Master of Science in Psychological Studies

Master of Science in Psychological Studies

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Course title Master of Science in Psychological Studies
Course code PMSCPYSPET8
Postnominal M.Sc (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Mary Anne Lauri
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The MSc in Psychological Studies is a 90 ECTS Credits masters course, with 30 ECTS provided on a taught basis and 60 ECTS provided on a research basis. The programme's primary mode of delivery is Part-Time. Students will be able to register full-time following the first year of studies once the taught component is completed. Students who do not proceed to undertake a dissertation will be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods in Psychology after completing the 30 ECTS taught component over the first year of studies (PT). The MSc in Psychological Studies aims to provide students with a wide and comprehensive training in social and psychological research that will cover the entire gamut of research methods used in the discipline of psychology. This will span qualitative, quantitative and mixed method designs to equip graduates of this programme with strong research skills beyond their undergraduate training. Graduates will be able to apply their skills to a broad diversity of areas of psychological research and practice that require a deep understanding of human relations and human behaviour. The outcome of the dissertation is expected to be a strong and locally relevant empirical inquiry that could contribute towards understanding, and potentially redressing, elements of human activity in Maltese society. This focus will ensure graduates of this programme can develop skills that will help make their contributions vital and necessary in their place of work.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a Bachelor degree in Psychology, obtained with at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or

(b) 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).

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,700
Fee per semester: Eur 950

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 programme, students will be able to:

• demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research methods used in the psychological sciences at postgraduate level and in line with the state of the discipline
• apply in-depth knowledge of research methods to the understanding of social and psychological issues facing our contemporary society
• engage in an evidence-based process by which research can inform local practice and local governance
• contribute towards an emerging evidence-base relevant for local policy and governance
• demonstrate awareness of the cultural limitations and contingencies of social & psychological research and implications on the interpretation of findings
• develop relevant recommendations for research that can address the empirical limitations of specific methods at advanced (postgraduate) level and in line with the state of the discipline
• understand psychological activity with regards to social issues, comprehend advanced psychological research that bears some application for local practices, and undertake high quality research in line with the state of the discipline (at advanced level) that contributes towards evidence-based interventions.
This programme is intended for graduates in psychology who would like to undertake research in a psychological area of inquiry. The programme will appeal to those looking to acquire specialist skills in conducting psychological research. The programme will further appeal to anyone seeking to develop specialist expertise in psychology by researching a psychological issue or concern in sufficient depth. Students wishing to terminate their studies after the taught component, delivered during the first year, will be eligible for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods in Psychology.
This programme will help graduates in psychology boost their career opportunities by providing them with a comprehensive and exhaustive training in research methods in psychology that serves in implementing the scientist-practitioner model and in developing an evidence-base for the practice of psychology. In particular, the taught component of the course (delivered during the first year of studies) provides an invaluable resource to anyone seeking to undertake further study in psychology, such as a professional masters degree or a doctoral degree.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 15 April 2021

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