Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Communication Therapy

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Communication Therapy

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Communication Therapy
Course code UBSCHCMT
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 Helen Grech
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The degree programme aims to provide students with a broad education in speech and language behaviour, related pathology and communication therapy as recommended in the guidelines of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics for initial education in speech and language pathology. It aims to develop students’ professional skills and to produce accountable and competent practitioners.

Objectives
To provide the opportunity for students to:
• acquire a systematic and evaluative approach to study language pathology and communication therapy, whereby knowledge is acquired through the synthesis and application of various disciplines in particular linguistics, the behavioural sciences and the biomedical discipline
• understand the nature and development of human communication disorders which enables them to identify, assess, describe, evaluate, diagnose and manage effectively individuals with such disorders
• integrate theoretical knowledge and skills
• observe and work under supervision in various settings where a speech therapy service is delivered
• develop self-evaluative procedures which would enable them to become accountable and autonomous professionals
• orient themselves to a research based approach in order to prepare them to be involved in the advancement of knowledge in human communication and its disorders as practicing clinicians
• develop intellectually, personally and professionally
• keep abreast of new developments and changes in the profession.

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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:

Two passes at Grade C or better, at least one of which must be at Advanced Level and one at Intermediate Level, in Biology and in either English or Maltese.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance, applicants are required to submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the respective Departmental Secretary at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital). It is advisable that this mandatory document is submitted by hand. Further instructions will be communicated to accepted applicants at a further stage.

During the first year of the Course, students are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

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
This degree programme prepares generic speech-language pathologists. Graduates of this programme are also eligible to register with professional bodies within EU member States. Qualified speech-language pathologists can acquire positions in all parts of the health and education sector in Malta as well as overseas. They are also eligible to practise privately in Malta.
Potential students would be those who:
• would like to pursue a caring profession
• are interested in working with individuals with communication disorders across the age range
• are ready to learn about the management of individuals with communication difficulties who may or may not have additional difficulties/disabilities
• are interested in following a degree programme with a multidisciplinary approach
• have adequate communication skills and are ready to enhance these during their programme of studies
• are keen to observe and have hands-on experience (under supervision) in working with individuals with communication difficulties
• are keen to become independent practitioners with a skill mix.
Suitable employment may be found with the local health services, specialist health services, schools, adult training centres, homes for the elderly, private institutions and non-governmental bodies.
Suitable career prospects are diverse, with significant opportunities for professional development and specialisation. Graduates would also be eligible to register for higher degrees.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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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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