Master of Arts in Spiritual Companionship

Master of Arts in Spiritual Companionship

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Course title Master of Arts in Spiritual Companionship
Course code PMASPNPET8
Postnominal M.A. Spirit. Comp.(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 Charlo Camilleri
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
In response to the growing need for spiritual guidance and companionship, the Faculty of Theology is offering a programme of studies to committed members of the Christian community to empower those interested in discovering and practising the art and profession of Spiritual Companionship.

This course also intends to respond to the need of ongoing formation of school religious counsellors. The content and structure of this programme of studies satisfy the requirements established by Modes of Regulation on Catholic Religious Instruction and Education in State Schools (16 November 1989).
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree in Theology, Religious Studies or related areas of study, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or with at least Category II or at least Cum Laude or

(b) a Bachelor degree in any area of study together with experience related to Spiritual Companionship

(c) 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 and experience that together are deemed to be comparable to the level of a first degree.

All applicants shall be required to submit to an assessment to determine their suitability to follow the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2018.

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.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, 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
The programme provides opportunities for participants to:

• show reflective practice at Master’s level integrating interdisciplinary theory as a method of study and practice;
• analyse the historical, theoretical, critical and analytical research in the area of spiritual theology and companionship;
• achieve an understanding of professional contemporary art and design;
• have sufficient academic and applied grounding for further development of skills;
• facilitate innovative research work at Masters level;
• apply theory and articulate pastoral practice;
• be professionally trained in practical sessions of Spiritual Companionship including in it’s offshoot forms of counseling and direction.
Any person who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree and wishes to:

• be involved in the spiritual formation of others;
• be committed in ministry and catechesis;
• provide the service of Spiritual Companionship and Direction.
The range of career opportunities is wide and varied. Participants will be geared to engage as mentors and pastoral professionals in schools, parishes and ecclesial groups. Participants will also be encouraged and prepared to pursue their studies in other academic entities and to publish in academic journals of spirituality and theology as well as contributing to local international fora in Spiritual theology and Companionship.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 17 March 2018

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.