For Medicine and Science-oriented students

For Medicine and Science-oriented students

Read these guidelines carefully if you intend to choose a course in Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Health Care or Science areas at UM.


  1. The programme is mainly aimed for science students wishing to follow a course in Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Health Care or Science courses at the University of Malta in order to improve their:
    - grades at advanced matriculation (AM) level in Biology and/or Chemistry, as well as of subjects taken at intermediate matriculation (IM)
    - scientific skills and analytical thought processes
    to join one of these courses.
  1. Student enrolling in this programme must fulfil the general entry requirements for the Matriculation Course (Standard) as stipulated by the University of Malta.
  2. Students are required to produce an official MATSEC result and/or a past MATSEC certificate to attest they already sat for Biology and/or Chemistry AM examinations.
  3. Students, who did not sit for MATSEC examinations and wish to join the programme, must provide evidence that they have followed a full course in Biology and/or Chemistry in a recognised institution at AM level.
  1. The course is offered on a full-time basis spread over one year.
  2. The course in AM Biology and/or Chemistry will have a different structure from the one offered to students enrolled in the regular two-year course.
  3. The material covered in this course presumes a level of competence in Biology and/or Chemistry equivalent to that expected at AM levels.
  4. Each AM subject is scheduled to have eight, one-hour sessions per week, which include lectures, tutorials, studying skills and practical sessions.
  5. The weekly practical sessions based on the entire syllabus are aimed to improve the skills and practical examination performance.  These are intended to complement any practical coursework previously presented to MATSEC.
  6. Students opting for this course will enjoy visits to relevant faculties and university departments as well as talks with their officials to learn more about the nature of the degree courses they offer.
  1. Students following this course may study up to two subjects at AM level which must include Biology and/or Chemistry, as well as maximum of three IM level subjects of their choice and Systems of Knowledge (SOK).
  2. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the group of chosen subjects is in line with MATSEC regulations and course requirements, as students will be prepared to sit for the MATSEC examinations only.
  3. For the purpose of the AM Biology MATSEC examination, any coursework covered in another institution must be appropriately certified at source.
  4. The study programme for the IM level subjects and SOK assumes that the student is in possession of the body of knowledge that is normally acquired during the first year programme of studies at Junior College as students will join Junior College second year students taking the same subjects.
  5. Students opting for IM level subjects will join Junior College second year students taking the same subjects.
  6. Students can be exempted from studying any subject provided they are in possession of the necessary certification.
  7. Students are expected to comply with the Student Duties as published in the Prospectus.
  8. Students opting for this course must attend all sessions to ensure they reap all benefits of the programme. 
  9. The Junior College reserves the right not to offer a subject if the number of applicants does not justify it or if logistics and timetable arrangements do not permit it.



https://www.jc.um.edu.mt/study/programmes/eformedicinescienceorientedstudents