Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Hygiene

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Hygiene

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Dental Hygiene
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 Carmen Caruana
Delivered by Faculty of Dental Surgery
The three-year course in Dental Hygiene will allow you to be exposed to the theoretical and scientific foundation of the profession and also become skilful in clinical practice within the professional environment of the teaching hospital, in a timely and structured manner. You will receive knowledge on basic clinical skills, general pathology of the human body, oral health and oral/dental diseases, clinical governance and medical literature, to name a few. During the course, you will also be able to provide oral prophylaxis on healthy patients and therefore refine your clinical skills that will make you employable after completing your studies. The course will provide a sufficient body of knowledge to enable you as future dental hygienists to undertake your prescribed work with care, safety and responsibility and to recognise the full scope of your remit. By your final year, you will be knowledgeable enough to write a dissertation.

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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 Biology at Intermediate Level or a pass at Advanced Level in Biology.

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.

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 study.

Maximum number may apply. The selection criteria can be found here.

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
By the end of the programme of study, as a student dental hygienist, you will be able to:

• Describe the theories of oral, general health and disease, while also demonstrate the importance of public health and oral health education.
• Ensure health and safety precautions of patients under your care in clinical settings using clinically acceptable policies.
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills by evaluating current research literature using evidence-based methodology.
• Perform and educate patients on basic and advanced oral prophylaxis techniques in clinical and/or community-based settings.
• Conduct clinical auditing of patient care, and improve the quality of care of patients, using clinically acceptable policies.
• Analyse basic clinical data and interpret and explain clinical records during practical sessions and examinations.

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If you are a local or foreign student interested in the dental profession, and are capable of combining skills and understanding professional values in a clinical setting, then this is the course intended for you.
As a dental hygiene graduate, you will be employable within the private sector and in the government health services.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 13 April 2022

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