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International Relations (B.A. General & Honours)

The B.A in International Relations (IR) offers students a broad understanding of the world from a multidisciplinary perspective. With study units covering International Relations Theory, International Law, European and global history, International Political Economy, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Security Studies, as well as an insight into cross-cutting issues such as gender, media, culture, religion and the environment, the B.A in International Relations provides students with a comprehensive appreciation of historical and contemporary world affairs.

While the Mediterranean region and Europe feature as the B.A’s primary focus - due to Malta’s tradition of neighbourhood politics and its geopolitical interests - the course also offers study units focusing on the USA, Russia, China, Japan, Pakistan, and India , with over 50 taught study units on offer. All Honours students also write a substantial dissertation, based on original research, under one-to-one guided supervision.

International Relations students also have the opportunity to study abroad through the EU’s Erasmus exchange programme and are encouraged to add a practical element to the course by undertaking one of a variety of internships or by participating in international simulations, both of which are frequently on offer. The Department of International Relations also organises familiarisation visits for students, both locally and overseas, with EU Institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, NATO in Brussels and The International Criminal Court in The Hague having been among the destinations visited by IR students in recent years.

The Department boasts alumni that have progressed to occupy senior positions within government, the civil service, international organisations, NGOs, the media, think tanks and research centres, as well as academia.

The B.A in International Relations is available as part of a general degree, in conjunction with another study area, or as a B.A Honours degree. 



Why chose to study for a BA in International Relations at the University of Malta?

Small student groups in international comparison: In the second and third years of the BA, the average class size is 20-25 students. This is allows you as a student to interact with lecturers and with your peers and get more out of your courses.

One-to-one individual attention for your dissertation supervision: You will interact with your supervisor at least seven times while working on your BA (Honours) dissertation. This departmental policy has meant that, as a rule, dissertations written by our students are of proven high quality in international comparison. 

International atmosphere: We host around 20 international guest students every year, apart from the international students who join us for the full programme. This ensures lively debates and a variety of perspectives on the subjects you study.

Possibility to move on for postgraduate studies to universities across Europe and beyond: Our past students have gone on to study at a number of different universities across Europe, including for instance College of Europe, Bruges, London School of Economics, King's College London, Sciences Po, Paris, SOAS University of London, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Aberdeen. 



 For a detailed course overview applicable to first-year students starting in October 2019, please click the link below:

    • Full Course Overview

International Relations Programme of Studies (2019/20)

The B.A and B.A (Honours) are the Faculty of Art's staple undergraduate degrees. They differ from each other mainly in that the B.A is spread over two areas of study, whereas the B.A. (Hons) focuses on a single area, with a secondary area as a subsidiary. All undergraduate students follow two areas of study during their first year, but those who wish and qualify to proceed to the honours track continue with one area of study, in addition to a limited number of credits in the subsidiary area to be taken during the second year. The following is a list of study areas available in conjunction with International Relations:

• Anthropology • Archaeology • Communication Studies • English • European & Global History • French • German • History • History of Art • History of Art with Fine Arts • Italian • Knowledge & Info Management • Language Technology • Linguistics • Oriental Studies (Arabic) • Oriental Studies (Hebrew) • Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies) • Philosophy • Psychology • Social Studies • Sociology • Spanish & Latin American Studies.


Please click here for information regarding applications for courses commencing in October 2019.  

BA International Relations Timetables 2018/9

Timetables for the BA in IR Course

MA in Humanitarian Action Timetable 2018/9
MA in HA Timetables for 2018/9 Semester 1

Conference: Religion & Humanitarian Action
Friday 7th December 2018
Aula Magna, University of Malta Valletta Campus.

Erasmus+ student mobility programme – second call
Erasmus+ student mobility programme – second call

Disability and Mass Displacement: Intersections and Interventions for Humanitarian Action
Symposium on Disability and Mass Displacement at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa

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Undergraduate Semester 1 & 2 Timetables

BA General and Honours International Relations Timetables 

Erasmus+ Second Call for Studies - Semester 2
A second call for Erasmus+ Studies 2017/18 for semester 2 has been launched. 

Scholarships to Study in Malta
Deadline: 30 June

Last Updated: 29 July 2019

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