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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Social Policy








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


As an EU member state, Malta’s social targets, objectives and policy processes are closely linked to those of the EU. Employees in the social sector thus require a good theoretical grounding in the Europeanisation of social policy and its implications for Malta, as well as current trends, issues, policies and processes. This knowledge is necessary in order to optimize policy learning in Malta and to improve the preparation of policy positions and intergovernmental co-ordination. It is also intended to contribute to the successful application for, and absorption of, the significant social funds allocated to Malta as an EU member state in the programming period 2014 to 2020.

The programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the analysis of national and comparative social policy, and to further their knowledge about the European Union, its social model, and its policies and funds in the social sphere. The programme also aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully administer EU-funded social projects.

The programme of studies consists of a taught component and a dissertation. The taught component is made up of advanced theoretical knowledge in social policy; study-units on the European Union and its social policies and funds; and relevant practicum experience. It also includes taught study-units on designing and managing projects with particular focus on EU social projects and their implementation in the Maltese context.
LEARNING OUTCOMES On completion of the Master of Arts in Social Policy (EU Social Policy and Programmes), the learner will:

• Through the use of multiple data sources, demonstrate the ability to undertake comparative social policy research and to critically appraise the impact of Europeanisation on Maltese social policy.

• Through a guided development of policy briefs, demonstrate the ability to prepare rigorous and useful policy evaluation and recommendations.

• Develop, through their assignment, an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of poverty and social exclusion in Malta and the EU, and the implications for policy in key social policy areas such as the labour market, training, social security and housing.

• Through assignments, demonstrate a good understanding of the structure, governance and policy process within the European Union and the ability to stay abreast of critical developments in this field.

• Demonstrate, through assessment, an understanding of the various roles and relationships between the actors involved in cohesion policy in Malta and, through a draft project plan, demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to design, plan, implement, administer, monitor and evaluate a project in the social field.

• Develop, throughout the programme, an in-depth understanding of, and personal commitment to, core social policy values, professional ethics and principles of good governance and administration.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Applicants to this stream are expected from among social policy graduates who would like to further their knowledge about EU social policy and programmes, and from among those already in employment, and in some way related to the implementation of EU funds (whether in the public or non-public sectors).

This programme is intended for people seeking careers as planners and administrators of social services and projects, particularly in the context of Malta’s membership of the European Union. It is equally relevant for those interested in social research with an international or European perspective. Thus, persons who successfully complete this Master of Arts in Social Policy will be adequately prepared to take up positions that require policy analysis, design and evaluation, or the administration of a social service or EU funded project. They are also eligible to further their studies at doctoral level.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours in Social Policy or in any other area of study which the Board deems to be relevant.

All applicants must also submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old). Further information regarding the deadline for this submission of this mandatory requirement will be publicised on the University and Faculty’s webpages shortly.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2014.

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



Last Updated: 28 June 2017
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