Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology

Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology

Course information

Course title Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology
Course code PMPSYCOPFTT2
Postnominal M.Psy. (Couns.)(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Clarissa Sammut Scerri
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The overall aim of the Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology programme is to equip students with the necessary psychology knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required to practise as a counselling psychologist. This is done firstly through taught units on the theories and research on the promotion of health and wellbeing, development and learning of all children young people, adults and older adults, and on relevant prevention, assessment and intervention strategies. Secondly, students have 9 hours of supervised field placement per week throughout the course for them to develop the professional values, ethics, attitudes and skills to address the various needs of persons through individual, group, system, and society level strategies. Thirdly students are also provided with training in research including the submission of a dissertation. The Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology programme is the only route in Malta through which, when followed by two years of supervised practice, individuals can obtain a warrant to practice as Counselling Psychologists.

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The Course shall be open to applicants who are proficient in the Maltese Language and who are in possession of the following qualifications:

(a) a Bachelor degree in Psychology with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division), or an equivalent qualification from this or another university or

(b) a Bachelor degree in Psychology with at least Second Class Honours (Lower Division), together with a Master’s degree in Psychology-related areas from this or another University or

(c) a Bachelor degree in Psychology or a Bachelor degree with Psychology as a main area of study, in both cases obtained with at least Category IIA or another degree in a related area deemed relevant by the Board of Studies obtained with at least Second Class (Honours)(Upper Division),
provided that all applicants applying in terms of this paragraph would either have obtained 60 ECTS credits in Psychology, as approved by the Board, following the award of their degree, or have obtained the Higher Diploma in Psychology with at least Pass with Merit, which together with their degree are deemed to be comparable to the qualification indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants referred to in the above paragraphs are also required to have either (i) a minimum of 2400 hours of experience in a clinical or counselling or educational or forensic or health or neuropsychology setting, or (ii) a minimum of 1200 hours of experience in a clinical or counselling or educational or forensic or health or neuropsychology setting, under the supervision of a warranted psychologist. This experience should normally be obtained after applicants have been awarded the qualification indicated in the above paragraphs.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 4 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 – 20%
(b) work experience in the area or a related field – 15%
(c) professional aptitude and disposition – 55% and
(d) references – 10%.

Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of exercises involving (i) role play with a client, (ii) group discussion, and (iii) personal interview.

Applicants who obtain less than 60% for the professional aptitude and disposition criterion shall automatically not be admitted into the Course.

If the number of applicants who satisfy the selection criteria exceeds the number of available places, applicants shall be accepted according to merit.

The selection criteria can be found here.

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

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have the Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they must include certain details from it in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will also 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 2019.

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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 21,600
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: Eur 10,800
The Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology is intended to provide all candidates with the necessary professional formation for qualifying to become Counselling Psychologists as well as with a mastery of the research process. They gain the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required for one to provide the necessary professional understanding and support for meeting the psychological needs of children, young people, adults and older adults and their families to ensure the health and wellbeing, development and learning of all. These include an attitude of care and respect for all clients (individuals, groups and organisations); a focus on people’s strengths and resilience; giving importance to how cultural, gender and life style shape people’s experiences and concerns, sensitivity to issues of diversity and social justice; adherence to professional ethical issues; and acquisition of competences on prevention, assessment and intervention for helping people with mild and more severe psychological mental health issues.
Persons who acquire the Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology degree, followed by two years supervised practice, can work as warranted Counselling Psychologists in a variety of community and mental health settings. Counselling Psychologists work with clients across all stages of development such as with children and their families facing behaviour problems, adolescents and adults dealing with substance abuse problems, adults facing marital difficulties, or older adults facing retirement and illness. Counselling Psychologists also work with groups helping people to overcome these same psychological challenges.

The Master of Psychology in Counselling Psychology also provides candidates access to doctoral programmes in psychology both locally and overseas.
Students who wish to go for a field placement abroad are encouraged to do so during the summer period between the first and second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 23 August 2019

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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.