Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical and Dental Sciences

Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical and Dental Sciences

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Course title Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical and Dental Sciences
Course code UCFSMDDFT
Postnominal Cert. FS(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 4
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 62
Coordinator Sandra Agius Darmanin
Delivered by International School for Foundation Studies
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical and Dental Sciences will provide you with the knowledge, personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base your undergraduate medical, dental or allied health studies. The primary 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 Medicine and Surgery and Master of Dentistry courses. The course offers specific training and support in those core health science and English areas where you 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. Successful completion of this course guarantees you a place on the course of Medicine and Surgery. Restrictions may apply in Dentistry.

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The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(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,
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 other non-EU/EEA countries.

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 Course is limited to a maximum number of students.

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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 16,000

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 16,000
The course will provide you 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.

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 entering a career in the Medical and Dental Sciences, then this course is the ideal preparatory programme for you.
Upon successfully completing the course, you will be eligible to enrol in any course provided by the Department of Medical and Dental Sciences, which will prepare you for a career in the field.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 11 May 2022

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