Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Top up)

MQF Level 6

Bachelor of Science

Nursing (Top-up Degree)

October 2024
Price  (Local/EU)
Price  (Non-EU)
Part-Time: 18 months
Full-Time: 12 months
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Course Description

This course aims to enhance academic and professional development of nurses who will develop and gain valuable skills such as an in-depth understanding of key research principles, critical evaluation of information/evidence, and effective use of information technology.

Participants will also gain a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of nursing practice and analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills to make reasoned decisions in their professional practice and sphere of influence.

Topics cover: Social Demographic Trends in the Nursing Profession, Work Psychology, Managing Teams, The Role of the Nurse as an Educator, Evidence Based Practices in the Nursing Profession, Introduction to Research Methods, Bioethics in Healthcare, and Contemporary Issues in Nursing.

The overall course objectives are:


  • Critically evaluate the contribution and limitations of relevant research and how this can be used to enhance evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate administrative and team and conflict management skills in contexts that are unpredictable and relevant to changing trends of healthcare sector and nursing practice.
  • Critically evaluate the healthcare strategies, policies and ethical frameworks in relation to their application to nursing practice.
  • Assess, plan and evaluate the theories that underpin bioethics of nursing practice, work psychology and educational role of nurses.


  • Apply effective decision-making and problem-solving approaches in making informed judgements related to nursing practice in healthcare settings.
  • Critically review and evaluate the importance of applying nursing practices in context of social and demographic changes.
  • Apply appropriate communication skills as a leader and educator of nursing practice.
  • Access, retrieve, interpret and utilise information and evidence-based approaches to nursing appropriately.
  • Apply creativity and initiative in developing projects in healthcare management processes, manage and train people to develop team performance in healthcare environment.


  • Provide critical and reflective analysis of complex aspects related to nursing, using relevant and established theoretical frameworks.
  • Integrate knowledge to support proposals for innovation and change to enhance service delivery and improve health outcomes.
  • Evaluate research and other forms of evidence, including global health strategies, policy and guidance.
  • Develop an autonomous self-reflective critical responsibility for own personal and professional growth.
  • Have developed those learning skills that are necessary to continue to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess a qualification equivalent to a Higher Diploma (120 ECTS) accredited at MQF 5 (pass) in Nursing.

Preference will be given to prospective applicants having a year of work experience related to the study programme.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equival

Target Audience

This programme is targeted at nurses who are registered with the Council for Nurses and Midwives Malta and/or other registering bodies.

Career Paths

This programme aims to prepare you fo junior to middle-management posts such as:

  • Staff Supervisor
  • Office Nurse
  • Nursing Manager, both in the private and public sector.


You are required to complete all 6 compulsory modules (36 ECTS), and only 1 elective module out of the proposed 3 (6 ECTS), as well as the dissertation (18 ECTS) to fulfil the requirements of this bachelor’s top-up degree.


Assessment is carried out via two mandatory components:

  • Modular Assessment
  • Project Assessment

The programme includes different forms of assessment which allow for and promote students’ critical engagement. The formative and summative assessment tasks may include an in-class assignment and/or a home-based written assignment using diverse assessment tools which may take the form of online and in-class discussions, examinations, case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, etc., as applicable to the diverse modules. 

Assessment of Project 

  • Depth of critical understanding of the theoretical framework.
  • Application of appropriate research tools.
  • Critical approach to analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research findings.
  • Depth and level of argumentation build-up.
  • Original contribution to the generation of new knowledge/hypothesis/models.
  • Scholarly presentation meeting academic standards.

Course Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes

For Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Prepare and communicate information on contemporary issues in nursing to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Present arguments effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences both verbally and in writing.

For Learning Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Develop a critical researched approach towards building and sustaining arguments to solve problems.
  • Engage with fellow students in peer learning process to share own learning and development and critically appraise and comment on progress of others in context of material being taught.
  • Develop critical reflective thinking and be in a position to challenge and critique various models, concepts and ideas.
  • Enhance their career by developing advanced knowledge and understanding to systematically and creatively inform their nursing practices.
  • Become independent, self-directed learners with the tools and motivation to continue learning, developing and reflecting throughout their careers.


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