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Where will I be based?

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 official languages of Malta are English and Maltese, although most people speak English. The islands enjoy a pleasantly warm and sunny climate all year round with hot summers.

The Republic of Malta is made up of three main Islands Malta, Gozo and Comino. In the first two years of the programme students will be taught mainly at the Gozo campus using the Gozo General Hospital’s new teaching and training facilities. From an early stage students will gain experience in the local community through attachments with general practices where they can learn about the clinical context of their medical knowledge.

In the third, fourth and fifth year students will spend time on the wards and clinics in the Gozo General Hospital and also the Mater Dei Hospital (Malta) and other relevant clinical facilities in primary and secondary care where they will be introduced to clinical medicine. Students’ knowledge and clinical skills will be enhanced by working alongside clinical teams both in the hospital and also within community placements. Students will regularly return to the main medical campus on Gozo for teaching weeks and assessments.

Travelling to and from the islands is very easy. There is a frequent, 20 minute ferry service that carries passengers between Malta and Gozo.

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Fifth year MBBS (Malta) students will undertake an elective in Malta or in another country, drawing upon the skills learnt in medical school and offering an opportunity to explore medicine in an entirely new environment, both socially and culturally. The elective can be used as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and to explore a particular area of medicine.

Find out more about fifth year medical electives.