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COURSE TITLE Master in Family Studies








M. Family St.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening (mainly by Research)


Claire Casha

The course in Family Studies seeks to attract potential researchers and policy makers in the area of contemporary family issues with a special focus on policy and practice.

Given the dearth of research on family related issues on our islands, the Department of Family Studies aims to train a critical mass of researchers in this important area of study. Masters graduates in family studies would be a valuable asset for policy makers who seek an empirical base for their work. Through the course, graduates would also contribute to a body of knowledge in this cross disciplinary area of study through their research and scientific publications.

The Master in Family Studies is a part-time course held over three years. The four main course components are: Contemporary Issues in Family Studies, Research Methods in Family Studies, Assessment and Evaluation of Family Policy and Practice, and a Dissertation.
LEARNING OUTCOMES a) The programme helps students to:

- gain a knowledge-base as well as a conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of family studies from an interdisciplinary perspective,
- equip themselves with the knowledge and understanding they need to be able to undertake evaluation of new policy initiatives and interventions with families in Malta
- develop expertise in the research topic selected for their studies by submitting a dissertation which is an essential component of the course,
- increase her/his knowledge base on the subject under study,
- develop intellectually,
- acquire new skills,
- enhance their research competence by following advanced courses in research methods,
- apply their research skills to a range of different contexts and organisations.

b) In terms of her/his intellectual development, the student will:

- acquire a systematic and in-depth understanding of the topic.,
- sharpen the ability to think critically and 'outside the box' and to analyse current situations,
- be empowered to come forward with new insights and potential solutions.

c) By the end of this course, students will:

-possess the necessary academic and research skills in the area of family studies in order for them to write academic papers and conduct research in a rigorous manner,
- apply what they have learnt from the course in the workplace,
- be equipped with transferable skills in project management, team-working and oral and written communication.

d) In terms of other skills relevant to employability and personal development, students will:

- be provided with a sound basis for further postgraduate study at MPhil/PhD level where appropriate,
- be able to explore and critically reflect on issues related to the design, implementation and evaluation of family-related projects.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY These graduates may be employed as researchers in various research centres and policy units in academia. They will also be welcome in policy units of various Ministries, and other agencies such as Sedqa agency. NGOs, with an interest in research on issues related to the family, may be also interested in recruiting such highly-skilled graduates particularly if they are in a position to bid for EU-funded projects.

Students may go on to apply for a PhD course with the Department upon successful completion of this course.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This masters by research targets students with a second upper undergraduate degree or better in the social sciences who wish to pursue research related to family studies.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in the Psychology, Social Work and/or Education areas or in any other area related to Social Sciences, deemed relevant by the Board.

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: 13 March 2017
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