Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies and Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies and Psychology

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Course title Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies and Psychology
Postnominal B.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Disability Studies (Joint Area)
Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane

Psychology (Joint Area)
Marta Sant
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
Disability Studies

The introduction of course stems from the need to offer students the possibility to engage in studies related to disability at undergraduate level. The programme of studies offers a diversity of topics related to disability, from empowerment, to rights, to policies to art and cultural representation. It has been devised with the aim of exposing students and future professionals to the challenges that disabled people face in all walks of life. This is done from both a theoretical and experiential perspective through the involvement of disabled people in the delivery of the lectures. The course is targeted to reach all students who have an interest in disability issues and want to engage with and learn more about this field.

The programme of studies extends over a period of three years of full-time studies.


The programme of study offers a range of study-units central to the study of Psychology. The overall objective is to provide high-calibre, relevant and culturally sensitive education in the major areas of Psychology and to generate scholars who are well-versed in the scientific understanding of human behaviour, emotions, relationships and mental health and core psychological theories.

Students need to complete 80 ECTS assigned to various study-units in the following core areas: Major Paradigms in Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Research Methods, Biological Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychopathology and Cognitive Psychology.

In their final year of studies, students will have the opportunity to consolidate and synthesise these core areas by means of synoptic study-units. They would be able to choose elective study- units from various applied areas such as Organisational Psychology, Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology, amongst others.

The programme of study extends over a period of three years of full-time studies.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). The eligibility of applicants referred to in this paragraph shall be decided by the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three persons.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No Fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
Disability Studies

• Engage with social, political, economic, institutional and culture-related issues as they apply to disability;
• Comprehend the complex nature of disability as a phenomenon that arises from the interaction between impairments and socially-created disabling barriers, and to understand the factors that create these barriers and possible solutions to the problems created;
• Foster in-depth knowledge and critical thinking about disability by introducing disability models, policies and legislation, services, disability inclusive development, impairment-related issues, ethical issues and disability research amongst others;
• Establish how cultural and historical factors and socioeconomic and political contexts impinge on society's understanding of disability and shape the realities of disabled persons, taking into account relevant intersectional factors;
• Appraise key models of disability and how these help explain the difficulties that disabled people encounter in society;
• Appraise social and cultural representations of disability and the effect they have on disabled people’s daily lives;
• Analyse the complex and heterogeneous factors and processes that give rise to disability in different contexts, taking into account issues arising from intersectionality;
• Identify barriers and opportunities for disabled people, their families and communities in a range of contexts during the life course, and
• Critically engage with key agents that impact and condition the disability experience, hence challenging generalised one-size fits all discourses and narratives.


• Compare and contrast major theoretical and therapeutic paradigms in the field;
• Appraise current topics in psychology from different perspectives, including diverse disciplines within the field itself;
• Engage with current theoretical issues and research findings in psychology within a bio-psycho-social perspective, attending to evidence-based practice;
• Identify how different branches of psychology contribute to the understanding of different issues (e.g. societal issues, stress, mental health and wellbeing);
• Recognise how psychology, as a scientific discipline, constructs knowledge on the basis of research evidence;
• Recognise the philosophical underpinnings pertaining to qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
• Apply knowledge and understanding to psychology to areas such as groups, organisations, health and learning, amongst others;
• Apply knowledge and understanding of psychology to address familiar and unfamiliar problems;
• Formulate a critical opinion that is based on current literature in psychology;
• Engage in a critical debate with their peers on the topics presented;
• Work in a team in order to achieve a common goal and
• Present current topics in psychology and discuss these with their peers.
Disability Studies

The course is intended for anyone who wishes to gain specialised knowledge and skills on disability. Disabled students will be provided with support.


The course is intended for anyone who wishes to gain knowledge in the main areas of psychology, including its early origins and history, and to reflect upon these areas in an academic, professional and personal way.
Disability Studies

Disability intersects in numerous fields of study and students who will be the future professionals, will gain knowledge about a topic they are very likely to experience in their future professional setting. This course will offer opportunities for employment in social and/or community services in governmental settings and non-governmental service providing entities.

The ability to explain disability to others is a useful skill in the job market, especially in the context of increased numbers of disabled people. A graduate of this course will sensitise and help work settings comply with relevant legislation in this field.

Graduates from this course can further their studies by reading a range of Master programmes, such as the Masters in Disability Studies, Masters in Social Work, Masters in Youth and Community Studies, Masters in Community Action and Development, Masters in Youth Justice, Masters in Health, Medicine and Society, Masters in Gender, Society and Culture, Masters in Gender Studies, Masters in Ageing and Dementia Studies and Masters in Gerontology and Geriatrics, among others.


Although this programme does not provide professional training in psychology, it will offer opportunities for employment in areas involving human interaction, within social and/or community services in governmental settings and non-governmental service-providing entities. Holders of this degree can pursue career opportunities in human service agencies, and personnel management. A background in psychology will provide the graduate with a number of skills that can be applied to various work settings, providing a sound platform for further training and study at postgraduate level later on.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology can serve as a stepping stone for further studies and enables graduates to pursue a vast range of Masters programmes, offered by the University of Malta, such as the Master of Arts in Disability Studies, Master of Arts in Social Work, Master in Youth and Community Studies, Master of Arts in Community Action and Development, Master of Arts in Youth Justice, Master of Arts in Health, Medicine and Society, Master of Gender, Society and Culture, Master of Gender Studies, Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies and Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics, amongst others. They could also be granted entry into the Higher Diploma in Psychology, which would render them eligible to apply for a Master of Psychology in Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Health, Forensic or Neuropsychology. Holders of a Bachelor of Art degree are also eligible to register for second cycle programmes leading to Master’s degrees in higher education institutions worldwide.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Disability Studies (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Psychology (Joint Area) applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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