Master in Medicine and Surgery


Program Description

Master’s Degree program in Medicine and Surgery - Overview

This new international master’s degree program in Medicine and Surgery, taught in English, uses a multidisciplinary approach to train students to become doctors practicing in a diverse biomedical-social environment with interdisciplinary and intercultural professional skills. In line with the guiding principles of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, teaching is entirely patient-centered and community-centered.

Deep knowledge of ethical issues is applied to the use of advanced medical technology to promote healthcare through a humanistic approach. Providing training with a strong international cultural component, the program takes into account the features characterizing today’s multi-ethnic society with its vast migrant population, paying special attention to diversity and the value of interreligious dialogue, to create the basis for understanding the cultural issues that impact healthcare professionals.

European and international standards

The core contents of the program fully integrate the European specifications for global standards in medical education defined in accordance with the World Federation on Medical Education concerning international basic standards and quality development of biomedical education (WFME Office, University of Copenhagen, 2007) and the Basic Medical Education WFME Global Standards for Quality Improvement - 2015 Revision (WFME Office Ferney-Voltaire, France Copenhagen, Denmark 2015).

Why study at UCBM

Our mission: Science committed to human life

The campus Bio-Medico University of Rome offers students a dynamic learning experience that nurtures cultural, professional and personal growth while promoting the acquisition of competences in the spirit of service.

It offers a training environment where teaching, research, and healthcare take place in integrated structures, where the well-being of the individual is the ultimate aim of all activities, and where learning is fostered through an interdisciplinary approach to sciences and research in all fields related to patient care.

Outstanding features of the program in Medicine and Surgery
  • Inter-professional education: fostering understanding of how medical conditions influence patients and their social and family environments.
  • Solid preparation in basic sciences: providing broad knowledge of biologically complex structures and functions of the human organism under normal conditions.
  • Solid preparation in human sciences (anthropology, ethics, and bioethics): providing knowledge of the diverse cultures that constitute the social environment, which is crucial for physicians in a multiethnic society that is constantly and rapidly evolving.
  • Special attention to clinical skills: developing analytical and problem-solving skills in medical practice.
  • Special attention to ‘environmental’ skills: developing students’ ability to assess the environmental, political and occupational impact of health and diseases; to assess a health service, its effectiveness, and its impact in economic terms, particularly by measuring its value as ratio between costs and expected benefits.
  • Special attention to transversal soft skills: developing and consolidating self-directed learning and self-assessment skills, time management skills, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Continuing professional development: fostering the habit of systematically updating knowledge and skills.

Teaching methods

Problem-based learning

Teaching is carried out through Problem-Based Learning (PBL). This teaching method uses complex real-world problems as the vehicle to stimulate student learning of theoretical concepts and principles as opposed to direct presentation of facts and concepts. Students develop a host of core skills essential for physicians, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills. PBL provides opportunities for working in groups, finding and evaluating research materials, and life-long learning.

The entire training process of this highly integrated academic program, starting with lesson planning and curriculum development is student-centered. Students begin their professional training at the very start of the program through continuous contact with patients and colleagues, hence not only building confidence but also learning to work autonomously. Students are provided with strong foundations in scientific methodology, statistical analysis and the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Students are given direct access to online resources through appropriately selected computer programs. Direct access develops their ability to use essential research tools and the selected programs foster their understanding of appropriate methods for addressing research issues.


European credit system

The 6-year program provides a total of 360 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits of which more than 60 are dedicated to training activities aimed at developing specific professional skills.

The program, organized in 12 semesters, offers 19 integrated courses: fundamentals of basic science (5 courses); fundamentals of medicine (4 courses); medical statistics and epidemiology (1 course); clinical medicine (8 courses); cardiovascular emergencies (1 course). Courses on the principles of clinical methodology share careful attention to the uniqueness of each patient and his or her needs, with a strong focus on personalized treatments.

Courses on pathology, pharmacology and diagnostic imaging are taught simultaneously throughout the 3rd, 4th and 5th year to integrate the study of different diseases in an embedded model, applying knowledge of appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic practices. Through these integrated courses, students gradually become familiar with the concepts of an interdisciplinary approach, inter-professionalism, health economics, the doctor’s social responsibility, and patient’s education especially in relation to disease prevention.

The 6th year is entirely dedicated to training in a hospital and in other healthcare structures within the Lazio region. The program ends with a thesis on a subject chosen by the student and which is presented to a commission of experts.

Admissions: Medicine and Surgery - for non-EU citizens - academic year 2020/2021

(for Non-European Citizens not resident in Italy)

Submission of Applications
  • Online registration opening: December 5, 2020
  • Online registration closing: March 7, 2020, 1.00 PM (GMT +2)
  • Interview (also remotely) date: March 13, 2020
  • Results: March 30, 2020

Access Requirements: BMAT test

For further information, please see Enrollment Procedure.

Student life

An all-around university experience

One of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome’s core values is the centrality of the human person, considered as a whole: academic excellence, ethical profile, and human values. For this reason, the University has always offered numerous cultural, sporting and social activities as a means to enhance personal knowledge, strengthen internal relationships and university life, discuss current affairs and cultivate new interests.

Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

The Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome was established in 1993 with the cultural aim of restoring to the biomedical sciences the value of human life and the person as their central focus. Young peop ... Read More

The Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome was established in 1993 with the cultural aim of restoring to the biomedical sciences the value of human life and the person as their central focus. Young people are offered a cultural, professional and human-oriented programme of academic formation founded on the unity of the various disciplines according to the notion of University as a community of students and teachers. An integral part of this project is the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital, where the dimension of human service comes into full play, in the particular experience of illness and disease. The Rome Biomedical Campus University is a legally recognized private University (Ministerial Decree of 31 October 1991). Read less
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