Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Chemistry

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Chemistry
Course code UBSCHBIOCHE
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 Biology (Joint Area)
Joseph A. Borg

Chemistry (Joint Area)
Emmanuel Sinagra
Delivered by Faculty of Science
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.


Biology

The overall aim of the Department of Biology is to provide you 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 you with the necessary skills that would enable you to contribute effectively to Malta’s changing needs and requirements. During the course, you will have many opportunities to contribute directly to such research endeavours.

Chemistry

The main aims of this programme are to help you develop 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. You will possess knowledge and skills from which you can proceed to graduate employment or to further studies in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry.

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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:

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.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

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 course, you will:

• 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.
• Willingly apply biological concepts to analyse and solve real-life problems in a multidisciplinary approach.
• 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
Biology

If you have successfully finished your post-secondary studies, or are a mature student with the adequate entry requirements and wish to pursue a first degree in biology with an aim at developing a professional career in biological sciences or related fields as identified above, then this is the ideal course intended for you.

Chemistry

The course is aimed at students like you have would like to have a general education in chemistry while also wanting a general education in another area of study. The choice of the accompanying area of study depends on your individual interests. If you follow approached accompanying programmes, then you may consult information on the biology programmes of study.
As a biology graduate, you will have 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 alumni 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 also provides you the necessary academic background for a chemistry career in industrial and teaching environments and fulfils 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 preferably during the first semester and/or second semester of the penultimate year.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Biology (Joint Area) applicable from 2022/3.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Chemistry (Joint Area) applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 5 May 2022

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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