Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology

Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology

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Course title Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology
Course code PMPSYFOPFTT5
Postnominal M.Psy. (Clin.)/(Couns.)/(Ed.)/(For.)/(Health.)(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Marilyn Clark
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The course equips you with the necessary knowledge, values, attitudes and skills to practise as a forensic psychologist. Firstly, the taught component of the course addresses key issues in forensic psychology ranging from the understanding of criminal conduct and exploration of specific types of offending, to assessment and intervention with criminal offenders, to understanding the intersection between psychology and the law and the implications for the criminal justice system. Secondly, you have 9 hours of supervised field placement per week throughout the course to develop the professional values, ethics, attitudes and skills to address the various psychological issues emergent in forensic settings. Thirdly, you are also provided with training in research including the submission of a dissertation. The Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology programme is the only route in Malta through which, when followed by two years of supervised practice, you can obtain a warrant to practice as Forensic 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 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.

Requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct.

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.

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
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles underlying quantitative and qualitative research.
• Critically describe and differentiate between various disabilities and disorders of childhood and adolescence.
• Analyse group processes occurring in psychological groups.
• Contribute to the various initiatives provided by forensic psychologists within the specific organisation in which you are placed in.
• Discern which method of psychotherapeutic intervention is applicable for specific clients and conditions.
• Make critical decisions regarding the purpose of assessments, tools to use, how to interpret and report findings.
This course is intended if you would like to enter a career as a forensic psychologist.
As a Forensic Psychologist within the local context, you may find gainful employment within the courts, the police, in prevention of offending, treatment of offending within custodial and non-custodial settings, substance abuse intervention, research and innovation, policy making and academia. The Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology also provides 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 2021/2.

Last Updated: 26 November 2021

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