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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

4 Years



Rita Borg Xuereb

The main aim of the course is to prepare the graduate to achieve the competencies needed to be able to fulfill the requirements of a midwife as laid down in the definition of the midwife and would comply with the Health Care Professions Act Part IV, 23 (5) and European Union Midwives Directive 80/154/EEC Article 4.

These competencies include:

• To provide sound family planning information and advice

• To diagnose pregnancies and monitor normal pregnancies to carry out examinations necessary for the monitoring of the development of normal pregnancies

• To prescribe or advise on the examinations necessary for the earliest possible diagnosis of pregnancies at risk

• To provide a programme of parenthood preparation and a complete preparation for childbirth including advice on hygiene and nutrition

• To care for and assist the mother during labour and to monitor the condition of the fetus in utero by the appropriate clinical and technical means

• To conduct spontaneous deliveries including where required an episiotomy and in urgent cases a breech delivery

• To recognize the warning signs of abnormality in the mother or infant which necessitate referral to a doctor and to assist the latter where appropriate; to take the necessary emergency measure in the doctor’s absence, in particular the manual removal of the placenta, possibly followed by manual examination of the uterus

• To examine and care for the new-born infant; to take all initiatives which are necessary in case of need and to carry out where necessary immediate resuscitation

• To care for and monitor the progress of the mother in the postnatal period and to give all necessary advice to the mother on infant care to enable her to ensure the optimum progress of the new-born infant

• To carry out the treatment prescribed by a doctor

• To maintain all necessary records” (Health Care Professions Act Part IV, 23 (5) and European Union Midwives Directive 80/154/EEC Article 4).
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the course the graduate will also be able to:

• Develop family–centred care, responsive to the needs of women and their families in a variety of care settings. This will be reflected in the capacity to assess the needs of women and to provide care and support for women throughout the pre-conception, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods.

• Be competent in the effective and efficient management of care for women and their families managing and prioritizing competing demands. The emphasis being on the provision of holistic care for women and their families which respect their individual needs, contexts, cultures and choices.

• Work collaboratively within the interdisciplinary care team, demonstrating overall competence in fulfilling the midwife’s role.

• Recognize moral obligations and the need to accept personal responsibility for their own ethical choices within specific situations based on their own professional judgment.

• Be competent in the setting and maintenance of appropriate standards of the various dimensions of midwifery care.

• Develop the concept of lifelong learning in graduates, encompassing key skills including communication and teamwork.

• Take account of the changing nature and contents of midwifery practice.

• Be knowledgeable of the concept of evidence-based practice and learning.

• The graduate will be able to search the evidence base, analyse, criticise and use evidence in practice; disseminate research findings and adopt and change practice where appropriate.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY On successfully completing this course the graduate will be eligible to be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and eligible to be licensed by the President of Malta to practise the profession of Midwife.

Midwives are responsible and accountable professionals who work in partnership with women and their families to give the necessary support, care education and advice during preconception, pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period. Midwives may practise in any setting including the home, community, Health Centres, Hospitals, Clinics, and Birth Centres. Midwives abide by the Midwives Code of Practice (NMC, 2005) and the Maltese Code of Ethics for Nurses and Midwives (1997).

Graduate midwives may also opt to become midwifery practitioners and/or further their studies and aim for an academic and/or research, or managerial career in midwifery.

B.Sc. (Hons) Midwifery Graduates may further their studies locally by following a Masters Degree in Midwifery.
COURSE INTENDED FOR Women or men who have a caring attitude, an aptitude to work with women and their families and have all the requirements for undergraduate studies indicated hereunder. Overseas applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board, University of Malta.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so 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:

An Advanced Level pass in Biology.

The number of students shall be limited to fifteen 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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