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Legal Notice 76 of 2009 – ­ Malta Government Gazette No.18,392 – ­ 20 March 2009
Amended by:
Legal Notice 28 of 2012 – Malta Government Gazette No.18,859 – 24 January 2012


EDUCATION ACT (CAP. 327)

Bye-Laws of 2009 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the Degree of Master of Arts in Economics under the auspices of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy

IN exercise of the powers conferred upon him by sections 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 Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy in virtue of the powers conferred upon it by section 81 (1) of the said Act and which have been approved by the Senate of the University of Malta as required by section 81 (2) of the said Act:

Citation and Interpretation

1. (1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Bye-Laws of 2009 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the degree of Master of Arts in Economics under the auspices of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy.

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

"the Board" means the Board of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy;

"the Course" means the programme of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Economics;

"the Degree" means the degree of Master of Arts in Economics;

"the Postgraduate Diploma" means the Postgraduate Diploma in Economics; 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:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in Economics or in related areas of study which are deemed suitable by the Board; or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Category II in Economics or in related areas of study which are deemed suitable by the Board; or

(c) a Bachelor degree classified with Third Class Honours in Economics, provided that they have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree.

(2) The admission of applicants under sub-paragraph (b) of bye-law 3(1) shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they shall be required to complete a preparatory programme as specified in bye-law 4.

Preparatory Programme

For courses commencing in October 2011 or later:

4. (1) The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 are assigned.

(2) Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme of study with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration for 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 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. The programme of study shall comprise study-units to which a total of 90 credits are assigned, of which 60 credits are assigned to taught study-units and 30 credits are assigned to a dissertation study-unit.

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

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

On Campus and Distance Tuition

9. (1) The Course shall have two modes, namely "On Campus Tuition" and "Distance Tuition".

(2) The "On Campus Tuition" mode shall consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials and supervision sessions.

(3) The "Distance Tuition" mode shall consist of tuition and supervision by means of electronic communication and other means of communication. The taught component shall be replaced by a tutored component, with the same number of credits.

(4) A mentor shall be assigned for every student following the Course by the "Distance Tuition" mode and the student concerned is expected to keep regular contact with his/her mentor. The role of the mentor shall be to assist the lecturers of the individual study-unit in delivering tuition, to guide the student under his/her charge and to monitor the student's progress.

(5) Students following the Course by "Distance Tuition" mode may be granted the possibility of sitting for the examinations at a recognized educational institution, outside Maltese territory, if adequate arrangements can be made with the Office of the Registrar.

(6) Students who intend to follow the Course by "Distance Tuition" are to indicate this in the application form.

Assessment and Progress

10. (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 25 credits for taught study-units, if following the full-time Course, or not more than 16 credits if following the part-time Course, 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-unit, shall be deemed to have failed the Course.

Dissertation

11. (1) Students shall be required to submit an individual dissertation of approximately 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 who shall provide guidance and advice on a regular basis during the period of study.

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

12. (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 of studies, 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) terminate studies prematurely 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 Principal Regulations; and

(ii) the Board may not terminate studies prematurely according to (b) until it has first given the student a chance to be heard.

Classification of the Awards

13. The Final Weighted Average Mark for the purpose of the classification of the Postgraduate Diploma and of 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

14. 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

15. The Regulations of 2000 for the Master of Arts in Economics, published as Legal Notice 174 of 2000, 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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