The Master of Arts in Islands and Small States Studies is offered at both the University of Malta and the University of Malta – Gozo Campus.
The aim of the programme is to impart knowledge on Islands and Small State issues and to provide the opportunity to conduct research on the same issues by submitting assignments and writing a dissertation.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board.
In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a Bachelor’s 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 degree. The admission of applicants under this paragraph shall be made after an interview during which their ability to successfully complete the Course with profit shall be assessed.
The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.
Eligible applicants may register as visiting students for individual study-units and obtain credit for them. Should they be accepted to join the Course within seven years from following the first study-unit, the Board may allow the transfer of these credits to the student’s academic record for the Course.
In line with the provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) of regulation 9 of the Admissions Regulations, applicants who do not satisfy the requirements indicated above may be allowed to follow individual study-units but shall not be allowed to sit for the assessment of the study-units, provided the lecturer concerned poses no objection thereto and is satisfied that the individual has the necessary academic background to follow the study-unit with profit.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800 Fee per semester: Eur 960
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800 Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400
On completion of this course you should be able to understand the special problems and opportunities faced by Small States and Small Island Jurisdictions with regard to environmental, economic, social and political concerns, at the national, regional and international levels. Students would also be encouraged to conduct research and are expected to write a dissertation on islands and small states issues. You will be able to:
• Undertake an in-depth analysis of economic and environmental realities in territories characterised by small population size and insularity, enabling you to identify situations where one-size-fits-all policy measures may not be appropriate. • Apply techniques for ‘measuring’ the effect of climate change including temperature, precipitation and sea-level rise and assess the ‘best predictions’ of current climate models. • Formulate policies and develop negotiating skills. • Develop skills in assessing risks and in proposing policy approaches to build disaster resilience. • Evaluate policies that are conducive to sustainable economic development of small island states. • Apply techniques involving qualitative and quantitative approaches for analysing matters relating to biogeography, including populations and population growth, intra- and inter-specific interactions, ecological niches, communities and ecosystems, evolutionary process on island and threats to island ecosystems.
The course is intended if you have completed a degree in geography, economics, social studies, environmental studies and related subjects, seeking to specialise in the study of Islands and Small States.
You may register as a visiting student for individual study-units and obtain credit for them. Should you be accepted to join the Course within seven years from following the first study-unit, the Board may allow the transfer of these credits to your academic record for the Course.
if you are not in possession of the requirements for admission to the Masters course, you may be allowed to follow individual study-units but shall not be allowed to sit for the assessment of the study-units.
By the end of the course, you will be able to find career opportunities in international organisations, government departments, teaching at secondary and tertiary levels, and environmental NGOs.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.
Last Updated: 9 November 2021
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication. 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.