Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Physics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Physics

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Physics
Course code UBSCHBIOPHY
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

Physics (Joint Area)
Joseph Caruana
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 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.


Physics

The concern of physics is the behaviour of matter and its interaction with energy under conditions as different as the chamber of a fusion reactor and the inside of an integrated circuit. With boundaries extending from the more specialised areas of theory to practical engineering, physics underlies the other exact and practical sciences and has now reached the stage of widespread application at most levels of civilised existence.

The design of the undergraduate physics course reflects the need to provide as wide a base as the human resources of the department permit. It is intended to provide a sound basis in the subject during the first three years, with some specialisation in chosen areas offered during the final year. It is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to pursue careers as scientists within the industry, administration, education and, of course, research.

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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 Physics:
Either a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Physics together with a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics
or a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics together with a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics.

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, 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 2020.

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

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.

Physics

Physics students will acquire knowledge and cognitive skills through the study of course material and practical work, including project work. Central in the set of transferable skills is the acquisition of an aptitude for problem solving.
Biology

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.

Physics

Candidates who choose to study physics are those who satisfy the entry requirements, and have a strong interest in the subject and wish to dedicate their time to its study with a view of acquiring a range of transferrable skills, most important amongst which would be a refined problem solving aptitude. Such students would typically have a sound mathematical background and would be willing to improve this during the course.
Biology

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.


Physics

Physicists are the most versatile of scientists, capable of tackling a variety of both everyday and specialist problems. Physics graduates may find employment in government departments, with private industry, with public authorities, as teachers in state and private or church schools and research laboratories, both locally and abroad.

The physics programme equips students to join postgraduate courses (both locally and abroad). Such courses may range from taught and/or research Masters to M.Phil. and Ph.D.
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 2020/1.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Physics (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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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