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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Transcultural Counselling







M.A. (T. Couns.)(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

4 Semesters



This programme is a collaborative effort by the University of Malta and the University of New Orleans. The programme aims to provide students with extensive training necessary for practicing in the field of counselling. It provides training in counselling in several areas, whilst giving the students the opportunity to take up a broader view of the sociocultural context surrounding counselling in their training. The course programme equips students with knowledge of theories and skills of counselling, as well as the opportunity to practice these skills under supervision.

Why is the degree called "Transcultural?"

The programme has been titled "transcultural" to reflect the international nature of both the programme faculty and expected student population. While the new curriculum continues to provide students with extensive traditional counsellor training, the international composition of the programme will also provide them with a wider exchange of cultural viewpoints and experiences surrounding contemporary counselling theory and practice.

Further details about the University's International Collaborative Programmes are available at

1. Have a wide range of counselling skills, which they make use of in individual and group counselling, within different settings and cultural contexts

2. Be able to successfully apply counselling skills in helping situations whilst applying sound ethical and professional judgments by fully respecting client autonomy and working within approved ethical codes and standards.

3. Make appropriate choices by applying counselling, psychological and cross-cultural principles in counselling situations

4. Have the basic necessary skills to work professionally as counsellors and to further their learning.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The training will enable graduates to practice as counsellors in the European Union, the United States, and elsewhere.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The programme is intended for students who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling across cultures.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in one of the human and/or social sciences, subject to the approval of the Board.

All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.

Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of exercises involving (i) group discussion, and (ii) a personal interview.

Applicants who obtain less than 60% for the professional aptitude and the disposition criterion shall automatically not be admitted into the Course.

The maximum number of students shall be limited to 25 students.

When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected during an interview, according to the following criteria, agreed to by both universities and published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and classification – 30%
(b) experience in the area – 15% and
(c) professional aptitude and disposition – 55%

The interviewing board shall be appointed by the Board and shall be composed of at least three members.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

On acceptance on the Course, applicants will be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the University of Malta, Valletta Campus.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

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



Last Updated: 15 April 2017
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