Master of Arts in Health, Medicine and Society

Master of Arts in Health, Medicine and Society

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Course title Master of Arts in Health, Medicine and Society
Course code PMAHMDPET7
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 Gillian M. Martin
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
This distinctive postgraduate programme looks at illness and medicine from a social perspective. It is a taught programme rooted in medical sociology, offering a multi-faceted exploration of health and illness. The key focus is the intersection between the medical world (health, illness, professions) with the social context and social relations.

The taught study units place the practice of medicine and the experience of health and illness within a broad socio-cultural and geographical framework. They offer the opportunity to critically engage with sociological areas of interest such as inequalities in health, the lives experience of illness, the social construction of medical knowledge, global health, health and social policy, and the social implications of genomic research, to mention a few. Research methods are also a key focus in the programme. These are then put into practice in the empirical research-based dissertation, on a topic of your choice.

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The Course shall be open to applicants who are in possession of:

(i) a first cycle degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in any subject or

(ii) a first cycle degree obtained with at least Third Class Honours or Category III in any subject, provided that they satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following their first cycle 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 960

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Locate the practice of medicine and the experience of health and illness within a cultural, social and geographical context.
• Apply sociological theory and empirical research publications to the discussion of various topics related to health, illness and medicine.
• Apply scientific and ethical methods in the design of your own empirical research programme.
• Collect empirical data and analyse them using sociological concepts and theory.
• Disseminate and publicly communicate your results.
If you are interested in exploring the ways that the experience of health and illness, and the practice of medicine are impacted by social institutions, beliefs and behaviour, then this is the ideal course for you. It will also appeal whether you have a general academic interest in health and society, or are already working in health or medical settings in the public, independent, or voluntary sectors. If you come from a different academic background in possession of a degree, you will still learn the first and basic principles. However, it will be of particular relevance if you are a graduate in social science, health/medical science, social wellbeing and the arts.
This MA has been formally recognised by the Nursing Services Directorate as part of the professional advancement of the nursing profession. It will also appeal if you are interested in working in health or medical care settings in the public, private or voluntary sectors. As a graduate, you will have a richer and more professional CV profile by acquiring essential transferable skills related to critical analysis and critical writing, together with those related to conducting research within the social and health contexts.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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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.