18 months
7200 EUR/year
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This Social Policy course at the University of Malta is intended for graduates working in positions of administration, research or project management in a broad range of areas in the social field and those aspiring to further studies in social policy.

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Social inclusion and cohesion are deemed to be of increasing importance. Almost one quarter of the Maltese population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion and social changes have been rapid with effects on the relationships and institutions that underpin social cohesion.

By taking a social inclusion approach, this Social Policy  programme at the University of Malta will focus on designing and implementing policies and programmes through which the terms of people's social participation can be improved. It will also offer a broad set of professional skills based on the values of good governance, equity, efficiency and effectiveness.

The programme of study includes topics which focus on:

  • theory, critical debates and trends in poverty and social exclusion, including selected areas of focus;
  • theory, critical debates and trends in social change, social inclusion and social cohesion;
  • EU Cohesion Policy and its implementation in Malta;
  • needs assessment, formulation and analysis of policy, including comparative policy at EU level;
  • advanced research methods and research and practice seminars;
  • management theory and skills in respect of planning, implementing and evaluating social services and projects;
  • rationale and techniques of service user participation and stakeholder consultation.

Career opportunities

This course will enhance employability of persons who wish to work in social policy development, research, project and service management in a broad range of areas in the social field within government, private or NGO sector at local, EU and international level.

Students may go on to apply for a PhD course with the Department upon successful completion of this course.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Advanced Research Methods for Social Work and Social Policy
  • Planning, Managing and Evaluating Social Services and Projects
  • Areas of Social Policy
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Social Change and Social Cohesion
  • Implementation of Cohesion Policy in Malta
  • Philosophies and Politics of Welfare
  • Contemporary Topics in Poverty and Social Exclusion: A Critical Approach

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must be in possession of a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours in Social Policy or in any other area of study which the Board deems to be relevant.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 EUR for the full programme during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 18 months.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants:

  • Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants:

  • Yr 1: Eur 10,800 / Yr 2: NIL

Living costs for Msida

690 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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