Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science for Education and Communication with specialisation in Biology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science for Education and Communication with specialisation in Biology

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science for Education and Communication with specialisation in Biology
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Josette Farrugia
Delivered by Faculty of Education
While science has greatly influenced life as we know it; the changes society has gone through over time, have impacted the way science is perceived and understood. In our society there is a need to develop an awareness of the nature of science and how science works. Developing scientific literacy has become a crucial skill that needs to be carefully planned, implemented and evaluated. As a prospective student, the BSc (Hons) in Science for Education and Communication will provide you with; a sound background in scientific knowledge; familiarity with the current debate and discourse in science; an opportunity to experience interdisciplinary approaches to science in the community; experiences of inquiry-based methodologies; communication skills to facilitate community engagement in science; and practical experiences in the organisation and evaluation of non-formal and informal science education initiatives.

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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 at Grade C or better in Chemistry.

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 of Studies 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 2021.

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 8,500
During the course, you will:

• Explore various facets of your subject specialisation.
• Demonstrate a sufficient breadth of scientific knowledge outside of your area of specialisation.
• Integrate basic facts, principles, theories and methods from multiple science disciplines.
• Identify the interactions of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) and society.
• Recognize the various educational needs related to science education and communication of different members of the community.
• Plan, organise and implement science education and communication initiatives in various community settings.

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If you are a science student and are interested in furthering your studies in this area, then this is the ideal course for you. It also provides you with a training opportunity to engage in non-formal and informal educational experiences.
As a graduate of this programme you will have the option of pursuing the Master in Teaching and Learning (MTL) Science with the Department of Mathematics and Science Education to become science (science and biology/chemistry/physics) teacher. ,

The programme specifically focuses on your development as a science communicator. There is a range of budding community settings related to science education and communication where you can actively contribute.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 14 January 2022

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