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Legal Notice 283 of 2009 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No. 18,498 – ­ 23 October 2009
Amended by:
Legal Notice 380 of 2010 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No. 18,629 – ­ 6 August 2010
Legal Notice 361 of 2011 – Malta Government Gazette No. 18,804 – 9 September 2011
Legal Notice 372 of 2013 – Malta Government Gazette No. 19, 163 – 8 November 2013


Title of Course and Name of Institute are being changed
FROM:
Master of Arts in European Studies under the auspices of the European Documentation and Research Centre
TO:
Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law – M.A. - under the auspices of the Institute for European Studies
Applicable to courses commencing in October 2013 or later
 

EDUCATION ACT (CAP. 327)

Bye-Laws of 2013 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the Degree of Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law under the auspices of the Institute for European Studies

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred upon him by articles 74 (5) and 75 (6) of the Education Act (Cap. 327), the Chancellor of the University of Malta has promulgated the following bye-laws made by the Board of the Institute for European Studies in virtue of the powers conferred upon it by article 5(b)(v) of the Statute for the Institute, which bye-laws have been approved by the Senate of the University of Malta:

Citation and Interpretation

1. (1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Bye-Laws of 2013 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the degree of Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law  under the auspices of the Institute for European Studies.

(2) In these bye-laws, unless the context otherwise requires -

"the Board" means the Board of the Institute for European Studies;

"the Course" means the programme of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law;

"the Degree" means the degree of Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law;

"the Postgraduate Diploma" means the Postgraduate Diploma in European Politics, Economics and Law; and

"the Principal Regulations" means the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008.

Applicability

2. These bye-laws shall be applicable for courses commencing in October 2008 or later.

Requirements for Admission

3. (1) The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least a Second Class Honours in European Studies or in any other area of studies deemed relevant by the Board or equivalent; or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Category II in European Studies or in any other area deemed relevant by the Board,

provided that, in appropriate cases, the Board may, after an interview, require students admitted to the Course to follow and pass related study-units to which a maximum of 10 credits are assigned in addition to the programme of study specified in bye-law 6.

(2) Applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree with Third Class Honours or Category III in any area deemed relevant by the Board and who have work experience that is related to the Course, may, after an interview, be admitted to a preparatory programme as specified in bye-law 4 of these bye-laws which programme, if successfully completed, provides access to the Degree.

 

For courses commencing in October 2011 or later:

(3) The Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this bye-law to join the Course, provided that the degree classification is not less than Second Class Honours / Category II, and subject to the submission of a letter of motivation and an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course. In such instances, the Board may recommend that applicants follow the preparatory programme or part of it.

Preparatory Programme

4. (1) The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which 30 credits are assigned and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

For courses commencing in October 2011 or later:

4. (1) The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits are assigned, and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

(2) Applicants shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme of study with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration on the Course.

For courses commencing in October 2011 or later:
 
(3) The Board may grant students full or partial exemption from the requirement of the Preparatory Programme if it is satisfied that the students possess post-first cycle qualification work experience that is relevant to the area of study of the Master's course.

Course Duration

5. The Course shall extend over three semesters of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

Programme of Study

6. (1) The Course shall comprise study-units to which a total of 90 credits shall be assigned, of which 60 credits are assigned to taught study-units and 30 credits are assigned to the dissertation study-unit.

(2) Students who obtain the 60 credits assigned to the taught study-units with an average mark of at least 50% but who do not proceed with the Course, or do not successfully complete the dissertation, shall be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma.

7. The programme of study shall be published by the Board after approval by Senate normally not less than eight months prior to the commencement of the Course.

Assessment and Progress

8. (1) The assessment of each taught study-unit shall be completed by the end of the semester in which the teaching of the study-unit is held.

(2) Students who in any academic year fail in the assessment of not more than 20 credits for taught study-units, if following the Course full-time, or not more than 10 credits if following the Course part-time, shall be given the opportunity to re-sit the failed assessments during the September supplementary examination session.

(3) Students who fail in more than the number of credits permitted under paragraph (2) of this bye-law or students who after re-assessment fail to obtain the credits for any study-units, shall be deemed to have failed the Course.

Dissertation

9. (1) Students shall be required to submit an individual dissertation of between 20,000 and 25,000 words in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Board.

(2) Work on the dissertation shall be undertaken during the third semester of the Course. Each student shall be assigned a supervisor by the Board who shall provide guidance and advice on a regular basis during the period of study.

(3) A provisional title for the dissertation and a detailed research proposal shall be submitted to the Board for approval by the beginning of the second semester.

10. (1) Students shall be required to have regular contact with their supervisor.

(2) Supervisors shall submit to the Board progress reports for each student under their supervision at the end of each semester, whether the student is following the Course full-time or part-time. Such reports may include a recommendation to either (a) extend the period of study in order to enable the student to complete the dissertation; or (b) a premature termination of studies if the supervisor deems this to be proper in the circumstances, provided that:

(i) the extension of the study period referred to in (a) shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Principal Regulations; and

(ii) the Board may not recommend to Senate the premature termination of studies according to (b) until it has first given the student the right to be heard.

Classification of Awards

11. The Final Weighted Average Mark for the purpose of the classification of the Postgraduate Diploma and the Degree shall be based on the results obtained in all the components of the programme of study, all credits being weighted equally.

Special Provisions for Part-Time Courses

12. The provisions of the foregoing bye-laws shall apply mutatis mutandis to courses followed on a part-time basis, and subject to such changes as may reasonably be deemed by the Board as necessary due to the part-time nature of the Course.

Repeal

13. The Regulations of 1998 for the Degree of Master of Arts in European Studies, published as Legal Notice 54 of 1998, shall be deemed to cease to be in force as from 1st October 2008, provided that students registered for this course before 1st October 2008 shall continue to be governed by the regulations that were in force at the time of their joining the course.

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Last Updated: 26 November 2013

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