Master of Science in Gerodontology (Dental Hygiene)

Master of Science in Gerodontology (Dental Hygiene)

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Gerodontology (Dental Hygiene)
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Nikolai Attard
Delivered by Faculty of Dental Surgery
The programme is structured over a three-year academic period, inclusive of 2 semesters per year and two summer periods of eight weeks each. You will be exposed to the theoretical and scientific foundation of the profession of gerodontology and become skilful in clinical practice within the professional environment of the teaching clinics and other settings. The first year will provide you with introductory knowledge on the gerodontology and specific areas of dentistry and medicine. You will engage in the review of literature related to gerodontology and associated disciplines. In the second year, you will further develop intellectually by receiving in-depth knowledge focused on specific areas of gerodontology, including domiciliary services and gerontology. The final year of the course will be mainly dedicated to a research project. Clinically, you will refine your intellectual and clinical/technical proficiency, allowing you to find direct employment in this specialized area, after completion of studies.

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(1) The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Hygiene obtained with at least Second Class Honours or better, awarded by this University or any other higher education institution recognised by Senate.

(2) The admission of applicants may be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three members, appointed by the Board for the purpose.

(3) (a) The Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Faculty Admissions Committee, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a first cycle degree, if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and a minimum of ten years’ documented professional experience, that together are deemed to be comparable to the qualification indicated in paragraph (1). Such qualifications and experience shall be evaluated in accordance with the procedures established by the University Policy for the Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning.

(b) The admission of such applicants may be made subject to those conditions that the Faculty Admissions Committee may impose to address any lacunae in their academic preparation. Conditions imposed may include the satisfactory completion of a preparatory programme as provided in regulation 5 of the regulations for the course, or the requirement to follow and pass supplementary study-units, up to a maximum of 12 ECTS credits, in addition to the programme of study specified in regulation 7 of the regulations for the course.

(4) The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 4 students.

(5) When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during the interview, if deemed necessary.

(6) For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

(7) Prior to enrolling for the Course, accepted applicants are required to undergo an occupational health assessment, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants admitted under paragraph (3) may be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS credits and not more than 60 ECTS credits, and to obtain an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their admission as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant applicants full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the applicant possesses post first-cycle degree work experience that is relevant to the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

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 + Annual Bench Fees: Eur 5,000

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Annual Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
The objectives of the course are to familiarize you with:

1. Concepts of oral and general health and disease in the older person.
2. Demographic trends of population ageing.
3. The multidisciplinary approach to the management of older persons under their care.
4. Ethical principles when evaluating social and health care practices in ageing care.
5. Concepts of promoting active ageing in society.
6. Treatment-related skills in the field of gerodontology.

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The degree is suitable if you are a student from different dental streams and are in possession of a primary degree (BSc Dental Technology, BSc Dental Hygiene and Master in Dental Surgery).
The aforementioned skills will al lead to your development as a professional individual that will lead to employability within the public and private sector in our country and abroad. The opportunity to teach undergraduate students will likewise prepare you with skills to a future academic career in the field.

The M.Sc. in Gerodontology also provides you with the opportunity to progress to a Doctorate Degree.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 8 November 2021

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