Master of Arts in European Legal Studies

Master of Arts in European Legal Studies

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in European Legal Studies
Course code PMAELSFTT8
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Ivan Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Laws
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 Master of Arts in European Legal Studies is in essence a taught course, with teaching based on guided research and teaching and the presentation of a paper by the student in a teacher-led seminar. The course includes an important dissertation component. The first aim remains that of providing postgraduate specialization in European Union Law and related comparative law to holders of a good first degree which is not in law. The programme of studies ranges over a large list of subject areas which are sub-disciplines of European Law and often overlap with their counterpart domestic law, and from which the student chooses a number of study units. In principle, the comparative (national law) dimension is worked into most subjects, while also being the principal methodology employed in a number of study units. The second aim is to prepare successful students for a specialist career, whether in the European Union Institutions, in other international organizations, as advisors to government and other entities in Malta and abroad.

European Union law is an all-embracing, rapidly developing, and ever more significant and fascinating area of law. A solid and in-depth knowledge thereof is essential in all areas of legal practice today. The programme provides an in-depth education in European Union law. It establishes a balance between the economic and the constitutional aspects of European law, and emphasizes both the increasing complexity of EU law and the context in which it is evolving. As this programme is intended for non-law graduates, it includes a study-unit which introduces students to EU legal methodology and research and a number of compulsory study-units that focus primarily on the understanding of the EU Legal order.

The programme aims to provide students with knowledge that will range over the understanding of the relevant Treaty provisions and the laws and other acts adopted under them through study and critical analysis of the academic literature as well as the case law of the Court of Justice of the Union. Reference will also be made to relevant Member State legislation and court judgments. Practice is not forgotten and practitioners’ journals are frequently referred to in many of the courses. This approach develops interpretational and applicational skills against the backdrop of sound theoretical knowledge and understanding. The knowledge and skills acquired are applicable in law practice, in adjudication, and in further studies to Ph.D. level should the student wish to pursue an academic career in Malta or abroad.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or any other institution recognized by Senate obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II.

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.

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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
The overall learning outcomes for Master of Arts in European Legal studies therefore include:

1. A deeper knowledge and understanding of chosen areas of European law and policy,
and their interaction with Member State law and policy

2. Schooling in the academic literature, and trends in the case-law of the European Court of Justice

3. Acquisition of advanced legal research skills

4. Advanced ability to communicate the results of research through presentations, debating and writing of term papers and dissertations

5. Advanced ability to identify and analyse problems from a legal perspective

6. Use the IT skills that are necessary to facilitate these tasks including the use of bibliographic software and the use of data bases and search engines

7. Advanced ability to read beyond legal doctrine and to evaluate the relevance and importance of other disciplines for legal analysis

8. Comprehend and be in position to advise on EU law and policy

9. Advise regarding transposition of EU law into Member State’s law

10. Acquire the necessary skills to pass successfully EU Competition
All graduates with a good first degree in any discipline except law from the University of Malta, or its equivalent from any other recognized university, who wish to specialize in European legal studies at post-graduate level.
This postgraduate academic programme provides students with an in depth education in European law. The degree establishes a balance between providing knowledge of the core economic/social and the constitutional/institutional aspects of European law and allows for specialization in a number of areas of law which are fundamental to the European Union such as competition law, aspects of the law of the internal market, judicial protection among other.

Graduates have privileged access to high level practice, national and international, and to a large number of positions requiring expertise in European Law. Many graduates of similar degrees have gone straight into high level employment with the European Institutions, often directly in the field of specialization on which they focused while pursuing the degree. Many have done the same with Maltese companies, while others have gone into employment with the government or parastatal bodies, often in their chosen field. Others have found that their already existing career has benefited. For those aiming for an academic career, the degree provides an excellent basis for the pursuit of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in law.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 19 October 2020

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