Frequently Asked Questions
General questions about QMUL Malta
What are the latest league table rankings?
- 2nd in the UK for Medicine - The Guardian University Guide 2017
- 1st in London for Overall Student Satisfaction (Medicine) - NNS 2016
- QMUL is in the top 1% of universities in the world (THE Word Rankings 2016/17)
QMUL is one of 24 leading UK universities represented by the Russell Group.
Where can I access further information about QMUL Malta?
Is MBBS Malta the same programme as QMUL’s existing MBBS London (A100)?
Yes, the programmes are same. The core curriculum is identical which includes early in-depth clinical experience, problem-based learning (PBL), practical sessions in laboratories, and opportunities to spend a full year of study undertaking an intercalated undergraduate science degree at QMUL’s London campus (although we are also considering developing intercalated degrees in Malta). 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?
Both programmes are taught in English. As English is one of the two official languages on the islands (Maltese being the other), all clinical training and patient contact will take place in an English speaking setting.
What are the tuition fees?
Annual tuition fees for 2017 entry are €35,000 for UK/EU, and international (non-EU) students.
Will the course be taught by Queen Mary academics?
The programme will mainly be run and taught by academics from our London MBBS degree, while the remaining areas of the curriculum will be taught in conjunction with London and local academics and clinicians.
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. Shorter attachments are likely to be available at other points in the course.
How many students will be enrolled on the programme?
A proposed 15 students on the 1 year Certificate of Clinical Foundation Studies Malta programme and 45 students on the 5 year Medicine MBBS Malta programme will be recruited in 2017.
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.
The qualifications received will be titled:
- Medicine MBBS Malta
- Clinical Certificate in Foundation Studies Malta
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 which will be overseen by the London Student Support Office to provide full pastoral support on site. The Malta Office can put you in touch with any local services you might need, such as counselling, occupational health, study support or dyslexia diagnostic services.
Where will I be based?
In the first two years of the programme you will be taught mainly on the Gozo campus, where you will use the Gozo General Hospital’s new teaching and training facilities. In the third, fourth and fifth year, you will spend time on the wards and clinics in Gozo General Hospital, St Luke’s 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.
What is the annual application deadline?
1 May 2017 for the same year of entry
Can UK, European and overseas students apply?
Yes, UK, European and overseas students can apply, please check the entry requirements
for more information.
What are the entry requirements?
What are the selection criteria?
United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
Do I need to take the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), or other clinical aptitude test?
Yes, for both programmes all candidates must sit the UKCAT.
For candidates who have taken the UKCAT in 2016, your overall UKCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date.
I have missed the 2016 UKCAT registration deadline, can I take the test in 2017?
Yes, candidates can sit the UKCAT in July 2017 for September 2017 entry.
We recognise the challenge of securing a UKCAT test before the September 2016 UKCAT deadline [for September 2017 admission]. In view of this, we will accept applications from suitable academically qualified applicants who have not yet taken the UKCAT test.
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 2017 sitting by 31 July 2017
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:
|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|
|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 our published criteria. The shortlisting processes for the two programmes will be performed independently due to the competition for places. However, if an applicant has been shortlisted for both the London and Malta course, they will receive only one interview held in London or at one of our overseas venues of Singapore or Hong Kong.
The offer of a place after interview will be dependent on interview scores and will be made independently for the London and Malta programmes depending on competition for places. Hence, a person applying for both course could be offered a place on one but not the other.
It is possible to apply only for the Malta programme in which case interviews will take place in London, Malta, Hong Kong or Singapore or via Skype.
Can I switch/transfer from Malta to London?
No. It will not be possible to switch applications at any stage of the process between London and Malta. Candidates must apply to both the programmes if they wish to be considered for shortlisting or offer. Transfer between Malta and London will not be considered under any circumstances.
US and Canadian candidates
Can US and Canadian High School students apply?
Yes, US and Canadian High School students can apply to study on the five-year MBBS Malta programme. Please see the entry requirements
Do US and Canadian High School students need to study a post-graduate medicine degree after the undergraduate MBBS Malta degree to be able to apply for residency?
No. At the end of the five year MBBS Malta programme students may choose to stay in Malta to apply for their residency or apply for residency in their home country. Either way, in order for students to apply for residency there is no need for students to study a four-year postgraduate medicine qualification after the Malta MBBS undergraduate degree.
Will US and Canadian students receive support and guidance for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)?
Yes, QMUL will provide specialist support and guidance for the USMLE and MCCEE steps 1 and 2.
Accommodation, facilities and finance questions
Will student accommodation for all MBBS and Foundation year students be available near the Medical School?
Yes. A number of sites will be available within minutes of the Medical School campus and transport links will be augmented by private buses if necessary.
Will all building work be complete by September 2017?
No. It is likely that the new Medical School Building will not be quite finished by the start of term in the Academic Year 2017-18. If this is the case, we have identified a high quality alternative venue for teaching close by until the building is ready for use.
When can I visit the campus?
If there is an appetite for a campus visit, this will be arranged at a time that is mutually convenient for the potential students and his/her family and the School.
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, 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 are unable 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.
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.
Whom do I contact for further information?
General Medical Council (GMC)
Has Medicine MBBS Malta received GMC approval?
The GMC recognises bodies to award primary medical qualifications and the process has started to quality assure the QMUL Malta Programme and its first undergraduate medicine programme. This 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 outlined in Promoting excellence: standards in medical education and training. There can be no guarantee that this will be the outcome of the quality assurance process and the QMUL Malta programme has contingency arrangements in place with the home university programme of QMUL in London, so 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.
Pathways to practice medicine after graduation
Information for UK Nationals Studying on the Barts MBBS Malta
How do I find out if the MBBS Malta qualification is accepted in my home country? Will I be able to apply for a junior doctor post in my home country for my post-graduate training following the achievement of the MBBS degree?
Please check with your home Medical Council before applying for the programmes. Please contact the Admissions team for further information:email@example.com
+44 (0)20 7882 8478
Are “Foundation School” junior doctor posts (FY1 and FY2, referring to the two years of the Foundation Programme, respectively, which represent the first two years of post-graduate training following the achievement of the MBBS degree) available for Barts MBBS Malta students in Malta?
Yes, MBBS Malta students will have the option to apply for Foundation School posts in Malta. QMUL has reached an agreement that the number of Foundation School posts in Malta will be increased to accommodate applications from the graduates of the Barts MBBS Malta course. The right to work in Malta will depend on what immigration rules are in place at that point in time.
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, as do their counterparts in London.
Do students who are UK nationals studying MBBS Malta have the same opportunity of securing Foundation School posts and gaining full registration with the UK GMC as students studying medicine in the UK?
Yes, currently they have exactly the same opportunities as UK trained students, assuming they are UK nationals. This depends on the course formally achieving UK GMC-recognition. As noted above, the standard practice of the GMC is not to grant such recognition until the first cohort completes the course. But any problem likely to delay accreditation will be flagged by the GMC in real time and, as also noted above, in that event, QMUL has in place a clear contingency plan so that students enrolled in the programme who are successful in passing all assessments will be able to complete their studies and graduate with a GMC-recognised medical qualification. For Foundation Year places, students would need to go through the Eligibility Office rather than being nominated like UK students do in the UK. Current published timetables for applications to confirm eligibility through the UK Foundation Programme Office would mean students would need to start this process in July of their 4th year (2017 timeline).
Post BREXIT, will students who are UK nationals still be able to access training programmes and posts in the UK?
As with so many other aspects of arrangements following the UK leaving the EU, the details remain to be worked out. The Barts Malta MBBS degree (subject to GMC approval) will be a degree from a UK university (although QMUL is currently exploring the option of a student also or alternatively gaining 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.
Currently, 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. 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.
If a non-UK EU/EEA student stays in Malta for Foundation School posts can they gain full registration with the UK General Medical Council afterwards? And do they have the same working opportunities as a UK student who undertook Foundation School posts in the UK?
EU/EEA graduates can currently work in the UK as a doctor and they should have the same chances of securing full registration as the UK Foundation School graduates whilst the UK remains part of the EU. Students are advised to seek written confirmation before joining the Malta Foundation Programme.
Post-BREXIT, if a student who is a non-UK EU/EEA national stays in Malta for Foundation School posts can they gain full registration with the UK GMC afterwards? And do they have the same working opportunities as a UK doctors who undertook their Foundation School posts in the UK?
Subject to the arrangements to be finalised post-Brexit, non-UK EU/EEA national doctors who undertook their Foundation School posts in Malta should be able to work in the UK as a doctor and have the same chance of securing full registration as doctors who undertook their Foundation School posts in the UK. However, the right to work as a doctor in the UK will very much 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. Students are advised to seek written confirmation before joining the Malta Foundation Programme.
Information for Non-EU/EEA Nationals Studying on the Barts MBBS Malta
Can non-EU/EEA students apply for Foundation School posts in the UK and/or gain full registration with the UK General Medical Council?
Yes this is possible, however access to UK training programme posts for non-EU/EEA doctors is restricted under the UK’s immigration rules which makes the process difficult. At present MBBS students who are non EU/ EEA nationals studying in the UK on Tier 4 visas, continue on a Tier 4 visa during their Foundation Programme. Their visa sponsor changes from their university to the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO). Students who are non EU/EEA nationals studying in Malta would need to go through the application process and meet any conditions of sponsorship via the UKFPO eligibility office.
Can non-EU/EEA MBBS Malta students apply for Foundation School posts in the EU e.g. Germany, France and/or gain full registration?
Yes this is possible, however 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. Students are advised to seek written confirmation from the respective Medical Council before applying for the programme.