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
Type of qualification/award 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
The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is a programme rooted in archaeological principles and concepts but with special emphasis on the underwater and maritime sub-disciplines. It is especially concerned with human interaction with the sea and other bodies of water, including submerged landscapes and associated physical remains. You will analyse past archaeological reports on complete excavations in the Mediterranean as well as apply post-excavation methods and laboratory techniques to acquire data on maritime heritage. The programme encourages hands-on fieldwork and trains you to characterise and prescribe in-situ conservation techniques to various cultural artefacts situated on the seabed. It will ultimately prepare you to organise exhibitions to submit your findings and detailed reports.

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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 2023.

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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,000
Deposit upon acceptance: Eur 1,000
Upon Commencement of the Course: Eur 9,000

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,000
Deposit upon acceptance: Eur 1,000
Upon Commencement of the Course: Eur 9,000
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

- Apply theoretical and scientific principles to archaeological problems
- Apply conservation treatments of underwater artefacts to ensure international conventions are adhered to and relics protected
- Prepare Archaeological Impact Assessments, background research of offshore and coastal developments and the organisation of site-specific fieldwork
- Organise exhibitions, including the fundamentals of exhibition design and layout
- Identify and operate technology used in the field of offshore survey
- Prescribe conservation techniques and prepare academic publications for popular dissemination
If you are intent in developing a long-term career in fields related to maritime archaeology, culture, history as well as museums and parks, then this is the ideal course for you. This is also a most suitable course if you have an inclination to combine your passion for the sea with your own academic agenda and career goals.
As a graduate of the MA in Global Maritime Archaeology, you will have a vast range of professions to pursue. These include; professional archaeologists, research assistants, park managers, sonar operators, curators and planners. You will also be well positioned and equipped to pursue doctoral research in various maritime related subjects. Furthermore, if you are interested in developing further the transdisciplinary synergy between science and the humanities, you will find fertile ground for the expansion of your own research interests.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2023/4.

Last Updated: 15 December 2022

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