Master of Arts in Bioethics

Master of Arts in Bioethics

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Course title Master of Arts in Bioethics
Course code PMABETPET8
Postnominal M.A. Bioethics(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Emmanuel Agius
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
This programme of studies will make a significant contribution to the formation of professionals enabling you to face the contemporary bioethical challenges.

The programme will focus on:
• Anthropological and Methodological Issues
• Bioethics, Law and Policy
• Public Policy and Ethics at the Edges of Human Life
• Priority Setting, Justice and Resource Allocation
• Suffering, Spirituality and Palliative Care
• Research Ethics
• Emerging European Values and Policies in Bioethics
• The Best Interests of the Child: Ethical and Legal Aspects
• Neuro-ethics, Mental Health and Psychiatric Ethics
• Ethical issues in Genetics.

This programme of study aims to:
• foster the development of a culture respectful of bioethics amongst healthcare professionals, healthcare administrators, philosophers, clergy, lawyers, educators, psychologists and social workers
• enable a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the theoretical foundations of bioethics and its methodology
• develop capacities for ethical decision-making relevant to professional biomedical and healthcare practice and policy-making
• encourage research in the area of bioethics

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in the following areas: Theology, Health Care, Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology, Philosophy, Science, or in any other area which the Board deems suitable or

(b) a Bachelor degree with Third Class Honours or Category III in the following areas: Theology, Health Care, Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology, Philosophy, Science, or in any other area which the Board deems suitable, if they are also in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree.

In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a Bachelor degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications in the following areas: Theology, Health Care, Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Psychology, Philosophy, Science, or any other area which the Board deems suitable and a minimum of two years’ professional experience, obtained after the award of the academic or professional qualification, that together are deemed to be comparable to the level of a first degree.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

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
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
• Understand and describe the Christian vision of the human person.
• Discuss the application of fundamental principles in various areas, such as the beginning and end-of-life issues, terminal and palliative care, mental health, and genetics.
• Develop critical thinking skills through a consideration of the theoretical, legal and practical aspects of bioethical decision-making.
• Criticise and analyse a variety of clinical settings.
• Understand philosophical ethics as it is applied in biomedical, healthcare and wider-related social contexts.
• Reflect on the moral virtues required by healthcare professionals in their clinical relationships.

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The course is aimed if you are a:
• health care professionals
• administrators of healthcare facilities
• philosophers and theologians
• lawyers and teachers
• psychologists and social workers
As a holder of this degree, you are eligible to register for the third-cycle programme leading to a Ph.D. provided by the Faculty of Theology.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 1 December 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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