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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years



Anna McElhatton

The programme has been designed to offer a comprehensive range of disciplines in the scientific, technological and health areas that match the competencies needed to manage issues in food and nutritional sciences, and their spin-offs, which include food strategy policy and planning.

The skills acquired will enable the graduates to orientate themselves towards food as well as health oriented careers. The programme will give the student the knowledge base needed to then further their education by following postgraduate diploma programmes that lead to national registration as a nutritionist and a dietitian respectively.

The programme, as a whole, will familiarise the student with the basic and fundamental sciences associated with the composition of foods, the manufacture of foods, food safety, principles of human physiology and metabolism. With this curriculum the student will learn to apply theory to practical (industrial/manufacture) scenarios as well as community and clinical settings. The ultimate deliverable is the opportunity to embark on a career which provides the public with potential for improved quality of life and better health status.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the three year "feeder" bachelor’s degree programme the graduate will demonstrate (subject) knowledge of and be able to exploit the principles of:
1. Human Metabolism and Nutrition Science
2. Food Analysis and Product Design
3. Health and Lifestyle Management through the correct use of food
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences is a stand-alone degree offering opportunities in food related careers. This degree programme provides graduates with a tertiary education exit point into manufacture, retail industries and regulatory affairs. Other opportunities in health orientated careers (regulated professions) exist where the course will act as a feeder degree to professional training at postgraduate level (Postgraduate Diploma) needed to become fully-fledged health professionals in nationally regulated professions such as those of nutrition and dietetics.
COURSE INTENDED FOR Students who have a keen interest in food manufacture, food safety and human nutrition.
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 either Mathematics or Physics.

Applicants who possess a grade D instead of a grade C in one of the required subjects at Advanced Level indicated above 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 10 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: 20 September 2017
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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.

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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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