Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some of the questions we're receiving from potential applicants.
Do you have a question?
If you do not find the information you are looking for here, then please contact us on the Family Medicine email address:
What are the benefits of the programme from a career point of view?
The training provided directly impacts the quality of practice and increases confidence in consultation and in patient management. The formally accredited qualification would also enhance both credibility of the physician and sustainability of his or her clinical practice and will lead to personal and professional development.
If one looks at current international health care developments, a Masters degree in Family Medicine can deliver great career opportunities; over the next several decades there is likely to be huge investment in primary care and family medicine, as governments around the world realise the potential of these disciplines to improve health outcomes in a cost-effective manner. Individuals with formal qualifications in Family Medicine will be in high demand, and the opportunities in areas such as clinical practice, teaching, research, government, policy and the private sector will be extensive.
Is the programme accredited / recognised by other countries?
All degrees from the University of Edinburgh are recognised by national governments. Each country/national College has its own accreditation system. In the future we will be working towards formal accreditation of the programme with respected national institutions.
Can you practice in the UK / US after completing the programme?
Completion of this degree does not qualify you to practice in other countries. However this qualification would be a great asset to any clinician in developing their own clinical practice.
What if I cannot afford to pay for the tuition?
Scholarships are available for those who meet a list of criteria set by the University.
Please see our Fees and Scholarships page for more information about eligibility and how to apply:
Do I need to produce an English language certificate in my specific situation?
There are guidelines outlining when an English language certificate will be needed for an application:
If you are unsure whether you need to produce an English language certificate in your specific circumstances, it is best to clarify this with the Postgraduate office for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine: