The Course shall consist of two parts, namely, Part One comprising the first three years and Part Two comprising the fourth year.
(1) Part One shall consist of study-units to which 180 credits are assigned and indicated in the programme of study and divided as follows:
First Year: in addition to the compulsory and elective study-units outlined in the programme of studies of the chosen areas (not less than 26 credits in each of the two areas), students are required to register for optional study-units to bring their total for the year to 60 credits,
Second Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study,
Third Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study.
At the end of Part One, students who obtain 180 credits as specified in paragraph (1) but who either opt not to proceed with the Course leading to the Honours Degree, or having proceeded, do not successfully complete the Course, shall be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).
(2) Part Two shall consist of study-units to which 60 credits are assigned divided as follows:
(a) 40 credits in one area of study, of which 18 credits are assigned to a dissertation, and
(b) 20 credits in the other area of study,
provided that in the case of Mathematics, the dissertation may be substituted by one or more additional taught study-units.
The concern of physics is the behaviour of matter and its interaction with energy under conditions as different as the chamber of a fusion reactor and the inside of an integrated circuit. With boundaries extending from the more specialised areas of theory to practical engineering, physics underlies the other exact and practical sciences and has now reached the stage of widespread application at most levels of civilised existence.
The design of the undergraduate physics course reflects the need to provide as wide a base as the human resources of the department permit. It is intended to provide a sound basis in the subject during the first three years, with some specialisation in chosen areas offered during the final year. It is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to pursue careers as scientists within the industry, administration, education and, of course, research.
Statistics and Operations Research
The four-year programme of studies for Statistics and Operations Research as part of the B.Sc. (Hons) degree has been designed for students to embark on a four year plan which helps them learn a number of topics considered to be fundamental in the academic disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research, and to follow fruitfully a set of accompanying study units which are oriented towards specialized areas. Due emphasis is given to the mathematical, computational and modelling aspects of Statistics and Operations Research. Students will also be guided to appreciate the research and cultural potential of Statistics and Operations Research within contemporary society. Study-units have been, and are, being designed to incorporate a blend of:
• pedagogical issues • an acceptable degree of mathematical and logical rigour • continuous exposure to the practical dimension of the subjects • responsiveness to current advances in the relevant subjects • proficiency with reference to the computational aspect of the subjects.
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:
For Physics: Either a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Physics together with a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics or a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics together with a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics.
For Statistics and Operations Research: either a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics or a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Computing or Information Technology together with a pass at Advanced Level at Grade D or better in Pure Mathematics
Applicants must satisfy the special course requirements for both areas.
Applicants who possess a grade D when the minimum specified grade is C in only one of the required subjects, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level, of the special course requirements indicated above, shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the qualification deficiency. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.
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
Physics students will acquire knowledge and cognitive skills through the study of course material and practical work, including project work. Central in the set of transferable skills is the acquisition of an aptitude for problem solving.
Statistics and Operations Research
At the end of the course students will be able to: • deal competently with the notions of uncertainty and randomness in a logically valid and mathematically sophisticated way • know which branch of relevant theory should help in understanding practical problems involving probabilistic, statistical and operations research contexts • be confident in the use of software commonly used in the numerical solution to problems in the relevant areas.
Candidates who choose to study physics are those who satisfy the entry requirements, and have a strong interest in the subject and wish to dedicate their time to its study with a view of acquiring a range of transferrable skills, most important amongst which would be a refined problem solving aptitude. Such students would typically have a sound mathematical background and would be willing to improve this during the course.
Physicists are the most versatile of scientists, capable of tackling a variety of both everyday and specialist problems. Physics graduates may find employment in government departments, with private industry, with public authorities, as teachers in state and private or church schools and research laboratories, both locally and abroad.
The physics programme equips students to join postgraduate courses (both locally and abroad). Such courses may range from taught and/or research Masters to M.Phil. and Ph.D.
Statistics and Operations Research
Career opportunities in this area have so far included:
• National Statistics Office • Other government departments and authorities (e.g. NAO, MFSA, Central Bank, MFSS, Communications Authority) • Finance (e.g. banks, insurance, investment) • Manufacturing companies • Airline industry • Communications industry • Lottery and Betting companies • Education
The course also gives access to further postgraduate studies and research positions, both at the University of Malta and overseas, and a number of our former students have pursued Masters, Doctorate and Post-doctorate positions, both locally and abroad. The course has also served as a good background for other specialized courses required by specific areas in the job market.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Physics (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1. Click here to access the Programme of Study for Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 30 September 2020
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.