Queen Mary in Malta

Placements and Clinical Foundation years


Barts and The London prioritises problem-based learning, aided through early patient contact and early clinical skills. Early clinical exposure is promoted through the Medicine in Society (MedSoc) component of the medical degree.

As a QMUL student in Malta, you will be meeting patients early on in your undergraduate medical education, helping you understand patients and how they are affected by their condition. A Primary Care Placement takes place in Year 1, followed by primary and secondary care placements in Year 2.

Clinical Placements are organised within Malta’s major hospitals, including the Gozo General Hospital, as well as Mater Dei Hospital, Mount Carmel Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Karin Grech Hospital on Malta.

Primary Care placements take place in community clinics in and around Malta. They are led by GP tutors and are aimed at introducing students to patients and patients’ experience of health and ill-health over the course of their lives.

Clinical Foundation years in the UK 

As an MBBS Malta graduate, you will be able to apply for a Foundation Doctor position in the UK. Students undertaking the MBBS Malta, will not be disadvantaged in any way when applying for a clinical foundation position in the UK, and will be considered in the same position as students graduating from other UK medical schools. 

The right to work in the UK will depend on immigration rules in place at the time of your graduation. Students who have British Citizenship will already have the right to work in the UK.

From 2023, all UK medical students will need to pass the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) before joining the medical register. We will deliver the MLA as part of your assessments and overall qualification. The MLA will set a common threshold for safe practice, giving patients and employers greater confidence in doctors new to working in the UK. Further information can be found here

Clinical Foundation years in Malta

As an MBBS Malta graduate, you will be able to apply for Foundation School posts in Malta. Junior Doctor positions are available for both FY1 and FY2. Foundation School posts are paid. The right to work in Malta will depend on immigration rules in place at the time of your graduation. Students from the UK and the European Union (EU) can return home to continue their foundation years. Students from outside the EU will need to confirm their status with their home country

Right to work in Malta

EU nationals hold the right to work in Malta and are exempt from applying for an employment licence. Since you will be staying in Malta for longer than three months, you will have to apply for a Maltese e-residence card. An EU citizen and family members who have resided legally in Malta for a continuous period of five years may then apply for permanent residency.

Non-EU citizens must apply for an employment licence (Work Permit) to be able to work in Malta. A work permit is issued for third country nationals who wish to work and reside in Malta. The permit will be valid for work with a single employer. Employment licences are generally issued for a period of one year.

The Employment and Training Corporation in Malta screens all third country national applications for a single work permit. The Corporation takes into account labour market considerations, including the national situation with regard to surpluses and shortages in the specific employment sector.

Language requirements to work as an FY doctor in Malta

The Malta Medical Council (MMC) requires that doctors demonstrate fluency in both English and medical Maltese within two years of commencing medical practice in Malta. However, QMUL Malta has been assured by the Ministry of Health in writing that there will be no such requirement until after the first year in practice. Fluency in medical Maltese is hence only a postgraduate requirement after FY1. 

That said, while both Maltese and English are official languages, there is a prevalence of Maltese language use in clinical settings. The Malta MBBS programme includes Medical Maltese lectures to help you adequately communicate with patients and staff both during clinical placements throughout your degree and in your work as a Foundation Doctor.

Residency in the USA and Canada 

US and Canadian students can study on the five-year MBBS (Malta) Programme directly after high school without first undertaking a four-year college undergraduate degree. Students may apply to stay in Malta for their early postgraduate training at the end of the five-year MBBS (Malta) programme or apply for residency in their home country, without having to undertake a four-year postgraduate medicine qualification.

The Sponsor Note on our listing in the World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS) confirms that the MBBS degree, awarded by the Barts & The London School of Medicine in Malta, is acceptable to the Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  This means that current students and graduates of this medical school are eligible to apply for ECFMG certification. If the USMLE Steps 1 and 2 CK and Step 2 CS requirements are satisfied, graduates may continue and take Step 3. This acceptability by ECFMG also allows our students and graduates to sit Part 1 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE).

We will support students who wish to sit the USMLE by providing the "USMLE Kaplan Step One" package for one year. 

Once you are a student at QMUL Malta, you are encouraged to talk with your personal tutor for further information. 

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