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Why Study Medicine in English at Plovdiv Medical University?

  • Guaranteed entry to the university (Pending entrance exam and ranking).
  • Yearly tuition fees of €8,000 (approx. £7,000).
  • Entry in October.
  • The university is accredited by the GMC and no PLAB test is required.
  • Low cost of living – approximately £5,100 for the year.
+Why choose the Medical University of Plovdiv?
  • It was established in 1945 and consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Healthcare).
  • It also houses a Department of Foreign Languages, a Medical College and the 1,200-bed St George Academic Hospital.
  • The university employs more than 130 highly trained professors and approximately 600 deputy and assistant professors.
  • It has more than 3,800 students, native and international, enrolled in taught Bachelor, postgraduate, Master’s, doctorate and post-doctorate programmes.
  • Doctorate programs taught in English include ENT Otolaryngology, Paediatric Surgery, Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Physiology, Immunology, Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Microbiology, and Social Medicine & Public Health.
  • Its library contains 170,000 volumes covering a range of languages, including (but not limited to) Bulgarian and English.
  • The university issues ‘Folia Medica’, the English-language magazine which was established in 1959 and has become one of Bulgaria’s most respected medical publications, in addition to being circulated in 54 countries.
  • Students are encouraged to enter their work into the annual Youth & Science competition, which is run under the auspices of the Youth Scientific Association. The competition’s best research papers get published, giving young doctors a strong footing in medical research communities.
  • The Career Development Centre provides valuable information to alumni wishing to pursue a career in Bulgaria.
+What does the Medicine course involve?
  • The Medicine course is six years in duration, spanning 10 semesters of academic training, and is taught entirely through English.
  • The first two years of the programme focus on pre-clinical study and theory, with the following three years concentrated mainly on clinical study.
  • The final year of the course is an internship year consisting of 310 days of medical rotations prior to graduating. During this internship year, students are required to sit state exams for licensing.
  • Students will also undertake compulsory summer practical internships in years 2-4.
  • When students fullfil the requirements of the academic programme and final year internship, in addition to passing state exams, they are granted the professional qualification of Physician or Doctor of Medicine (MD) and awarded a Master’s degree of global recognition.
  • Many graduates choose to stay in Bulgaria after graduating to pursue their medical career, while others will either return to their native country or continue their medical career elsewhere.
  • There are currently thousands of medicine practitioners who graduated from universities in Bulgaria.
+How much does the programme cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
MedicineOctober7,000
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)161-2191,927-2,628
Food1831,825
Books-292
Electricity & Gas37355
Water773
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
Total416-4754,803-5,504
+Admission to Plovdiv Medical University

Candidates are not required to sit an entrance exam, but they must submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form including brief biographical data, educational history and any courses for which the candidate is applying
  2. Copy of a diploma confirming completion of secondary education, with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied
  3. Document issued by relevant authorities which certifies the right to continue education in higher schools and universities in the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the candidate
  4. Health certificate issued no more than one month prior to application and verified in the country from which the candidate is applying
  5. Two 4-5cm photographs

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalised as per official state directives.

+Life in Plovdiv
  • Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second largest city, with a population of 381,110. It is located in the south of Bulgaria, 127km from the capital city of Sofia.
  • The city dates back more than 6,000 years and was originally known as Philippoupolis, with Plovdiv first being mentioned in 15th century religious manuscripts.
  • It was ruled by the Ottoman Empire for more than 500 years until its liberation in 1878, after which it experienced economic growth largely through its manufacturing, food and tobacco industry. Today it is one of the strongest agricultural areas in the Balkan economic zone.
  • The city’s main attractions include the 2nd century Roman theater, Church of St Constantine and Helen, folk museum and statue of Philip II, the Greek king of Macedon who gave the city its original name.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is a country in the southeast of Europe with a population of around 7.5 million. Its capital city is Sofia, a city with a booming economy which has a population of 1.5 million.
  • It is regarded as a hub for economic activity and has been rendered a strong industrial and agricultural market economy.
  • Having been under Communist control from 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria is now a parliamentary democracy and free market economy. It joined the European Union in 2007.
  • Since gaining democratic status in 1990, the country has undergone a transformation which has seen a thriving economy and modernised education system, with its universities considered among the best in Europe.
  • Bulgaria also has a very low cost of living compared to other EU member states, making it a popular location for students from all over the world.

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