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 Master of Science in Mental Health Studies is an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and Faculty for Social Wellbeing, at the University of Malta.

The main strength of this programme is its learning and multidisciplinary aspect, both in relation to its co-ordination and in the target student body. Whilst this renders it innovative, it is also a direct reflection of the need of a mode of practice in the clinical field where a multidisciplinary approach is strongly advocated in order to offer synergistic, holistic and comprehensive services to individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. The course responds to local needs related to the areas of long-term Mental Health Recovery, Addictions and Child and Adolescent Mental Health. It is congruent with the development of Mental Health Services in Malta and reflective of the current strategies that are being employed in order to improve service delivery. Furthermore, this course is not simply to offer facts of knowledge but to instil you with a multidisciplinary and critically reflective mentality which can then be directly translated into your practice.

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The Course shall be open to warranted professionals in possession of a valid registration/licence with the relevant professional council and 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.

Applicants in possession of all the required academic qualifications for the acquisition of the respective warrant/license to practise (according to Maltese law) but who are still not in possession of the warrant/license to practice shall also be considered eligible,
provided that holders of temporary warrants who do not hold the full academic requirements required by the respective regulatory body to obtain a permanent warrant to practice will not be accepted.

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.

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 can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

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

a) Demonstrate deepened and widened interdisciplinary understanding of the persons affected by mental health issues in the fields of Child and Adolescence, Addictions or Community Care, Holistic and Long-Term Mental Health Recovery, depending on the chosen stream. This will focus on the issues’ origins and manifestations, treatment and therapy, impact and challenges on living and relating, and best ways to respond to these for better quality of life and greater human dignity.
b) Communicate and cooperate across disciplines in an effective manner resulting from mutual understanding, the experience of enhanced and guided cooperation and an appreciation of what is involved in interdisciplinarity.
c) Apply such an understanding in their professional and work practice and as active members of society, in exercising engagement, assessment, intervention, good management, advocacy and/or support, in ways that are appropriate for their profession and role, both in relation to mental health in general and to their chosen study stream in particular.
d) Use the insight given to them by the experience of having conducted postgraduate research to improve the appropriateness and effectiveness of their professional and work practice in the fields of Child and Adolescence, Addictions or Community Care, Holistic and Long-Term Mental Health Recovery, depending on the chosen stream.

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The course is intended if you are a professional seeking to broaden your theoretical knowledge in a particular area as part of your 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 you with sound knowledge that allows for critical, reflective and informed decisions in these areas of employment. Moreover, it will provide you 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 2021/2.

Last Updated: 29 November 2021

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