Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing Science

MQF Level 6

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Nursing Science

October 2024
Price  (Local/EU)
Part-Time: 38 months + 6 months (Dissertation)
Full-Time: 27 months + 6 months (Dissertation)
ECTS Credits
184 ECTS
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Course Description

This programme is built upon the competences, knowledge, and skills as established by the EU Directive 2013/55. This programme is designed to lead the student nurse through a study journey to advance in knowledge, skills and competences amidst the challenges presented in a multicultural health care service.

The study programme focuses also on providing learning opportunities of working within a multidisciplinary team in different health settings. The content includes developmental, physical physiological and spiritual aspects of human health as well as tools to deal with illness and challenging behaviour. Students will be supported to gradually increase their ability to critically appraise research and evidence underpinning professional nursing practice and to develop high level skills reflective practice for lifelong learning.

The study journey provides learning opportunities both on campus – theoretical and simulated clinical practice learning – and clinical practice placements within a multidisciplinary team in different clinical healthcare settings. The aim of practice is always the optimal delivery of safe, compassionate, values led care to the patient.

This programme has been designed following the requirements and parameters of nursing responsibilities as established by ‘The Scope of Professional Practice’ of The Council for Nurses and Midwives, Malta (CNM).

This programme focuses on the Maltese legislations related to the sector and promotes the ‘Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct for Nurses and Midwives’, of The Council for Nurses and Midwives, Malta. In these settings students have supernumerary status and will learn alongside their mentor for a minimum of 50% of the time.

The design of this programme focuses on providing learning opportunities both on campus and at placement learning settings within a multidisciplinary team in different health clinical settings.

The course is structured in three mandatory components:

  1. Modular Component 
  2. Simulation Clinical Practice Component
  3. Clinical Practice Placement Learning settings

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course will need to possess:

  • Two A-levels, one of them preferably being in a science subject, or an equivalent qualification at MQF Level 4 (for example, a Level 4 Diploma in Applied Science).
  • Either Biology or Chemistry or Health & Social Care at Intermediate level.


  • At least 1 of the following: Biology, Chemistry, or Health & Social Care at level 4 (advanced or intermediate)
  • and at least 3 of the following: Physics, Sociology, Psychology, English, Maltese or Mathematics at level 4 (advanced or intermediate).

Applicants will also need to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English language by a valid International English Language Testing System level at overall level 6 or Occupational English Test with B in speaking and C+ in writing or Matriculation and Secondary Education Certificate (MATSEC) pass at Grade 3 or better in English Language.
  • Prior to commence the enrolling in any nursing programme, students should provide evidence of a clean conduct published by the respective police force or authority.
  • In the case of those students who do not possess a Level 4 qualification, but who have a substantial amount of experience in the care industry and who possess O-level standard education, ca n be accepted into this Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing Science, on the condition that they undergo and acquire a pass in a Level 4 preparatory programme offered by IDEA College.

Furthermore, these students shall also undergo a RPL process in order to verify their work experience. Link to RPL Policy and Process:

Target Audience

This programme targets:

  • Students who have completed their post-secondary education and would like to pursue a tertiary-level education in nursing.
  • Older adults who have worked in different environments, but mostly in the care industry, who are interested in pursuing a programme in nursing.
  • Individuals who are qualified in areas related to healthcare such as podiatry and physiotherapy and who are looking for or considering a career change in nursing.

Career Paths

  • This Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing Science aims to equip target audience with the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in this programme.
  • 2300 hours of clinical practice learning will be included in a range of primary and hospital settings in line with Directive 2013/55/EC.
  • Successful candidates will be eligible to apply for registration as a first level general nurse with the Maltese Nursing and Midwifery Council


You are required to complete all 14 compulsory modules (184 ECTS), successfully as well as the clinical practice hours to obtain an MQF Level 6 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing Science.

How you’ll be assessed

The course comprises:

  • Evening classes for part-time courses.
  • Classes held throughout the day for full-time courses.
  • Guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work.


This MQF Level 6 Study Programme is assessed via 3 mandatory components:

  • Modular Assessment
  • Simulation Learning
  • Clinical Practice Placement Learning.

Course Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes

For Communication Skills


The learner will be able to:

Based on the EU Directive 2013/55 this study programme is designed to lead the candidate nurse through a study journey who, upon successful completion, will be able to provide evidence of ability to apply all of the required competencies to secure registration with the Malta Council of Nurses and Midwives including:

  • Independently diagnose the nursing care required using current theoretical and clinical knowledge.
  • Assess need, plan, organise, and implement high-quality nursing care when treating patients of all ages, including children, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health conditions, pregnant/post-partum women and the elderly, in primary care and hospital settings.
  • Empower individuals, families, and groups of all ages towards healthy lifestyles and self-care, through effective patient education and signposting to required resources. · Independently initiate life-preserving immediate measures and carry out measures in crises and disaster situations.
  • Critically analyse care quality to improve one’s own professional practice as a nurse responsible for general care in complex healthcare systems.
  • Critically appraise research evidence to support clinical practice care decisions.


By the end of the programme the student will be able to:

  • Critically understand their nursing responsibilities in providing professional care as established by the EU Directives 2013/55 and the ‘The Scope of Professional Practice’ of The Council for Nurses and Midwives, Malta (CNM).
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the health, social and life sciences on which general nursing is based, including sufficient understanding of the structure, physiological functions and behaviour of healthy and sick people, and of the relationship between the state of health and the physical and social environment of the human being.
  • Apply in-depth, critical knowledge of the nature and ethics of the profession and of the general principles of health and nursing.
  • Critically comprehend values-based compassionate nursing practice in accordance with the Maltese legislation.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive, critical understanding of research methods for nursing practice and the ability to appraise contemporary evidence underpinning optimum nursing practice.
  • Outline the theoretical principles of professional nursing practices according to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct for Nurses and Midwives and able to use this to inform ethical decision making in your nursing practice.
  • Critically appraise the challenges of working in a team and own role within the health team as an effective team member.
  • Examine the importance of continuous personal and professional development as a lifelong learner registered nurse.

For Learning Skills:

By the end of the programme, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate evidence-based nursing care in a range of healthcare care delivery settings.
  • Showcase effective leadership and the ability to take overall responsibility for the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate care to a defined patient group.
  • Engage in teaching, learning and assessment of others in the healthcare team to inform quality care delivery and excellent patient care experiences.
  • Engage in independent critical thinking and continuous critical appraisal of nursing practice, calling out and acting on practice that is not up to the standard required.
  • Critically express concepts, theories, and ideas, in a well-structured and coherent way to peers, supervisors and clients using qualitative and quantitative research findings and other high-quality, trustworthy published information. · Communicate confidently, proficiently, and professionally within an interprofessional healthcare context.
  • Critically appraise own learning needs through reflective practice, drawing on feedback from others.
  • Engage with fellow students in a reciprocal peer learning process to effectively give and receive feedback on progress of self and others in context of material being taught, including in practice learning and simulation settings.
  • Enhance their employability as future leaders, through the development of sustainable lifelong learning skills to support the continuous improvement of healthcare in all settings including primary and hospital care.
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