Occupational Therapy is a health care profession which is concerned with empowering individuals who have sustained an injury, disease or developmental delay, to achieve their maximal level of independence in daily life activities, by the use of occupation, purposeful activity, exercise, the modification of the environment and education. Occupational therapy is also concerned with health promotion and the prevention of health problems in those individuals who may be at risk.
Occupational therapists work with all age groups starting from birth and continuing to old-age, and in all the different health care areas which can be as diverse as hand-injury clinics, schools and the mental health sector. Intervention is aimed to restore the best possible performance and participation in “occupations”, a term which, from the occupational therapy perspective, refers to activities of everyday life which are valued and given meaning by individuals and their culture. Very broadly occupations fall under the categories of work, self-care, education and leisure.
Intervention relies on a comprehensive assessment which helps to establish the baseline capabilities of the client. Information concerning physical abilities, perceptual, cognitive, psychosocial functioning, environmental aspects and occupational history, is evaluated to enable the therapist to draw up a comprehensive treatment plan.
Occupational therapy intervention may aim to improve the function of the components involved in the carrying out of occupations such as strength, movement, coordination, endurance, perception and memory; or modify the skills involved in the carrying out of such occupations. Clients may also be guided to adapt their habits, routines and lifestyles in order to help accommodate their level of function. Education of the family, carers or co-workers also forms part of the occupational therapist's job. Another important contribution is the modification of the environment which may involve adjustments to the home, work-place, school or even the community to allow individuals with disabilities to function optimally in their immediate surroundings.
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 Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
No fees apply
Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
The B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in occupational therapy prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for the assessment and treatment of a range of client-groups referred to the numerous service sites from which this profession operates.
Through fieldwork students are also coached into developing a range of professional behaviours of relevance to this discipline. The degree also educates students to be judicious users of professional literature and research with the aim of promoting the adoption of rationale-based methods in all professional endeavors and life-long learning.
The occupational therapy profession is ideal for anyone who is interested in helping others achieve competence, balance and self-fulfillment in their daily activities for a better quality of life. Although a science background is vital for applicants, the scope of occupational therapy is very broad and allows one to bring together a variety of interests from the sphere of medicine, psychology, work activities and art. Therefore potential practitioners have to be very eclectic since they will be called upon to work with a wide range of client populations and be able to select appropriate treatment approaches from a range of modalities.
This degree programme prepares occupational therapists for registration with the Council of Professions Complementary to Medicine and entry to the occupational therapy profession. Graduates of this programme are also eligible to register with professional bodies within EU member States. Furthermore, the programme of studies in recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Qualified occupational therapists can acquire positions in all parts of the health sector in Malta as well as overseas. Suitable employment may be found with the local health services, specialist health services, company health services, schools, NGOs as well as in private institutions. Career prospects are diverse, with significant opportunities for professional development and specialisation. This programme also provides a basis for Masters’ level degree studies.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the summer period of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 14 May 2020
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