Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Technology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Technology

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Technology
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 Mario Joseph Zarb
Delivered by Faculty of Dental Surgery
This three-year undergraduate course, inclusive of the summer period, provides students with an introductory knowledge to the theory and scientific foundation of dental technology. It prepares the students with the necessary skills in laboratory practice within the professional environment of the teaching laboratory in a structured manner as follows:

1st Year

Students will receive knowledge on basic dental technology skills with reference to the construction of removable prostheses. The health and safety aspects regarding laboratory procedures are also included as an important part of the studies. In parallel students will also learn to perform dental laboratory technology skills and observe patients whilst working in a dental clinical setting.

2nd Year

The students will further their studies in removable prostheses including the construction of cast partial frameworks and orthodontic appliances. Management skills are taught in preparation for the future running of a dental laboratory.

3rd Year

In the final year of the course the students are exposed to the theory and technical practice of fixed prosthodontics. They will also be guided towards carrying out a research project to be presented by the end of the course.

The course will provide sufficient knowledge to enable dental technologists to undertake work prescriptions from the dental clinic and carry out the necessary work with responsibility.

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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 Grade C in Chemistry at Intermediate Level or a pass at Advanced Level in Chemistry.

Applicants in possession of a pass with Merit or better in the Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance shall be considered as having satisfied both the general and special entry requirements.

The Admissions Board, acting on the advice of the Board, may admit applicants in possession of a Diploma in Health Science in the area of Dental Technology awarded by the University of Malta into the second year of the Course in the same area of study, in terms of regulation 8.1 of the Admission Regulations of the University.

Prior to enrolling for the Course, accepted applicants are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Faculty Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement shall be barred from attending the clinical placements indicated in the programme of studies.

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.

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
By the end of the programme, the student will be able to:

1. Construct fixed and removable prostheses.
2. Construct removable orthodontic appliances.
3. Manage the running of a dental laboratory.
4. Maintain health and safety in the laboratory environment.
5. Work in a dental team.
6. Relate and interact effectively with individuals and groups as part of the dental team
7. Use a range of technological equipment and systems
8. Apply a range of skills and techniques to develop a variety of ideas in the creation of new/modified dental products and services.
The course is intended for local and foreign students who are interested in the dental profession. Students applying for this course should be capable of combining skills and understanding professional values within the dental laboratory setting.
Career opportunities exist within the private sector and in the government health services.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 18 June 2021

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