Master in Counselling

Master in Counselling

Course information

Course title Master in Counselling
Course code PMCOUPET0
Postnominal M.Couns.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 8 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Dione Mifsud
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The Master in Counselling course provides graduate students with an in-depth knowledge base and practice skills in professional counselling. This programme achieves this through the encouragement of scholarship in counselling, professional skills training and attention to the recognition of the counsellor as person. The programme is intended for students who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling. Graduates will be able to use the skills to competently serve individuals, couples, families, and groups in the community. This programme also promotes the professional status, identity and visibility of counsellors within different cultural contexts and seeks to extend students' abilities to consider counselling within the broader social context as well as within individual client work.
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, together with a minimum of one year’s experience working directly in a formal human or psycho-social setting.

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 an extended personal interview and personality test. 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 26 students.

When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, which shall be weighted as follows:

(a) degree type and classification -­ 30%
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study ­- 15% and
(c) professional aptitude and disposition -­ 55%.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board 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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,400
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 21,600
Fee per academic year: Eur 5,400
• Recognise the role of the counselling profession in the value and advancement of individuals, communities, and organisations.
• Demonstrate cross-cultural competencies and skills.
• Contribute to the advancement of mental health care for all clients.
• Develop appropriate skills competence for an eclectic theoretical model.
• Demonstrate excellence in critical thinking and problem solving analysis
• Deliver contextually appropriate counselling skills and interventions.
• Establish identity through participation in professional and academic for a
• Understand the counsellor’s role as client-advocate with families, agencies, and institutions.
• Effect positive social change as community leaders.
• Collaborate with counselling supervisors and other mental health professionals to present data and findings to the professional counselling community.
• Adhere to the professional counseling code of ethics.
The Master in Counselling is offered to those who are in possession of a good first degree in the Psychology, Social Work, Education, Youth Studies or a related area subject to the approval of the Board of Studies, together with a minimum of one year's experience working directly in a formal human or psycho-social setting. Students have included counsellors, teachers, social workers, nurses and paramedical officers, HR officers, psychotherapists, police officers and people working in a helping environment.
Successful students will be able to work as counsellors in government and private institutions and NGO's. They will also be able to develop their own private practice.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 20 July 2018

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Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
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