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MA International Relations (by Research)

The Department of International Relations runs a Master of Arts in International Relations by research, which is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

The course is offered in areas of study in which the Department of International Relations may offer expert guidance and supervision and subject to the availability of resources as determined by the Faculty Board of Arts.  Students are required to write a dissertation based on work of an advanced or original nature undertaken by them during the course and to present their findings and conclusions in a scholarly manner in a dissertation carrying 80 ECTS.

Further information about the Department’s staff and areas of specialization may be found here.


Delivery and Duration

The Programme of a total of 90 ECTS can be followed on a full-time or part time basis.

The full-time programme runs over three semesters.  The part-time programme runs over six semesters.

Academic Programme

A detailed programme of studies for courses commencing in October 2019 may be found online.

IRL5099 – Dissertation (80 ECTS)

Work on the dissertation is expected to start during the first semester of the course and continue throughout the three semesters.  The dissertation is expected to be at a length of 50,000.  Further information regarding dissertation guidelines may be found online.

ATS5201 – Methods of Research (5 ECTS)

This study unit introduces Faculty of Arts students to basic research methods skills needed for writing a Master’s dissertation.  More details may be found here:

IRL5040 – Directed studies in International Relations (5 ECTS)

The aim of this study unit is to give the student the possibility to further their studies in International Relations theories and methods of research, as well as have the possibility to study specific areas of IR that would enable them to gain deeper insights into their field of research.


 Admission Requirements

(a)   The degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in International Relations or in a closely related area of study.  The Board may consider applicants in possession of Degree with Third Class Honours only of it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience.

(b)   The degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations or a closely related area of study, with an average mark of not less than 55% in that area.  Such applicants will be required to complete a preparatory programme in International Relations, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS.

(c)    A degree from the University of Malta or other universities which the Board considers to be comparable to the qualifications indicated above.  This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic that bridges the area of study of their first degree with International Relations.  In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability in accordance with procedures established by the Board.  Such applicants will be required to complete a preparatory programme in International Relations, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS.


Further information may be found online.


Tuition Fees

Further information regarding tuition fees may be found online.


Apply Online

Prospective students may apply online:

For more information please contact course coordinator Dr Valentina Cassar or Ms Charlotte Cucciardi, Secretary to the Faculty of Arts MA Committee.

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