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A cluster of ICT-related hands-on Units are also offered within the University’s Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS). The rationale of these Units is to respond to the need for ICT professionals to enrich their academic education with focused expertise on a selection of current and emerging software technologies and tools. These Units should serve as a practical supplement to the theoretical and concept-oriented academic degree programmes, and provide an opportunity for local ICT companies to participate in the training of ICT students, professionals or even members of the public for proficiency in their preferred choice of technologies.


The introduction of PLAS at the University presents a practical framework and an opportunity to meet such industry demands. Besides the Units from a broad range of areas in the arts and the sciences on offer in the Programme, this cluster of Units offers a selection of technically-oriented, hands-on Units that focus on current and emerging software technologies and tools. These Units will be considered as part of PLAS and the ECTS credits obtained for any of these Units will be valid towards a PLAS award.

The PLAS Tech Units are particularly relevant for: (i) practitioners who want to learn about cutting-edge technologies; (ii) IT companies seeking opportunities to train their employees in the use of new technologies which they may plan to adopt; (iii) students from the University of Malta, MCAST and other academic institutions who wish to supplement their academic knowledge with hands-on training; (iv) members of the general public who already have a technical background and want to learn specialised technologies.

PLAS Tech Units students are required to bring their own laptops to lectures.

PLAS Tech Units on offer in Semester 2 of 2017/18 (Feb - May 2018):

LAS3014 The Spring Framework

LAS3016 Data Science for Business

LAS3017 Reactive Microservices with Akka, Kafka and Docker

LAS3018 Video game design and development with Unity 

APPLY NOW! (Deadline: 22 January 2018)


PLAS Tech Units CoordinatorsDr Mark Micallef & Dr Kevin Vella (Department of Computer Science, University of Malta) 



List of PLAS Tech Units offered in previous semesters included:

LAS3009 Single Page Applications: A Pragmatic Approach 

LAS3013 Network Penetration Testing

LAS3014 The Spring Framework

LAS3004 Data X - An Introduction to Data Science: Storage, Visualization and Analysis - Dr Jean Paul Ebejer

LAS3005 Enterprise Architecture Mr Jonathan Jones

LAS3006 Extreme Java Development - Dr Josef Bajada

LAS3015 3D Modeling and Visualisation using Maya Dr Suzanne-Marie Psaila 

PLAS Tech Units are included in the GetQualified scheme. However, prospective students should make their own inquiries before registering 


For more information on the PLAS Tech Units, please contact the Unit Coordinators. 

PLAS Applications are now being received
Click here to apply for PLAS Units commencing in February 2018
PLAS Testimonial Videos

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Apply now for PLAS Units on offer. 

PLAS Gift Voucher Facility
A mindful gift - short courses for relatives, friends & colleagues.
Parking Permit for PLAS Students
PLAS students can apply for a parking permit through the KSU website. Click here for more info.
Statute, Regulations Guidelines
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PLAS Nature Photography Exhibition
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LAS2100 Research Project
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PLAS Introductory Meeting Presentations

Click here to access the presentations delivered during the PLAS Introductory Meeting.

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