Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection
Course code UBSCHPMRFT
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 Carmel J. Caruana
Lourdes Farrugia
Delivered by Faculty of Science
This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.

The BSc (Hons) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection is a taught programme in Physics and its most attractive applications in society at present – Medical Physics and Radiation Protection. You will acquire knowledge and cognitive and practical skills through the study of course material, participation in discussions, physics practical work, computational tasks, project work, demonstrations of practical onsite medical physics and radiation protection practices and participation in medical physics and radiation protection practice placements in hospital. You will study with students from both the Faculty of Science and also from the Faculty of Health Sciences to ensure that you are capable of bridging the gap between pure and applied physics. The course is future looking and very multidisciplinary and includes not only physics, mathematics, medical physics and radiation protection but also essential anatomy, physiology, ICT, ethics, management and legal issues.

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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:

either (i) 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 (ii) 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.

During the first year of the Course, students are 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 can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

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
Upon successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

• Explain and critically discuss the fundamental concepts of physics, their interrelationship and the wide-ranging applicability of these concepts in particular, though not exclusively, in the fields of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection;
• Apply the laws of physics to contribute to the understanding of natural phenomena and employ said laws to the solution of real-world problems in particular, though not exclusively, in Medical Physics and Radiation Protection;
• Distinguish between a sound scientific argument from one based on opinion;
• Identify and appreciate the connections between theory and application;
• Perform an independent investigation using a critical analysis of the published literature, searching of databases and interaction with colleagues and other experts to identify information relevant to a particular research or professional task;
• Apply Medical Physics and Radiation Protection skills to contribute to the optimized, safe and efficient use of existing medical (particularly radiological) devices and the development of clinical services, procedures and protocols for protection of the patient, workers and public from the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiations and other physical agents in medicine, industry, research and the environment.
If you would like to read for a degree in physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection, then this is the ideal course for you.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 26 May 2022

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