Master of Arts in Christian Faith Formation

Master of Arts in Christian Faith Formation

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Course title Master of Arts in Christian Faith Formation
Course code PMACFFPET5
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 Carl Mario Sultana
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
The Master of Arts in Christian Faith Formation is a professional course designed to empower candidates involved in the Christian education of young people in schools and other entities (such as Museum and other institutes of formation). The programme of studies is intended to give a fresh and dynamic contribution to Christian Faith Formation by fostering research and good practices. Moreover, this course will give due importance to reflective practice in Christian Faith education.

The programme of studies is a part-time taught MA spread over 6 semesters, with lectures held in the evening. The first four semesters consist of lectures for compulsory study-units which are assessed at the end of the semester. The final two semesters are dedicated exclusively to research and the writing of a dissertation.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a degree in education with at least Second Class Honours from this University or a degree from another university recognised as equivalent for the purpose together with a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(b) any other degree with at least Second Class Honours, together with a recognised teaching or education qualification and a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(c) a degree in education or a Teacher's Certificate, together with at least two years’ teaching experience and other suitable qualifications obtained following the degree or after the Teacher's Certificate or

(d) any first cycle degree together with either a recognised teaching qualification or the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, together with five years’ experience in an education setting or

(e) any first cycle degree, together with at least two years’ teaching experience in any Christian faith formation institute or

(f) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in paragraphs (a) to (e), together with the required years of experience.

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.

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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
Students successfully completing the Master of Arts in Christian Faith Formation should be able to:

- discern what is required from teachers and other faith education ministers in faith formation settings
- list the tenets of a Christian spirituality in schools and other faith formation entities
- outline the main aspects of contemporary Christian and philosophical anthropology
- describe the challenges and relevance of a Christian ethos in faith formation
- gain insight, consciousness and conscientiousness of their professional role as character formators from a Christian perspective
- synthesize the elements required for an interdisciplinary relationship and dialogue between Theology and Faith Formation
- outline the Maltese and International Educational Legislation and governance
- sustain and foster the Christian ethos of Church schools and other entities in Malta
- nurture student spirituality through the programme
- act within the boundaries stipulated by professional ethics, particularly with interlocutors
- develop an identity which is congruent with their role as Christian educators and character formators
- develop healthy, collegial and fruitful relationships with colleagues in order to collectively help interlocutors mature in human and Christian values
- critically evaluate their own dispositions and attitudes in the roles they play
- critically engage in contemporary issues from a Catholic perspective.
The contents of the course are specifically aimed at individuals who are already involved in teaching in schools, especially in Church Schools, those involved in the Faith Education Ministry, and those who are interested in enriching their teaching profession with the philosophical vision of a Christian ethos.
This course is an asset to all those who teach in Church Schools and in other faith formation institutes and settings because it provides a Catholic reflection on their educational and formation endeavour.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 11 May 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.