Master of Arts in Social Policy (by Research)

Master of Arts in Social Policy (by Research)

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Course title Master of Arts in Social Policy (by Research)
Course code PMASPCPER0
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Andreana Dibben
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The Master of Arts in Social Policy (by research) is a programme which will provide interested applicants with a more flexible way of furthering their studies. It will provide a core taught study-unit which will provide students with postgraduate research knowledge and skills to enable them to produce a robust research study on their chosen topic, under the guidance of a supervisor with relevant expertise.

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

(a) a Bachelor degree in Social Policy with at least Second Class Honours or equivalent or

(b) a Bachelor degree in a related area with at least Second Class Honours or equivalent and a minimum of two years of practice in the area in which the student wishes to conduct research.

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 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 650

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of systematic inquiry, and of the role of social policy research and its relationship to evidence-based practice;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of research philosophies as well as competence in the development of research strategy, design and methods;
3. Demonstrate awareness of and commitment to ethics in social research, and the ability to design and implement research that fully respects these ethics;
4. Identify and critically analyse the use and quality of research in social policy and administration, including the organisational contexts within which students work;
5. Demonstrate an awareness of minority, disability, and gender issues, particularly in research, and an understanding of how to develop user involvement research practices.


By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate capacity for empirical inquiry and critical thinking, and a commitment to their use for service and organizational improvement;
2. Critically evaluate and synthesise existing social policy literature and evaluate its relevance for theoretical and practical problem solving;
3. Source relevant statistical data in social policy and particularly in the area of relevance to them;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of different research philosophies, designs and methods, and competence in those areas relevant to their chosen question;
5. Operationalise social problems and meaningfully connect the theoretical and empirical dimensions of research;
6. Engage with service users when undertaking research;
7. Debate social issues, drawing on the literature as well as their research and work experience;
8. Communicate research outputs to a wide audience, including scientific journals, policy makers and colleagues;
9. Start and successfully complete a research study and to write up the findings in line with the University’s guidelines.
This programme of study is intended for social science or policy graduates who have a particular research interest in a given area of social policy that may have been covered to some degree at undergraduate level but in which they would like to develop greater knowledge.
This degree assists graduates to further their career in research or administration in the public sector and NGOs, as well as private companies and consultancies. The successful completion of a research degree signals to an employer that the graduate is methodical, creative and diligent, capable of both working independently and collaborating with supervisors, and has proven abilities in problem solving, data analysis and report writing.

This degree also provides the opportunity for students to explore the option to pursue their studies at doctoral level. The initiative, focus and research competence developed during this programme would serve as an excellent basis for research at higher levels.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 22 April 2021

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