Master of Education in Health, Family and Consumer Studies

Master of Education in Health, Family and Consumer Studies

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Course title Master of Education in Health, Family and Consumer Studies
Course code PMEDHFCPER7
Postnominal M.Ed.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Suzanne Piscopo
Delivered by Faculty of Education
The M.Ed. in Health, Family and Consumer Studies (HFCS) by research is a 90 ECTS postgraduate degree aimed at strengthening the local professional Home Economics body as researchers and practitioners, and addressing certain gaps in national and discipline-related knowledge. Students will be engaged in conducting local research that will provide evidence for curricular and policy development, as well as various wellbeing campaigns and other initiatives on a national or international level.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a degree in Education with at least Second Class Honours from this University or a degree from another university recognised as equivalent for the purpose together with a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(b) any other degree with at least Second Class Honours together with a recognised teaching or education qualification and a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(c) a degree in Education or a Teacher’s Certificate together with at least five years’ teaching experience and other suitable qualifications obtained following the degree or after the Teacher’s Certificate or

(d) any first cycle degree with either a recognised teaching qualification or a Diploma in Education together with five years’ experience in an education setting.

Depending on the availability of resources, the Board shall determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register. The Board shall announce the areas of study, the number of available places, and the criteria for selection of applicants at the time of the call for applications.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 6 students.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants for registration under paragraphs (c) or (d) shall be required to attend an interview during which they shall be requested to provide evidence of prior experiential learning and to demonstrate that they are capable of completing the Course and may be required to complete a preparatory programme.

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned as directed by the Board, obtained with an average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration to the Course.

Preparatory programmes shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

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.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 650

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
You will be able to:
- Articulate a refined yet broader understanding of Health, Family and Consumer Studies (including Home Economics and Textiles and Fashion) as disciplines with a critical, problem-solving and emancipatory vision;
- Source and critically discuss the literature around different Health, Family and Consumer Studies themes of interest;
- Design a research study based on their goals and a thorough examination of the available literature;
- Describe and justify a range of research methods and tools, identifying the most suitable for gathering data for a particular study;
- Design and implement a methodological framework for their research study, keeping in mind ethical and contextual issues of concern;
- Demonstrate the ability to showcase the results of their research at different stages and in different fora;
- Produce a final report on their study.
This course is intended for you, if you are a graduate of the B.Ed,(Hons) Home Economics or the B.Ed. (Hons) Nutrition, Family and Consumer Studies degrees of the University of Malta, or equivalent, and if you have some years of experience teaching Home Economics, Textiles Studies or related subjects.
The M.Ed. in Health, Family and Consumer Studies (HFCS) will strengthen the graduates’ knowledge and skills as educators and researchers. It can help increase opportunities for advancement in the education sector, as practitioners and as trainers-of-trainers. It can also open up careers or employment opportunities in community development and social entrepreneurship. The M.Ed. HFCS also lays a good foundation for further studies at doctoral level or otherwise in the areas of education, communication, sociology, ecology and social marketing in relation to various family and lifestyle-related behaviours and phenomenon.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 24 June 2022

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