Maltese students applying for the Medical Course at the University of Malta will still have to obtain their certificate in a year. The radical change approved recently by the Senate of the University that candidates will be allowed to obtain the Matriculation Certificate within the period of five years does not apply to those following to take up the course to enter the medical profession.
When announcing the changes in Matsec regulations the University did not say that the entry requirement for the medical course will not be changed.
Every year a number of Maltese students do not obtain the certificate to join the medical course as they fail to get at least a B in Chemistry. Students like these were hoping that the medical course was going to become more accessible for them .if they were given five years to obtain the certificate.
The University of Malta is keen to attract non-EU students for the medical course as they have to pay while local and EU students do not have to pay any tuition fees. The University does not want non-paying students to crowd out fee paying students and so is not willing to relax the entry requirements to the course for non-paying students.