• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Podiatry) at the University of Malta will provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base their future undergraduate allied health studies.
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Are you an international student who is interested in studying in Malta and who has obtained a high-school certificate issued in another country where the education system is not comparable to the Maltese one?  

If you are, but you are finding it challenging to be physically present at the University of Malta due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have great news for you. As of October 2020, the University of Malta’s International School for Foundation Studies is switching to online teaching. This will give you the opportunity of all-inclusive learning through instruction, exploration, collaboration and reflection – from the comfort of wherever you are, and without the need to travel. 

The primary aim of the course is to provide these students with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate Foundation Studies in Health Sciences (Podiatry) course. 

The course offers specific training and support in those core health science and English areas where these students require further assistance.

The course will include continuous assessments to build up a realistic profile of the student's abilities. Tutors will be required to assess students periodically. As the course progresses and the level of spoken and written English improves and the mastery of subject content improves, students will be expected to show evidence of higher analytical and evaluation skills.

Learning outcomes

The course will provide students with: 

  •  A sound scientific knowledge of human biology, biological chemistry, anatomy, psychology and physics;
  • The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a Podiatry student at the University of Malta;
  •  Training to apply scientific reasoning and analytic skills;
  •  Grounding in the use of grammar and logic together to precisely understand questions in English and differentiate between similar statements and ideas;
  • An understanding of how to apply formal logic to scientific problems;
  •  Opportunities to think and reason more effectively in the abstract.

Career opportunites and access to further studies

Certificate holders are eligible to apply for the B.Sc. (Hons) Podiatry at the University of Malta (4 year degree).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Introduction Week
    Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October
    • Opening Ceremony
    Friday 16 October
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    62 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physics for Allied Health Sciences
  • Medical and Academic English Reading
  • Medical and Academic English Listening
  • Medical and Academic English Writing
  • Grammar and Medical Terminology
  • Research and Reasoning
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Anatomy, Cell Biology and Genetics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

  • present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and
  • are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but
  • are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5004 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5004 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Msida

  • 690 - 1170 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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