Master of Arts in Social Work (Preparatory Programme)

Master of Arts in Social Work (Preparatory Programme)

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Course title Master of Arts in Social Work (Preparatory Programme)
Level of qualification Level NA
National Qualifications Framework level Not Applicable
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 45
Coordinator Natalie A. Kenely
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
This course programme provides knowledge and training of core social work subjects which serve to complete the knowledge and skills that applicants would need in preparation for joining the Master of Arts in Social Work. The programme will help students to build on their foundation academic knowledge and through this process help to shift their knowledge paradigm.

This course requires students to acquire a detailed knowledge of advanced social work methods, socio-legal matters and developments in the field, advanced research methods, mental health issues, current trends in the field of community care and social work. It offers compulsory study-units which are assessed at the end of each semester.

The programme of studies, which will be offered on a part-time basis, is flexible in terms of period of study and will be worked out together with each applicant, depending on his/her availabilities, in time for the subsequent intake to the Master of Arts in Social Work. Lectures are held during the day, and applicants will join students reading for a BA (Hons) Social Work. Lectures may be held on any day of the week.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the the Diploma in Social Work or the Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Social Work) from this University and a minimum of five years of social work practice,
provided that such applicants shall have successfully sat for an interview, during which they shall be required to provide written and employer-corroborated evidence of social work practice and other relevant qualifications obtained following completion of the diploma course.

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 2018.

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.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, 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 successfully completing the Preparatory Programme for the Master of Arts in Social Work shall:

- Demonstrate that they have gained a solid working knowledge of advanced research methods
- Demonstrate that they have mastered and assimilated the dynamics of working with diverse individuals
- Show that they can apply advanced theories of social work in specific areas of practice
- Demonstrate interpersonal and social work skills in different scenarios
- Demonstrate the ability to write good academic pieces of work
- Demonstrate the ability to apply acquired skills to their current professional context.
This Course is aimed at students who wish to read for a Master of Arts in Social Work and who are in possession of the Diploma in Social Work or the Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Social Work) from this University and a minimum of five years of social work practice.
This course provides a pathway to the Master of Arts in Social Work, for holders of the Diploma in Social Work or the Diploma in Applied Social Studies (Social Work) from this University, and a minimum of five years of social work practice. Only those applicants who obtain an average of 65% or better in the preparatory programme shall be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Social Work.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9.

Last Updated: 1 October 2018

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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.