Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geosciences and Statistics and Operations Research

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geosciences and Statistics and Operations Research

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geosciences and Statistics and Operations Research
Course code UBSCHGSCSOR
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 Geosciences (Joint Area)
Pauline Galea

Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area)
Fiona Sammut
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.

Geosciences

The Geosciences are at the core of many of today’s global issues, such as natural resources and their exploration/exploitation, climate change, geohazards and environmental problems. As a prospective student, you will be a part of the Department of Geosciences’ aim to develop a new generation of highly skilled geoscientists who will have a rigorous scientific education in the natural and earth sciences, field and computational proficiency, as well as hands-on experience with modern equipment and facilities. Geoscience graduates have a holistic understanding of how the Earth works and how to solve real-world problems.

Statistics and Operations Research

The four-year programme of studies for Statistics and Operations Research as part of the B.Sc. (Hons) degree has been designed for you to embark on a four-year plan which will help you to learn a number of topics considered to be fundamental in the academic disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research, and to follow fruitfully a set of accompanying study units which are oriented towards specialized areas.

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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 Geosciences:
either passes in Physics (Advanced, grade C or better) and Pure Mathematics (Intermediate, grade C or better)
or passes in Pure Mathematics (Advanced, grade C or better) and Physics (Intermediate, grade C or better),
or passes in Chemistry (Advanced, grade C or better) and Pure Mathematics (Intermediate, grade C or better) and Physics (Intermediate, grade C or better),
or passes in Computing (Advanced, grade C or better) and Pure Mathematics (Intermediate, grade C or better) and Physics (Intermediate, grade C or better)

For Statistics and Operations Research:
either a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics
or a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Computing or Information Technology together with a pass at Advanced Level at Grade D or better in Pure Mathematics

Applicants must satisfy the special course requirements for both areas.

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.

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
Geosciences

At the end of the course, you should be able to:
• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the structure, physical properties, processes and interactions within the various spheres making up our planet.
• Use acquired mathematical, physical and computational skills to formulate, model and solve a variety of problems relating to earth science, dynamic systems and the environment.
• Demonstrate familiarity with a number of instrumental techniques and computational software related to geoscientific investigation, and develop adaptability to a number of outdoor situations and tasks.

Statistics and Operations Research

At the end of the course you will be able to:
• deal competently with the notions of uncertainty and randomness in a logically valid and mathematically sophisticated way
• know which branch of relevant theory should help in understanding practical problems involving probabilistic, statistical and operations research contexts
• be confident in the use of software commonly used in the numerical solution to problems in the relevant areas.

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If you have a good post-secondary science qualifications and would like to pursue a career in science, while also having an interest in the application of science, particularly physics, mathematics and chemistry and their relation with how the Earth works, then this is the ideal course for you.
Geosciences

Geoscience is a highly rewarding and interdisciplinary field of study which exposes the students to a wide array of interesting methodologies, field, laboratory and computational experiences, providing them with a highly flexible skill set that can be applied in a choice of career options. As a graduate, you will thus be prepared to work on some of society’s most challenging problems.

Related Job Opportunities:
• geo- , marine-, and atmosphere- related industries and services
• the energy industry
• environmental consulting
• resource management and planning
• policy making – climate change, ocean governance, building policies
• legislative fields and governance
• environmental and science education
• fundamental and applied research in various geoscience areas

The degree in Geosciences provides an excellent platform for pursuing postgraduate research in the Earth Sciences, both locally and abroad, in particular the Department’s taught Masters courses in Applied Oceanography or Petroleum Studies, as well as M.Sc. by research. Well-qualified graduates may also proceed to M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes.


Statistics and Operations Research

Career opportunities in this area have so far included:

• National Statistics Office
• Other government departments and authorities (e.g. NAO, MFSA, Central Bank, MFSS, Communications Authority)
• Finance (e.g. banks, insurance, investment)
• Manufacturing companies
• Airline industry
• Communications industry
• Lottery and Betting companies
• Education

The course also gives access to further postgraduate studies and research positions, both at the University of Malta and overseas, and a number of our former students have pursued Masters, Doctorate and Post-doctorate positions, both locally and abroad. The course has also served as a good background for other specialized courses required by specific areas in the job market.
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 Geosciences (Joint Area) applicable from 2022/3.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area) applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 5 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.

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