Master of Science in Mental Health Studies

Master of Science in Mental Health Studies

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Mental Health Studies
Course code PMSCMNSPET9
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Paulann Grech
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The Course shall be open to warranted professionals in possession of a first cycle qualification or higher, awarded by this University or any other higher education institution recognized by Senate, obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or equivalent, in any one of the following areas:

(a) Communication Therapy, Counselling, Education, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Social Work and Youth Work or

(b) any other area deemed suitable by the Board of Studies.

The Board of Studies may, at its own discretion, recommend to the University Admissions Board that applicants in possession of a qualification indicated in the above paragraphs who are not yet warranted to practise, may still be accepted to join the course.

All applicants shall submit with their application a Police Good Conduct Certificate issued by the Commissioner of Police in terms of the Conduct Certificates Ordinance.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 20 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

The selection criteria can be found here.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose by the Boards.

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.

During the first year of the Course, accepted applicants may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The notice regarding submission of documentation is available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,250

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
Professionals who wish to broaden their theoretical knowledge in a particular area as part of their ongoing professional development. Such professions are Communication Therapy, Counselling, Probation Services, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Social Work, Education and Youth Work or any other area deemed suitable.
Career opportunities in the branches targeted in this programme are wide and varied; this course will provide students with sound knowledge that allows for critical, reflective and informed decisions in these areas of employment. Moreover, it will provide them with the necessary tools to function in a team that consists of different professionals from multiple disciplines who all need to be involved in care management.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
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.