Master of Arts in European Integration Studies

Master of Arts in European Integration Studies

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Course title Master of Arts in European Integration Studies
Course code PMAEISPDR5
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Jean Claude Cachia
Delivered by Institute for European Studies
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.

Joining the European Union in 2004 was one of the most significant moments in modern Maltese history, allowing Malta to assume its place in the most successful, regional integration process ever undertaken. Reflecting the monumental steps taken in establishing a union amongst former enemies, European Studies has become a staple of university programmes around the world. Reflecting this trend, the Institute for European Studies has been providing degree programmes in European politics, economics and law since 1992 with a special focus on Malta, the Mediterranean and European integration. The need to inform and educate a new generation of students about the complexities of membership meant that the Institute, through its bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees, has contributed to a stream of highly informed graduates who have become the backbone of Malta’s EU membership, working in core government structures, in the EU institutions and with NGOs involved in EU affairs.

The MA in European Integration is a key development in the range of degree programmes offered by the Institute. After more than a decade of membership, the need was felt to offer a degree programme which would allow individuals with direct experience of working in EU affairs or highly specialised, motivated graduates to undertake targeted research in areas relating to the EU and integration and which, through applied research, would lead to substantive work which contributes to our knowledge of EU affairs as well as contributing to the good of society. It need not be added that the range of research topics will also depend on the availability of Institute staff in providing the necessary supervision. In this way, the MA by Research breaks from the Institute’s traditional approach of seeking to create informed generalists and aims to take candidates with a substantial background in EU affairs and produce highly specialised graduates with applied knowledge in their chosen area of research.

The degree programme combines both a taught element and research. During the course, students will follow two courses, one on political science and one on research methodology. This will amount to 10 ECTS and the student must pass these compulsory credits. At the same time, the student will be working on his/her dissertation (80ECTS) which will be submitted at the end of the third semester.

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(1) The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in European Studies.

(2) The Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than that specified in paragraph (1) to join the Course, provided that the degree classification is not less than Second Class Honours or Category II, and subject to the submission of a letter of motivation and an interview to establish whether such applicants have sufficient proficiency and background to enable them to follow the Course with profit. In such instances, the Board may recommend that applicants follow a preparatory programme as detailed below.

(3) All applicants shall be required to submit with their application a detailed synopsis of their research topic. Applicants shall be interviewed by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose of evaluating the research proposal, which must satisfy the Institute’s criteria.

(4) The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members. It shall be chaired by the Director or his/her delegate.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants admitted under paragraph (2) may be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS credits and not more than 60 ECTS credits, and to obtain an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant students full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the students possess post-first cycle qualification work experience that is relevant to Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2020.

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 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
The course will provide students with:

An advanced and sophisticated knowledge of their chosen area of research;

An understanding of the research complexities related to their chosen area as well as the data available and the approaches utilised to tackle research in that area;

Advanced knowledge which should enable them to provide critical analysis in that area and therefore contribute to policy development at a national level;

The research tools provided by the MA will facilitate the student’s ability to undertake doctoral research;

A foundation in the design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research;

A foundation in the tools and techniques of critical analysis;

Engagement with leading experts in their field.
Graduates with a strong first degree performance, who wish to continue further study or who already have a career but wish to specialise further.
Most of the students who are enrolled in the MA are usually students who wish to further their studies at post-graduate level or graduates in employment, often dealing with EU matters and therefore they find the MA useful in further developing their skills for the position they already occupy. There are others who follow the MA because it helps them progress in their careers, given that the EU has become such an important factor in most jobs or to help them switch their career.

The degree is essential for further study leading to the Ph.D.

The Masters’ degree is also very useful for those seeking to work in the EU institutions or in international organizations or who aspire to high positions in the business sector.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 14 November 2019

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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.

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