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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biomedical Science








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

4 Years



Angela A. Xuereb

Applied Biomedical Science deals with the study of the techniques and procedures involved in the collection and analysis of samples taken from the human body to enable the identification of pathological conditions. Applied Biomedical Science provides the diagnostic tool for medical care within the laboratory.

Applied Biomedical Science is a vast and multidisciplinary area of health care. A sound knowledge of the biomedical sciences is a prerequisite for this programme of studies.

The following are the major areas of study in Applied Biomedical Science:

Cellular Pathology - the study and identification of pathological conditions of cells and tissues

Clinical Biochemistry and Genetics - the study of the levels of biochemical compounds in the body and the study of inherited basis of disease

Haematology - the study of both the cellular and a cellular components of blood

Medical Microbiology/Virology - the study of microorganisms that cause disease

Transfusion Medicine - the study of the methodology involved in the collection, preservation, storage, testing and administration of blood and blood products

Immunology – the study of the diseases and disorders of the immune system.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The degree course in Applied Biomedical Science aims to produce graduates qualified in all major areas of medical laboratory science with a sound knowledge and understanding of all the practical and theoretical aspects underlying all subjects related to Applied Biomedical Science. In addition, on completion of the degree course in Applied Biomedical Science, a graduate would:

(a) be able to carry out analytical procedures in all areas of medical laboratory science
(b) be able to manage and supervise any laboratory-related work
(c) be fully aware of the special needs of the patient and of the ethics involved, as dictated by the code of professional conduct for medical laboratory scientists
(d) be able to participate in the practical and theoretical training of students registered on courses in Applied Biomedical Science
(e) participate in both research and continuing education programmes.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Graduates in Applied Biomedical Science may seek employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists in the Hospital Pathology Laboratories at Mater Dei or with a private hospital.

Some graduates may opt to seek employment in industry with foreign pharmaceutical companies based in Malta.

The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biomedical Science has been accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, UK, since 2001. Employment in hospital pathology laboratories in the UK and other countries is therefore facilitated.

Graduates in Applied Biomedical Science may pursue further postgraduate qualifications leading to a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences or in Research, or directly to a Ph.D.
COURSE INTENDED FOR Students who enjoy laboratory work.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the summer period of the second year of the course or during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

Passes at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology and Chemistry and a pass at Intermediate Level in Physics.

Applicants who possess a grade D instead of a grade C in one of the required subjects at Advanced Level shall be admitted under those conditions as the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences may impose to compensate for the missing element. If, by the end of the first year of the Course, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

The number of students shall be limited to 24 students.

Applicants who are fully qualified by 31 August 2017 will be considered first and will be placed in rank order. If, after this initial ranking, vacant places are still available, and if applicants would have obtained the necessary qualifications by 30 September 2017, they shall be considered for selection to take up any remaining places. The selection criteria can be found here.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance, applicants are required to submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the respective Departmental Secretary at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital). It is advisable that this mandatory document is submitted by hand. Further instructions will be communicated to accepted applicants at a further stage.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants are also required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 21 July 2017
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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.

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During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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