspects of genetic diseases. Our graduates may embark on a PhD programme and thus enter a research/academic career or join Clinical Laboratories offering Genetics diagnostic services, the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare organisations and hospitals. Please contact us directly to find out more about the advantages and possibilities of advancing from the MSc Medical Genetics to the PhD in Medical Genetics. 
 
As a student of the CSMM, a major advantage for you is the opportunity to take a laboratory project and work alongside the experienced Scientists and Clinicians of the CING in their respective research fields so as to gain an in depth understanding of all aspects of Medical Genetics. 
 
For detailed program information please refer to the CSMM Prospectus 
 
 
MSc Medical Genetics 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 Medical Genetics 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: 13 months (taught courses & research/library project).
Part-Time mode: 24 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
     
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 interview, then 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 and you will be prompted to provide your Skype 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).
  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)