Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics

Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics

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Course title Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Course code PMGGFTT6
Postnominal M. Ger.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Maria Aurora Fenech
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The 20th century saw a remarkable revolution in longevity. This has profound consequences for every aspect of individual, community, national and international life. Every facet of humanity is involved. This is a multidisciplinary programme and is a combination of applied and theoretical knowledge. It investigates the impact of ageing on society and the impact of society on older persons. The programme was set up in 1989 by a group of international experts convened by the United Nations International Institute on Ageing, based in Malta.
Applicants seeking admission to the Course shall be in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II, or a professional qualification considered by the Board to be comparable to a degree, in a discipline pertaining to one of the caring professions or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II, or a professional qualification considered by the Board to be comparable to a degree deemed by the Board as relevant and adequate for the applicant to follow the Course with profit or

(c) a Bachelor degree obtained with Third Class Honours or Category III if applicants are also in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree or

(d) in exceptional cases, a professional qualification in one of the caring professions, together with at least five years’ experience, which together are deemed by the Admissions Board, on the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, to be comparable to the level of a first degree.

(e) Applicants in possession of the Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontology and Geriatrics may be allowed to join the research component of the Course, if they have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma programme with a minimum average mark of 65%.

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: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
a) Subject Knowledge

The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics takes a bio-psychosocial perspective in exploring and understanding theories applied within this field. More specifically, to:

- explain demographic trends of population ageing,
- recognise how the heterogeneity of older populations leads to unequal levels in quality of life in old age,
- describe theoretical frameworks to national and international accounts about current issues in ageing care,
- apply principles of cultural competence regarding cohort, gender, race/ethnicity, and diverse abilities as it applies to ageing in Malta and globally,
- demonstrate an awareness of the contributions different theoretical perspectives for understanding ageing care,
- develop knowledge of ethical principles when evaluating social and health care practices in ageing care,
- demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs for older persons based on systematic needs assessment at the individual, community, and/or agency level, using appropriate technologies,
- demonstrate the ability to conduct and/or evaluate appropriate research,
- develop critical knowledge on assistive technology, and its role in the care and support of older people.

b) Intellectual development

The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics provides students with opportunities to develop their reflective and thinking ability, approach texts critically, and use the library resources to learn about past, ongoing, and innovative practices in gerontological and geriatric care. More specifically, to:

- describe the experiences of older persons at key points in their journey from diagnosis to death,
- apply concepts and skills related to ageing at various life stages to field experiences in gerontology and geriatrics,
- analyse the diversity in the experiences of older persons and the influence of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, specific diagnosis, co-morbid conditions and other factors on their life course,
- list the characteristics and experiences of carers of older persons and the challenges they generally face,
- integrate intergenerational concepts into case management and program planning,
- explain the multidisciplinary approach to working with older persons and their carers,
- develop a professional identity as a gerontologist or geriatrician to effectively work with an interdisciplinary team
- develop knowledge of relevant policy/service issues in relation to supporting/caring for older persons.

c) Key transferrable skills

The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics provides students with the needed research skills to investigate issues within this field by enabling them to:

- identify and define both the quantitative and qualitative research methods, subject sampling techniques, and approaches to assessing the validity and reliability of measurement instruments,
- develop sound professional judgment based on ethical standards and expectations of the field,
- evaluate policy strategies on community and long-term care for older persons,
- draw up a case study reports that assesses care settings for older persons, and
- demonstrate advocacy skills to participate in policy formation, implementation, and analysis on the micro- and macro- levels of ageing related issues.

d) Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics provides an opportunity for the students that come from different facets of work (nurses, medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists etc) to start developing an inter-disciplinary perspective towards ageing care. Students will gain an excellent understanding on the bio-psychosocial process of ageing as well as how policies and services for older people are developed, organised and run. Students will also be able to creatively think on how they can contribute to improving service quality in ageing care.
The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics targets students who wish to develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives on ageing.
The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics can facilitate opportunities for an exciting career with older persons in a variety of capacities and settings, both in community and institutional settings. Successful completion of the course will provide evidence of the knowledge and expertise required by professionals working in gerontological and geriatric settings. This will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field of older care and will enhance the likelihood of career progression in established social and health care professions. Included but not limited to:

• Community/social services agencies, religious organisations;
• Health care and long-term care institutions;
• State, and local government agencies;
• retirement communities;
• academic and other educational and research settings;
• professional organisations and non-governmental organisations;
• business and industry;
• the arts and sciences.

In addition people who work and/or research in the field of gerontology and geriatrics experience great personal satisfaction from knowing they are making a true difference to older people and their carers. Graduates in gerontology and geriatrics can help to improve the quality of older persons lives, influence agencies and organizations serving older persons, help to change legislation and policies effecting older adults, educate the community on ageing related topics, and serve as a leader/advocate for older adults.

The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics also provides students with the opportunity to progress to a Doctorate Degree.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 28 May 2018

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