The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Engineering and ICT will provide you with the knowledge, personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base your future undergraduate studies in Engineering / ICT / Built Environment / Design and Technology studies. The aim of the course is to provide you with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow you to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate Engineering, ICT, Built Environment and Design and Technology courses. The course offers specific training and support in those core science and English areas where you will require further assistance. The course will provide teaching in the subject areas of mathematics, physics, computer science (including programming), graphical communication and English. The course will include continuous assessments to help you build up a realistic profile of your competent and acquired abilities.
(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and
(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:
(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 61, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or (ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or (iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or (iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and
(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but
(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta.
At the discretion of the Board, applicants shall be required to pass an interview and/or a written test.
Applicants who are deemed ineligible to join the Course may be allowed by the Board to enrol as students in the Foundation Commencement Programme which is detailed in Appendix I to the regulations for the Course.
EU, non-EU and Maltese dual citizens who previously studied abroad and then join higher secondary schools in Malta for more than one year shall not be admitted to the Course.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
The course will provide you with:
• A sound scientific knowledge of mathematics, physics, computer science and programming and graphical communication;
• The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a student of Engineering, ICT, Built Environment and Design and Technology at the University of Malta;
• Training to apply scientific reasoning skills to the evaluation of physical results;
• Grounding in the use of grammar and logic together to precisely understand questions in English and differentiate between similar statements and ideas;
• An understanding of how to apply formal logic to scientific problems; and
• Opportunities to think and reason more effectively in the abstract.
If you have completed your secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system, and are interested in pursuing a career in engineering and ICT, then this is the ideal preparatory programme for you.
As a certificate holder, you will be eligible to apply for the following courses at the University of Malta:
B.Eng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering (4 year degree) B.Eng. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (4 year degree)
B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Engineering (3 year degree) B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing Science (3 year degree) B.Sc. IT (Hons) in Computing and Business (3 year degree) B.Sc. IT (Hons) in Software Development (3 year degree)
Diploma in Design Foundation Studies (1 year degree) – to lead to B.Sc. (Hons.) in Built Environment Studies (3 year degree)
B.Sc. (Hons) in Technical Design and Technology (3 year degree)
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.
Last Updated: 11 May 2022
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.