Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Wellbeing Studies (Top-Up Degree)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Wellbeing Studies (Top-Up Degree)

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Course title Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Wellbeing Studies (Top-Up Degree)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Ruth Falzon
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The concept behind this top-up degree is that students are free to “design” their own programme by registering for a number of elective study-units (timetable permitting) on offer by the various departments within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. These would be study-units which they consider most suitable for their academic interest and career plans alongside a number of compulsory core units. A list of the elective study-units on offer during the course is available here.

During this course, students will be exposed to a wide range of key facts, concepts, principles and explanatory frameworks which bring together opportunities for conceptual achievement as well as active engagement in society. Focusing on wellbeing, students benefit from exposure to issues and trends on social inclusion across the lifecourse. Personal, professional and social skills will also be addressed. To further address empowerment and the implementation of skills learnt, students are challenged to take responsibility for their learning and to pursue areas of particular interest to them. Students will be encouraged to appreciate uncertainty and diversity and to search for meaning and purpose; to take responsibility for their own learning; to be autonomous thinkers; and to develop an integrated understanding of wellbeing.

Students in possession of the Higher Diploma in Access to the Community for persons with Disability shall be allowed to transfer 72 ECTS credits from the Higher Diploma to the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Wellbeing Studies. Such students shall be required to complete 118 ECTS credits over three years of part-time study as indicated in the programme of study below.

In order to satisfy the requirements for the award of the degree as outlined in the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, students must ensure that their choice of elective study-units when added to the study-units transferred from the Higher Diploma, comply with the following requirements:

Level 0: Not more than 4 ECTS
Level 1: Not less than 56 and not more than 68 ECTS
Level 2 and 3: Not less than 108 ECTS credits more or less divided equally, of which not less than 56 ECTS credits must be at Level 3.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the Higher Diploma in Community Access for Disabled People of this University or a comparable qualification in a related area.

Applicants who have obtained credits for study-units considered by the Board of Studies to be equivalent to those in the programme of study, may also be admitted into the Course under those conditions as the Board may impose and follow a programme of study as directed by the Board of Studies.

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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Annual Tuition Fees: Eur 4,250
This course is designed to develop a number of important skills, including:

- Intellectual skills: critical thought, analysis and synthesis, creative thinking, problem-solving. These will be fostered through lectures, assessment, supervision and project work.

- Personal skills: reflexivity, communication, assertiveness, time management, stress management, decision-making, ethics and values. These skills will be taught directly in a number of units, but will also be developed in the context of lectures, workshops, seminars and interaction with tutors and peers.

- Research skills: basic skills of independent library and internet research; critical analysis; quantitative and qualitative research design and methods.

- Organisational skills: the capacity to set goals and to organise oneself to reach them. These will be strengthened through choosing and planning one's degree, participating in independent or group work, and working on one's dissertation.

Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

This programme will provide skills that are traditionally of great relevance to students' future employability, including initiative and self-motivation; professional integrity and the capacity to adhere to standards and procedures; resilience and stress tolerance; verbal and written communication; teamwork and interpersonal sensitivity; analysis and investigation; planning and organisation; creativity; and problem-solving.
This course is of interest to:

Young students who have a social calling but are as yet undecided as to their area of specialisation.

Mature students who may find the holistic and choice-based approach of interest and of relevance to them, and a suitable re-entry point to resuming their studies.
The B.A. (Hons) Social Wellbeing Studies 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 and wellbeing aspects. Their training enables them to work successfully in many other capacities in the private and public sector as well.

The B.A. (Hons) Social Wellbeing Studies enables students to access different Masters Courses both locally and overseas. This course will help students to pursue postgraduate courses offered by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 8 April 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
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.