Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology

Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology

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Course title Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology
Course code PMAGMAFTT6
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Timothy Gambin
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
Through the M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology students will garner knowledge of a broad range of facets that fall within this discipline. Students will be able to start and develop their careers in the field of archaeology with special emphasis on the maritime and underwater sub-disciplines of the subject. Furthermore, students may use the skill garnered from this robust course to pursue careers that are not related to archaeology. Skills-sets acquired throughout the one year duration of this programme are multi-dimensional, flexible and most importantly, desirable to stakeholders and employers active in the field of offshore exploration, deep-sea mining as well as other underwater activities.

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(1) The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree in Archaeology, History, Geography, or Oceanography or in another area which the Board considers as appropriate, obtained with a Second Class Honours or Category II classification,
provided that applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class Honours or Category III shall satisfy the Board through an interview that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree.

(2) The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 15 students.

(3) When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview.

(4) For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated in paragraph (1) were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

(5) (i) In exceptional cases, and if vacant places are still available, the University Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a first cycle degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and experience that together are deemed to be comparable to the level of a first cycle degree.

(ii) Applicants referred to in sub-paragraph (i) of paragraph (5) must satisfy the University’s English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at the appropriate level, and shall submit with their application a letter giving their motivation for applying for this Course. Such applicants shall further be required to attend for an interview to assess their suitability to follow the Course with profit.

(6) Interviews shall be conducted by an interviewing board appointed by the Board, composed of at least three members.

(7) The interviewing board may make use of electronic means of communication in order to carry out interviews with applicants.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 9,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 9,500
Upon completion of the MA, students will be able to:

1) apply theoretical/scientific principles and concepts to archaeological problems;
2) plan, budget and manage project including field work (both terrestrial and underwater) - these skills will contribute to the running of professional archaeological projects;
3) critically analyse past archaeological reports which will help with the reinterpretation and rationalisation of old data sets;
4) design and apply post-excavation methods and laboratory techniques that are essential components for the desired holistic approach to modern archaeological environments;
5) apply first aid conservation treatment of objects from an underwater context so as to ensure that international conventions are adhered to and cultural objects are protected and conserved;
6) acquire data related to maritime heritage on land (port structures, historic warehouses etc);
7) prepare Archaeological Impact Assessments - including critically reviewing ‘Terms of Reference’, background research of offshore and coastal developments in proposal phase, the preparation of desk-based studies, the organisation of site-specific fieldwork, the compilation of data, preparation of recommendations for monitoring phases of projects;
8) prepare academic publications and articles for popular dissemination as well as detailed archaeological reports;
9) organise exhibitions including the fundamentals of exhibition design and layout;
10) assimilate concepts related to the management of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) - including international conventions, charters and local legislation related to UCH, which will enable graduates to apply this knowledge to project proposals and emergency cases;
11) recognise and apply established good practices in the field of UCH - as conveyed in the aforementioned conventions and legislation;
12) characterise and prescribe in-situ conservation techniques relative to various cultural objects and materials situated on the seabed;
13) identify and operate various technological tools used in the field of offshore survey;
14) to recognise, choose (according to technology utilised) and operate the various software suites available to archaeologists working in the field of offshore survey.

Generic Skills:

1) ability to work in teams;
2) ability to obtain, assess and analyze information from a number of sources;
3) ability to develop, form and present structured arguments supported by evidence;
4) knowledge and use of various IT packages;
5) preparation and delivery of oral/audiovisual presentations for different audiences;
6) retrieval of information to produce written reports;
7) working to preset deadlines;
8) work methodically and accurately;
9) demonstrate attention to detail;
10) demonstrate a high aptitude for critical thinking.
This course is intended for those who are intent in developing a long-term career in fields related to maritime archaeology, culture, history as well as museums and parks. Those wishing to combine their passion for the sea with their academic and career goals will find this course most suitable.
Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, professional archaeologists, research assistants, park managers, sonar operators, curators and planners. Graduates from this programme will be well positioned to pursue doctoral research in various maritime related subjects. Furthermore, those interested in developing further the synergy between science and the humanities will find fertile ground for the expansion of their research interests.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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