Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing
Course code UBSCHNURPTD8
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 5 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Joanna Depares
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The overall aim of the B.Sc. (Hons.) in Nursing programme (Part-Time Day) is to prepare first-level nurses who are able to provide effective evidence-based patient-centered care. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of nursing’s distinct knowledge base as well as knowledge derived from the other social and life sciences. It also aims to equip students with the ability to perform the required clinical skills competently and in full knowledge of the current evidence. It is in view of this that this course comprises both theoretical and practical components, with a diversified content that is designed to develop the students’ ability to draw upon the various types of knowledge, the appropriate skills and an understanding of an individual’s personal wishes, to guide the appropriate nursing action in a variety of settings.

This part-time programme runs over five years and aims to target students who are unable to follow a full-time programme because of other commitments. In addition to a similar aim to the full-time course, the BSc. (Hons.) in Nursing (Part-Time Day) further shares the same intended learning outcomes and conforms to the European Union Directives on Nursing Education and secures recognition as a first level nurse across EU member states.

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Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

Successful completion of a values-based test, provided that for admission in October 2020 only, applicants in possession of a pass in the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, together with the MCAST Level 5 Award in Health Sciences shall be considered as having satisfied both the General Entry and the values-based Requirements.

The notice regarding the values-based test is available here.

Sample test paper is available here.

Set of resources for preparation is available here.

Applicants not in possession of the General Entry Requirements may be admitted to the Course if they obtain a pass in the 60 ECTS credits of the Preparatory Course specifically related to Nursing as detailed in Appendix I to the bye-laws for the Course. Applicants are required to complete the Preparatory Course programme immediately prior to the commencement of the Course. The requirements for admission and successful completion of the Preparatory Course are listed in Appendix I to the bye-laws for the Course.

Applicants in terms of the ‘maturity (adult learners) clause’ are directed to apply for the Preparatory Course for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing programme. If they are in possession of related qualifications or work experience in the healthcare sector, they may submit an application to be considered for direct entry to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing course through the Recognition of Prior Learning process. Further details on this process, as well as the RPL application form, may be accessed by following the link available here.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance, applicants are required to submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the respective Departmental Secretary at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital). It is advisable that this mandatory document is submitted by hand. Further instructions will be communicated to accepted applicants at a further stage.

During the first year of the Course, students are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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 5,400
The course aims to prepare prospective nurses who through critical thinking, knowledge and reflection are able to practice in a professional, accountable manner.
Provide students with knowledge of the theories and concepts that underpin and challenge nursing practice.
Provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes central to nursing to function effectively, as a professional nurse, using evidence based interventions in a variety of health care environments.
Provide students with the interpersonal skills to be key members of the multidisciplinary team within any health care setting.
On successful completion of the course, candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the Malta Council for Nurses and Midwives.

Graduate nurses work in a variety of health care settings, such as the community and occupational health care setting, and engage in a variety of roles, such as management and policy development roles. Employment and educational opportunities are prevalent across all sectors.

The successful completion of the undergraduate programme renders a candidate eligible for application for enrollment on to Master’s programmes of studies.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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