Medicine (Malta, 5 Year Programme)
A medical degree from a top UK school – taught in a spectacular Mediterranean location.
As one of the oldest medical schools in the UK, at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry we draw on our significant experience to provide the best in modern medical training and to prepare you for life as a qualified doctor.
Our five-year degree in Malta is an exciting alternative to the standard London-based MBBS. You’ll be taught in English by academic staff from Barts, as well as local clinicians trained by the School.
Our strong core curriculum is underpinned by research, linking your learning to the work of the faculty, from the laboratory bench to new drugs to public health interventions. With less emphasis on traditional lectures, problem-based learning in small groups encourages you to take an independent approach to clinical scenarios.
You’ll develop practical experience through attachments with local general practices, and in your third, fourth and fifth years you’ll spend time in primary and secondary care facilities in Malta and Gozo.
Years 1 - 2
Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2)
You’ll take five systems-based modules and three student-selected components in each of the two years of Phase 1.
Modules are based on body systems, which in turn encompass various scientific and medical themes. Each system is visited a minimum of three times during the programme.
We introduce the basic biological sciences and address key topics including:
- normal biological structure and function of cells, organs and body systems
- the effect of illness on people and their families
- the impact of environmental and social factors on health.
Student-selected components (SSCs)
SSCs allow you to build a portfolio of core competencies while focusing on topics of particular interest.
A portfolio of SSC choices will be made available for students to choose from, including key subject areas such as dissection and others unique to Maltese resources.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Years 3 - 4
Phase 2 (Years 3 and 4)
You’ll be introduced to clinical medicine through a series of placements in our associated teaching hospitals and community settings in Malta and Gozo. Working alongside clinical teams, you’ll extend and apply the knowledge acquired during Phase I. You’ll also regularly return to the medical school for teaching weeks and assessments.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Phase 3 (Year 5)
The final year of the programme provides you with clinical and community placements, including in a GP surgery.
Throughout the year you’ll return to the medical school for a teaching programme, which incorporates individual sessions in communication skills and simulated patient scenarios.
You’ll complete your SSC programme, which may include spending time in a specialism not previously experienced or gaining a deeper understanding in an area that already interests you.
You will also complete your Intermediate Life Support qualification.
After your final examinations, you’ll complete a six-week elective in Malta or another country. For many students, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated and memorable experiences at medical school – an opportunity to explore medicine in an entirely new environment, both socially and culturally.
Your student assistantship gives you first-hand experience of life as a junior doctor. Where you go will depend on the country and health system you’ll be working in after graduation – we try to organise as close a match as possible, subject to immigration requirements and capacity.
Students staying in Malta for their Foundation Year 1 will be placed, wherever possible, in the setting where they’ll work as qualified doctors.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
The elective period in your final year is self-funded.
For some electives the host institution charges up to £6,000, while others incur no additional expense. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of flights and accommodation. Placements taken in Malta can be a more financially viable option for students on a limited budget.
This is an incredible opportunity that has thrown together some very bright minds from all over the world and has delivered fantastic lecturers and a wonderful cohort, combined with academic success and lots of laughter.
Teaching and learning
You’ll learn through:
- lectures and symposia
- lab work
- independent projects
- practical workshops covering clinical skills and patient communication.
Throughout the first two years you’ll apply your theoretical knowledge in problem-based learning sessions. Small groups of students and a facilitator work together to understand and explain a clinical scenario through teamwork and independent research.
You’ll have access to an extensive online medical knowledge base, which includes lecture notes from across the programme, papers and research.
Your progress is monitored through a combination of continuous assessment and regular examinations, with final exams each year.
A scheme of merits and distinctions recognises excellent or outstanding performance across each sector of the curriculum. Prizes reward special ability both in the main examinations and in specialist subjects.
Resources and facilities
We are building a state-of-the-art medical school next to Gozo General Hospital in Victoria. Facilities in the new school include:
- an Anatomy Centre with all the space and resources you’ll need to undertake your dissection practicals
- a Clinical and Communications Skills Centre for you to practise clinical methods using the latest patient simulators, models, video recording and mock ward settings
- a Learning Landscapes Room, where tutors lead demonstrations using anatomical specimens and models, clinical images, videos of surgical and endoscopic procedures and specialised computer imaging
- a library with a collection of basic medical texts, as well as 24-hour online access to a large selection of resources
- excellent computer facilities, and spaces for private and group study.
Below is a brief overview – take a look at the full entry requirements.
AAB (results must be achieved in one sitting over a study period of no longer than two years)
A in Biology or Chemistry, and A in a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
37 points overall with 665 in Higher Level subjects
Biology or Chemistry and a second science subject or Mathematics
2:1 or above in any subject (achieved or predicted)
To see a list of the international qualifications we accept, please see our full entry requirements.
Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.
You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.
We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application.
Loans and grants
UK students are not eligible for student loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.
International students should check whether a student loan is available from your home country.
Over the duration of the course, additional costs may occasionally arise. We will endeavour to keep these to a minimum.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
Barts and The London graduates are highly prized by hospitals around the world, giving our graduates an edge when they enter the competitive jobs market.
We expect Malta graduates to work as doctors within the NHS or other health systems, taking training programmes in general practice or hospital medicine.
Junior doctor (Foundation Year 1 and 2) positions are available in Malta.
Recent Barts and The London graduates have been hired by:
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital
- King's College Hospital
- NHS Tayside
- Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
- South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals of Leicester.
The General Medical Council (GMC) quality assures the Queen Mary Malta Programme through a year-by-year review, following the first cohort to graduation. Only when the first students graduate will the GMC be able to confirm that the programme has met their standards.
We cannot guarantee the outcome of the quality assurance process. However, we have contingency arrangements in place with Queen Mary in London, so whatever the outcome, students who pass all their assessments will be able to graduate with a GMC-recognised qualification.
MBBS Malta is a Queen Mary University of London degree, recognised in most countries around the world. However, we advise all applicants to obtain written confirmation from their respective Medical Council/Ministry of Health that the degree is accepted in their home country.
Our careers service provides specialist guidance and support for our medical students, both as they study and begin professional practice.
You'll meet regularly with your allocated mentor, who will help you make the most of your time at medical school and will help you with your academic, professional and personal development. Your mentor will also support you through the Foundation Programme application process. You will also have access to an Academic Year Tutor (AYT), who will monitor your academic progress.
About the School
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is one of the oldest medical schools in the UK.
We’re in an unrivalled position to offer you the very best student experience. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionately engaged with their subject, and our degrees have extremely high satisfaction rates – in the most recent National Student Survey, 92 per cent of our students were satisfied overall with the quality of their programme.
You'll also get exceptional support throughout your degree and as you transition into employment: we pride ourselves on being a friendly School, with excellent staff–student relationships and a General Medical Council-commended student support and mentoring programme.