Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy
Course code UBAHSPWPTD5
Postnominal B.A. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 5 to 6 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Sue Vella
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The overall aim of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy is to prepare students to contribute in the administration, management, planning, development and evaluation of services in all areas of social policy. Students on this programme will become familiar with issues that relate to health, social security, education, housing, employment and social care services. Through a variety of study-units, the course seeks to provide the students with an understanding of the recipients of all welfare services such as children and families, elderly, disabled persons and migrants. Besides social welfare services, social policy also covers the social aspects of other policies, such as the social aspects of environment, culture, leisure, penal, transport or trade policy. Students will learn about the organisation, management and provision of welfare services and social policy and how these can be administered in the public, private and NGO sectors.

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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 in possession of the Diploma in Social Work of this University, or a comparable qualification in an area related to Social Work or Social Policy or who have obtained credits for study-units considered by the Board to be equivalent to those in the Course may also be admitted to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed those obtainable in one year of the Course.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held on 3 September 2020. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview during the last two weeks of September 2020. These dates cannot be changed. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 5 or better or equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 31 August 2020. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2020.

Applicants may also be required to submit a Learning Portfolio. Further information about the Portfolio will be forwarded to applicants.

Whilst filling in the online application for this course applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will 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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
These tuition fees are quoted for indicative purposes only as they are based on the programme of studies of 2018/9.
Students following the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy course gain wide perspectives about good governance and welfare-related and social values. They learn how to administer in the public sector, how to manage projects and how to integrate the experiences of other countries. They receive guided training in evaluation research and get hands-on experience of management and administration through placements. They are expected to develop their personal and interpersonal skills as well as their skills in management, planning, evaluation and customer care.
The course may be of interest to a very wide variety of people:

- People who have obtained their MATSEC certificate and who are interested in obtaining a degree in social policy;
- People interested in the multi-disciplinarity and European focus of social policy;
- People interested in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policy;
- People who wish to return to study as mature applicants;
- People who are working in the social sector (voluntary or paid) and wish to be more professional in their work in governmental or non-governmental settings;
- People interested in a wide range of careers such as research, administration, project management and journalism.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy programme prepares people to be suitable for employment with government departments, ministries and agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private providers of all kinds of welfare, social and human services, or any service with important social aspects. Social administrators are the key professional group in social security, employment and housing and work alongside key welfare professions in education, health care and social care. Their training in public policy and management enables them to work successfully in many other capacities in the private and public sector as well.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Policy enables students to access different Masters Courses both locally and overseas. Past students have pursued further studies in Social Policy Research, Human Rights, European Studies and Public Policy amongst others. The Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Malta has an M.A. course in Social Policy that will offer students the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of social policy.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 22 April 2021

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