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
Course code UBSCHBIOMAT
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
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.

Mathematics

Mathematics underlies the pursuit of every scientific endeavour as it equips you with the necessary body of knowledge and competences. Most of the Mathematics study-units in the first two years of the degree are compulsory. In the third year, students are asked to choose a stream from four available options. The four options are Graph Theory and Combinatorics, Functional Analysis and Topology, Applied Mathematics, and Biomathematics.

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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: 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.

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
Biology

By the end of the course, you 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.

Mathematics

By the end of the course, you will be able to:
• 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.
If you have successfully finished your post-secondary studies, or are a mature student, and would like to pursue a first degree in biology and in mathematics, then this is the ideal course for you.
Biology

As a biology graduate, you 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.

Mathematics

As a mathematician, you may work in the public sector, such as in the Central Bank of Malta, Ministry for Finance, Economic Policy Department, National Statistics Office, Malta Financial Services Authority; and in the private sector such as in insurance companies, banks, financial institutions, gaming companies, and consultancy firms. You may also find employment in the academic, manufacturing, logistics or IT sectors.
The Department of Mathematics also offers postgraduate degrees, both at masters and doctoral levels (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in Mathematics. Based on 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 and elsewhere.



Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the full year 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 Mathematics (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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