Master of Arts in Transcultural Counselling

Master of Arts in Transcultural Counselling

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Course title Master of Arts in Transcultural Counselling
Course code PMATRCFTT6
Postnominal M.A. (T. Couns.)(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Dione Mifsud
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The programme aims to provide students with extensive training necessary for practicing in the field of counselling. It provides training in counselling in several areas, whilst giving the students the opportunity to take up a broader view of the sociocultural context surrounding counselling in their training. The course programme equips students with knowledge of theories and skills of counselling, as well as the opportunity to practice these skills under supervision.

Why is the degree called "Transcultural?"

The programme has been titled "transcultural" to reflect the international nature of both the programme faculty and expected student population. While the new curriculum continues to provide students with extensive traditional counsellor training, the international composition of the programme will also provide them with a wider exchange of cultural viewpoints and experiences surrounding contemporary counselling theory and practice.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in one of the human and/or social sciences, or an area of study deemed relevant by the Board.

All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.

Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of exercises involving (i) group discussion, and (ii) a personal interview.

Applicants who obtain less than 60% for the professional aptitude and the disposition criterion shall automatically not be admitted into the Course.

The maximum number of students shall be limited to 25 students.

When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected during an interview, according to the following criteria which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and classification – 30%
(b) experience in the area – 15% and
(c) professional aptitude and disposition – 55%

The interviewing board shall be appointed by the Board and shall be composed of at least three members.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

On acceptance on the Course, applicants will be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

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: Tuition Fees: Eur 9,500 +
Placement Fees: Eur 1,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Tuition Fees: Eur 9,500 +
Placement Fees: Eur 1,500
Students will:

1. Have a wide range of counselling skills, which they make use of in individual and group counselling, within different settings and cultural contexts

2. Be able to successfully apply counselling skills in helping situations whilst applying sound ethical and professional judgments by fully respecting client autonomy and working within approved ethical codes and standards.

3. Make appropriate choices by applying counselling, psychological and cross-cultural principles in counselling situations

4. Have the basic necessary skills to work professionally as counsellors and to further their learning.
The programme is intended for students who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling across cultures.
The training will enable graduates to practice as counsellors in the European Union, the United States, and elsewhere.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 10 September 2018

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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.

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