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Annual Biology Symposium 2018 - Being held on Saturday 1st December 2018


UM website rebranded 

The top-level pages of the University of Malta website have been updated and given a more contemporary look. Read more about it in this article featured on Newspoint.


Master of Science in Applied Biology

Apply biology to real world situations and make a change!

The Department of Biology will be offering a new Master of Science in Applied Biology from October 2018. The course is taught in English and students can opt to enrol either on full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) basis. Click here for more information.


A press release on the outcome of the Biology Symposium

A press release on the outcome of the 2017 Biology Symposium, which was held on the 25th November, is now available on Newspoint. Please click here to view the article.


Student visit from Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

The Department of Biology recently hosted a group of students from the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in connection with their studies in Sustainable Island Management. The visit, held in November 2017, mainly focused on threats, challenges and management approaches in small islands, with emphasis on marine protected areas. The students will be using Malta as a case study as part of a project comparing the situation in the Maltese Islands with that in Texel, one of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands. The Department of Biology organised a seminar series for the visiting students, with talks and discussions on the biodiversity around the Maltese Islands, non-indigenous species, and marine protected areas, including recent research work aimed at supporting designation of new protected sites such as the LifeBaħar for N2K project. The visit was coordinated by Jorien Rippen from Van Hall Larenstein, with Prof. Joseph A. Borg, Dr. Julian Evans, Dr. Leyla Knittweis and Prof. Patrick J. Schembri contributing to the seminars and discussions organised by the Department of Biology.


Left: Prof. Joseph A. Borg delivering a talk on the diversity and protection of seagrass beds in Maltese waters.

Right: Prof. Patrick J. Schembri, Dr. Leyla Knittweis, Dr. Julian Evans in discussions on management strategies with the visiting students from Van Hall Larenstein. 


The Department of Biology wins 'outstanding poster' award at MEDCOAST 2017 Congress

Academic staff and students of the Department of Biology recently presented their research work at MEDCOAST 2017, the thirteenth ‘International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management and Conservation’, held in Mellieħa, Malta, between the 31st October and the 4th November 2017. This biennial congress provides a platform for discussing scientific knowledge, efforts and capabilities required for improved marine and coastal zone management amongst participants, who this year came from 40 different countries.

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Courses open to the general public

A short course on "An Introduction to Fisheries and Aquaculture" is currently being held by the Department of Biology, offered to both students and members of the general public. Registration for this course is now closed. For further information on this and other courses, please contact Mr.James Fenech, Department of Biology, University of Malta, on telephone number: +356 23402272. Email: 



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