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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies









Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Day


Emanuel Buttigieg

This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

“I’m glad I am a woman who once danced naked in the Mediterranean Sea at midnight”; this evocative and sensual image of the Mediterranean was drawn by the American actress Mercedes McCambridge (1916-2004). The same waters in which McCambridge bathed in the nude lapped the shores – centuries earlier – from where the myth of the birth of Europa emerged and from which, subsequently, the continent is meant to have acquired its name. The Mediterranean was and continues to be at the heart of a variety of crossways, including those of the imagination. The MA in Mediterranean Studies is meant to serve as a compass to assist the curious and enterprising to chart their own course into the dazzling unity and diversity of the Mediterranean region.

This MA is an innovative interdisciplinary programme of studies offered by various departments from within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta; the participating departments include History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, History of Art, International Relations, Oriental Studies, Philosophy and Sociology.

The accent in this MA will be on the thematic: the importance of phenomena like migrations, urbanisation, isolation, connectivity, the human and the physical elements, the arts and so on, will be explored. There will be an emphasis on the ever malleable boundaries between the local, the regional and the global: thus, while in the sixteenth century the Spanish soldier Antonio Vázquez defined the Netherlands as a land where produce had ‘neither juice nor taste’, today Italy – a land hugged by the Mediterranean sun – needs to import nearly 50,000 tonnes of fresh tomatoes from the same Netherlands. Such developments blur the traditionally-accepted – and expected – lines of history, geography and culture. Furthermore, key debates such as the idea of a ‘clash of civilizations’ will be addressed by placing them in a context of engagements of cultures, which is the only way in which Jewish-Christian-Muslim (and other) human encounters can be properly understood.

In essence this MA will seek to aid students to understand that ‘Mediterranean’ is much more than just an adjective, such as the fabled or maligned ‘Mediterranean lifestyle’. The Mediterranean will be considered on its own terms, as a focal point of action, but always in relation to the wider world.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Students successfully completing the Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies should:
• be able to outline key traits that have shaped Mediterranean events over the centuries and explain their significance to contemporary developments,
• write a dissertation which will constitute an original piece of work through a close examination of select primary and secondary sources,
• recognise and relate the diversity and unity that characterise the Mediterranean, in order to go beyond the standard interpretations of Mediterranean sameness,
• be alert to the many dimensions of the Mediterranean – South European, North African / Arab, Middle Eastern – and the need to take this complexity on board when devising national and regional strategies,
• discern the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach in seeking to gain a holistic perspective of socio-politico-cultural issues in contemporary society,
• be able to contribute to discussions about issues central to Mediterranean states and people;
• have the ability to apply the knowledge gained through the various assessment modes and exercises to a variety of professional challenges.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The taught Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies is intended for students with a flair for challenging and enriching learning experiences; in turn, this lends itself to prepare an individual for careers in European Union affairs, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, consultancy, foreign affairs, marketing, political careers, education, museums and galleries, as well as businesses, NGOs and enterprises with a Mediterranean focus who seek people capable of devising strategies for development and action in the Mediterranean region and beyond. A student who graduates with an MA in Mediterranean Studies will be in a position to inform policies on Euro-Med relations, long-term processes and transformations in the region, the relations between humans and their environment, Mediterranean demographics, conflict and co-operation. Furthermore, students will also be able to go on to doctoral study after having obtained their Master of Arts.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The 'student type' who will be attracted by this MA will be a varied one (both humanities and non-humanities graduates). For instance, someone with a background or interest in doing business in the Mediterranean (particularly the Arab / Muslim countries of the southern littoral) will find units such as 'The Mediterranean: Crossroads of Civilizations' and 'The Semitic World: Interactions with the Mediterranean' of great practical use. On the other hand, someone looking for a deeper appreciation of the cultures and identities of the Mediterranean will be enticed by units such as 'The Classical Tradition: Reverberations of Greece and Rome in the Mediterranean'.
The Course shall be open to applicants who are in possession of:

(i) a first cycle degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in any subject or

(ii) a first cycle degree obtained with at least Third Class Honours or Category III in any subject, provided that they satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following their first cycle degree.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

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



Last Updated: 16 January 2018
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