Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Haematology)

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Haematology)

Course Title

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Haematology)

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

6 Semesters


Mode of Study

Part-time Day (by Research)

Information for International applicants

Applicants must be in possession of:

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  1. the degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery or
  2. the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery or
  3. the degree of Master of Dental Surgery or
  4. any other degree in an area of study which the Faculty Board deems to be relevant, with at least Second Class (Honours), including the degrees of Bachelor of Science of the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Health Sciences, the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science, and the degree of Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

The Faculty Board may provide for the admission of applicants who are in possession of a degree, but do not satisfy the entry requirements as laid down in (a) to (d), provided that they have other qualifications and relevant experience, and successfully complete a preparatory programme.

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The M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences is offered as five distinct Streams:

Mainly Research - Full-Time:

  • Haematology - 3 Semesters
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics - 3 Semesters
  • Neuroscience - 3 Semesters

Mainly Research - Part-Time:

  • Haematology - 6 Semesters (DAY)
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics - 6 Semesters (DAY)
  • Cell Therapy and Tissue Banking - 6 Semesters (DAY)

Mainly Taught - Part-Time:

  • Microbiology - 6 Semesters (DAY)

The course is intended to provide an advanced level of education, training and research if you are a graduate in Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science and any other area of study deemed relevant by the Board of Studies, and enables you to acquire advanced knowledge and research skills that could be employed in the academic, clinical and industrial settings.

Students are required to obtain a total of 90 ECTS credits over a period of 6 Semesters of part-time study.In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are required to register for either Elective Block 1 study-units or Elective Block 2 study-units. Students who choose Elective Block 2 are also required to register for 4 ECTS credits from the list of elective study-units on offer during the duration of the course. Students will be required to register for the study-units as directed by the board.
Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PAT5953 Research Methodology 5 ECTS    
Elective Block 1
PAT5601 Transfusion Science 6 ECTS    
PAT5827 Molecular Techniques 6 ECTS    
Elective Block 2
PHB5030 Molecular Biology and Genetics 8 ECTS    

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
PAT5806* Research Seminars 5 ECTS    
PAT5825* Dissertation 60 ECTS    

* Study-unit PAT5806 and PAT5825 are exptected to start in Semester 1 of academic year 2023-24, and continue up to the end of Semester 2 of academic year 2025-26

Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
Elective Block 1
PAT5603 Principles of Blood Banking 8 ECTS    
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
PAT5823 Medical Genetics Course (Webcast) 1 2 ECTS    
PAT5824 Medical Genetics Course (Webcast) 2 2 ECTS    

Semester 1
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
SOR0210 Data Treatment and Probability 2 ECTS    
SOR1211 Probability 2 ECTS    

Semester 2
Elective Block 2
MDS5001 Experimental Haematology 8 ECTS    
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
SOR0210 Data Treatment and Probability 2 ECTS    
SOR0220 Elementary Statistical Theory 2 ECTS    
SOR1221 Sampling and Estimation 2 ECTS    


This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2021 and by the Bye-Laws for the Degree of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

The various streams allow you to specialize in one of the areas of studies. All streams offer an advanced course in Molecular Biology and Genetics and include as core subjects Research Methodology and Research Seminars. The seminars ensure that you are aware of the research in the biomedical area within the University of Malta and other collaborating institutes.

The following is a sample of the knowledge and skills that you will bring to the biomedical sciences (Haematology) field if you are a successful graduate of the programme:

  • Awareness of the need of international collaboration to conduct research in the medical field and the methods employed to apply and obtain funding.
  • An understanding of the practice of transfusion medicine in paediatric patients and in patients requiring bone marrow transplantation.
  • Awareness of the need of proper research and diagnostic work plan to achieve results and be at the forefront of the field of interest.
  • A critical understanding of human genetics and genomics, including the fundamental physiology of DNA and many elements of differential gene control, the mechanisms of genetic disease in terms of molecular patho-physiology and the molecular diagnostic approach.
  • Effective communication skills as an important part of scientific endeavour.
  • Possess a good understanding of Blood screening and serology techniques, including essentials of Blood group, Leucocyte and Platelet serology.

Non EU Applicants:

Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL

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The programme allows you to pursue further studies at doctorate level. The majority of our graduates have continued their studies locally and internationally. Graduates have also taken career opportunities at the Child Development Unit (psychologist), University of Malta (as research in funded projects) and Malta Council for Science and Technology (scientific policy).

The Malta College of Pathologists encourages and supports the pursuit of a postgraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences. As a successful graduate, you will benefit from a ONE-year (1) exemption from the required Postgraduate Training Programme for such specialty.

Health Stream


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