Master of Science in Pathology

Master of Science in Pathology

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Course title Master of Science in Pathology
Course code PMMSCPATPDR6
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Alexander Gatt
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

This course provides an advanced level of education, training and research if you are a graduate in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dental Surgery and any other area of study deemed relevant by the Board of Studies. The course enables you to acquire advanced knowledge and research skills that could be employed in the academic and clinical setting. You will be required to find a local supervisor and submit a research proposal upon applying in order for the application to be referred for consideration. This course, mainly Research, will allow you to specialize in your chosen area of studies. The core subjects are Research Methods, Statistics and Research Practicals. The taught study-units will introduce you to Research Methods with essentials of Health information, epidemiology, qualitative research methods and ethical concerns in Research. You will also be provided with basic knowledge and skills for statistical input in Health Research.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery, or

(c) the degree of Master of Dental Surgery awarded from July 2018 onwards, or

(d) the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) with at least Second Class (Honours), or

(e) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Pharmaceutical Science) with a classification of Second Class Honours or better, or

(f) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the Faculty of Science, with at least Second Class (Honours), or

(g) at least a Second Class (Honours) degree in a discipline related to health science, or

(h) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in (a) to (f) above.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than 10 years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted provided that they produce sufficient proof of their competence to follow the Course with profit. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits shall be assigned.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the Preparatory Programme of study with an average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration in the Course.

Preparatory programmes of study shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700
The following are some of the skills and knowledge that you will bring to the research field in Pathology if you are a successful graduate of the course:

• The capacity to explain the basic principles of research ethics including consent and respect for autonomy.
• The ability to discuss the basic concepts of health informatics and local health infrastructure.
• Identify and select appropriate source material including data from primary sources.
• The ability to demonstrate a critical understanding of research methods and your chosen area of study.
• Utilise the appropriate significance tests and statistical software.
• Analyse the distribution of data and confidence intervals.

The course is intended if you are a Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Health Science or Science graduate. If you are an interested applicant, then it is important to seek advice from your respective faculty.
The course is intended if you are an employee, or are seeking to become an employee, with Life Science companies targeting the development of new drugs to treat various disorders. This course is also intended if you work with pharmaceutical companies, hospital laboratories, health ministry and ministry for social policy.

Potential to continue studies at Ph.D. level at University is also available if you are a successful graduate.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 12 May 2022

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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