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Frequently Asked Questions

Awarding body and course title

What is the wording on the degree certificate?

The exact wording on the certificate is Queen Mary University of London - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

General questions about QMUL Malta

What are the latest league table rankings?

  • 3rd in the UK for Medicine - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • 1st in London for Overall Student Satisfaction (Medicine) - NNS 2016

QMUL is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group.

Where can I access further information about QMUL Malta?

Please fill out this short form and we will send you information about QMUL Malta

Medicine MBBS Malta – request information

Is MBBS Malta the same programme as QMUL's existing MBBS London (A100)?

Yes, the programmes are the same. The core curriculum is identical which includes early in-depth clinical experience, problem-based learning (PBL), practical sessions in laboratories, and opportunities to undertake an intercalated undergraduate science degree at QMUL's London campus. There will be the possibility of undertaking SSCs in London too.  Students will take the same assessments at the same time as MBBS students in London.

Is the degree taught in English? Will patient-doctor communication be in English?

The MBBS programme is taught in English. As English is one of the two official languages in Malta, all clinical training and patient contact takes place in an English speaking setting. Some patient doctor communication may be in Maltese but the GP will explain the interaction to you and you will be able to discuss the clinical aspects with him in English. All discussions between health care professionals within the area in English. 

What are the tuition fees?

Annual tuition fees for 2018 entry are €35,000 for UK/EU, and international (non-EU) students.

Is the course taught by academic staff from Queen Mary?

The programme is led and taught by staff from our London MBBS degree, working as a team with local academics and clinicians.

When will the new medical school buildings be completed?

We are working to the latest dates provided by our building contractor and we expect to have access to the new Anatomy Centre in September 2018. The current expectation for the completion of the new Medical School Building is March 2019 and we expect to take occupation of the building shortly thereafter. While the main Barts building is being completed teaching will take place at the Sir Michelangelo Refalo Sixth Form College in the main town of Victoria. For more details please visit the Facilities web page.

Will I have an opportunity to study in London at any point in the course?

MBBS Malta students who meet the academic criteria will be given the opportunity to study an intercalated science degree in London, taken over one year. Two week SSC projects may be available at other points in the course on an exchange basis with MBBS London students.  This may incur additional costs if the project is undertaken outside of QMUL, ie a clinical environment such as the NHS or private organisation. Students are expected to meet their own costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence.

How many students will be enrolled on the programme?

A proposed 60 students on the 5 year Medicine MBBS Malta programme in 2018/19

What is an MBBS?

Successful students will be awarded a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Queen Mary University of London. The MBBS is very well recognised internationally. It (or a variant) is the standard medical qualification offered by all universities in the UK.

Where will I be based?

In the first two years of the programme you will be taught mainly on the Gozo campus. In addition you will have clinical placements in GP practices in Malta. In the third, fourth and fifth year, you will spend time on the wards and clinics in Gozo General Hospital, Karen Grech Hospital, Mater Dei Hospital (Malta) and other relevant clinical facilities in primary and secondary care.

Are there any other universities in Malta?

The University of Malta is the largest academic institution on the island with over 10,000 enrolled students. There are over 40 academic institutions in Malta.

Student Support

Will there be a high level of student support available throughout the course?

Yes, students will have access to a dedicated Student Support Office in Malta. They are responsible for student support throughout the undergraduate programme. They play a key role in student welfare, including the management of physical and mental illness. At any time, students can make appointments with the Office, who will be available to listen and give advice.

The Student Support Office has a highly developed network for pastoral and academic support with links back to the Barts and London School of Medicine in London. This network is a vital resource for medical students, who take much of the responsibility for their own learning during their challenging courses. At every stage you will receive support from staff who are experienced in helping and advising students.

The Student Support Office adheres to the GMC guidelines on Pastoral Support. https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/undergraduate/26642.asp

Application questions

Can UK, European and overseas students apply?

Yes, UK, European and overseas students can apply.  Please check the entry requirements for more information. We also ask you to ensure that you check with the Medical Council of the country or countries where you intend to practise after graduation.  The information presented here cannot be sufficiently detailed to cover all individual circumstances.   

What are the entry requirements?

Please visit MBBS Malta entry requirements for a list of all country-specific qualifications, including language requirements.

What are the selection criteria?

For MBBS Malta selection details, including interviews, please visit MBBS Selection Criteria

United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

Do I need to take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)?

Yes, all candidates must sit the UKCAT.

For candidates who have taken the UKCAT in 2018, your overall UKCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date.

Can I take the test in 2018?

Yes, candidates can sit the UKCAT in July 2018 for September 2018 entry.

These applicants will be ranked for interview on academic criteria alone. All such applicants, if issued with a conditional offer, will need to complete the UKCAT test in the 2018 sitting by 31 August 2018 and score a minimum of 2331.

To register, and for further information please see: www.ukcat.ac.uk

Do I apply for the programmes through UCAS?

No, applicants apply directly to the University, not UCAS. This means that applicants applying to UK universities can use up their five UCAS choices (four for Medicine), then can apply separately to study Medicine MBBS Malta.

For example, an applicant applying to six UK university courses:

UCAS Choice

University

1

QMUL, Medicine MBBS London (A100)

2

Medical school X

3

Medical school X

4

Medical school X

5

Non medical subject X e.g. Biomedical Science

Direct Application

University

6

QMUL, Medicine MBBS Malta

Can I apply for MBBS London and MBBS Malta?

Yes, applicants can apply to study Medicine MBBS London (A100) and also Medicine MBBS Malta.

Applicants who apply to both MBBS London and MBBS Malta will be shortlisted for interview according to published criteria. The shortlisting processes are performed independently so we may invite you to interview for only one of the two courses. If you are shortlisted for both, you need only have one interview - in London, Singapore or Hong Kong.  If you apply for the Malta programme only, interviews will take place either in London, Malta or via Skype.

The offer of a place then depends on the scores you are given at interview, so again, you could be offered a place on one course but not the other.

Can I switch/transfer from Malta to London?

No. You must apply to both the programmes if you wish to be considered for shortlisting or offer. Acceptance on either course is not transferable and students will not be able to move to London from Malta.

Finance questions

Are there Scholarships available?

There are scholarships to be awarded to students who begin their programme in September 2018.

How are Scholarships awarded?

Scholarships will be awarded on merit. 50% on UCAS tariff points or International equivalent and 50% on UKCAT.

Graduates who meet the minimum academic criteria and apply for a scholarship will be awarded a scholarship

Once a student has been awarded the scholarship and started the course it will be retained by the student until the end of their programme, assuming they meet the necessary criteria to progress through the course each year, i.e. they fulfil the examination and professional requirements.

What is the cost of living?

Malta has one of the lowest cost of living rates in the EU yet with a high standard of living. A 30 day bus pass costs €10, the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is €400-500 a month per person and a meal in an inexpensive restaurant is €10.

Can I apply for a student loan?

UK students studying in Malta are not eligible to apply for a student loan via the Student Loans Company. International students will need to check whether a student loan is available from their home country.

Accommodation and life on the Islands

Can you tell me about Gozo and Malta?

  • Area: 316km2 (122 square miles)
  • Population: 450,000
  • Capital: Valletta
  • Languages: English and Maltese

The Maltese islands are situated in Europe's Mediterranean Sea about 100km off the coast of Italy with a population of just under half a million. The islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round with hot summers. The average yearly temperature is around 23°C (73°F) during the day and 16°C (61°F) at night.

The Republic of Malta is made up of three main islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The islands are a very popular tourist destination with its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments.

Malta is easily accessible from most European hubs including London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Paris

What percentage of Maltese residents speak English?

According to the latest Eurobarometer poll, 98% of Maltese people can speak Maltese, 88% can speak English, 66% can speak Italian, and more than 17% speak French.

Who do I contact for further information?

Please fill out this short form and we will send you information about QMUL Malta

Medicine MBBS Malta – request information

Alternatively please contact the Admissions Team.
Email: qmul-malta@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8478
Web: www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/qmulmalta

Am I able to drive on the islands for the five years I am out there?

Nationals of EU member countries aged 18 or over are allowed to drive in Malta on their existing licences, or exchange them for a Maltese one after having lived in Malta for six months. Non-EU nationals aged 18 or over can drive on their existing valid licence for a maximum of twelve months from the date of their last arrival in Malta.

Applications for a Maltese licence must be made in person at the Licencing and Testing Directorate (LTD) on the DRV.01 application form (available from the Malta transport authority website - http://www.maltatransport.com/en/). You also need to submit a colour passport-sized photo, current driving licence, passport and Maltese identity card, if available. A fee is payable on collection of your Maltese licence. You are not allowed to hold more than one EU-issued driving licence, so your previous licence will be returned to its country of origin.

Please visit http://www.transport.gov.mt/land-transport/driving/exchanging-your-foreign-driving-licence for further information.

General Medical Council (GMC) approval process

Has Medicine MBBS Malta received GMC approval?

The GMC is working closely with QMUL to ensure that the MBBS Malta degree meets the GMC standards outlined in Promoting excellence: standards in medical education and training. The approval process takes the form of a year-by-year review following the first cohort to graduation. Only during the final year of the programme will the GMC be able to confirm the programme meets the GMC standards.

The School has already demonstrated in its first year of teaching (2017/18) that it is able to satisfy the GMC with the ability to deliver the academic content of classroom teaching, GP experience and small amounts of hospital experience (in the Student-Selected Components).

The School is working alongside the GMC to respond to areas identified for improvement and to continue to deliver a high quality education experience to its students.  However, there is no guarantee that there will be a successful outcome to this quality assurance process.

In the highly unlikely event that there is a significant concern in a section of the course, the QMUL Malta programme will implement its contingency arrangements with the home university programme of QMUL in London.  This means that QMUL could provide additional experience in the UK, for a short period of time, to ensure that the areas of concern are delivered to the satisfaction of the GMC.  This means that students enrolled in the programme who are successfully passing all assessments, will be able to complete their studies and graduate with a GMC recognised medical qualification. The requirements will be led by the GMC in discussion with QMUL. However, QMUL does not envisage any problem area to necessitate the transfer of groups of students to the UK for extended periods of time.

All MBBS Malta students who successfully pass the assessments over the duration of the course will graduate with a GMC recognised, MBBS degree from Queen Mary University of London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Pathways to practice medicine after graduation

How do I find out if the MBBS Malta qualification is accepted in my home country?

Please check with your home Medical Council before applying for the programmes. Please contact the Admissions team for further information:

qmul-malta@qmul.ac.uk

+44 (0)20 7882 8478

Will I be able to apply for a junior doctor post in my home country after graduation?

Different countries have a variety of routes into practising medicine and it is very important that you satisfy yourself that neither the degree nor your immigration status will be a barrier to your career ambitions on graduation

Are "Foundation School" junior doctor posts (FY1 and FY2) available for Barts MBBS Malta graduates in Malta?

Yes, as an MBBS Malta graduate you will be able to apply for Foundation School posts in Malta. The right to work in Malta will depend on what immigration rules are in place at the time you graduate. 

Is there a Maltese language requirement?

The Malta Medical Council (MMC) already requires that doctors demonstrate proficiency in medical Maltese within two years of commencing medical practice in Malta. The Minister of Health has written to us stating that there will be no such requirement until after the first year in practice. Hence it is only a postgraduate requirement after FY1. However, following our observations of student placements, feedback from students and discussions with GP tutors, we feel that students would benefit from developing their Maltese language proficiency. Therefore, we are looking at options to enable students to receive tuition in Maltese; these may include evening classes within a community setting and/or optional modules as part of the timetable. This will be voluntary, free of charge and non-credit bearing. Therefore this will not form part of the undergraduate MBBS.

If graduates stay in Malta for Foundation School posts do they receive a salary?

Yes, all Foundation School doctors in Malta will receive a salary.

Information for UK Nationals Studying on the Barts MBBS Malta

Do UK nationals graduating from MBBS Malta have the same chance of securing UK based Foundation School posts and gaining full registration with the UK GMC as if they had been graduating in the UK ?

Yes, assuming;

  • UK GMC-recognition of the course, and
  • that you have the right to live and work in the UK,

you can be included in the list of students graduating from Barts which is sent each years to the Foundation Programme Office.  The allocation of Foundation School posts depends to a great extent on academic performance and this will be no different if you graduate in Malta.

Will the outcome of BREXIT, change this?

The Barts Malta MBBS degree (subject to GMC approval) will be a degree from a UK university but we cannot give advice about this as the detail of the agreement is unknown.  QMUL is currently exploring the option of being able to award a Maltese (EU) degree, as well as or instead of a UK one, at your request, because QMUL is now a recognised university registered in Malta. We plan to give our graduates as many options as possible but would not implement any such changes unless this was to a graduate’s advantage.

Can students who are UK nationals secure Foundation School posts and gain full registration in Malta and other EU/EEA countries?

Yes, these students can apply for Foundation School posts and gain full registration in Malta and other EU/EEA countries as regulations currently stand. Applicants are advised to seek written confirmation from the University and Foundation School as the situation could change regarding Malta as well as other EU/EEA countries

Post BREXIT, will students who are UK nationals be able to secure Foundation School posts and gain full registration in Malta and other EU/EEA countries?

Currently, students who are UK nationals can apply for and secure Foundation School posts and gain full registration in other European countries, including Malta. Post Brexit, much will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the UK Government and the rest of the EU in relation to Britain's exit from the EU on immigration matters and also what other countries' GMC-equivalents determine is acceptable in relation to an appropriate medical qualification. QMUL is currently exploring the option of the QMUL Malta MBBS degree also being an EU degree (i.e. a Maltese degree) since QMUL is now a recognised university registered in Malta. QMUL plan to give our graduates as many options as possible.

Information for Non-UK EU/EEA Nationals Studying on the Barts MBBS Malta

Can non-UK EU/EEA nationals who are graduates secure Foundation School posts and/or gain full registration in the UK, Malta and other EU countries?

Yes, students can currently apply for Foundation School posts and gain full registration in Malta and other EU/EEA countries. Applicants are advised to seek written confirmation from their respective Medical Council.

Post-BREXIT will non-UK EU/EEA national graduates be able to secure Foundation School posts and gain full registration in the UK, Malta and other EU/EEA countries?

Currently, non-UK EU/EEA nationals who are graduates can apply for Foundation School posts and gain full registration in other European countries, including UK and Malta. Post Brexit, much will depend on the outcome of the negotiations between the UK Government and the rest of the EU in relation to Britain's exit from the EU on immigration matters and what other countries' GMC-equivalents determine is acceptable in relation to an appropriate medical qualification. Persons are advised to seek written confirmation from their respective Medical Council. QMUL is currently exploring the option of the QMUL Malta MBBS degree also being an EU degree (i.e. a Maltese degree) since QMUL is now a recognised university registered in Malta. QMUL plan to give our graduates as many options as possible.

Can non-EU/EEA students apply for Foundation School posts in the UK  after graduation in Malta

This is possible but not guaranteed. Access to UK training programme posts for non-EU/EEA doctors is restricted under UK immigration rules, which makes the process difficult. If you do not have the right to live and work in the UK or any other EU/EAA country, you would need to apply via the UKFPO Eligibility Office in year 4 of the course.  The rules that currently govern issue of tier 2 immigration visas to those international applicants who secure FY1/2 places are almost certain to change over any five year period and we recommend that you consult the relevant offices and keep up to date with changes.

http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/ 

Is there another way to gain full GMC registration if I do not secure a place and a visa to undertake FY1 and 2 in the UK?

There are routes to secure UK speciality training for international candidates.  As this covers a period of seven years forward from an application and the rules surrounding this are very likely to change, the School will be in a better position to advise closer to the time you graduate.

Can non-EU/EEA MBBS Malta students apply for Foundation School posts in the EU e.g. Germany, France?

This is possible but not guaranteed. Access to European training programme posts for non-EU/EEA doctors is restricted under immigration rules applicable in the relevant country which makes the process difficult. You are advised to seek written confirmation from the Medical Council in the country where you hope to practise before applying for the programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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