About us

The Faculty of Arts is one of the largest faculties at UM: a student population totalling to 1,300 and composed of sixteen departments.

Additional areas of study, administered by Boards of Studies, include Communication Studies, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, Library Information and Archive Studies, Linguistics, Music Studies, Dance Studies, Psychology, and Theatre Studies.

We offer full-time and part-time courses leading to B.A., B.A.(Hons), M.A. and Ph.D., as well as a number of certificate and diploma level courses.

Our taught programmes are a balance of compulsory study-units and elective ones, creating space for students to pursue their individual interests and preferences. This has made it possible over the years for our undergraduate students to participate in student mobility programmes both in Europe and elsewhere. We do our best to be flexible in order to promote such student experiences.

The Board of the Faculty of Arts and its committees are increasingly concerned with quality assurance of academic programmes. At all degree levels, external examiners are involved in the final assessment of students, after a long tradition that has secured international recognition to all our degree programmes, long before the onset of modern audit systems.

Besides offering degree programmes, we service a number of faculties, institutes and centres within the University of Malta, often supplying a substantial proportion of the content of their programmes.

We boast of an excellent staff-student relationship, which students coming from other universities sometimes find impressive. Although student numbers have grown over recent years, the staff-student ratio is still a good one. While some classes can be large, most classes are small enough to allow for more personalised and participatory learning/teaching practices such as tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Our students are among the most active in student life and participate readily in exchange programmes. The presence of a significant number of overseas students, in regular enrolment or on exchange visits, enriches the experience of students and academic staff alike.