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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Reproductive Health







M.Sc. RH(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology provides a comprehensive theory-based course of studies to enable the medical doctor to upgrade key aspects of knowledge relating to reproductive health. The course facilitates learning within a structured framework covering relevant aspects within the basic sciences, the speciality of reproductive health in females and males, and those aspects of medicine, surgery and paediatrics relevant to the practice of the speciality.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The course of Masters Degree in Reproductive Health aims to;

Personal and Professional Development:

• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters with the appropriate intellectual and cognitive skills to attain the standards of knowledge adequate to serve as a basis in the quest to specialise in the field of reproductive health, thus supplementing but not replacing the clinical skills attained through a formal clinical apprenticeship and training obtained in a recognised substantive training post recognised by the Specialist Accreditation Committee.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters with the interpersonal skills required to enable them to work either individually or in a team to address reproductive health care problems in the care of individuals.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters with a broad populationbased approach to their speciality thus enabling them to serve as leaders, administrators and researchers in the community. This includes the ability to apply appropriate screening and case finding skills for specific risks and the development, implementation and evaluation of use of guidelines.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters with a developed lifetime attitude of professionalism, self-assessment, and self-education crucial to developing a critical approach to practice in order that they are capable of closely examining and improving their practice. This includes the ability to apply basic ethical principles associated with patient care and working with other professionals; and understanding the limit of one's own situation and abilities and know when to consult with and refer to other colleagues, specialists and community resources.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters with adequate skills of investigation, reflective learning, academic writing, problem-based learning and communication in order to improve their professional performance. This includes an appreciation of the importance of timely completion of medical records and accurate documentation.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters with an understanding of the principles of adult learning in order that they will eventually be in a position to pass on the speciality skills enthusiastically and effectively to medical students, nurses and their peers.

Reproductive Health Development:

• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters who will be able to understand and incorporate evidence, professional experience and value-based practices when determining policy and practice, and thus serve as the cohort of future leaders, managers and policy-makers in reproductive health.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters who will serve as advocates for the concept of reproductive and sexual health as being central to general health and human development.

Research in Reproductive Health:

• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters who will be able to understand the principles of research methods that includes formulation of the idea, design, implementation, data collection, analysis and presentation and thus be in a position to undertake original research.
• Develop graduates with knowledge in reproductive health matters who will have the experience to enhance the ability to use a medical reference library, access information systems via the internet, evaluate current medical literature, and better recognize evidence based literature.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The curriculum should enable graduates to gain theoretical competence in the field of reproductive health within the hospital environment and the community. They will be encouraged to become self-directed learners engaged in an ever-changing environment. The degree of MSc in Reproductive Health will equip graduates with the intellectual and practical skills to enable them to combine the theoretical knowledge with the clinical skills through the merging of evidence-based medicine with clinical experience. It will thus strengthen links between the academic and clinical disciplines thus most appropriately translating knowledge into know-how.

The ethos of the course is to ensure that future graduates will be in a position to make significant contributions not only towards clinical care, but also towards promoting the academic aspects of the speciality in teaching and research.

The course of studies does not in any way assure the graduate any specialist status since it does not include any attempts to teach practical clinical skills. Specialist accreditation in Malta is legally determined by the criteria set by the Specialist Accreditation Committee in consultation with the relevant specialist representative body.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The course is open to medical practitioners who wish to further their academic basis for the theory and practice of reproductive medicine.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) the Degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, as defined by Part Ia of the Second Schedule of the Health Care Professions Act or

(b) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualification mentioned in sub-paragraph (a).

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2013.

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



Last Updated: 13 February 2015
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