Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry
Course code UBSCHCHE
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Emmanuel Sinagra
Delivered by Faculty of Science
The main aims of this programme are to develop in students:
• a broad and balanced appreciation of the core areas of chemistry : inorganic, organic, physical, biological and analytical chemistry, as well as basic knowledge in computational chemistry, macromolecular chemistry, catalysis, colloids, solid-fluid and fluid-fluid interfaces, environmental chemistry, photochemistry and radiochemsitry;
• a range of practical skills in the main areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry in order that they can understand and assess risks and work safely in a chemical laboratory;
• basic knowledge of the application of chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry;
• generic skills in the context of chemistry which are transferable and thus applicable in other contexts;
• the ability to apply standard methodology to the solution of problems in chemistry;
• a knowledge and skills base from which they 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:

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 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 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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
Knowledge and Understanding:

At the end of the programme students will be able to:
• 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;
• evaluate, interpret and produce chemical information and data;
• apply theory using computer software and models;
• apply information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data;
• communicate scientific material and arguments both in written and verbal form.

Practical skills

At the end of the programme students will be able:
• handle chemical materials safely,
• conduct risk assessments
• documented laboratory procedures involved in experimental work in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry
• record experimental work reliably;
• operate standard chemical instrumentation
• assess the limits of accuracy of experimental data.

Generic Skills

At the end of the programme students will be able to:
• display skills in written and oral communication;
• solve problems of both a qualitative and a quantitative nature;
• apply numerical and mathematical methods areas outside the field of study.;
• seek and retrieve information ;
• use IT effectively;
• work in a group;
• organise one’s work and manage time effectively.
Whilst all programmes of study in Chemistry prepare graduates for a career in the chemical science and related areas such as laboratory analysis and management, by virtue of the units offered in this programme, the course is aimed at producing chemists for the pharmaceutical industry, biochemical industry and environmental chemistry.
The course provides 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 applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 12 May 2021

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