Master of Science in Dental Sciences

Master of Science in Dental Sciences

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Dental Sciences
Course code PMSCDSCFTR7
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Maria Luisa Gainza-Cirauqui
Delivered by Faculty of Dental Surgery
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The subject areas of this programme correspond to the Departments of the Faculty, and to the research interests and activities within each and inter-disciplinary themes, in which guidance and supervision can be offered, and subject to the availability of resources as determined by the Faculty. Students typically follow a short directed reading component, deliver a presentation related to the research, and embark on the preparation of a dissertation, based on work of an advanced or original nature undertaken by them.

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

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery - B.Ch.D. - with at least Second Class (Honours) or the degree of Master of Dental Surgery awarded from July 2018 onwards or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) with at least Second Class (Honours) in Dental Hygiene or Dental Technology or

(c) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) with at least Second Class (Honours) with Chemistry, or Biology, or Chemistry with Materials, as one of the main areas of study or

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

(e) a degree with at least Second Class (Honours) in an area of study which the Board deems to be relevant to the proposed area of study.

The admission of applicants under paragraphs (c) to (e) may be made conditional on the results of an interview conducted for the purpose.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
1. Knowledge and Understanding:

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

- Discuss a research problem in a structured fashion as demanded by the relevant research methodologies.
- Demonstrate an advanced knowledge on the research activity being undertaken.
- Deliver learned contributions to the area under study.
- Identify and select the generic skills required to indulge in research activities by applying them effectively to fulfil research objectives.

2. Skills:

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

- Search for existing knowledge from various sources.
- Critically review, analyse and discuss research papers.
- Compile a literature review.
- Define research problems and frame research hypotheses.
- Write research proposals and technical papers or reports.
- Apply research methodologies.
- Collect, analyse and evaluate experimental data.
- Deliver oral presentations on the work performed.
- Describe the scientific work performed in a written manner by means of technical reports, publications and a dissertation.
This course is aimed at first-degree holders from the Faculty of Dental Surgery, and indeed from any other science faculties, to further their knowledge in a specific dentistry-related research field.
The faculty also offers the facility to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy.

This degree will further prepare students for research on Dental sciences. The introduction of this course will enable the candidates to further their knowledge in selected topics.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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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.