Higher Diploma in Health Science

MQF Level 5

Higher Diploma

Health Science

TBC 2023
ECTS Credits

Course Description

The Higher Diploma in Health Sciences aims to 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:

  • Be 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.

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.


You are required to complete all 19 compulsory modules (120 ECTS) to fulfil the requirements of the Higher Diploma in Health Sciences

If you stop here, you will get:

MQF Level 5

Diploma in Health Science

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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 (evening);
  • 12 hours of online content per module, comprising asynchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos.
  • 480-hour work placement pegged with the 5 modules indicated by an asterisk (*)

Course Intake Dates

TBC 2023

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Acquire an understanding of human health related problems linked to nutrition, biomedical and infection issues, mental health disorders and post-surgical care and the type of care administered in these areas.
  2. Develop an understanding of the body of knowledge that relates to community, mother and child, elderly, palliative and end of life care.
  3. Assess the needs of people with health issues and understand the importance of knowing how to apply steps to deal with those issues.
  4. Analyse different techniques relevant to management of developmental, physical, psychological, spiritual and mental aspects of human health.
  5. Manage patient(s) independently applying technical and problem- solving techniques where there are many factors, some of which interact and lead to unpredictable outcomes.
  6. Show creativity related to application of supervisory and people management skills related to working with multidisciplinary teams in providing a holistic approach to health care.
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