Master of Arts in Management of Social Care Services

Master of Arts in Management of Social Care Services

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Course title Master of Arts in Management of Social Care Services
Course code PMAGSSPET0
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Maureen Cole
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
This programme adopts an interdisciplinary approach to management in the social care field. It provides a specific, yet holistic, postgraduate qualification in the management of social care services which – to this date – does not exist on the local market.

It is a learning platform rooted in the social sciences and strategic management. It will adopt a proactive method of learning wherein students are presented with empirical and hypothetical case scenarios involving the administration of social care organisations and institutions, both domestically and abroad.
It will equip practitioners with a professional skills portfolio that will help them manage, develop and reengineer their organisations and projects. Field placements will help to achieve this objective.

The programme will provide innovative insights into managerial, social and economic niches, including the knowledge and skills that are of particular importance to the sector such as Social Marketing and the ability to calculate the return on investment of preventive measures and delivery of social care services. This new knowledge platform will help students explore the link between the Gross Domestic Product and investment in social care; thus rendering leaders in the social field in a better position to understand the interplay between the economy and social cohesion.

This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the following qualifications:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours in Social Policy, Social Work, Youth and Community Studies, Psychology, Criminology, Social Wellbeing Studies, Management, Public Administration, Public Policy, Marketing, Banking and Finance or in any other area of study which the Board of Studies, deems to be relevant and

(b) a minimum of two years of practice in an area deemed relevant by the Board of Studies.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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 960

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Fee per academic year: Eur 5,400
With regards to subject knowledge and understanding, by the end of the programme, students will able to:

• develop strategic leadership and management skills that complement their knowhow in social care and wellbeing;
• demonstrate a social care orientation in their managerial duties;
• take responsibility for decision-making to bring about change and innovation;
• use people metrics to motivate employees and implement successful performance management schemes;
• sustain a quality culture of excellence in social care services and institutions;
• apply the principles and values of good governance;
• lead teams, manage projects, and re-engineer institutional set-ups;
• engage evidence-based practice in the management of care services;
• manage financial affairs in terms of managing projects and functional units;
• develop a theoretical understanding of supervision;
• critically analyse and contribute towards developments in Social Policy;
• deepen, widen and update their social expertise both in terms of new theoretical frameworks as well as innovative, best practice approaches;
• become familiar with European affairs in the social arena, particularly the Cohesion Policy and its implementation in Malta;
• enhance their critical thinking and data analysis through research;
• ensure professional and ethical conduct both in managing organisations;
• understand the interplay between the economy and social cohesion.


In connection to intellectual development, students will be able to:

• adopt a multidisciplinary approach that is essential for today’s and tomorrow’s leadership and management of social care services and organisations;
• develop a set of managerial tools and deepened knowhow on social affairs that are considered essential in any socially conscious professional environment;
• acquire a postgraduate specialisation in the strategic leadership and management of social care services that will continue to add value to their previous undergraduate qualification.


In terms of key and/or transferable skills, students will be able to:

• use empirical case studies during coursework to help them relate theoretical, conceptual and legislative frameworks to a versatile array of real life situations;
• plan, execute and evaluate specialised field placements that will provide them with an additional opportunity to apply knowhow in real life situations;
• aspire for executive positions by acquiring the necessary leadership and managerial rigour;
• adopt an interdisciplinary approach in the arena of leadership, management and social affairs.


In terms of employability prospects, students will be able to:

• acquire a highly prized, interfaculty qualification which would be beneficial to state entities as well as to non-governmental organisations and the private sector;
• get hold of an excellent vehicle for career advancement and diversification for practitioners in social work, management and other related fields.


The programme provides for two exit awards, one at PG Certificate level and the other at a PG Diploma level. The learning outcomes pertaining to each exit award are as follows:

Students who opt to exit at the level of Postgraduate Certificate will be able to:

• apply scientific research methods in order to engage in evidence based management;
• understand and interpret domestic and international social changes in order to formulate social policies;
• manage resources and lead change programmes within social care organisations;
• acquire a solid grounding in good governance;
• perform and lead ethically in an organisational set-up.


Students who opt to exit at the level of Postgraduate Diploma will be able to:

• apply scientific research methods in order to engage in evidence based management;
• understand and interpret domestic and international social changes in order to formulate social policies;
• manage resources and lead change programmes within social care organisations;
• acquire a solid grounding in good governance;
• perform and lead ethically in an organisational set-up;
• manage organisational projects from initiation stage to closure stage;
• formulate and manage quality control measures in order to evaluate continually the strategies and operations within social care organisations;
• design and operate a culture of service excellence means in order to establish the most effective and satisfying ways to fulfill the organization's vision and mission;
• engage in strategic human resource management to enhance flexibility, innovation, performance and knowledge transfer;
• lead innovation programmes within organisations in order to enrich organisational performance, effectiveness and efficiency;
• understand and manage standards of practices related to supervision of social work.


Students who complete the full programme leading to the Master of Arts in Management of Social Care Services will have acquired all of the learning outcomes pertaining to the Postgraduate Diploma level and, in addition, the ability to research and write a professional portfolio on any theme related to the central notion of managing organisations engaged in social care services.
This programme will provide a cutting-edge skills set to social workers and other professional practitioners, including those coming from a management background, who are identified to have a potential to lead teams and projects and, thus, help in their career development.

This programme is of direct interest to a variety of professional people who already have a first degree in a number of subjects, including:

• Management
• Social Work
• Social Policy
• Youth and Community studies
• Social Wellbeing Studies
• Public Policy
• Public Administration
• Psychology
• Criminology
• Work and Human Resources
• Other related degrees in management and the social sciences.
Both the Public Sector and the University of Malta have already highlighted the need for a specialised postgraduate qualification in the leadership and management of social care services. Thus this qualification will provide career opportunities in the management of a wide array of governmental entities, non-governmental organisations and other private sector entities that are active in the social and humanitarian field. These are also in constant need to upgrade the talent platform of their human resources.

Graduates may further their studies to doctoral degrees.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 5 August 2020

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