About us

The mission of the Department of Psychology is to conduct research, teach and train students in the scientific understanding of general psychology, human behaviour and relationships, and mental health.

We also aim to train postgraduate students in the areas of Clinical, Counselling, Health, Educational, Neuro and Forensic Psychology and programmes offered by the Department include the Bachelor in Psychology (Honours), undergraduate degree courses with Psychology as an area of study (in collaboration with other UM Faculties), the Higher Diploma in Psychology as well as a number of postgraduate degrees in Psychology.

We have about 70 B.Psy. (Hons) students every year, while a cohort for the programmes with Psychology as an area of study is around 150, 20 students for the Higher Diploma in Psychology, and 12 for the postgraduate degree. 

We service several other departments and faculties by providing basic and applied psychology courses and have links with foreign universities and institutions both in Malta and abroad. We teach and train psychologists and contribute to other professions too. We are committed to high-quality research to address the needs of Maltese society, organise an annual Psychological Research Conference, conduct research with partners in other universities and publish in international journals. 

Our programmes are delivered by qualified and dedicated academics, leaders in their areas of expertise, both locally and abroad. We work as government consultants, are prominent members on local and international professional executive committees and have high research profiles.  The current Head of Department is Dr Gottfried Catania. Our members of staff are committed to:

  • providing high-calibre, culturally sensitive and relevant, psychology education at an undergraduate, postgraduate and post qualification level, including professional training in the various fields of psychology; there are plans to open new courses in other fields of psychology as well as doctoral research programmes
  • conducting research and publishing works in the various areas and fields in psychology, with a particular reference to the Maltese cultural context
  • organising seminars, workshops and conferences for the public
  • offering consultation to, and cooperating and networking with, governmental, non-governmental agencies, professional associations and service users, both locally and abroad
  • developing international links with universities and academics in the same fields.