Master Online

Family Medicine (Online Learning)

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
4570 GBP/year
4570 GBP/year
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The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) calls family doctors "our rising stars of the future". This reflects WHO’s renewed commitment to build family medicine as a specialty across all regions. The Family Medicine (Online Learning) programme is offered by The University of Edinburgh. 


Strengthening family medicine has been recognized as a key component of achieving Universal Health Coverage as part of the Sustainable Development Goals to which every country committed at the last United Nations General Assembly. This degree aims to build on this momentum for strengthening primary care by developing competent family physicians who are empowered to become leaders and advocates for the future of the profession. 

The University of Edinburgh provides high quality postgraduate medical education in through an online distance learning format. Students are from a variety of countries across the world, each bringing their unique experiences to create a vibrant global learning community. The programme will give doctors the essential medical knowledge and management skills for the common presenting health issues and explore management within the context of the principles, processes, and practices of family medicine. The programme will equip students with the skills to become expert family physicians whose approach will provide continuous, coordinated, comprehensive and cost effective care build around an understanding of the patient in the context of the family and the community.

Career opportunities

The Family Medicine (Online Learning) programme offered by The University of Edinburgh is aimed to provide doctors with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become effective Family Physicians. It is relevant to doctors of all backgrounds and experience from early career doctors to those established in other specialities.

The programme provides a high quality Masters level qualification in Family Medicine and builds on the skills already gained by the student in their post graduate clinical training. It is not a recognised vocational training course and cannot be used for direct entry to clinical practice as a Family Physician.

Programme Structure

Year One (Certificate)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

  • Foundations of Family Medicine 
  • Applied Principles of Family Medicine 
  • Professionalism in Family Practice

Year Two (Diploma)

All students take the following compulsory courses:

  • Family Medicine Approach to Child and Maternal Health 
  • Family Medicine Approach to NCDs 
  • Family Medicine Approach to Complex Needs 
Year Three (Masters)

All students take a compulsory 20 credit research methods course followed by a 40 credit Family Medicine project.

Online teaching is complemented by a one week period of face-to-face teaching in both the certificate and diploma year, which builds on the online content. This is currently delivered in Edinburgh. Attendance provides the unique opportunity to travel and view the practice of Family Medicine in other countries whilst meeting and learning from fellow students.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A medical degree (MBChB) or its international equivalent) is required.
  • We may also consider applicants who are in a profession allied to medicine or have relevant work experience in a clinical context. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4570 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4570 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • MFM 3 years: £4,570 
  • MFM 6 years PT intermittent: 10 credits £765; 20 credits £1,525
  • MFM 2 years: £6,850



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