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. The BSc (Hons) in Science for Education and Communication will provide students 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.
This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science.
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 a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Physics and 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 and a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics.
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 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 8,500
Students following the programme will:
(a) Subject Knowledge & Understanding • explore various facets of their subject specialization • demonstrate a sufficient breadth of scientific knowledge outside their area of specialization • analyse how various historical and social factors influence scientific discovery and innovation
(b) Intellectual development • integrate basic facts, principles, theories and methods from multiple science disciplines • identify the interactions of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) and society • apply scientific principles to real-life contexts • distinguish between myth, philosophy and science and discuss the answers to the 'big' questions
(c) Key/transferable skills • assess the educational potential of community sites • recognize the various educational needs related to science education and communication of different members of the community • analyse phenomena using scientific principles and methodologies • plan communication strategies to engage various audiences in science
(d) Other skills relevant to employability and personal development • display skills for scientific problem-solving • support community spaces and institutions in the promotion of science education and communication initiatives • plan, organise and implement science education and communication initiatives in various community settings
The programme is targeted at science students who would be interested in furthering their studies in this area. Furthermore, it provides a training opportunity for students who wish to engage in non-formal and informal educational experiences.
Graduates of the programme will have the option of pursing the Master in Teaching and Learning (MTL) Science with the Department of Mathematics and Science Education to become science (science and biology/chemistry/ physics) teachers.
The programme specifically focuses on the development of science communicators. There is a range of budding community settings related to science education and communication where these graduates 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 2020/1.
Last Updated: 30 September 2020
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