Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

Course Title

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

3 Years

180 ECTS

Mode of Study


Information for International applicants

Applicants in possession of a pass in the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, together with the MCAST Level 5 Award in Health Sciences shall be considered as having satisfied the general entry requirements.

General information for candidates applying under the maturity clause can be accessed here.

During the first year of the Course, students are also 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.

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

Further information regarding admission is available here.

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Applications for our February and October intakes have been officially open since the third week in November. You can submit your application online. The deadlines for submission of applications vary according to the intake and courses. We encourage all international applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible. This is especially important if you require a visa to travel and eventually stay in Malta.

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The overall aim of the B.Sc. (Hons.) in Nursing programme is to prepare you to become first-level nurses capable in providing effective evidence-based patient-centred care. This course aims to provide you with an understanding of nursing's distinct knowledge base as well as knowledge derived from the other life and social sciences. It also aims to equip you with the ability to perform the required clinical skills competently and in full knowledge of the current evidence. It is in view of this that this course comprises both theoretical and practical components, with a diversified content that is designed to develop your ability to draw upon the various types of knowledge, the appropriate skills and an understanding of your specific personal wishes, to guide the appropriate nursing action in a variety of settings. The programme conforms to the EU's Directives on Nursing Education, securing recognition across EU member states.

Communication and Academic Skills Programme

The communication and academic skills programme complements students’ main course of study. It introduces them to writing and presenting as situated within academic contexts sensitive to specific disciplines and develops their competences for future careers.

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR1128 Practical Nursing Skills 1 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1133 Becoming a student nurse 6 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1134 An introduction to foundational nursing concepts 2 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1135 Introduction to applied biomedical sciences 6 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1136 Foundations of healthcare practice 2 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1137 Nursing the individual in Varied Contexts 1 6 ECTS   (NC)  

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR1139 Practical nursing skills 2 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1140 Practice Placement 1 5 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1141 Practice Placement 2 10 ECTS   (NC)  

Summer Period
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR1142 Practice Placement 3 5 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR1143 Practice Placement 4 10 ECTS   (NC)  

Requirement for regular progression to Year II: 60 ECTS credits and a minimum of 900 hours of nursing practice.

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR2150 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2151 Nursing the Individual in Varied Contexts 2 6 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2152 Advancing Nursing Knowledge Related to Practice 8 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2153 Practical Nursing Skills 3 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2154 Personal Growth and Professional Development 1 4 ECTS   (NC)  

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR2086 Complex Clinical Situations 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2156 Practice Placement 5 5 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2157 Practice Placement 6 10 ECTS   (NC)  

Summer Period
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR2158 Practice Placement 7 5 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR2159 Practice Placement 8 10 ECTS   (NC)  

Requirement for regular progression to Year III: 60 ECTS credits and a minimum of 1,800 hours of nursing practice (over Year 1 & Year 2).

In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are required to register for an optional study-unit to the value of 2 ECTS credits during their third year of studies.
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)
NUR3600 Dissertation in Nursing Studies 10 ECTS   (NC)  

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR3905 Introduction to Advanced Nursing Practice and Specialisation 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR3906 Contemporary Issues Relevant to Nursing Practice 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR3907 Implementing Nursing Knowledge related to Practice 8 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR3908 Personal Growth and Professional Development 2 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR3909 Health, Illness and Social Contexts 5 ECTS   (NC)  

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
NUR3910 Personal Growth and Development 3 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR3911 Practical Nursing Skills Update 4 ECTS   (NC)  
NUR3912 Practice Placement 9 15 ECTS   (NC)  

Requirement for successful completion to Year III: 60 ECTS credits and a minimum of 2,300 hours of nursing practice (over Year 1 to Year 3).Requirement for award of B.Sc. (Hons) in Nursing: 180 ECTS credits

This programme of study is governed by The General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2019 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of Bachelor of Science (Honours) - B.Sc. (Hons) - under the auspices of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The course aims to:

  • Prepare you as a prospective nurse by instilling critical thinking, knowledge and reflection, in order to be able to practice in a professional and an accountable manner.
  • Provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes central to nursing.
  • Instil you with evidence-based interventions in a variety of health care environments.
  • Provide you with the interpersonal skills to be key members of the multidisciplinary team within any health care setting.
  • Prepare you to understand the importance behind the principles of accountability in your implementation to improve the care and wellbeing of a patient.

Non EU Applicants:

Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800

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On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Malta Council for Nurses and Midwives. As a graduate nurse, you will be employable in a variety of health care settings, such as the community and occupational health care settings, and engage in a variety of roles, such as management and policy development roles. Employment and educational opportunities are prevalent across all sectors. The successful completion of the undergraduate programme also renders you eligible for enrolment on to Master's programmes of studies.

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