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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Midwifery









Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Day


Rita Borg Xuereb

• The theoretical and philosophical perspectives module supports the student to explore the body of knowledge underpinning the professions of midwifery and nursing and health care.
• The contemporary issues provide an update on current midwifery and nursing issues to enhance the professional development of the learner.
• The leadership module further develops the learners to use his / her leaderships skills and act as the change agent in their various areas of practice.
• The elective modules consolidate the individual’s knowledge on Transcultural care, Spirituality and Teaching and Learning in the pursuit of midwifery education and practice.
• The learners may take the opportunity to undertake a module in another University with a bilateral agreement with the University of Malta to help them develop personally and professionally.
• The research module and a supervised research study increase the learners’ research awareness and research skills to increase the body of midwifery knowledge and implement evidence-based care.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the programme, the students will be able to:
• critically analyse the body of knowledge underpinning midwifery education and health care.
• evaluate the contemporary issues in order to enhance the professional development of midwifery education and health care.
• demonstrate skills of interpretation, analysis, evaluation and inference in the final research study.
• utilize evidence based knowledge in nursing/midwifery practice and education.
• introduce change in the clinical practice and education in order to ameliorate holistic care.
• perform networking with foreign universities/hospitals for personal and professional development.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY This programme enables candidates to master research, educational and professional skills in order to improve midwifery care. On successfully completing the Masters in Midwifery programme, it is expected that the midwives would be able to further develop their career into diverse areas of midwifery profession. These include midwifery research, management, education, and/or practice. Midwives will also be able to act as change agents in their area of practice to support and advance both the art and science of midwifery. They may also have various opportunities for further self-development and professional posts either in Malta, and foreign countries. Graduates will be eligible to undertake the third cycle programme for the achievement of Doctor in Philosophy (PhD).
COURSE INTENDED FOR Midwives in possession of a Bachelor degree in Midwifery obtained with at least Second Class Honours or of a Postqualification/Graduate Diploma approved by the University of Malta. Overseas candidates’ qualifications will be evaluated by the Equivalence Board, University of Malta.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory council in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications.

The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 6 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class,
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study, and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the course shall be considered first.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants may be required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

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



Last Updated: 1 September 2017
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CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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