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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Podiatry








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

4 Years



Cynthia Formosa

This course aims to prepare professional podiatrists to meet the requirements of a population with regards to foot treatments and foot health promotion and foot care education.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The course design follows internationally recognized criteria for teaching and training in the classroom and in the clinical field. The podiatry course is tailored to fit current practices in the field with the aim of providing evidence based practice. This course has been designed to provide vocational education, at undergraduate level, for careers in podiatry. Students must be able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the profession. During the four years of the course programme, students study podiatric science, medical sciences, behavioral and clinical studies and research design. These subjects, together with applied anatomy, pathology and physiology, underpin and support the specific modules, which are developed progressively throughout the course. The clinical component is extremely important and is an integral part of the course. During the third year of the course, students may have the opportunity to gain clinical experience in Europe through the ERASMUS student exchange.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY On successful completion of the course, candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine.

New graduates in podiatry will be able to pursue their career in both the public and private sector. Students who wish to further their studies in Podiatry will be able to register for any post-graduate certificate or diploma or they can register for a Masters degree both locally or with any other foreign university.
COURSE INTENDED FOR All those interested in a medical profession. The podiatrist deals with patients and is therefore required to have a sympathetic, understanding and caring attitude. Good communications skills are of utmost importance both with patients and also with other professional colleagues. Patience and tact are also often needed with clients especially children. Podiatry is dependent on the face-to-face interaction between the patient and the practitioner. Therefore successful podiatrists must adopt a holistic approach and be sensitive communicators and counsellors together with assessing and treating people whose movement is restricted due to a foot problem.
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:

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

The number of students that can be accepted into the course is as follows: max. 10 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: 27 October 2017
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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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