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COURSE TITLE Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical, Dental and Health Sciences







Cert. FS(Melit.)

Short Cycle Qualification

Level 4

1 Year



The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical, Dental and Health Sciences will provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base their future undergraduate medical, dental or allied health studies.

Successful completion of this course guarantees you a place on the course of Medicine and Surgery.
Restrictions may apply in certain areas including Dentistry and Health Sciences.

The primary aim of the course is to provide these students with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate Medicine and Surgery, Master of Dentistry, or Bachelor’s in Podiatry or Occupational Therapy courses. The course offers specific training and support in those core health science and English areas where these students require further assistance.

The course will provide teaching in the subject areas of human biology, biological chemistry, human anatomy, genetics, cell biology as well as Medical English and Maltese. In addition, students will be expected to attend regular tutorial sessions for each subject. During the tutorial sessions students will be expected to show evidence of adequate revision of the week's work. At the same time, tutorials are intended as scheduled learning sessions in which students will receive training in how to apply their knowledge base and practice their language and communication skills.

The course will include continuous assessments to build up a realistic profile of the student's abilities. Tutors will be required to assess students periodically. As the course progresses and the level of spoken and written English improves and the mastery of subject content improves, students will be expected to show evidence of higher analytical and evaluation skills.

Skills such as the student's ability to apply their knowledge base, to show evidence of self-directed learning and attitude during tutorials will be assessed in the first and second semesters.

Student performance will be monitored continuously by the area coordinator and feedback will be provided through the course tutors. This will allow an awareness of the student's approach to learning and the identification of students who are encountering difficulties, so that remedial action such as the offer of small group coaching can be provided.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The course will provide students with:

• A sound scientific knowledge of human biology, biological chemistry, anatomy, genetics and cell biology

• The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a student of Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry or Occupational Therapy at the University of Malta;

• Training to apply scientific reasoning and analytic skills;

• Grounding in the use of grammar and logic together to precisely understand questions in English and differentiate between similar statements and ideas;

• An understanding of how to apply formal logic to scientific problems;

• Opportunities to think and reason more effectively in the abstract.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Medical, Dental and Health Sciences is specially designed to enable students who have completed their secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and aims to provide the support needed to enable such applicants to move from a fully structured educational environment (in high school) to the attitudes, knowledge and skills required of Medical, Dental, Podiatry or Occupational Therapy students at the University of Malta.
The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and

(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 61, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or
(iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or
(iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and

(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but

(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta,
provided that the Medical, Dental and Health Sciences programme, referred to in paragraph (1) of regulation 6 of the regulations for the Course, shall be open to qualified applicants from non-EU/EEA countries in terms of agreements signed by the University with the State of Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to qualified nationals from other non-EU/EEA countries.

The number of applicants from non-EU/EEA countries that may be admitted to the Course with the intention of following the Master of Dental Surgery course shall be announced at the time of the call for applications.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 16 March 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
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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