Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Mathematics

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Mathematics
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

Mathematics (Joint Area)
David Buhagiar
Delivered by Faculty of Science
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: An Advanced Level pass at Grade C or better in Biology and an Intermediate Level pass at Grade C or better in Chemistry.

For Mathematics: An Advanced Level pass at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics.

Applicants must satisfy the Special Course Requirements of 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 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 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

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.


At the end of the course students will be able to:

Critical Thinking
• Understand and employ the basic rules of logic, including the role of axioms or assumptions
• Appreciate the role of mathematical proof in formal deductive reasoning and exercise it effectively in solving problems
• Distinguish a coherent argument from a fallacious one, both in mathematical reasoning and in everyday life
• Articulate the differences between inductive and deductive reasoning
• Proficiently construct logical arguments and rigorous proofs
• Formulate conjectures by abstracting general principles from examples
• Assimilate and understand a large body of complex concepts and their interrelationships.

Problem Solving
• Formulate and solve abstract mathematical problems
• Recognize real-world problems that are amenable to mathematical analysis, and formulate mathematical models of such problems
• Apply mathematical methodologies to open-ended real-world problems and to problems stemming from mathematical-related careers
• Use symbolic and numerical software as part of practical computation
• Recognize and exploit connections between different branches of mathematics
• Identify and appreciate the connections between theory and applications
• Be lifelong learners by carrying out an independent investigation using textbooks and other available literature, searching databases and interacting with colleagues and other experts to extract and utilise important information.

Effective Communication
• Acknowledge the fundamentals of mathematics as a living discipline in its own right
• Present mathematics clearly and precisely to an audience of peers and faculty
• Appreciate the role of mathematical proof as a means of conveying mathematical knowledge
• Differentiate between rigorous proofs and other less formal arguments
• Make vague ideas precise by formulating them in mathematical language
• Describe mathematical ideas from multiple perspectives
• Explain fundamental mathematical concepts or analyses of real-world problems to non-mathematicians
• Work independently, use their initiative, organize themselves to meet deadlines, plan and execute an extended project
• Work in groups, interacting constructively with others.

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.


The course is intended for students who want to:

• Develop and unceasingly exercise their analytical abilities to responsibly live within and participate in the transformation of a rapidly changing, complex and interdependent society
• Learn how to logically question assertions, recognize patterns, and distinguish between the essential and irrelevant aspects of problems.
• Learn how to think deeply and precisely, nurture the products of their imagination to fruition and share their ideas and insights while seeking and benefiting from the knowledge and insights of others.
• Enjoy doing mathematics and take pleasure in experiencing its intrinsic beauty, preciseness, truth and artistry.

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.
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 2021/2.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Mathematics (Joint Area) applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 12 May 2021

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.