University of Malta is a Leading Centre Worldwide for the Study of Ageing
The University of Malta is considered to be one of the leading centres for the study of ageing worldwide, with its teaching and research making an invaluable contribution to the understanding of older persons, later life and ageing. During the years 1990-2016, as many as 271 students from 50 different countries received a qualification in gerontology and geriatrics from the University of Malta.
The Master of Gerontology and Geriatrics opens on 1 October 2016 under the auspices of the Department of Gerontology, Faculty for Social Wellbeing. The need for more graduates reading for a Master Degree in Gerontology and Geriatrics can never be overstated considering the ageing of populations and increases in life expectancy. Suffice to say that at the end of 2014 there were 25.2 per cent, or 108,260 persons, of the local population aged 60 years and over. Persons aged 80 years and over number 17,129 or 3.9 per cent of the Malta population.
The Master Degree provides a broadly based, multi-disciplinary perspective on ageing, later life, and older persons, whilst also disseminating knowledge and skills related to clinical and practical interventions with older persons. It also sensitises the students to the application of gerontological and geriatric research findings to practice. The programme includes various study units, as well as a practice placement schedule, where each candidate is assigned to welfare settings for older persons that range from care homes and hospitals, to domiciliary nursing services.
The Master Degree spans three semesters of full-time study. The first two semesters comprising the taught part should be read full-time. The third semester is devoted to the writing of a dissertation (20,000 words) which may be read either full-time or part-time equivalent.
Interested candidates can apply online. Deadline for applications is 21 July 2016.