Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences
Course code UBSCHAFN1
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Claire Copperstone
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The programme has been designed to offer a comprehensive range of disciplines in the scientific, technological and health areas that match the competencies needed to manage issues in food and nutritional sciences, and their spin-offs, which include food strategy policy and planning.

The skills acquired will enable the graduates to orientate themselves towards food as well as health oriented careers. The programme will give the student the knowledge base needed to then further their education by following postgraduate programmes that lead to local registration as a nutritionist and a dietitian respectively.

The programme, as a whole, will familiarise the student with the basic and fundamental sciences associated with the composition of foods, the manufacture of foods, food safety, principles of human physiology and metabolism. With this curriculum the student will learn to apply theory to practical (industrial/manufacture) scenarios as well as community and clinical settings. The ultimate deliverable is the opportunity to embark on a career which provides the public with potential for improved quality of life and better health status.

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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 either Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants who possess a grade D instead of a grade C in one of the required subjects at Advanced Level indicated above 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.

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 can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
By the end of the three year "feeder" bachelor’s degree programme the graduate will demonstrate (subject) knowledge of and be able to exploit the principles of:
1. Human Metabolism and Nutrition Science
2. Food Analysis and Product Design
3. Health and Lifestyle Management through the correct use of food
Students who have a keen interest in food manufacture, food safety and human nutrition.
The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences is a stand-alone degree offering opportunities in food related careers. This degree programme provides graduates with a tertiary education exit point into manufacture, retail industries and regulatory affairs. Other opportunities in health orientated careers (regulated professions) exist where the course will act as a feeder degree to professional training at postgraduate level (Postgraduate Diploma) needed to become fully-fledged health professionals in nationally regulated professions such as those of nutrition and dietetics.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 21 May 2021

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