Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

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Course title Master of Science in Nursing
Course code PMSCNURFTT7
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Roderick Bugeja
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
This full-time M.Sc. in Nursing programme ( EQF Level 7) consists of a total of 90 ECTS conducted over three semesters. The programme is specifically designed for graduates of any Bachelor of Nursing degree to enable them to extend their nursing knowledge, competences and skills. In the first two semesters of the programme a student completes 60 ECTS across a number of study-units. These units embrace a blended approach to teaching and learning, comprising in-class sessions, online activity and self-directed commitment. In the third semester of the programme, a student pursues a research study leading to the writing up of a dissertation under the supervision of an academic supervisor/s appointed by the Faculty Board.

The Department of Nursing collaborates with other Departments and Faculties within the University of Malta and other entities overseas, thus securing an eclectic experience for students. The programme adopts a wide over-arching international approach to health and social care and the nursing profession. It therefore welcomes nurses who have pursued undergraduate studies locally or overseas, and who aspire to a professional career in any context locally or in the international arena.

Through the series of study-units and the dissertation, this programme aims at enhancing the professional role of the nurse as a clinician, an educator, a researcher and as an active player in the realms of academia, policy making, management and innovation. Despite the generic nature of the programme, individual students are encouraged and supported towards a tailored focus of their choice in the course of the programme, in an effort to suit their specific practice setting or interest. In view of this, the focus of the course work pertaining to the study-units in the programme and the dissertation studies are selected by the student.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory council in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 30 students (Capping applies to both full-time and part-time modes. 30 students will be accepted to the course independently of whether they opt for the full-time or part-time mode of study.)

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 an interview, if deemed necessary.

The selection criteria can be found here.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

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.

During the first year of the Course, accepted applicants may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment, as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, 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.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The notice regarding submission of documentation is available here.

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
By the end of the programme, the students will be able to:

• Search and critically appraise the body of knowledge underpinning the nursing profession and nursing practice;
• Evaluate contemporary issues in order to enhance the professional development of nursing and nurses;
• Design and carry out a research study in a rigorous scientific manner;
• Search and apply appropriately the evidence in one’s professional practice;
• Contribute constructively to change, policy and innovation pertaining to the nursing profession and nursing practice; and
• Engage effectively in professional self-evaluation and development.
The programme is intended for nurses with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or with a post-qualification/graduate Diploma approved by the University of Malta. Overseas candidates’ qualifications will be evaluated by the International Admissions Office, University of Malta.
This programme enables candidates to master research, academic and professional skills which lend themselves well to various clinical and non-clinical posts and roles, primarily within the health and social care sectors. Upon the successful completion of this programme, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration on a doctoral programme of studies at the University of Malta or elsewhere.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 8 October 2020

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.