The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical and Dental Sciences will provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base their future undergraduate medical, dental or allied health studies.
The primary aim of the course is to provide these students with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate Medicine and Surgery and Master of Dentistry courses. The course offers specific training and support in those core health science and English areas where these students require further assistance.
The course will provide teaching in the subject areas of human biology, biological chemistry, human anatomy, genetics, cell biology as well as Medical English and Maltese. In addition, students will be expected to attend regular tutorial sessions for each subject. During the tutorial sessions students will be expected to show evidence of adequate revision of the week's work. At the same time, tutorials are intended as scheduled learning sessions in which students will receive training in how to apply their knowledge base and practice their language and communication skills.
The course will include continuous assessments to build up a realistic profile of the student's abilities. Tutors will be required to assess students periodically. As the course progresses and the level of spoken and written English improves and the mastery of subject content improves, students will be expected to show evidence of higher analytical and evaluation skills.
Skills such as the student's ability to apply their knowledge base, to show evidence of self-directed learning and attitude during tutorials will be assessed in the first and second semesters.
Student performance will be monitored continuously by the area coordinator and feedback will be provided through the course tutors. This will allow an awareness of the student's approach to learning and the identification of students who are encountering difficulties, so that remedial action such as the offer of small group coaching can be provided.
Successful completion of this course guarantees you a place on the course of Medicine and Surgery. Restrictions may apply in Dentistry.
(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 59, 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, provided that the Medical and Dental Sciences programme, referred to in paragraph (1) of regulation 6 of the regulations for the Course, shall be open only to qualified applicants from non-EU/EEA countries in terms of agreements signed by the University with the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to qualified nationals from schools in non-EU/EEA countries with which the University has agreements.
The Course is limited to a maximum number of students.
At the discretion of the Board, applicants shall be required to pass a qualifying interview and/or a written test.
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 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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 16,000
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 16,000
The course will provide students with:
• A sound scientific knowledge of human biology, biological chemistry, anatomy, genetics and cell biology
• The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a student of Medicine or Dentistry at the University of Malta;
• Training to apply scientific reasoning and analytic skills;
• 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;
• Opportunities to think and reason more effectively in the abstract.
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical and Dental Sciences is specially designed to enable students who have completed their secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and aims to provide the support needed to enable such applicants to move from a fully structured educational environment (in high school) to the attitudes, knowledge and skills required of Medical and Dental students at the University of Malta.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.
Last Updated: 6 April 2021
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