Dental Hygiene courses

University of Malta

Bachelor Of Science (honours) In Dental Hygiene in University of Malta

  • Duration : 3 Years
  • Intake : Oct
  • Level : Undergraduate
  • Tuition & fees : € 10,800 Per Year
  • IELTS : 6.5
  • TOEFL : 95
  • PTE : 0

About Bachelor Of Science (honours) In Dental Hygiene in University of Malta

The course will span 3 academic years, inclusive of 2 semesters per year and a summer period. This will allow the student to be exposed to the theoretical and scientific foundation of the profession and also become skilful in clinical practice within the professional environment of the teaching hospital, in a timely and structured manner as follows:

1st year: students will receive knowledge on the normal functioning and general pathology of the human body, dental public health and oral health education. The latter will include nutritional and oral hygiene counselling and community dental health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. The principles of education and the methodology of oral health education are skills that are directly applicable and transferable to other areas of general health of our nation.

In parallel, they will also learn and perform basic clinical skills in a dental skills laboratory and observe patient treatment in a dental setting. This preparatory groundwork will allow the individual to start practising in summer on selected healthy patients to provide oral prophylaxis.

2nd year: students will further develop intellectually by receiving knowledge focused on oral and dental disease. By the second year the student will be exposed to patients with more advance oral disease so as to further develop their clinical skills within the university dental teaching clinic.

3rd year: in the final year of the course, the student will be tutored on ethical and legal issues, clinical governance, and critical appraisal of dental and medical literature as a preamble to the writing of a dissertation.

On the clinic front, the student will consolidate their clinical skills by being exposed to the medically compromised patient. The intellectual and clinical knowledge obtained in the first two years of the course will serve as a basis for the management of these compromised patients. This year will allow the individual to attain and refine their intellectual and clinical proficiency so as to allow the candidate to seek direct employment after completion of their studies.

The primary objective of the course is to re-establish the profession of dental hygiene on a national level. More specifically the course will provide a sufficient body of knowledge to enable dental hygienists to undertake their prescribed work with care, safety and responsibility and to recognise the full scope of their remit.

Therefore the objectives of the dental hygiene course are to familiarise students with:

1. Concepts of oral and general health and disease.
2. Notions of public health and oral health education.
3. Legal and ethical rights of patients.
4. Health and safety precautions in the clinical environment.
5. Critical thinking and writing skills using evidence based methodology. 
6. Scientific and clinical research procedures in dental disease using evidence based methodology. 
7. Clinical practice skills, including patient education, in the field of dental hygiene.
8. Clinically acceptable indices used in treatment records in the field of oral health.
9. Concepts of clinical governance in a dental practice. 
10. Modes of gathering and maintaining clinical records in the clinical environment.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the theories of oral and general health and disease.
2. Demonstrate the importance of public health and oral health education.
3. Safeguard patients' legal and ethical rights in a clinical and community based setting, using legal and ethically acceptable policies.
4. Ensure health and safety precautions of patients under their care in clinical settings using clinically acceptable policies.
5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by evaluating current research literature using evidence based methodology. 
6. Perform and educate patients on basic and advanced oral prophylaxis techniques in clinical and/or community based settings.
7. Report basic clinical data of patients in treatment records by using clinically acceptable indices. 
8. Conduct clinical auditing of patient care, and improve the quality of care of patients, using clinically acceptable policies.
9. Analyse basic clinical data and interpret and explain clinical records during practical sessions and examinations.

Course intended for

The course is intended for local and foreign students who are interested in the dental profession. Students applying for this course should be capable of combining skills, understanding and professional values especially in clinical settings.

Career opportunites and access to further studies

Career opportunities exist within the private sector and in the government health services.

Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics. 

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements

A pass at Grade C in Biology at Intermediate Level or a pass at Advanced Level in Biology. 

Applicants in possession of a pass with Merit or better in the Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance shall be considered as having satisfied both the general and special entry requirements.

Prior to enrolling for the Course, accepted applicants are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Faculty Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfill this requirement shall be barred from attending the clinical placements indicated in the programme of study.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 8 students. 

University of Malta Highlights

Type Public
Established 1769
Campus Urban
Academic staff 961
Administrative staff 930
Students 11,117

University of Malta Avg Tution Fees  And Other Expenses

Avg.Tution Fees €5500-10800
Visa Fee €125
 Insurance €60-80

Food Cost

€100 to 150 Euro Per month
Accommodation €200 to 500 Euro Per month
Meals €250
Mobile/Wi-Fi €30
Local Transport €40
Leisure Activities €200
Laundry €30
Electricity/Water €50

above is an approximate guide of the monthly expenses you are likely to incur while studying in Malta. These are only approximations since your monthly bill will be determined by your personal lifestyle.  *based on 2 or 3 persons sharing an apartment.


Fees components - (1st year Fees and expense)

Tuition & fees :

€ 10,800


€ 10,800

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