Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology)

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology)

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Course title Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology)
Course code PMSCBMIBPDT9
Postnominal M.Sc. Biomed. Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Michael Angelo Borg
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
The M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences is offered as five distinct Streams:

Mainly Research - Full-Time:
Haematology - 3 Semesters
Molecular Biology and Genetics - 3 Semesters
Neuroscience - 3 Semesters

Mainly Research - Part-Time:
Haematology - 6 Semesters (DAY)
Molecular Biology and Genetics - 6 Semesters (DAY)
Cell Therapy and Tissue Banking - 6 Semesters (DAY)

Mainly Taught - Part-Time:
Microbiology - 6 Semesters (DAY)


The course is intended to provide an advanced level of education, training and research for graduates in Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science and any other area of study deemed relevant by the Board of Studies, and enables candidates to acquire advanced knowledge and research skills that could be employed in the academic, clinical and industrial settings.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a degree in 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) any other degree in an area of study which the Board deems to be relevant, with at least Second Class Honours, including the degrees of Bachelor of Science of the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Health Sciences, the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy, the degree of Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science) and the degree of Bachelor of Psychology.

The Board may provide for the admission of applicants, who are in possession of a degree, and do not satisfy the entry requirements as laid down in the above paragraphs, provided that they have other qualifications and relevant experience, and successfully complete a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which 30 credits shall be assigned, and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

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.

Before an application can be considered, applicants will be required to find a supervisor who should be an academic member of staff at the University of Malta and to submit a Research Proposal at application stage.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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 - Yr 3: NIL
The various streams allow the candidates to specialize in one of the areas of studies. All streams offer an advanced course in Molecular Biology and Genetics and include as core subjects Research Methodology and Research Seminars. The seminars ensure that the candidates are aware of the research in the biomedical area within the University of Malta and other collaborating institutes.
The course is particularly intended for graduates in Medical Laboratory Science and related Life Sciences, but it is also intended for Medical graduates who wish to train in the various specializations offered or practice in other laboratory based clinical areas and gain experience in bio-medical research.
The programme allows graduates to pursue further studies at doctorate level. The majority of graduates continued their studies locally and internationally. Graduates have also taken career opportunities at the Child Development Unit (psychologist), University of Malta (as research in funded projects) and Malta Council for Science and Technology (scientific policy).

The Malta College of Pathologists encourages and supports the pursuit of a postgraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and successful graduates will benefit from a ONE year (1) exemption from the required Postgraduate Training Programme for such specialty.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

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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