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COURSE TITLE Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology







M.Psy. (Clin.)/(Couns.)/(Ed.)/(For.)/(Health.)(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

4 Semesters



The overall aim of the Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology programme is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required to practise as a forensic psychologist. Firstly, the taught component of the course addresses a number of key issues in forensic psychology ranging from the understanding of criminal conduct and the exploration of specific types of offending, to assessment and intervention with criminal offenders, to understanding the intersection between psychology and the law and the implications for the criminal justice system. Secondly, students have 9 hours of supervised field placement per week throughout the course for them to develop the professional values, ethics, attitudes and skills to address the various psychological issues emergent in forensic settings. Thirdly students are also provided with training in research including the submission of a dissertation. The Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology programme is the only route in Malta through which, when followed by two years of supervised practice, individuals can obtain a warrant to practice as Forensic Psychologists.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology is intended to provide all candidates with the necessary professional education for qualifying to become forensic psychologists as well as with a mastery of the research process. They gain the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required for one to work effectively in a number of forensic settings ranging from the police and the courts, to correctional settings such as prison as well as probation. Successful candidates will develop the requisite skills to apply psychological knowledge, understanding and skills to a number of forensic situations at all levels of the criminal justice system.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Within the local context Forensic Psychologists may find gainful employment within the courts, the police, in prevention of offending, treatment of offending within custodial and non custodial settings, substance abuse intervention, research and innovation, policy making and academia. The Master of Psychology in Forensic Psychology also provides candidates access to doctoral programmes in psychology both locally and overseas.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to go for a field placement abroad are encouraged to do so during the summer period between the first and second year of the course.
The Course shall be open to applicants who are proficient in the Maltese Language and who are in possession of the following qualifications:

(a) a Bachelor degree in Psychology with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division), or an equivalent qualification from this or another university, or

(b) a Bachelor degree in Psychology or a Bachelor degree with Psychology as a main area of study, in both cases obtained with at least Category IIA or another degree in a related area deemed relevant by the Board of Studies obtained with at least Second Class (Honours)(Upper Division),
provided that all applicants applying in terms of this paragraph would either have obtained 60 ECTS credits in Psychology, as approved by the Board, following the award of their degree, or have obtained a Higher Diploma in Psychology with at least Pass with Merit, which together with their degree are deemed to be comparable to the qualification indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b) are also required to have either (i) a minimum of 2400 hours of experience in a clinical or counselling or educational or forensic or health setting, or (ii) a minimum of 1200 hours of experience in a clinical or counselling or educational or forensic or health setting, under the supervision of a warranted psychologist. This experience should normally be obtained after applicants have been awarded the qualification indicated in the above paragraphs.

Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, shall determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register. The Board shall announce the number of available places at the time of the call for applications.

When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, which shall be weighted as follows:

(a) degree type and classification – 20%
(b) work experience in the area or a related field – 15%
(c) professional aptitude and disposition – 55% and
(d) references – 10%.

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

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

If the number of applicants who satisfy the selection criteria exceeds the number of available places, applicants shall be accepted according to merit.

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

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.

Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have the Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they must include certain details from it in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will also be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

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


Last Updated: 19 November 2015
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