​​Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Sciences

​​Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Sciences

Course information

Course title ​​Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Sciences
Course code UBSCHMDUFT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 2+1 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Julian Mamo
Delivered by Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has added an optional “intercalated” year leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science Honours in Medical Sciences to the existing degree programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

As a Medical Student, if you wish to mainly enhance your laboratory-based research skills, possibly with the longer-term intention of pursuing a career as a “Physician scientist”, then the intercalated degree is intended to offer that very innovative opportunity to do so. It permits medical students such as yourself to exit and join postgraduate programmes offered by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery or other Faculties or to re-enter the MD course at a later time.

The research areas which shall be offered are the following:

1. Cancer Biology and Clinical Oncology;
2. Diabetes and Endocrinology: Epidemiology, Genetics, Management and Complications;
3. Brain: Neurology/Neurosurgery/Psychiatry/Pharmacology;
4. Inflammatory Processes: Pathology of wound and bone healing/Orthopaedics/Rheumatology;
5. Blood Disorders: Thalassaemia testing and Haemoglobin research/rare blood disorders;
6. Human Genomics and Genetic Medicine; and
7. Biobanking

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Applicants who successfully complete the first two years of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery Course may opt to join Year 3 of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Sciences.

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 course, amongst your vast knowledge of medical sciences, you will be able to:

• Explain the structure of the cells and organelles and the various molecular and biochemical interactions that occur in the human body at a cellular level.
• Describe and integrate the relationships between basic anatomy, physiology and biochemistry for each of, and between, the different human biological systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatic, endocrine, genitourinary, reproductive, haematopoietic and central nervous system.
• Conduct basic research in an area relevant to personalised medicine.
• Discuss the principles underlying biochemical and molecular technology techniques currently used in clinical diagnosis and research.
• Discuss medical concepts and ethical principles underlying research.
• Identify important anatomical structures on the surface of the body as an introduction to clinical examination techniques.

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If you are a Medical student having successfully completed your years 1 and 2 of the MD course and wish to enhance your academic knowledge of human health and disease mechanisms, then this is the ideal course intended for you. It also helps you to develop your research skills with the long-term intention of pursuing a medical career with sound dedication to scientific research and academia. It is also intended if you intend to become a physician scientist involved at the cutting edge of developing personalised medicine. This degree provides skills for pursuing employment in the fields of science, health and biotechnology, particularly following further postgraduate study, e.g. MSc in Biomedical Sciences and possibly research at doctorate level.
As a graduate in doctor of medicine and surgery, you will have improved options to pursue personal and career objectives in postgraduate medical specialisation, as it provides you with a head start for the necessary scientific skills as a specialist trainee. Moreover, you will have a solid foundation if you are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree to embark on a medical academic career, since it provides an early introduction to the competitive field of high-quality scientific research, publications in high level journey and competitivity for research grants and contracts. As healthcare moves towards the development of personalised/ precision medicine, the demand for researchers with combined MD Ph.D. degrees is steadily increasing to service the expanding local research options in medical sciences, health care and biotechnology, on campus, in hospital and at the Life Science Park.

If you are opting to exit the medical course, this degree will open up possibilities for postgraduate studies in science, health and biotechnology with a view to future employment in these areas the new economic sectors in pharmaceuticals and the Life Science Park and the growing academic programmes shall continue to increase demand for such researchers.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 16 May 2022

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