Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biochemistry

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Biochemistry
Course code UBSCHMDBFT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons) Med. Biochem.(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 Therese Hunter
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the Faculty of Science.

The course deals with the study of human biology at the molecular level, where biology meets chemistry. Medical Biochemistry is the interface between cellular biology, medicine and chemistry and gives an understanding of how the human body functions, the molecular changes that result in disease and how this knowledge may be applied to the development of therapeutic agents and diagnostic technologies. You will develop a strong foundation in processes that determine the functions of the cell and the human body. This includes the chemical, cellular, genetic, metabolic and homeostatic aspects of biochemistry. This course has been designed to offer the students an opportunity to learn and discuss, including through practical sessions, current topics in the areas of DNA technology, molecular genetics, protein chemistry, cell-signalling, cancer biology, haematology, immunology, gene therapy, neuroscience, bioinformatics, molecular modelling, drug design, molecular pharmacology, cellular differentiation and embryology, statistical analysis, scientific writing and presentation skills.

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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 Advanced Matriculation Level at grade C or better in Biology and Chemistry and a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level in one of the following subjects: Computing or Physics or Pure Mathematics.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of the core areas of chemistry and biochemistry, and will be capable of applying chemical principles to biological systems. In addition, you will acquire analytical skills that will allow you to apply biochemistry to the pharmaceutical/biotechnology context. You will gain an understanding of:
• The chemical and thermodynamic principles underlying biochemical reactions, including biological catalysts and techniques used to investigate them.
• The bioanalytical techniques and their application to the extraction and characterisation of bioactive molecules.
• Cell metabolism, its control and energy requirements.
• The molecular processes of the nervous system.
• Cellular signalling and its underlying molecular, cellular, physiological and chemical principles.
• The molecular basis of cancer and the development of molecular strategies to prevent cellular proliferation.

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The course is intended for you if you are interested in research and development, working in pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry, and/or considering working in a laboratory environment.
As a graduate, the skills you acquire in applied molecular sciences and independent thinking will prepare you for a number of employment opportunities in research and product development in the pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology, medical science and academia. You may pursue further postgraduate qualification leading to a Masters of Science in a number of related fields including; biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology or a Masters in Biomedical Sciences in areas of Cell therapy and tissue banking, haematology, molecular biology and genetics and neuroscience. PhD programmes are also available in these areas of science.
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Last Updated: 17 May 2022

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