Course information

  • Course title: Certificate for Graduates of Non-EU/EEA Nursing Programmes
  • Course code: UCGNENURFT
  • Level of qualification: Not Applicable
  • National Qualifications Framework level: Level 5
  • Duration: 1 Semester
  • Mode of attendance: Full-time
  • Total ECTS credits: 30
  • Coordinator: Trevor Abela Fiorentino
  • Delivered by: Faculty of Health Sciences

Course overview

This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The purpose of this Certificate programme is to address the gaps between the undergraduate training of nurses qualified in non-EU/EEA countries and the requirements for nurse training stipulated by EU regulations. Through a combination of study-units, the programme is adjusted to meet the needs of different applicants, after an evaluation of each applicant's qualifications. The programme is divided equally between a theoretical component and a clinical placement, which run concurrently.

The topics covered throughout the programme span across multiple facets of nursing care delivery. These encompass both health and social care issues and range across the primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings. The core components of the programme address the over-arching requirements of the EU directive and will enable students to consolidate their clinical competencies, to understand different healthcare systems, and to work as a nurse in healthcare systems within an EU-member state. In addition, alongside the core study-units, students will pursue a set of theoretical study-units selected as required from a wide array of study-units which address a range of clinical specialities, and nursing/health concepts.

Admission and progression requirements

The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a qualification in Nursing deemed suitable by the Board of Studies and recognized at least at Level 5 on the Malta and European Qualifications Frameworks or

(b) a professional qualification deemed by the Senate to be comparable to the qualification indicated in paragraph (a).

The number of students shall be limited to 50 students. Capping applies to both full-time and part-time modes. 50 students will be accepted to the course independently of whether they opt for the full-time or part-time mode of study. Qualified applicants shall be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis (in order of receipt of the application and full documentation) up to any maximum number of students as approved by Senate.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants are also required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies.

Info for applicants with international qualifications

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, accommodation and other related issues.

Fees and funding

Local/EU/EEA Applicants:

  • No fees apply.

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants:

  • Total Tuition Fees: Euro 5,400

These tuition fees are quoted for indicative purposes only as they are based on the programme of studies of 2018/9.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to work in any health and social care setting in a culturally competent manner, which accommodates an understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks of a respective setting, country and population.
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge about the main health concerns in populations across the European region and prevalent trends of managing common health conditions and diseases.
  • Think and evaluate critically in the course of assimilating and applying knowledge and skills to any specific care setting or type of patient/client.
  • Deliver care as a safe independent practitioner in all areas of care delivery which the EU directive identifies, that is surgical and medical settings, community and primary health, child and maternity, mental health and geriatric settings.

Course intended for

This programme is targeted at qualified nurses who have completed a nurse training programme outside the EU and are seeking to align their nursing qualification with the latest EU requirements for nurse education.

Career opportunities and access to further studies

Nurses who successfully complete this programme can apply for registration as a nurse with the Maltese Council of Nurses and Midwives. Nurses who successfully complete this programme can pursue CPD and further education opportunities which are available for registered nurses.

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Last updated April 22, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Oct 2019
1 semester
5,400 EUR
Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply; Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,400
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