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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Humanities









First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years



Keith Paul Sciberras

This programme of study is also offered on a 6 year part-time day basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The concept behind the Bachelor of Humanities degree is that students are free to build their own undergraduate programme by registering for any study-units (time-table permitting) from any area of study which they consider most suitable for their academic interest, career plans, etc. This course makes it possible for students to venture outside the confines of the Faculty of Arts’ areas of study and, within limits, explore knowledge from other disciplines.

Bachelor of Humanities students do not graduate in any specific area of study but in the Humanities generally; hence they may not register for more than 25 per cent of ECTS from the same area of study.

The Bachelor of Humanities is different from the B.A. degree in that,

• There is no restriction as to the number of areas of study from which students might choose study-units to register for.

• There is no distinction between compulsory, elective, and optional study-units.

• Students may be allowed to register for a limited number of study-units (up to 25 per cent) from outside the Faculty of Arts’ approved areas of study.

• There are no synoptic examinations.

• The results of all years carry equal weight in the working of the final classification.
LEARNING OUTCOMES Since the Bachelor of Humanities covers a vast array of cultures, periods, and disciplines, it will enable students to develop an interdisciplinary appreciation of the Humanities. Students will be able to locate the topics they are concentrating on not only within a precise historical and cultural context but also as part of a complex and highly fascinating web of interdisciplinary relationships.

As they cross boundaries which traditionally have often set apart one area of study from another, students will be able to draw insights from related disciplines which will allow them to discuss the evolution of cultural movements. Students will be able to perceive links between a rich variety of areas of study within the definition of the humanities; conversely, they will also become critically aware of conflicting voices, schools of thought, and methodological procedures which will enrich their analysis of the arts.

By learning how to conceptualize and formally articulate links between texts from a wide range of cultures, periods, and subjects, students will be able to draw on their improved skills of argument and analysis when critically engaging with challenging topics and significant debates from both the past and the present.

Students will also have a unique opportunity, thanks to the facility to delve into areas of study outside the strict boundaries of the humanities, to seek personalized learning outcomes according to their individual learning objectives.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Due to its highly flexible nature, the degree will strongly urge students to embark on their own exploration of the humanities and to fashion their individual course according to their specific interests. Consequently, the degree will enable students to deepen their knowledge of certain areas of their own choice while giving them the opportunity to cultivate a general literacy in the humanities. This is a much sought-after quality by prospective employers in the workplace.
COURSE INTENDED FOR • Persons in search of specific skills and knowledge they wish to acquire in connection with their actual or projected careers.

• Persons who wish to broaden their cultural education.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted under sub-paragraph (a)(iii) of paragraph (2) of regulation 2 of the Admission Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three persons.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an interview which will be held on one of the following dates: 15/16 June, 5/6 September 2017. These dates cannot be changed. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' is 31 August 2017. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2017.

Applicants may also be required to submit a Learning Portfolio. Further information about the Portfolio will be forwarded to applicants.

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 April 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
Semester 1 Examination Timetable
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Approved Combinations of Areas of Study
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Diploma fil-Letteratura Maltija
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