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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

4 Years



Rene Mifsud

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession which is concerned with empowering individuals who have sustained an injury, disease or developmental delay, to achieve their maximal level of independence in daily life activities, by the use of occupation, purposeful activity, exercise, the modification of the environment and education. Occupational therapy is also concerned with health promotion and the prevention of health problems in those individuals who may be at risk.

Occupational therapists work with all age groups starting from birth and continuing to old-age, and in all the different health care areas which can be as diverse as hand-injury clinics, schools and the mental health sector. Intervention is aimed to restore the best possible performance and participation in “occupations”, a term which, from the occupational therapy perspective, refers to activities of everyday life which are valued and given meaning by individuals and their culture. Very broadly occupations fall under the categories of work, self-care, education and leisure.

Intervention relies on a comprehensive assessment which helps to establish the baseline capabilities of the client. Information concerning physical abilities, perceptual, cognitive, psychosocial functioning, environmental aspects and occupational history, is evaluated to enable the therapist to draw up a comprehensive treatment plan.

Occupational therapy intervention may aim to improve the function of the components involved in the carrying out of occupations such as strength, movement, coordination, endurance, perception and memory; or modify the skills involved in the carrying out of such occupations. Clients may also be guided to adapt their habits, routines and lifestyles in order to help accommodate their level of function. Education of the family, carers or co-workers also forms part of the occupational therapist's job. Another important contribution is the modification of the environment which may involve adjustments to the home, work-place, school or even the community to allow individuals with disabilities to function optimally in their immediate surroundings.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in occupational therapy prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for the assessment and treatment of a range of client-groups referred to the numerous service sites from which this profession operates.

Through fieldwork students are also coached into developing a range of professional behaviours of relevance to this discipline. The degree also educates students to be judicious users of professional literature and research with the aim of promoting the adoption of rationale-based methods in all professional endeavors and life-long learning.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY This degree programme prepares occupational therapists for registration with the Council of Professions Complementary to Medicine and entry to the occupational therapy profession. Graduates of this programme are also eligible to register with professional bodies within EU member States. Furthermore, the programme of studies in recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Qualified occupational therapists can acquire positions in all parts of the health sector in Malta as well as overseas. Suitable employment may be found with the local health services, specialist health services, company health services, schools, NGOs as well as in private institutions. Career prospects are diverse, with significant opportunities for professional development and specialisation. This programme also provides a basis for Masters’ level degree studies.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The occupational therapy profession is ideal for anyone who is interested in helping others achieve competence, balance and self-fulfillment in their daily activities for a better quality of life. Although a science background is vital for applicants, the scope of occupational therapy is very broad and allows one to bring together a variety of interests from the sphere of medicine, psychology, work activities and art. Therefore potential practitioners have to be very eclectic since they will be called upon to work with a wide range of client populations and be able to select appropriate treatment approaches from a range of modalities.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the summer period 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:

A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology.

Applicants who possess a grade D instead of a grade C in the Biology 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 that can be accepted into the course is as follows: max. 20 EU/EEA Students and 2 Non-EU/EEA 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: 1 September 2017
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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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