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.
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 and analytical chemistry, as well as basic knowledge in macromolecular chemistry, colloids, solid-fluid and fluid-fluid interfaces, environmental chemistry, photochemistry and radiochemistry • 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 • 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.
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.
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 Chemistry: 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.
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 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 2019.
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.
At the end of the course 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.
At the end of the course students will be able: • handle chemical materials safely, • conduct risk assessments • document 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.
At the end of the course 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.
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.
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. The course is aimed at students who would like to have a general education in chemistry but who may want a general education in another area of study. The choice of the accompanying area of study depends on the interest of the individual student. Students who follow approved accompanying programmes may consult information on the Biology, Physics and Statistics and Operations Research programmes of study.
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.
The course provides the necessary academic background for a chemistry career in industrial and teaching environments and fulfills the requirements for postgraduate studies at Masters or Doctoral level in chemistry and related subjects.
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 Chemistry (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0. Click here to access the Programme of Study for Physics (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0.
Last Updated: 12 March 2019
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.