Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies

Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies

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Course title Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies
Course code PMAADSPET6
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Christian Borg Xuereb
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies makes a valuable contribution to the development of dementia care knowledge, research and practice. The objective of the course is to reinforce and mature your understanding, skills, competencies and attitudes as a future professional working between the interface of ageing and dementia. Hence, empowering you to fulfil your highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of care for older persons with dementia. The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies was planned and developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia, including theory, policy issues, innovative and best practices in dementia care, as well as a grounding in academic and research skills. Therefore, promising to act as a catalyst for your professional development with regards the meeting of needs of both present and incoming cohorts of older persons with dementia.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or another university recognized by Senate, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II.

The admission of applicants may be conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 20 students.

When the number of places is limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call from applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during the interview.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by a date to be announced at the time of the call for applications shall be considered first.

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

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.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies lists and explains the social, psychological, and biological theories applied within the field of ageing and dementia studies. More specifically, you will be able to:

- explain demographic trends of population ageing,
- recognise how the heterogeneity of older populations leads to unequal levels in quality of life in old age,
- describe theoretical frameworks to national and international accounts about current issues in dementia care,
- demonstrate an awareness of the contributions different theoretical perspectives for understanding dementia care, and
- develop knowledge of ethical principles when evaluating social and health care practices in dementia care.

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If you are seeking to develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives on ageing and dementia studies, then this is the ideal course intended for you.
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia studies can open doors to an exciting career where you can work with older persons in a variety of capacities and settings, both in community and institutional settings. Successful completion of the course will provide evidence of the knowledge and expertise required by professionals working in gerontological and geriatric settings, with specialized expertise in dementia care. This will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field of elder care and will enhance the likelihood of career progression in established social and health care professions.

The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies also provides you with the opportunity to progress to a Doctorate Degree in gerontology and geriatrics.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 2 December 2021

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