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COURSE TITLE Master of Education in Health, Family and Consumer Studies








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


The M.Ed. in Health, Family and Consumer Studies (M.Ed. HFCS) offers an advanced level, multi-disciplinary programme which is targeted at ‘educators’ seeking to:

1. upgrade their knowledge in the fields of health, nutrition, consumer and sustainability
2. improve their pedagogical and communication skills
3. familiarise themselves with the process of policy development and
4. develop and practise programme and project planning, implementation and evaluation.

The course investigates leading edge research, communications and critical thinking about topics in health, nutrition, consumption and sustainability in order to obtain a better understanding of the information and messages individuals are exposed to as students and as consumers and the various influences on their choices and behaviours. It also explores the latest research on use of Technology Enhanced Learning, constructivist pedagogies and social marketing for the creation of effective learning activities and environments, as well as enabling interventions to meet the demands of diverse individual abilities and needs and of a technologically-rich society. Participants will be engaged in their own professional development and in the design and implementation of educational interventions through a mixture of taught modules, independent learning materials and hands-on projects. Engaging in a process of reflective and experiential learning, M.Ed. HFCS students will gain a deeper understanding of educational, critical and human-ecological systems theory, as well as advanced contextual knowledge and skills to foster appropriate responsible choices and behaviours for an improved quality of life among different population groups and in different settings.

For further details about this course, kindly contact Course Coordinator Dr Suzanne Piscopo by clicking here.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a degree in Education with at least Second Class Honours from this University or a degree from another university recognised as equivalent for the purpose together with a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(b) any other degree with at least Second Class Honours together with a recognised teaching or education qualification and a minimum of one year’s teaching experience or

(c) a degree in Education or a Teacher’s Certificate together with at least five years’ teaching experience and other suitable qualifications obtained following the degree or after the Teacher’s Certificate or

(d) any first cycle degree with either a recognised teaching qualification or a Diploma in Education together with five years’ experience in an education setting.

Depending on the availability of resources, the Board shall determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register. The Board shall announce the areas of study, the number of available places, and the criteria for selection of applicants at the time of the call for applications.

For the number of available places and the selection criteria, please refer here.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants for registration under sub-paragraphs (c) or (d) shall be required to attend an interview during which they shall be requested to provide evidence of prior experiential learning and to demonstrate that they are capable of completing the Course and may be required to complete a preparatory programme.

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned as directed by the Board, obtained with an average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration to the Course.

Preparatory programmes shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2013.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.


Last Updated: 24 July 2013
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.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
Examination Timetable
Students can download the timetable for the January 2018 Examination Session from this page.

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