Master of Family Medicine

A unique partnership

Find out about the University of Edinburgh, CMC (Christian Medical College) Vellore and ICMDA (International Christian Medical and Dental Association).

A unique partnership between Edinburgh, CMC Vellore and ICMDA

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This is a degree awarded by the University of Edinburgh. Teaching of the degree will be carried out in partnership between the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, and clinical expert members of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association ICMDA which will ensure that students have access to the very best of global Family Medicine. The University of Edinburgh is particularly well placed to deliver this programme; General Practice is a key feature in its medical programme (indeed, Edinburgh was the first University in the world to establish a chair in General Practice/ Family Medicine), and there is a strong primary care clinical and teaching network linked to the University.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 20 universities. Founded in 1583 the University has been providing students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is the leading centre in the UK for research in both clinical medicine and clinical veterinary medicine. Though one of the oldest it is also one of the most dynamic and progressive, offering a large number of flexible online distance learning programmes for working professionals, in addition to conventional on-campus Masters and research degrees.

The Christian Medical College, Vellore, India (CMC)

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The Christian Medical College is one of the oldest and most prestigious training colleges for doctors in India. Founded in 1900 by a pioneering woman, Dr Ida Scudder, an alumnus of Weill Medical College, Cornell University, the medical school at Vellore first opened as a training place for women doctors in 1918, later allowing male entrants in 1945. Linked to the Christian Medical Hospital at Vellore, one of the largest Mission Hospitals in the world, the College and Hospital gained an unprecedented reputation in India and globally as a centre of excellence. In 2004 it established a Department of Distance Education and launched the Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine in 2006. This has proved very successful and has become a highly sought after program by doctors both in the private and public sectors (who are sponsored by the government of India to be trained on this course) in India and other developing countries. So far the Diploma has trained over 2000 doctors. Now with this new stage there is the opportunity to develop a further substantial degree for Family Medicine to ensure that the specialty becomes a recognised national training.


ICMDA is an interdenominational and open faith based movement which unites medical and dental practitioners from 67 country associations across the globe. It works through 12 regional offices covering the whole world and has a membership of over 50,000 physicians and dentists. Many of the ICMDA membership are Family Physicians; others have extensive experience in cross cultural medicine; all are committed to improving global health. Country Associations of the ICDMA work closely with many of the nationally registered “mission hospitals” which are central to providing equitable, accessible healthcare to rural regions in low income countries. ICMDA will provide both Family Physician trainers, the locale for the onsite training and mentorship and will advertise, facilitate, train and support student participation.