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COURSE TITLE Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology
 
COURSE CODE PMPSYNPYFTT7

POSTNOMINAL

LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
FRAMEWORK LEVEL

DURATION

MODE OF ATTENDANCE

TOTAL ECTS CREDITS

COORDINATOR

M.Psy. (Neuro.)(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

4 Semesters

Full-time

120

Kristina Vella

COURSE OVERVIEW
The overall aim of the Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology is to equip participants with the necessary psychological knowledge, values, attitudes and skills required to practise as neuropsychologists. This is done firstly through taught units on the theories and research on the promotion of health and wellbeing, development and learning of all children, young people, adults and older adults, and on relevant prevention, assessment and intervention strategies. Secondly, trainees 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 needs of persons through individual, group, system, and society level strategies. Thirdly trainees are also provided with training in research including the submission of a dissertation. The Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology programme is the only route in Malta through which, when followed by two years of supervised practice, individuals can obtain a warrant to practise as Neuropsychologists.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES The Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology is intended to provide all candidates with the necessary professional formation for qualifying to become Neuropsychologists as well as with a mastery of the research process. Neuropsychology is a specialty in professional psychology that applies principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. The specialty is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of brain behavior relationships and the application of such knowledge to human challenges. Neuropsychologists are skilled in clinical assessment and treatment of brain disorders. Essential skills include specialized neuropsychological assessment techniques, specialized intervention techniques, research design and analysis in neuropsychology, professional issues and ethics, culturally competent approaches in neuropsychology, and understanding of the implications of neuropsychological conditions for behavior and adjustment. Competence in clinical neuropsychology requires the ability to integrate neuropsychological findings with neurologic and other medical data, psychosocial and other behavioral data, and knowledge in the neurosciences, and to interpret these findings with an appreciation of social, cultural and ethical issues.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Persons who acquire the Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology degree, followed by two years of supervised practice, can work as warranted Neuropsychologists in a variety of community and acute health and rehabilitation settings. Neuropsychologists address neurobehavioral problems related to acquired or developmental disorders of the nervous system. The types of problems are extremely varied and include such conditions as dementia, vascular disorders, Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, neuropsychiatric disorders, infectious disease affecting the CNS, neurodevelopmental disorders, metabolic disease and neurological effects of medical disorders or treatment. Neuropsychologists apply specialized knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological, medical, or neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.

The Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology also gives candidates access to doctoral programmes in psychology locally.
 
COURSE INTENDED FOR The Master of Psychology in Neuropsychology is offered to those in possession of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) who would like to complete their education towards becoming professional neuropsychologists. They would then be able to serve the assessment and rehabilitation needs of clients of all ages affected by neurodevelopmental and other disorders of the central nervous system and the brain in a variety of service settings.
 
MOBILITY PERIOD Trainees 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.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
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 or neuropsychology setting or (ii) a minimum of 1200 hours of experience in a clinical or counselling or educational or forensic or health or neuropsychology 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.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 4 students.

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 2017.

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


 

 
Last Updated: 9 August 2017
 
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