Master of Arts in Anthropology

Master of Arts in Anthropology

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Course title Master of Arts in Anthropology
Course code PMAANTFTR8
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Jean-Paul Baldacchino
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The course provides an opportunity to look at case studies and develop your own interest in a human society and its relative culture. Whether it’s human behaviour, biology, culture and values in a past or present society, you will be encouraged to advance a unique perspective on any aspect of a human demographic. This can range from the environment, race, ethnicity, psychology, food, religion, urban development and medical practices. You will be tasked with writing on your chosen setting at length, which will sharpen your discipline in answering a research question in depth.

You are required to write a dissertation based on work of an advanced or original nature and to present your findings and conclusions in a scholarly manner in a dissertation carrying 80 ECTS credits. The main criteria of assessment of the dissertation are: originality in approach or content or a comprehensive and self-supporting study of a theme.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants 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 55% 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. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Preparatory Programme

In the case of a mainly research course and depending on the nature of the programme, applicants admitted under paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of ECTS 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 2021.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- Understand a multitude of anthropological theories and apply them to a research question.
- Obtain a strong background in social sciences.
- Develop your interest in international field research.
- Learn how to make use of archival resources and to write academically about the field.
- Collect data for research analysis and apply sources and references to strengthen your writing.
If you would like to further your undergraduate studies to postgraduate level, learn how to carry out and contribute original research to existing literature in the field, and enter a career in anthropology, then this is the ideal course intended for you.
As a graduate of the MA in Anthropology (Research), you may enter a career which is related to the area of research which you have followed and written your dissertation on. This may include, archaeology, biological anthropology, medical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology and forensic anthropology, to name a few. You will also be able to work in public, private or non-profit organisations. Roles may include those of conservation, heritage management, sales and marketing, and health and social work.

If you would like to further your research or are interested in an academic career, then you may enrol in a doctorate programme offered by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta, or at a foreign institution abroad.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 2 December 2021

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