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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Communication Therapy








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

4 Years



Helen Grech

The degree programme aims to provide students with a broad education in speech and language behaviour, related pathology and communication therapy as recommended in the guidelines of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics for initial education in speech and language pathology. It aims to develop students’ professional skills and to produce accountable and competent practitioners.

To provide the opportunity for students to:
• acquire a systematic and evaluative approach to study language pathology and communication therapy, whereby knowledge is acquired through the synthesis and application of various disciplines in particular linguistics, the behavioural sciences and the biomedical discipline
• understand the nature and development of human communication disorders which enables them to identify, assess, describe, evaluate, diagnose and manage effectively individuals with such disorders
• integrate theoretical knowledge and skills
• observe and work under supervision in various settings where a speech therapy service is delivered
• develop self-evaluative procedures which would enable them to become accountable and autonomous professionals
• orient themselves to a research based approach in order to prepare them to be involved in the advancement of knowledge in human communication and its disorders as practicing clinicians
• develop intellectually, personally and professionally
• keep abreast of new developments and changes in the profession.
LEARNING OUTCOMES This degree programme prepares generic speech-language pathologists. Graduates of this programme are also eligible to register with professional bodies within EU member States. Qualified speech-language pathologists can acquire positions in all parts of the health and education sector in Malta as well as overseas. They are also eligible to practise privately in Malta.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Suitable employment may be found with the local health services, specialist health services, schools, adult training centres, homes for the elderly, private institutions and non-governmental bodies.
Suitable career prospects are diverse, with significant opportunities for professional development and specialisation. Graduates would also be eligible to register for higher degrees.
COURSE INTENDED FOR Potential students would be those who:
• would like to pursue a caring profession
• are interested in working with individuals with communication disorders across the age range
• are ready to learn about the management of individuals with communication difficulties who may or may not have additional difficulties/disabilities
• are interested in following a degree programme with a multidisciplinary approach
• have adequate communication skills and are ready to enhance these during their programme of studies
• are keen to observe and have hands-on experience (under supervision) in working with individuals with communication difficulties
• are keen to become independent practitioners with a skill mix.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first 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:

Two passes at Grade C or better, at least one of which must be at Advanced Level and one at Intermediate Level, in Biology and in either English or Maltese.

The number of students shall be limited to 15 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: 29 October 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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CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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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