Master of Arts in Youth Justice

Master of Arts in Youth Justice

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Course title Master of Arts in Youth Justice
Course code PMAYTJPET6
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Albert Bell
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
This mainly research-based programme (30 ECTS taught; 60 ECTS dissertation) aims to provide the requisite platform for learners to undertake research and to critically engage with challenging content and keystone issues that are pivotal to the area of study. These include the aetiology of youth crime and deviance, the history and philosophical foundations of youth justice systems from a comparative perspective, and youth crime prevention strategies. Students will also be exposed to contrasting research epistemologies and specialist research strategies pertinent to the field. These will be then put to practice in the empirical component of their research work. The conceptual framework for the students' dissertation will also be informed by the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings central to the programme's taught component. The Department is committed to ensure that students are provided with adequate supervision on a topic of their choice relevant to the field which may benefit from resident academic staff expertise. The programme is thus also expected to yield ongoing academic research that may serve as the requisite knowledge-base for service development and policy making and moreover to build our understanding of the dynamics related to the causality of youth crime.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or any other institution recognized by Senate in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board with at least Second Class Honours. Applicants in possession of a degree obtained with at least Category II shall also be admitted following successful completion of a preparatory programme as indicated below.

The admission of applicants may be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

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

Preparatory Programme

Applicants not in possession of an Honours degree shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS credits and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of credits already obtained in the chosen area of study, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 780

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, the student will be able to:

• build the requisite understanding on youth crime causality and prevention and apply this corpus of knowledge to critically engage with keystone issues in the area of study within local, European and global contexts;

• identify, elaborate upon, appraise and distinguish between various juvenile/youth justice approaches and models of best practice from a comparative perspective;

• transfer taught course content to practice, service and policy development in the field;

• identify, elaborate and critically reflect upon the main research modalities, data collection and analysis methods and key issues in youth justice research;

• help evaluate and identify gaps in current related practice in Malta in light of the international standards and norms on juvenile/youth justice;

• undertake research that informs policy-makers with evidenced-based ideas that may serve as the requisite thrust to bring upon much needed reform in the field; and,

• understand and advocate for the importance of 'practitioner research' and what leading youth researchers refer to as the 'magic triangle' between practice, research and policy.
The programme is expected to attract specialists already working in the youth justice sector in possession of an UG degree in a related area of study (youth and community studies, criminology, social work, social policy, sociology, psychology, anthropology) who are intent on furthering their studies in the field and graduates seeking to build up their expertise on youth justice and increase their employment prospects in the sector.
The youth justice sector entails the interplay and convergence of various professionals, including probation and parole officers, youth workers, social workers, education and legal professionals, and correctional and police officers. The need for further training and specialisation at PG level in the field is required to ensure that any changes to the youth criminal justice system, which are necessary to realise its primary function to incapacitate criminal careers, are implemented more effectively. Graduates of this programme will be perfectly positioned to assist and inform the legal, policy and service development reforms that are anticipated in the sector, while securing the required academic grounding to develop research careers in the field of study.
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Last Updated: 29 March 2021

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