Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology and Genetics)

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology and Genetics)

Course Title

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology and Genetics)

MQF Level

7

Duration and Credits

6 Semesters

90 ECTS

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 you 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 candidates to acquire advanced knowledge and research skills that could be employed in the academic, clinical and industrial settings.

In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are 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 asked to register for elective 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    
PHB5030 Molecular Biology and Genetics 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
 
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
 
PAT5806* Research Seminars 5 ECTS    
PAT5825* Dissertation 60 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    
SOR1211 Probability 2 ECTS    

* Study-unit PAT5806 and PAT5825 are expected 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 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 2
 
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
 
PAT5828 Molecular Pathology 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 the candidates 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 are a sample of the skills and knowledge that you will possess in the work field of Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biology and Genetics) once you successfully graduate from the course:

  • Awareness of the need of international collaboration to conduct research in the medical field and the methods employed to apply and obtain funding.
  • Have 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.
  • Communicate effectively as an important part of scientific endeavour.
  • Present your own research results and ideas largely through example (by attending seminars).
  • Document a thorough understanding of the main issues in the chosen field of study.
  • Have a critical understanding of the use of molecular technology for informed treatment decisions.

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 past 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. If you are 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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