As organisations strive to adapt to the ever increasing challenges of globalisation, the need for skilled and qualified human resources professionals increases. This programme of studies aims to fill a gap in this much needed area of specialisation. The curriculum will provide students with sound underpinning knowledge and the necessary skills that will enable them to work professionally in settings related to human resources. The programme takes an inter-disciplinary approach towards work and human resources, including perspectives from management, sociology, organisational psychology, education, economics, statistics, public policy, law, accountancy, and health and safety among others. Apart from the formal lecturers appointed for the study-units, students will have the opportunity to listen to presentations of other experts working in the fields of interest. Students’ knowledge and skill development will be assessed through different types of assessments including individual and group assignments, exams, presentations, projects, practicals and dissertation at the end of the programme. The programme of studies covers the following six major themes:
1. Work, Labour Market and Society 2. Organisational Behaviour and Development 3. Industrial and Employee Relations 4. Design and Occupational Health and Safety 5. Personal and Occupational Skills Development 6. Research
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 admitted under sub-paragraph (a)(iii) of paragraph (2) of regulation 2 of the Admission Regulations must be in possession of qualifications and experience that would satisfy the Board of Studies, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Applicants admitted in terms of this paragraph shall be in possession of a pass in an English language proficiency test as approved by the University before being admitted to the Course, provided that applicants in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 3 or higher in English or a pass at the same standard in a comparable qualification, shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test.
Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Social Studies (Industrial Relations), the Diploma in Gender, Work and Society, or the Diploma in Social Studies (Gender and Development) of this University with an average mark of 60%, or a comparable qualification in an area related to Industrial Relations or Labour Studies or Gender Studies 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 to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board of Studies to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed 60 credits.
Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Social Studies (Gender and Development) are required to obtain up to 16 credits as directed by the Board prior to acceptance on the Course.
Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held in September 2020. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview in September 2020. These dates cannot be changed. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 3 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.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,500 Fee per semester: Eur 450
Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
The programme will provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge in the following areas:
1. Work, Labour Market and Society: Gain knowledge about the principles and areas of social science, Evaluate the major theories of work and their relevance to Malta, Examine the contribution of objective quantitative information towards a democratic state, Understand the basic principles of Economics, Discuss the different perspectives on economic development.
2. Organisational Behaviour and Development: Understand the role of the human resource manager within an organisation, Learn the major aspects involved in the recruitment and management of human resources, Learn basic financial management and capital budgeting, Evaluate how different types of organisations function and how they can improve their effectiveness, Assess the impact of culture and climate on organisations and how it affects working practices, Acquire the basic principles of public sector management.
3. Industrial and Employee Relations: Identify the main grounds of discrimination at work, Recognise the importance of group roles, Learn how to communicate effectively, give presentations and work in a group, Learn the basic aspects of the collective bargaining process, Evaluate employee involvement practices.
4. Design and Occupational Health and Safety: Recognise the responsibilities of human resource managers relevant to health and safety and workplace design and ergonomics, Assess the value of hazard and risk at the place of work and the laws that regulate health and safety, Identify and categorise abuse at work, Evaluate the changing needs of workers as they try to find a balance between family and personal needs with work.
5. Personal and Occupational Skills Development: Evaluate the major theories of motivation and compensation and apply them to work settings, Assess the effectiveness of training and development in a variety of organizational scenarios, Understand the meaning and implications of career choice and career development.
6. Research: Learn about the broad aspects of quantitative and qualitative research methods and how to plan and carry out an independent research project, Learn how to analyse and reflect on given situations and how to work within limited time frames.
The programme will also provide students with the opportunity to learn the following transferable skills:
1. Work, Labour Market and Society: Distinguish scientific from non-scientific knowledge and differentiate among the most important social structures, Discuss relevant economic topics and link the theory with real world examples, Assess the changes and developments occurring in the world of work, Evaluate the impact of social policy in the distribution of resources, Interpret demographic and labour-market trends in a broad context, Be able to use and refer to legislation related to employment and industrial relations law.
2. Organisational Behaviour and Development: Assess human resource decision making from a systemic, strategic–perspective, Deal with financial plans and decisions, Assess the management skills of managers in the public and private sectors, Adopt a sustainable approach to management, Summarise the main steps in the setting up and evaluation of particular organisations.
3. Industrial and Employee Relations: Communicate effectively verbally and non verbally, Practice the basic skills of persuasion to influence and reconcile disputing parties in the collective bargaining process, Promote a more inclusive and diverse workforce and avoid discriminatory practices at the work place.
4. Work Design and Occupational Health and Safety: Evaluate how specific jobs are designed, Establish policies that promote health and safety for all employees and apply the basic steps for emergency preparedness and management, Deal with conflict management and with various forms of abuse at the work place, Evaluate the needs of workers during their life course in order to find a better work-life fit.
5. Personal and Occupational Skills Development: Understand the links between human resources development and individual career and professional development, Assess the relevance of various career interventions that can be carried out within organisations, Link the outcomes of performance appraisal systems with employee motivation and compensation, training and organisational performance, Generate ideas for new products, services and processes.
The programme is mainly intended for mature students interested in work and human resources. The programme will be particularly useful to persons working in areas related to human resources management and industrial relations, who wish to upgrade their knowledge, skills and qualifications.
The programme will enable participants to work in various areas related to human resource management. It will also be beneficial to shop stewards and trade union leaders and members who will be in a better position to bargain and negotiate on behalf of their members. The knowledge and skills gained can also be used in the educational and training field within a culture of life long learning.
Graduates will be able to enroll in programmes at masters’ level in related areas.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 30 September 2020
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