The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. It is publicly funded and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. Over the past few years, the University has reviewed its structures in order to be in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. Conscious of its public role, the University strives to create courses which are relevant and timely in response to the needs of the country. The supreme governing bodies of the University are the Council and the Senate.
There are some 11,000 students including over 650 international students from 77 different countries, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system. The University regularly hosts a large number of Erasmus and other exchange students. A basic Foundation Studies Course enables international high school students who have completed their secondary or high school education overseas but who do not have the necessary entry requirements, to qualify for admission to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Malta.
The University is geared towards the infrastructural and industrial needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields. Almost 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals, with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general. There are a further 2,800 pre-tertiary students at the Junior College which is also managed by the University.
Biochemistry is the study of living organisms at the molecular level; the building blocks from which they are made and the chemical processes that determine life itself. Through biochemistry we strive to understand the molecular basis and mechanism of disease. Physiology is the way we understand the biology of an organism; the functioning of different cells, tissues, organs and other anatomical structures. This provides the scientific foundation for the field of modern medicine.
Department of Physiology and Biochemistry
The department is responsible for teaching medical, dental and pharmacy students.
The department’s staff are established scientists in various fields of research including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience and physiology. Interests are wide-ranging and include amyloidosis, apoptosis, drugs of abuse, haemoglobinopathies, oxidative stress and structural molecular biology. Post-graduate training in these areas of research is a vital component of this department and many students have completed their Masters and Doctoral degrees under the expert supervision of our staff.