Master of Arts in English (English Language)

Master of Arts in English (English Language)

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in English (English Language)
Course code PMAELGPDT5
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Lydia Sciriha
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
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.

The Taught MA in English Language provides an opportunity for closely mentored postgraduate learning and research in theoretical and practical aspects of English Language Studies generally and in applied contexts relating to Maltese linguistic environments. It offers a postgraduate pathway for work in English-language use across a variety of contexts and genres and offers students the possibility of focused work in areas relating to grammar, bilingualism, pragmatics, stylistics, corpus linguistics, language change, language acquisition, literary linguistics and cognitive poetics. This makes for an exciting blend of units which is also designed to address demands in the contemporary workplace for enhanced English-language use.

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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.

Depending on the nature of the programme, the Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) to join the Course subject to an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course.

Applicants who are not in possession of an undergraduate degree in English or in a closely related area, but who hold a DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) or Dip.TESOL (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification, may be eligible to follow this Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 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
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

• identify the key interdisciplinary elements of the different foci (grammar, bilingualism, stylistics, cognitive poetics, language change, corpora and their applications, usage, etc) offered by the programme,

• evaluate the importance of learner motivation in language learning,

• identify key issues related to language planning and language policy in bilingual countries,

• analyse bilingual education programmes such as immersion education, heritage language maintenance and dual language programmes,

• conduct large-scale scientifically-representative language surveys,

• develop a keen sense of self-evaluation in their knowledge and use of the English language,

• communicate flexibly and incisively in English in professional settings,

• reflect on and analyse the use of English inbilingual settings,

• develop metalinguistic and metadisciplinary awareness in relation to English Language Studies and the diverse approaches represented therein,

• integrate the different theories and practices of the disciplines introduced by the programme,

• create and redesign approaches to describing/analysing/teaching language in different contexts,

• delineate and mediate the convergence between disciplines,

• identify criteria for establishing terminologies and methodologies in English Language Studies,

• describe essential concepts and categories of English grammar,

• demonstrate sensitiveness to different expectations and requirements in language policy,

• demonstrate sensitiveness to different perceptions about English language use in different contexts,

• assess and account for different aspects of change in English language use across different contexts,

• have an eclectic appreciation of complementary and contrasting approaches in English Language Studies.

In terms of Subject Knowledge and Understanding, the programme provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the ability to:

• identify the methodologies necessary for producing and interpreting sets of language data,design different research questions and refine their terminologies for conceptualising and testing specific aspects of language,

• identify the effects of bilingualism on the social and cognitive development of children and the ways in which bilingualism is measured in both individuals and society,

• describe how the language of texts is processed at the levels of reception/cognition,

• identify the major learning problems learners have with grammar,

• develop an understanding of the role of conversational interaction and corrective feedback in ELT,

• identify tools and resources used for corpus analysis.

In terms of Intellectual Development, students will be helped to:

• use grammar as a system of resources for creating meaning in context,

• analyse the grammatical patterns of various texts and how they are organized,

• assimilate and adapt theoretical models within practical analysis,

• critically examine a range of significant research studies and findings across English Language Studies,

• generate interdisciplinary dialogue across the different components of the programme,

• apply a range of methodologies, sub-disciplines and theoretical approaches in language research,

• adapt methodologies to new contexts,

• analyse methods in relation to spoken and written discourse stored in electronic and non-electronic formats.

Key Transferable Skills imparted during the programme include:

• development of independent learning, self-evaluation, and critical and analytical thought,

• enhanced and effective communication in spoken and written English,

• generation of tenable hypotheses for research purposes,use of computer-mediated research skills,

• use of language resources (language corpora) and evaluation of material collected.

Skills relevant to employability &Personal Development nurtured during the programme include:

• development of professional writing skills in the discipline, • development of oral presentation skills,

• development of metalinguistic abilities,

• development of independent research skills and critical thinking,

• appraisal of the relationship between academic, professional, public and user conceptions of language,

• undertaking of practice-oriented research in language,

• development of new theoretical directions in emerging fields of study.
Past and current undergraduates, teachers in schools, representatives from the language schools, NGOs, the ESU and other professional bodies.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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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.