Higher Diploma in Health Science

MQF Level 5

Higher Diploma

Health Science

Part-Time: 25 months
Full-Time: 15 months
ECTS Credits

Course Description

The Higher Diploma in Health Sciences aims to prepare individuals for more advanced health-related careers and higher qualification which allows them to progress to bachelors and later masters level.

Students of this programme are going to focus on advancing their knowledge, skills and competences that will help them to deal with people with health issues as well as with challenges presented in working with multidisciplinary teams in healthcare settings. The content covers developmental, physical, psychological, spiritual and mental aspects of human health as well as tools to deal with illness and challenging behaviour.

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, Council for Nurses and Midwives, Malta, January 2020’.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must:

  • be a second level nurses in possession of a minimum Level 4 Certificate in Nursing (or comparable as per MQRIC).


  • Possess a qualification at MQF Level 4 (one ‘A’ Level or equivalent preferably in science) or if ‘A’ level is not in science subject then a a pass in Biology, Chemistry or Physics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent) is required.

Preference will be given to prospective applicants who have a minimum of 1-year work experience in healthcare sector.

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

Target Audience

The target group covers but is not limited to:

  • 2nd level nurses who hold an MQF Level 4 certificate in Nursing.
  • Candidates seeking a career in the Health Care sector.
  • Candidates who are employed within the healthcare sector and possess an MQF Level 4 Diploma qualification (or equivalent) in healthcare/health science or other relevant and related sectors, examples include but are not limited to: Carers, Medical Assistants, Home Health Aides, Orderlies, Administrators, etc.

Career Paths

This Level 5 Higher Diploma provides an opportunity to candidates to progress in their studies and create a study route for further studies in Higher and Further Education while broadening the spectrum of advancement in own career path. 

How you’ll be assessed

This is a part-time programme and will typically take 15 months to complete. The programme comprises a total of 10 modules. The method of assessment is assignment-based.

The course comprises:

  • 6 lectures per module;
  • 3-hour lectures;
  • 12 hours of guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos;
  •  Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work;
  • 480-hour work placement pegged with the 5 modules indicated by an asterisk (*)



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.

Work Placements

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes for Knowledge

The learner will be able to:

  • Convey ideas, in a well-structured and coherent way to peers, supervisors and clients using qualitative and quantitative information. 
  • Formulate practical and theoretical responses to abstract and concrete problems and makes judgements on social and ethical issues. 


Learning Outcomes for Work Placement

At the end of each Work Placement, the second level nurse should show evidence to be able to: 

  • Assist patients/residents achieve optimum health, independence, recovery or a peaceful death in a professional caring manner 
  • Provide and manage direct practical nursing whether health promotional, preventive, curative, rehabilitative or supportive 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge base and a level of competence in clinical practice skills essential for safe practice, which are grounded in recent evidence-based nursing research 
  • Identify and meet the nursing care needs of the patients/residents 
  • Demonstrate development of skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving and reflective practice 
  • Act as an effective member of a health care team and participate in the multi-disciplinary team approach to the care of patients/residents. 
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