The Course shall consist of two parts, namely, Part One comprising the first three years and Part Two comprising the fourth year.
(1) Part One shall consist of study-units to which 180 credits are assigned and indicated in the programme of study and divided as follows:
First Year: in addition to the compulsory and elective study-units outlined in the programme of studies of the chosen areas (not less than 26 credits in each of the two areas), students are required to register for optional study-units to bring their total for the year to 60 credits,
Second Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study,
Third Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study.
At the end of Part One, students who obtain 180 credits as specified in paragraph (1) but who either opt not to proceed with the Course leading to the Honours Degree, or having proceeded, do not successfully complete the Course, shall be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).
(2) Part Two shall consist of study-units to which 60 credits are assigned divided as follows:
(a) 40 credits in one area of study, of which 18 credits are assigned to a dissertation, and
(b) 20 credits in the other area of study,
provided that in the case of Mathematics, the dissertation may be substituted by one or more additional taught study-units.
The overall aim of the Department of Biology is to provide students with the best possible teaching programmes in Biology in order to impart a sound theoretical and practical background to the subject and therefore to provide them with the necessary skills that would enable them to contribute effectively to Malta’s changing needs and requirements. Moreover, through its research programmes, the Department makes a direct contribution to the knowledge of the natural resources of the nation, their sustainable management, and to national economic development. During their course, students will have many opportunities to contribute directly to such research endeavours.
The main aims of this programme are to develop in students: • a broad and balanced appreciation of the core areas of chemistry : inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry, as well as basic knowledge in macromolecular chemistry, colloids, solid-fluid and fluid-fluid interfaces, environmental chemistry, photochemistry and radiochemistry • a range of practical skills in the main areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry in order that they can understand and assess risks and work safely in a chemical laboratory • generic skills in the context of chemistry which are transferable and thus applicable in other contexts • the ability to apply standard methodology to the solution of problems in chemistry • a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to graduate employment or to further studies in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry.
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:
For Biology: A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology and a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Chemistry.
For Chemistry: A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Chemistry and a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in either Physics or Pure Mathematics.
Applicants must satisfy the Special Course Requirements for both areas.
Applicants who possess a grade D when the minimum specified grade is C in only one of the required subjects, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level, of the special course requirements indicated in the paragraphs above, shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the qualification deficiency. If, by the end of the first year, 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 admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.
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.
Teaching in the Faculty of Science is organised on the modular system, which means that courses consist of a number of study-units, each allocated a number of ECTS credits. Each study-unit has specific learning outcomes. This modular system is a convenient way of organizing the programme of studies, but students should appreciate the unity of Biology and of its important interactions with other basic and applied fields of scientific endeavour as well as its economic, social and cultural dimensions.
By the end of the study-unit, the students will be able to: • Critically understand the basic theoretical concepts of biology, • Perceive and appreciate the various cross-links and interactions of biology with other basic and applied fields of scientific endeavour as well as its economic, social and cultural dimensions, • Appreciate the cutting edge developments in a range of areas specific to biology, • Willingly apply biological concepts to analyse and solve real-life problems in a multidisciplinary approach, • Relate and engage the various philosophical, moral and ethical issues arising from current developments in biological sciences, • Acquire a range of laboratory and field techniques in the areas of biology covered during the course, • Follow safety instructions and protocols and to work safely in a laboratory, • Access relevant information from a wide range of sources and to make appropriate use of such information in communicating ideas such as writing of reports, • Critically interpret and evaluate data and information and apply these to new situations, • Plan appropriate experimental designs to test specific hypotheses, taking into account limitations of the methods to be applied, and then implementing them with minimal supervision, • Analyse data, including the application of numerical methods such as statistics and modelling, • Communicate ideas as well as findings of own research in a coherent and intelligent manner, through verbal and written means as well as graphically, • Acquire a range of other personal and interpersonal skills that are required by a practicing biologist, • Continuously update and enhance knowledge in biological sciences after the completion of the studies.
Knowledge and Understanding
At the end of the course students will be able to: • recall and explain of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject areas as identified above • apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of both qualitative and quantitative problems in chemistry • recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution • evaluate, interpret and produce chemical information and data • apply theory using computer software and models • apply information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data • communicate scientific material and arguments both in written and verbal form.
At the end of the course students will be able: • handle chemical materials safely, • conduct risk assessments • document laboratory procedures involved in experimental work in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry • record experimental work reliably • operate standard chemical instrumentation • assess the limits of accuracy of experimental data.
At the end of the course students will be able to: • display skills in written and oral communication • solve problems of both a qualitative and a quantitative nature • apply numerical and mathematical methods areas outside the field of study. • seek and retrieve information • use IT effectively • work in a group • organise one’s work and manage time effectively.
Students who have successfully finished their post-secondary studies, or mature students, who have the adequate entry requirements and who wish to pursue a first degree in biology with an aim at developing a professional carrier in biological sciences or related fields as identified above.
Whilst all programmes of study in Chemistry prepare graduates for a career in the chemical science and related areas such as laboratory analysis and management. The course is aimed at students who would like to have a general education in chemistry but who may want a general education in another area of study. The choice of the accompanying area of study depends on the interest of the individual student. Students who follow approved accompanying programmes may consult information on the Biology, Physics and Statistics and Operations Research programmes of study.
Many biology graduates are employed in a wide range of jobs and professions. These include professions related to the following:
• Food, pharmaceutics and other industries • Fish farming and fisheries • Agricultural sciences • Professions ancillary to medicine • Environmental planning and management (Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Malta Resources Authority, etc.) • Science teaching • Science administration • Consultancy work
On the basis of world-wide recognition of University of Malta degrees, our graduates and postgraduates have been accepted to continue their studies in a wide range of overseas institutions in Europe, the United States of America and elsewhere.
A growing number of international students are following courses in the Department of Biology, especially postgraduate courses leading to the M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees. These overseas students are attracted by the Department’s track record as well as by the facilities and expertise we are able to offer in a wide range of fields of study.
The course provides the necessary academic background for a chemistry career in industrial and teaching environments and fulfills the requirements for postgraduate studies at Masters or Doctoral level in chemistry and related subjects.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Biology (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0. Click here to access the Programme of Study for Chemistry (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0.
Last Updated: 12 March 2019
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.