Diploma in Health Studies (Nursing)

Diploma in Health Studies (Nursing)

Course information

Course title Diploma in Health Studies (Nursing)
Course code UDHTNFTB
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Maria A. Navarro
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The programme comprises a practical component which will allow a student to experience practical learning in a specific setting/s according to identified learning needs, drawing upon an evaluation of the student's past training and experience.

The theoretical component of the programme provides a student with a comprehensive opportunity to upgrade one's skills and knowledge in view of embracing the competences required in the role of a registered nurse in contemporary health and social care contexts. Besides upgrading one's knowledge and skills pertaining to caring for individuals in clinical settings the programme reaches out to other angles of the role of the nurse in modern contexts such as communications skills, prevalent and predicted legal and ethical challenges.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a qualification in Nursing deemed suitable by the Board and recognized at least at Level 4 on the Malta Qualifications Framework or

(b) a professional qualification deemed by Senate to be comparable to the qualification indicated in paragraph (a).

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

Once accepted to the Course, students are required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 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: No fees apply to non-EU students employed with the Ministry for Health.

A reduced fee of Eur1,800 instead of the standard fee of Eur10,800 applies to non-EU students who are not employed with the Ministry for Health
By the end of the programme of study, the student will be able to:

- search and report information / evidence related to an area of clinical practice demonstrating competency in developing an evidence-based care plan for patient care delivery.
- describe and explain the contemporary role of the registered nurse and to propose appropriate initiatives for professional development.
- demonstrate and evaluate the use of advanced practical skills for the purpose of enhanced quality of care, within the context of a clinical area of practice.
- describe and appraise, by means of assessments in real and simulated clinical environments, the ways in which decision making is safely carried out in patient care delivery.
- analyse and interpret ethical and legal perspectives related to nursing care delivery of patients with different profiles, using appropriate tools/ resources and theories.
Nurses who hold a MQF/ EQF level 4 nurse qualification and who are seeking to upgrade their nurse qualification to MQF/ EQF level 5 through a programme which fully addresses the requirements determined by the EU directive for nurse education.
Upon the successful completion of the programme, registered students will be eligible for application to register as first level nurses with the Council for Nurses and Midwives of Malta.

Successful students will also be eligible to apply for the BSc (Health Studies), BSc in Nursing (Elderly Care) programmes and other EQF/ MQF Level 6 offered by the University of Malta with an entry requirements of MQF/ EQF level 5 qualification.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 16 April 2021

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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.