Master of Psychology in Health Psychology

Master of Psychology in Health Psychology

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Course title Master of Psychology in Health Psychology
Course code PMPSYHLPFTT5
Postnominal M.Psy. (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 Pamela Portelli
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The course equips you with the necessary psychology knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required to practise as a Health Psychologist. This is done firstly through taught units on the theories and research on health, wellbeing and a lifespan biopsychosocial approach to the development of children, young adults, adults and older adults, as well as a focus on health systems. Secondly, you will have 9 hours of supervised field placement per week throughout the course to develop professional values, ethics, attitudes and skills to address the various needs of persons through individual, group, system, and society level strategies. Thirdly you are also provided with training in research including the submission of a dissertation. The Master of Psychology in Health 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 Health 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:

• Critically evaluate the various theoretical underpinnings of the schools of psychotherapy.
• Construct relevant therapeutic techniques and strategies whilst drawing from the psychoanalytic, humanistic-existential and systemic theoretical frameworks.
• Select appropriate health psychology models and interventions to promote health and foster behaviour change on a primary, secondary and tertiary level in different health settings including health promotion, mental health setting and general hospital.
• Critically assess and comment on both published and unpublished sources with regards to individual and cultural differences.
• Critically weigh up the contributions and limitations of health psychology in addressing various problems and issues of human development.
• Demonstrate competence in conducting assessment and intervention sessions appropriately and independently with older adults suffering from depression, anxiety and dementia, as well as plan appropriate interventions to support families and care-givers.
The course is intended if you would like to enter a career as a Health Psychologist.
As already stated, the Master of Psychology in Health 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 Health Psychologists. Health psychologists can work directly with clients across all stages of development and in different settings, including clinical health within health centres and hospitals; health promotion, occupational health, community and public health within public/private organisations to promote health and wellbeing. Other Health Psychologists may decide to focus on research in health-related issues or influence public policy on health care issues.

The Master of Psychology in Health 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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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.

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