Master programmes (after completed secondary education):
Medicine - Master's Programme (Duration: 6 years);
Dental Medicine - Master's Programme (Duration: 6 years);
Pharmacy - Master's Programme (Duration: 5 years);
Bachelor programmes (after completed secondary education):
Nursing - Bachelor's Programme (Duration: 4 years);
Midwifery - Bachelor's Programme (Duration: 4 years);
Health Care Management (Duration: 4 years);
Speech Therapy (Duration: 4 years);
Bachelor programmes (after granted professional bachelor
Professional Bachelor programmes:
offered by Medical College-Varna
Higher education in these programmes leads to obtaining the educational degree
of "Professional Bachelor in…….". The programmes are from the
professional directions Health Care and Social Work. The training is full-time
only and lasts three years.
Medicine (M.D. Programme)
The Faculty of Medicine has over 50-years' experience in training both Bulgarian and international students.
After the successful completion of the 6-year course of academic studies in the programme of Medicine, students are awarded a Diploma of completed higher medical education.
Graduates receive a Master's degree along with the professional qualification "physician". The possession of that degree enables the holder to practice medicine in EU countries. Graduates can also practice in many other countries.
Upon graduation, along with the medical Diploma graduates obtain a Europass Diploma Supplement in English.
The normal length of the programme is six years (ten semesters and one-year (310 calendar days) of state clinical internships). Except for the fact that instructions, labs, lectures and examinations are conducted in English, the curriculum of the six-year medical studies in English is completely identical with the coursework pursued by Bulgarian medical students.
Learning the Bulgarian language is also compulsory during the first three years of the programme. Foreign students are required to learn Bulgarian in order to be able to communicate with the patients from the third year onwards. Before entering the clinical phase of their education students are required to have good command of the Bulgarian language in order to prevent misunderstandings regarding medical care.
The first two years of medical school includes an overview of fundamental or basic science courses.
The first year is devoted to general understanding of biological, chemical and physical sciences applicable to the practice of medicine. Starting with the second year, the focus progressively is narrowed down, channeling the studies towards those biomedical sciences that are most relevant for a practicing physician.
The clinical years are what all medical students anticipate, a time when lectures and lab classes translate into patient care. The clinical studies examine the application of the biomedical sciences mastered during the first two years of medical school. The teaching from the third year onwards takes place exclusively in clinical settings and involves work with patients admitted for treatment at the University teaching hospitals. The following are brief examples of some of the teaching experiences students may expect during their clinical experiences:
- clinical skills workshop;
- physical examination and history taking;
- medical notation;
- learning how to write doctor's notes;
- patients' diagnosis, treatment and management;
Dental Medicine (D.M.D. Programme)
The training in Dental Medicine is full-time only. The course of study lasts six years and includes three stages (6 years) – during the first two years, students are trained in medical and biological subjects (first stage).
Clinical and medical training is conducted from second to tenth semester as it includes specialized training in general medical and clinical disciplines (second degree). The pre-graduation internship/practice (third stage) is performed in cycles in prosthetic dentistry, conservative dental treatment, periodontology and diseases of the oral mucosa; oral and maxillo-facial surgery, pediatric Dental Medicine, orthodontics. Every cycle ends with a state examination.
Upon graduation, students obtain the professional qualification of "Master-doctor in Dental Medicine" and education and qualification degree "Master".
The training is full-time only. It takes five years and ends with a six-month pre-graduate internship. The course of study includes three stages - the first one ensures the fundamental training of the prospective pharmacists.
During the second stage, typical pharmaceutical subjects are studied, aiming at mastering knowledge and skills by the students necessary for practicing the profession. The third stage is devoted to the pre-graduation internship, which is conducted in pharmacies and hospital pharmacies approved as training units.
After successful passing of the State Examinations students are awarded the educational and qualification degree of Master and obtain the professional qualification of Master-Pharmacist.
Health Care Management*
The programme meets demand for health care and social systems management. The training is oriented towards acquiring two educational and qualification degrees – Bachelor's and Master's. The training for the Bachelor's degree is full-time, lasts four years (eight semesters) and finishes with a State examination.
The training in the programme aims at acquiring two educational degrees: Bachelor's and Master's. The training for the educational degree of Bachelor is full-time only, developed on the basis of the Unified State Requirements for the programme and lasts five semesters. During the last semester, the students have a pre-graduation internship in Health Care Management and Pedagogics. The training finishes with a practical and a theoretical state examination.
The training in this programme is only full-time. It takes four years and is conducted in accordance with the modern curriculum and syllabi meeting the European and world standards and requirements. Students are trained in general and special nursing care, medical, biological, and clinical subjects and humanities: medical psychology, ethics, sociology, health legislation, etc.
The graduates are awarded the educational degree of Bachelor and can practice in outpatient and inpatient care, independently or in medical teams. They find successful realization in the country and abroad.
The training in this programme is only full-time. It takes four years and is conducted in accordance with the modern curriculum and syllabi including general medical, clinical, special subjects as well as humanities. The teaching process is aimed at the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the field of primary prevention, the general and specific obstetric care for pregnant women, women in labour, women who have just given birth and their newborns as well as for women with gynecological diseases, family planning, etc.
The graduates are awarded the educational degree of Bachelor and can work in public, community and private health care establishments.
Medical laboratory assistant
The Medical laboratory assistant is a health specialist, who is eligible to work in all types of medical diagnostic and research laboratories – both public and private. Some of his/her main duties involve blood testing, urine analysis, as well as all other body fluids and secretions.
Histological, microbiological and parasitological tests are also performed by the Medical laboratory assistant.
The assistant-pharmacist actively takes part in medicine supply and production. He prepares and distributes medicines, herbal mixtures, sanitary and hygienic materials, cosmetic and dietary supplements and others within the limits of his competencies under the control of a Master-pharmacist or independently. The assistant-pharmacist can work in pharmacies, pharmacy warehouses, laboratories, in pharmaceutical plants and drugstores.
Public Health Inspector
The public health inspector is a health specialist responsible for the implementation of state health control in the field of communal hygiene, labour hygiene, nutrition hygiene, teenage hygiene and epidemiology. This is a complex and comprehensive health activity which aims to protect human environment, prevent illnesses and improve the population's health and ability to work.
The Dental technician is a specialist who is authorized to work in all dental mechanical laboratories. S/he is responsible for the development of all kinds of dentures, bridges and crowns (including removable and non-removable dentures, method of model casting, metal-ceramics and all types of orthodontist's appliances.)
The training in this programme aims at preparing specialists for the therapeutic, health resort and rehabilitation centers. Upon graduation, students obtain theoretical and practical preparation for the early prevention of the development of diseases and their complications and for maximum disease rehabilitation in order to improve the quality of the patient's life.
X-ray Laboratory Assistant
The course emphasizes on training specialists in the field of image diagnostics. The latter includes conventional x-ray diagnostics, ultrasound diagnostics and also refined x-ray techniques: computer tomography (head scanning), breast scanning, magnetic resonance imaging and interventional methods. The techniques of nuclear medicine and x-ray therapy are studied.
The medical cosmetic specialist is a health specialist who has been instructed in the field of cosmetology, dermatology, plastic surgery, pharmacy, physical therapy. The graduates of this specialty are eligible to work in a cosmetic studio, in a beauty center team, in dermatological, cosmetic and physical and therapeutic centers, in plastic surgery clinics, drugstores and perfumeries, in balneo-centers, wellness, spa and thalasotherapy centers, etc.
The medical optician is a specialist in Medical optics, vision and optical correction. The graduates of the programme are eligible to work in all optics, optical centers, workshops, plants, pharmaceutical storages and ophthalmology practices. The medical optician is qualified to assess, develop and recommend optical devices as well as to give advice about vision problems, including vision rehabilitation, prevention and prophylaxis. Graduates can work independently or under the guidance of a doctor, specialist in ophthalmology depending on the work volume and the difficulty of the problem.