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Postgraduate Course in Family Medicine
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Department of Family Medicine   
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
University of Malta Medical School

Promoting Family Medicine by means of good practice, effective leadership, sound policies and practice management.


Medical practitioners are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of Family Medicine in all Health Care Systems. Equally important is the quality aspect of the practice of this discipline. All Health Care Systems are now converging on the intent of harnessing the dual attributes of personal care delivered within the wider community context. This master’s degree strives to develop further the practice of Family Medicine by developing the knowledge and skills required to deliver quality care to patients. The community aspect of the discipline requires the development of leaders, managers and policy makers who have a sound knowledge of Family Medicine.

Duration of Programme of Study

Part-time afternoon course over 2 years.

Programme Structure

Ten study-units, of which 8 are taught and 2 are research-based (a research proposal and a Master’s dissertation).


The study-units cover different aspects of the practice of Family Medicine and the management and leadership skills required in practice focused organisations. There are also study-units which seek to enhance the research skills and the lifelong learning required in general practice.

YEAR 1 - total credits: 37

Semester 1 - 16 credits
FME5001 Principles and Practice of Family Medicine. 6 Credits
FME5014 Basic Principles of Epidemiology, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology in Primary Care. 10 Credits

Semester 2 - 11 credits
FME5015 Evidence Based Medicine; Learning and Teaching in Practice. 5 Credits
FME5016 Sociology and Psychology of Health and Illness. 6 Credits

Semester 3 - 10 credits
FME5011 Submission of Research Proposal. 4 Credits
FME5018 Communication Skills. 6 Credits

YEAR 2 - total credits: 53

Semester 1 - 11 credits
FME5017 Managing and Preventing Illness in Family Medicine. 6 Credits
FME5019 Medical Law and Ethics. 5 Credits

Semester 2 - 12 credits
FME5020 Management, Leadership, Quality and Medical Informatics. 12 Credits

Semester 3 - 30 credits
FME5013 Dissertation Viva and Thesis. 30 Credits

Students will undertake a supervised 15,000 to 20,000 word, research project relevant to the discipline. The theme of the research and the supervisor have to be approved by the Department of Family Medicine. The 30 credits for the dissertation will form one-third of the total of 90 credits required for the completion of the program.

Facilities & Support

Students will have access to the University of Malta library facilities and the other medical school facilities. They will be supported by teaching staff, the secretarial office staff and be able to work in groups, exchange ideas and share experiences in a one to one environment.


Taught study-units are assessed by means of one or more of the following: course work, assignments, presentations, seminars or written examinations.

The dissertation will be assessed by the supervisor and an independent reader as appointed by the University.

Exit Award

Master’s Degree in Family Medicine.

Entry Requirements

All medical practitioners are eligible to apply.

Applicants are expected to come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. These include newly qualified doctors who are interested in Family Medicine or Public Health Medicine with a community orientation. Practitioners may wish to re-invigorate their career by having a fresh look at Family Medicine. Doctors may be interested because they need a postgraduate qualification to take opportunities where research, policy, management and leadership are important aspects of the work.

Many doctors may simply want to be prepared for the future by being able to take the challenges that Family Medicine will certainly be offering in the next few years.

Further Information

Ms Leanne Baldacchino
Department of Family Medicine
University of Malta Medical School
Mater Dei Hospital
Msida  MSD2090
Tel: +356 2340 1117


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