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B.Ch.D Regulations - for Courses commencing in Oct 2007 or later

Legal Notice 136 of 1998 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No.16,619 – ­ 22 May 1998
Amended by:
Legal Notice 40 of 1999 ­ – Malta Government Gazette No.16,743 ­ – 9 February 1999
Legal Notice 170 of 2003 ­ – Malta Government Gazette No.17,444 –­ 15 July 2003
Legal Notice 19 of 2005 ­ – Malta Government Gazette No.17,712 –­ 25 January 2005
Legal Notice 297 of 2006 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No.18,004 ­ – 1 December 2006
Legal Notice 219 of 2007 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No.18,112 ­ – 10 August 2007
Legal Notice 400 of 2007 ­ – Malta Government Gazette No.18,158 – ­ 7 December 2007
Legal Notice 107 of 2008 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No.18,222 ­ – 4 April 2008
Legal Notice 9 of 2010 – Malta Government Gazette No.18,531 ­ – 8 January 2010
Legal Notice 352 of 2010 – Malta Government Gazette No.18,620 ­ – 16 July 2010
Legal Notice 351 of 2011 – Malta Government Gazette No.18,804 – 9 September 2011
Legal Notice 161 of 2012 – Malta Government Gazette No. 18,920 – 25 May 2012

EDUCATION ACT (CAP. 327)

Bachelor of Dental Surgery - B.Ch.D. - Degree Course Regulations, 1998

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred upon him by articles 30(5) and 31(6) of the Education Act (Cap. 327), the Chancellor of the University of Malta has promulgated the following regulations made by the Senate of the University of Malta by virtue of the powers conferred upon it by articles 31 and 35 of the said Act:

Citation and interpretation

1. (1) These regulations may be cited as the Bachelor of Dental Surgery -B.Ch.D. - Degree Course Regulations, 1998.

(2) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires -

"the Board" means the Board of the Faculty of Dental Surgery;

"the Course" means the Course leading to the Degree; and

"the Degree" means the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery - B.Ch.D.

Applicability

2. These regulations shall be applicable to courses starting in October 1998 or later.

Eligibility for Degree

3. To be eligible for the award of the Degree, students must:

(a) be registered as regular students in the Course in terms of the Admission Regulations of the University;

(b) satisfy the Special Course Requirements in accordance with regulation 4;

(c) complete the course of studies, qualify in the examinations and satisfy any other requirements as prescribed in these regulations; and

(d) satisfy any other requirements prescribed in any other relevant statutes, regulations and bye-laws of the University.

Admission and Special Course Requirements

4. (1) Senate, on the advice of the Board, may limit the number of students that may be admitted to the Course. Senate shall make regulations for the selection of applicants for admission.

(2) To apply for admission to the Course candidates must, besides satisfying the requirements for admission as regular students in terms of the Admission Regulations, satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

(a) passes at Advanced Level obtained at Grade C or better in Chemistry and Biology; and

(b) a pass at Intermediate Level obtained at Grade C or better in Physics

in the Matriculation Certificate Examination of the University, or at corresponding levels of other examinations recognised by the Senate for the purpose of the Admission Regulations, provided that the grades indicated above are obtained together in one session (i.e. one sitting) of the examinations and are from one recognised Examining Board.

Course Duration

5. (1) The Course shall extend over a period of five years.

(2) Except with the permission of the Board, students must follow the Course from admission up to the Final Examination without interruption or repetition. Permission to interrupt or to repeat a year shall normally not be given more than once, except by permission of Senate granted for special reasons.

From 1 October 2011 onwards:

5.    (1) The Course shall extend over a period of five years and shall be divided into two parts: the Pre-Clinical Course of two years' duration and the Clinical Course of three years' duration.

      (2) Except with the permission of the Board, students must follow the Course without interruption or repetition. The Board may allow students to suspend their studies only once during the Course.  The Board may allow students to repeat a year once in each of the two parts of the Course.

Programme of Studies

6. The Board shall publish the programme of studies, comprising all the subjects taught in each year of the Course, their syllabus, and assessments prior to the commencement of each Course.

Assessment and Progress

7. (1) The assessment result of each subject of the Course shall be published according to the following marks and grades in descending order of merit:

95% - 100% A+
80% - 94% A
75% - 79% B+
70% - 74% B
65% - 69% C+
55% - 64% C
50% - 54% D+
45% - 49% D
0% - 44% F

(2) The result of each subject shall take into account all parts of the assessment of that subject.

(3) Students shall not be allowed to proceed to the following year of the Course if they do not pass in all subjects examined.

(4) Students who fail in any assessment in the supplementary session are not allowed to proceed to the following year of the Course but may be allowed by the Board to repeat the year.

(5) Before being allowed to sit for any of the assessments specified in the programme of studies, students must present to the Dean a certificate, signed by the heads of department or co-ordinators concerned, showing that they have completed satisfactorily the schedule of practical and clinical work prescribed for the year.

The Final B.Ch.D. Examination

8. (1) The Final B.Ch.D. Examination shall be held in June at the end of the fifth year of the Course.

(2) There shall be a supplementary session of the examinations in September for students who fail in one subject only, and in the following January for students who fail in more than one subject.

(3) The examination shall consist of assessments in the subjects as prescribed in the programme of studies in force at the time.

(4) Students who are referred in a subject/s in the Final B.Ch.D. Examination may sit for the supplementary session in that subject/s as prescribed in paragraph (2) above. If they fail, they shall be deemed to have failed the Final B.Ch.D. Examination as a whole.

(5) Students shall not be allowed to re-sit any subject unless they have satisfactorily followed such courses of studies and/or practical and/or clinical work as the Board may in each case determine.

(6) Students who do not pass the Final B.Ch.D. Examination in the two sessions as prescribed in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this regulation may be allowed by the Board to repeat the fifth year of the Course and to re-sit the Final B.Ch.D. Examination again at the end of that year, under such conditions as the Board may in each case determine.

(7) Students shall not be allowed to sit for the Final B.Ch.D. Examination in terms of paragraph (6) of this regulation more than once.

Classification of the Award

9. (1) The overall performance shall take into account the performance of the students throughout the Course, which shall be weighted as follows:

First Year Average Mark - 10%
Second Year Average Mark - 10%
Third Year Average Mark - 15%
Fourth Year Average Mark - 25%
Fifth Year Average Mark - 40%.

(2) The names of the students who have passed in each subject of the Final B.Ch.D. Examination shall be published in a list in alphabetical order according to the following:

First Class Honours 100% - 80%
Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 79% - 70%
Second Class Honours (Lower Division) 69% - 55%
Third Class Honours 54% - 45%.

Consequences of Withdrawal from the Course

10.    As from academic year 2010/11, when a student withdraws from the Course either by choice or because ineligible to proceed further in terms of these regulations, and has successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time study, the student may request to be awarded the Bachelor in General Studies degree (B.Gen.St.). Students who partially completed the degree programme prior to academic year 2010/11 and who satisfy this regulation shall have the right to request, on entry into force of this regulation, to be awarded the degree of Bachelor in General Studies ex gratia, provided that this degree shall not be granted retroactively.

11.    The Final Weighted Average Mark for the degree of Bachelor in General Studies shall be based on the results obtained in the first three years of the Course, all years being weighted equally and shall be classified as follows:

Category I
Category IIA
Category IIB
Category III.

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