Qualification recognition

QUALIFICATION RECOGNITION - BSc. Degree in Psychology Honours - UCM

The Bachelor's Degree in Psychology Honours is awarded by UCM United Campus of Malta HEl Foundation and accredited by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education under the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF). 

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is part of the European certification framework, the European Higher Education Area (QF/EHEA) and the Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF).

For the recognition of qualifications (recognition of the corresponding Italian qualification), the competent body is the University (pursuant to Art. 2 Law 148/2002). For non-academic recognition with the purpose of entering public competitions, the competent body is: Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers – Department of Public Administration – P.P.A. (pursuant to Art. 38 Legislative Decree 165/2001 and Art. 2 Presidential Decree 189/2009).

Should the UCM graduate intend to continue their studies or obtain a university qualification in Italy, the competent body is the university, which will follow an administrative procedure in order to either:

a) issue a corresponding Italian qualification without requiring any further examinations or final papers (direct recognition); this direct recognition/equivalence procedure is identified with the term “riconoscimento diretto” or “equipollenza diretta” (very rare cases); or 

b) require further examinations/further credits and/or final papers to fulfil that part of the programme of studies not covered in the foreign qualification, with a view to issuing the corresponding Italian qualification; this procedure is identified with the term “abbreviazione di corso”.


Students holding a BSc. Degree in Physiotherapy awarded by Semmelweis – a qualification to practise the profession in Hungary – may practise the profession of physiotherapist in EU countries, in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

For the sake of simplicity, when the abbreviation “EU” is used below, this shall be taken to mean all countries of the European Union, EEA and  Switzerland. 

Pursuant to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) Art. 54, individuals carrying out independent activities, professionals and legal persons who legally operate in a Member State may:

1) Conduct an economic activity in another Member State on a stable and continuous basis (freedom of establishment: TFEU Art. 49);

2) Offer and provide their services in other Member States on a temporary basis while remaining in their country of origin (freedom to provide services: TFEU Art. 56)

Implementation of these freedoms is based on the assumption that the diplomas and qualifications obtained at national level are recognised at European level. 

The reference legislation on the recognition of professional qualifications is Directive 2005/36/EC, amended and supplemented by Directive 2013/55/EU.

In the case of freedom of establishment, i.e. where the professional intends to carry out their activity on a stable and continuous basis using a qualification obtained in another EU country, the professional qualification must be recognised by the host country.

With regard to the profession of physiotherapist, qualifications are not automatically recognised as they are in the case of doctors, nurses and veterinarians. Rather, they fall under the general system recognition scheme, which entails a comparison of the academic courses provided in the two states and the possibility of matching the qualification to the respective examinations or internships – “adaptation”.


The Bachelor's Degree in Dental Science is awarded by the UCM United Campus of Malta HEI Foundation and accredited by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education under the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF):

  • MQF Level: 6
  • Mode of study: Full time
  • Duration: 5 years
  • ECTS: 300

The Maltese Qualifications Framework (MQF)1 is part of:

- the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)2;

- the European Higher Education Area (QF/EHEA)3;

- the Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF)4.

(1) https://ncfhe.gov.mt/en/register/Pages/register.aspx

(2) The EQF includes: EU Member States, EU candidate countries, Liechtenstein and Norway

(3) The EEES includes: 48 countries and the European Commission.

(4) The VUSSC TQF includes: 30 Commonwealth States: Antigua, Brunei, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland, Barbuda, Cyprus, Kiribati, Rwanda, Gambia, Bahamas, Dominica, Lesotho, Samoa, Tonga, Barbados, Grenada, Malta, Seychelles, Trinidad, Belize, Fiji, Mauritius, St. Kitts, Tobago, Bermuda, Guyana, Namibia, Nevis, Vanuatu.

For further information: https://ncfhe.gov.mt/en/register/Pages/register.aspx

The UCM Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Science allows graduates to work as a practising dentist in Malta, subject to approval by the (Malta) Medical Council. To contact the Medical Council, send an email to the secretary at the following address: medicalcouncil@gov.mt 

Please note that each state may – at its discretion – request a supplementary internship, additional examination or other in order to grant authorisation to practise the profession (see Directive 2005/36/EC and Directive 2013/55/EU).

However, a UCM Dentistry graduate intending to work as a practising dentist outside Malta may apply for recognition of their professional qualification by the national body responsible for regulation of the profession in that country.

In Italy, the application must be submitted to the Ministry of Health. Once the documentation provided by the applicant has been found to be complete and correct and meets the legal requirements, the ministerial authority shall proceed to recognise the qualification authorising the applicant to practise dentistry in Italy, subject to registration with the competent national professional association for surgeons and dentists. Each state may request – at its discretion – a supplementary examination, traineeship or other in order to grant the qualification authorising the applicant to practise the profession.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy Honours, MQF level 6, 240 ECTS is awarded by UCM United Campus of Malta HEI Foundation and accredited by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education under the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF).

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is part of:

- the European Qualifications Framework (EQF);

- the European Higher Education Area (QF/EHEA);

- the Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF).

In Italy, for academic recognition of qualifications (achievement of the corresponding Italian qualification), the request must be made to the university (pursuant to Art. 2 Law 148/2002).


The UCM Physiotherapy graduate is also entitled to:

a) access the procedure to obtain the European Professional Card (EPC) under EU Directive 55/2013 (Art. 55-bis Legislative Decree 206/2007).

b) apply, if desired, to practise the profession outside Malta; to have their professional qualification recognised by the national body responsible for regulation of the profession. In this regard, it should be noted that each member state may request – at its discretion – a supplementary traineeship or additional examination or other in order to obtain authorisation to practise (Cf. Directive 2005/36/EC and Directive 2013/55 / EU).

c) To obtain authorisation to practice the profession in France, students must apply to the Regional Directorate for Youth, Sport and Social Cohesion (DRJSCS http://drdjscs.gouv.fr/) for the region where they intend to practise.

Adjustment measures (further internships, tests, etc.) may be required by DRJSCS in order to obtain authorisation to work as a practising physiotherapist.