In October 2016, the Department of Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies within the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta shall be introducing a new Bachelor of Science in Home Economics — B.Sc. HE — to replace the former Bachelor of Education (Hons.) in Nutrition, Family and Consumer Studies.
Also as from October 2016, the only route into the teaching profession shall be a Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL) offered by the Faculty of Education instead of the B.Ed. (Hons.). This means that students interested in becoming a teacher have to obtain an undergraduate degree and then follow the MTL.
Until last year, students who wished to continue their studies in Home Economics had only one option available, that of becoming a teacher. With the new BSc HE other career paths may be available.
Thus, the new degree is intended for students interested in:
- Furthering their studies in the HE field who may wish to follow an MTL in Home Economics or Vocational subjects such as Hospitality, Health & Social Care and Fashion & Textiles. (Currently there is no degree which would provide sufficient or total preparation for enrolling in the MTL in Home Economics, so this new degree has been created.)
- An undergraduate degree as a basis for post-graduate studies in Family Studies, Ageing & Dementia Studies, Disability Studies, Gender Studies, Gerontology & Geriatrics and Creativity & Innovation.
- Professional training for career paths which in turn can help improve the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals, families and society. Various national strategies are in place to promote and facilitate improvement in the quality of life of different population groups, as well as to foster entrepreneurship. Graduates of this degree could be employed in the family, consumer, caring, agriculture, environment, sustainability public, private or retail sectors, particularly given their holistic background in resource management, communication and project planning.
The B.Sc. HE is a three-year full time degree. The programme of studies will have the following structure:
- A core component spread over the three years which includes study-units in health, food and nutrition, family wellbeing and resource management, consumer studies and personal finance, textiles, fashion and interiors, as well as in various communication, organisational, food preparation and textiles design and production skills. Project-based study-units are also included each year, advancing in scope and level of skills involved.
- Two different specialisation areas starting from the second year, where students choose ONE of:
1) Health and Consumer Studies;
2) Textiles, Fashion and Interiors Studies.
A minimum of three students will need to choose an area of specialisation for it to be offered.
The entry requirements are the general requirements for admission to the University of Malta as specified in the Admissions Regulations, as well as:
(a) two passes at Advanced Level at grade C or better in Home Economics and Human Ecology and in any other subject, or equivalent as determined by the Board.
(b) a certificate showing a pass in the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Standard Certificate.
For more degree content information, contact Prof Suzanne Piscopo on [email protected]
For more administrative information and application procedures contact David Pisani on [email protected]