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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Geography of Cities
 
COURSE CODE PMAGOCPET8

POSTNOMINAL

LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
FRAMEWORK LEVEL

DURATION

MODE OF ATTENDANCE

TOTAL ECTS CREDITS

M.A.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening

90

COURSE OVERVIEW
This part-time taught Master’s course is aimed towards graduates and practitioners in the fields of geography, city administration and planning. With its multi-disciplinary approach, this course offers a comprehensive understanding of the city with topics ranging from environmental externalities to city ecology to transport issues. The academic faculty involved also comes from different areas of expertise, including qualified and experienced individuals from outside the university, whose experiences are crucial to comprehend real world case studies.

The course covers 90 ECTS credits over a period of three years. Sixty ECTS credits are awarded by following two years of taught study-units whilst 30 ECTS credits are awarded for the presentation of a 25K word dissertation. The teaching methods involve class and field sessions in order for candidates to apply key geographic skills in understanding cities.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES The learning outcomes of the postgraduate degree in Geography of Cities include:

i) Acquiring extensive and broad knowledge about all the aspects related to urban environments.

ii) Demonstrate competence in the use of geographic tools and techniques for research and field study.

iii) Acquire effective writing skills in a variety of sub-disciplines.

iv) The interdisciplinary nature of this Master’s Programmes bridges social dimensions through its concern for the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies as well as the physical aspects of pollution and ecologies within cities. Students therefore acquire transferability skills and flexibility in applying their knowledge.

vii) Display management, organisational, teamwork and leadership skills.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The skills learnt in an interdisciplinary degree, such as the MA in Geography of Cities are of potential interest to a range of employers. Some of the skills, including communications skills (report writing and presentations), teamwork and leadership skills (fieldwork and projects), numeracy and literary skills (handling of geographic data and literature research), analytical skills and ICT tools (statistics and GIS) and spatial awareness (maps and remote imagery).

As cities become bigger and more people become urban there is a need for more graduates having an integrated understanding of the human/urban environment. Graduates from the M.A. in Geography of Cities are very flexible and develop transferable skills which are a requirement in many workplaces today. Graduates of the M.A. Geography of Cities are mainly employed in areas of management, statistics, spatial planning, tourism and transport planning. Some of the agencies that employ our graduates include the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, Transport Authority, Tourism Authority, Public Service, Education Department (schools), and a number of private consultancy firms.

The University of Malta (http://www.um.edu.mt/) offers post-graduates a number of opportunities for further studies. An M.A. in the Geography of Cities is also a valid passport to further studies abroad.

Local financial assistance can be sought following the appropriate applications through the - Malta Government Scholarship Scheme (http://www.education.gov.mt/mgss.htm), STEPS - Strategic Educational Pathways Scholarships (http://www.education.gov.mt/steps.htm). In addition a number of universities have their own scholarship and funding schemes.
 
COURSE INTENDED FOR This interdisciplinary post-graduate degree programme attracts fresh graduates from Geography, Environment/Science, Arts and Management that wish to specialise in a specific area of study. However anyone with an interest in the spatial understanding and management of cities can follow the degree programme with profit.

This degree programme could also support professional development for mid-career professionals in the areas of land use planning, city administration and for those who are interested in furthering their educational qualifications. For this purpose the degree programme is structured for the evening and on a part-time basis.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for, provided that applicants in possession of a Third Class Honours qualification shall satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 65% in that area or

(c) a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) above.

In the case of a mainly taught course and depending on the nature of the programme, the Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) to join the Course subject to an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course. In certain such instances the Course Co-ordinator may recommend that applicants follow part or all of the relevant preparatory programme.


Preparatory Programme

Applicants admitted under sub-paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of credits already obtained in that area of study, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant applicants full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the applicant possesses post first cycle degree work experience that is relevant to the area of study applied for.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2013.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
 
 


 

 

 
Last Updated: 7 October 2013
 
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