Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy
Course code UBSCHPHT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Stephen Lungaro Mifsud
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
Physiotherapy is an evidence-based autonomous profession that strives to develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability.

Physiotherapy can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Physiotherapists are the experts of human movement who help people improve and sustain wellbeing within the various health spheres that include health promotion, injury and impairment prevention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation.

The Degree programme provides students with a broad education in the study and treatment of movement disorders and related pathologies, as recommended in the guidelines of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. It gives the student the opportunity to develop personally, intellectually and professionally. The first three years of the four year programme are mainly academic and practical with some clinical visits, while the final year is dedicated solely to supervised clinical practice and research. During the first semester of the final year, students are encouraged to obtain clinical practice overseas utilising one of the several Erasmus agreements that the Department of Physiotherapy has with major universities throughout Europe. On completion of the course the graduate will be an accountable and competent practitioner with the skills to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions that influence the physical function and performance of the body.

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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 Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology and a pass at Intermediate Level in Physics.

The number of students shall be limited to 20 students.

Applicants who are fully qualified by 31 August 2019 will be considered first and will be placed in rank order. If, after this initial ranking, vacant places are still available, and if applicants would have obtained the necessary qualifications by 30 September 2019, they shall be considered for selection to take up any remaining places. The selection criteria can be found 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.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants are also required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies.

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 October 2019, 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 2019.

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
Learning outcomes play an important role in helping physiotherapy students to understand the links between different progressions of their course of study, from the basic class level, to the year level, to the end of course level, and between academic and clinical contexts. In order to enhance the quality of students’ learning and their sense of course understanding, considerable merit in the use of outcomes as a guide to learning and practice at all levels of the physiotherapy curriculum has been emphasised. Each study unit within the course programme has its own learning outcomes stated.

Generally the learning outcomes for the course can be stated on a yearly basis. The first year of the course is intended to introduce the students to the subjects supportive to physiotherapy included biomedical sciences and basic physiotherapy skills.

The second year of the course introduces knowledge of the pathological basis to disease and the interprofessional approach to patient care for various conditions.

Further specialised skills and techniques are introduced in the third year while the final year is intended to amalgamate theory with practice with the students concentrating on clinical skills and supervised patient contact together with a special project.

As of academic year 2009-2010 students will be keeping a reflective portfolio to facilitate self analysis and self audit during practical and academic components of the course.
Applicants are expected to be eligible once having attained the necessary requirements for entry into the course. It is expected that applicants will possess the following personal qualities and skills.

As a physiotherapist one needs to be patient, sympathetic and firm in order to help patients who may be anxious or frightened, and reluctant to perform difficult or painful interventions. Physiotherapists must encourage, reassure and persuade patients of the ultimate benefits of their treatment. They will need to be skilled in listening, explaining and report writing. Ideally they ought to be physically fit and have an interest in science and physical education.
On successful completion of the course, candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine both locally and in Europe especially the United Kingdom.

Once registered, the physiotherapist can look forward to state employment, within the Department of Health, Care of the Elderly, and the Department of Education, as well as employment in the private sector both on an individual basis and/or in private hospitals.

Physiotherapists have been known to be employed in the field of hotels and leisure and in industry.

Career opportunities exist in academia where access to Masters’ or Doctoral programmes are available both locally and overseas. These opportunities facilitate induction into teaching posts, or areas of specialisation.

One of the areas where physiotherapy has taken a major role is that within primary health care.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange (limited to clinical practice) are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the final year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 8 November 2019

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.