Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biomedical Science

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biomedical Science
Course code UBSCHABSFT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Stephanie Bezzina Wettinger
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
Applied Biomedical Science deals with the study of the techniques and procedures involved in the collection and analysis of samples taken from the human body to enable the identification of pathological conditions. Applied Biomedical Science provides the diagnostic tool for medical care within the laboratory.

Applied Biomedical Science is a vast and multidisciplinary area of health care. A sound knowledge of the biomedical sciences is a prerequisite for this programme of studies.

The following are the major areas of study in Applied Biomedical Science:

Cellular Pathology - the study and identification of pathological conditions of cells and tissues

Clinical Biochemistry and Genetics - the study of the levels of biochemical compounds in the body and the study of inherited basis of disease

Haematology - the study of both the cellular and a cellular components of blood

Medical Microbiology/Virology - the study of microorganisms that cause disease

Transfusion Medicine - the study of the methodology involved in the collection, preservation, storage, testing and administration of blood and blood products

Immunology – the study of the diseases and disorders of the immune system.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

Passes at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology and Chemistry and a pass at Intermediate Level in Physics.

Applicants who possess a grade D instead of a grade C in one of the required subjects at Advanced Level shall be admitted under those conditions as the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences may impose to compensate for the missing element. If, by the end of the first year of the Course, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

The number of students shall be limited to 24 students.

Applicants who are fully qualified by 31 August 2020 will be considered first and will be placed in rank order. If, after this initial ranking, vacant places are still available, and if applicants would have obtained the necessary qualifications by 30 September 2020, they shall be considered for selection to take up any remaining places. The selection criteria can be found here.

The selection criteria applicable in the case of over-subscription for Intake 2020 ONLY can be found here.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance, applicants are required to submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the respective Departmental Secretary at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital). It is advisable that this mandatory document is submitted by hand. Further instructions will be communicated to accepted applicants at a further stage.

During the first year of the Course, students are also 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.

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 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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
The degree course in Applied Biomedical Science aims to produce graduates qualified in all major areas of medical laboratory science with a sound knowledge and understanding of all the practical and theoretical aspects underlying all subjects related to Applied Biomedical Science. In addition, on completion of the degree course in Applied Biomedical Science, a graduate would:

(a) be able to carry out analytical procedures in all areas of medical laboratory science
(b) be able to manage and supervise any laboratory-related work
(c) be fully aware of the special needs of the patient and of the ethics involved, as dictated by the code of professional conduct for medical laboratory scientists
(d) be able to participate in the practical and theoretical training of students registered on courses in Applied Biomedical Science
(e) participate in both research and continuing education programmes.
Students who enjoy laboratory work.
Graduates in Applied Biomedical Science may seek employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists in the Hospital Pathology Laboratories at Mater Dei or with a private hospital.

Some graduates may opt to seek employment in industry with foreign pharmaceutical companies based in Malta.

The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biomedical Science has been accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, UK, since 2001. Employment in hospital pathology laboratories in the UK and other countries is therefore facilitated.

Graduates in Applied Biomedical Science may pursue further postgraduate qualifications leading to a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences or in Research, or directly to a Ph.D.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the summer period of the second year of the course or during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 29 July 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.

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