Master in Youth and Community Studies

Master in Youth and Community Studies

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Course title Master in Youth and Community Studies
Course code PMYTHPET9
Postnominal M. YCS.(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 Joanne Cassar
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
This programme explores the life-world of young people and their engagement with the wider community in both local and global contexts. It is aimed at furthering the academic competencies of participants in youth and community studies and to develop the expertise of youth work and youth policy practitioners, with an emphasis on evidence-based and reflective practice. This programme constitutes an important route into the youth work profession. Graduates may apply for the warrant of youth worker subject to meeting the requirements specified by Youth Work Profession Act, 2014.

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

(a) the B.A. (Hons) degree in Youth and Community Studies or

(b) the B.A. degree in Youth and Community Studies obtained prior to 2004 or

(c) an honours degree from this or another university in an area of study that is deemed relevant by the Board, together with a minimum of two years' experience in a youth or community setting.

Applicants applying for admission in terms of paragraph (c) will need to satisfy the interviewing board appointed by the Board and which is composed of at least three members, through an interview, that they have the necessary academic background, professional aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have the Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they must include certain details from it in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will also be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

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 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the programme of study, the student will be able to:

• Demonstrate critical engagement with key issues in youth and community work within an evolving local, national and global context
• Understand and apply theory relating to the development of young people across a range of intersecting domains
• Develop the skills and knowledge of the reflective practitioner in order to inform ethical and anti-oppressive practice
• Understand, distinguish between and synthesize different youth work theories, models and strategies, and apply this knowledge to the development of project development, service delivery and policy debate and development
• Design and conduct research to inform practice, service delivery and policy development with a solid evidence base
• Contribute to report writing, discussion and ongoing debates in the field
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the core values and principles informing interventions within the evolving local, European and global contexts
This qualification at Masters level responds to a growing demand in youth and community work and is intended for students interested in this distinct area of study. The course is ideal for candidates who have a first degree or experience in youth and community practices or related fields and who aspire to develop their knowledge and understanding of youth and community work.
Graduates of this programme will be prepared to work in different communities and social settings linked to youth and community work that among others include schools, youth centres and hubs, local councils and NGO’s. Other areas are related to the voluntary sector, community activism, social enterprise, as well as social and research agencies.

This programme offers an important pathway to the youth work profession. Graduates may apply for the warrant of youth worker, subject to meeting the requirements specified by the Youth Work Profession Act, 2014. The degree also leads to other higher education qualifications that include doctoral studies.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 12 May 2020

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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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