Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computing Science and Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computing Science and Mathematics

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computing Science 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 Computing Science (Joint Area)
Adrian Francalanza

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.

Computing Science

The programme focuses on giving sound scientific and practical skills for constructing and analysing complex software systems. The focus is moving from developing applications for a single powerful machine to new environments ranging from (i) ones in which developers harness the computational power of multiple computers in order to leverage the cost of expensive calculations and guarantee acceptable levels of service, to (ii) the other extreme of developing systems which run on mobile devices with limited computational, memory and power resources.


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, you 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 both Computing Science and Mathematics: An Advanced Level pass at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics.

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.

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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 be able to:

Computing Science

• Think systematically through your analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of a computer-based system.
• Design, collaborate and communicate effectively in your development and delivery of quality software products.
• Recognize the application that computing can provide and evaluate its global impact in transdisciplinary environments.


• Understand and employ the basic rules of logic, including the role of axioms or assumptions.
• Recognize real-world problems that are amenable to mathematical analysis, and formulate mathematical models of such problems.
• Explain fundamental mathematical concepts or analyses of real-world problems to non-mathematicians.
If you would like to pursue a career where you can combine your computing science and mathematics skills, then this is the ideal course for you.
As a graduate in Computing Science and Mathematics (Honours), you will be employable (both locally and internationally) as a financial analyst, investment banker, programmer, actuarial scientist, trust manager, engineering analyst, modelling and simulation officer, engineer, operations researcher and as a software developer. If you would like to further your specialised education or are considering an academic career, you can enrol in one of our local postgraduate courses offered by the University of Malta.
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 Computing Science (Joint Area) applicable from 2022/3.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Mathematics (Joint Area) applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 12 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.