Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

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Course title Master of Arts in Youth Ministry
Course code PMAYMIPET2
Postnominal M.A. Yth. Min.(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 Pauline Dimech
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
The M.A. in Youth Ministry is a professional programme designed to empower candidates to minister and work in today’s local context with youth. The course is also intended to give a fresh and dynamic contribution to the local Christian Community. It is for this reason that the course intends to be based not only on abstract theory but also on reflection on the context in which we live and on practice.

The Faculty of Theology’s collaboration with the Diocesan Youth Commission and with the Department of Youth and Community Studies ensures the perfect balance between theory and practice and between the Christian component and the professional component. The course has been designed in such a way as to make successful candidates eligible as professional youth workers.


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Applicants shall be, at the time of applying and for the duration of the Course, engaged and active within a statutory or non-statutory youth work organisation, and in possession of one of the following qualifications with at least Second Class Honours or with at least Category II:

(a) a Bachelor degree with Theology or Religious Studies as a main area, or

(b) a Bachelor degree in Youth Studies, or

(c) a Bachelor degree, other than the qualifications indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b), together with a minimum of two years' experience in youth work practice in a youth work oriented agency.

Applicants in possession of a degree classified with Third Class Honours or Category III, together with a minimum of two years' experience in youth work practice in a youth work oriented agency, may also be admitted, provided that they have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree.

In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a Bachelor's degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and a minimum of two years’ experience in youth work practice in a youth work oriented agency that together are deemed to be comparable to the level of a first degree.

Applicants may be registered as students in the Course if they satisfy the Board, through an interview, that they have the necessary experience and aptitude to follow the Course.

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

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
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
• respond to the needs of youth
• understanding and accept the Christian vision of the human person
• outline the major psychological and sociological theoretical perspectives in youth
• examine the concept of risk in adolescence and youth
• recognize the correct attitudes which express pastoral care
• offer a caring ministry
• supervise and animate youth leaders
• prepare and conduct programmes with youth
• develop and apply models of youth ministry according to the requirements of local communities and settings
• build groups and foster communities
• live her/his ministry as a disciple of Christ
This course is intended for persons coming from many walks of life who wish to serve their local community.
Though not a course leading directly to the pursuit of a specific career, the areas covered in this Master’s course will equip students with knowledge and skills to work with young people in a variety of settings.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 28 May 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.

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