Master of Arts in Law

Master of Arts in Law

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in Law
Course code PMALAWPER9
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Frances Camilleri Cassar
Delivered by Faculty of Laws
The overall aim of the MA in Laws is to enable a student to specialise in one particular branch of the law, to develop his/her knowledge in that branch and to critically evaluate the law in that branch in which s/he is writing his dissertation about.

Research Areas:
Civil Law
Commercial Law
Criminal Law
Public Law
Public International Law
Private International Law
Law and Society
Environment and Planning Law
Legal History and Methodology
Media, Communications and Technology Law
European Union and Comparative Law
Medicine and the Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the following qualifications:

(i) the degree of Doctor of Laws or

(ii) the degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least Category II or

(iii) the degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with at least Second Class Honours or

(iv) equivalent qualifications to those listed in paragraphs (i) to (iii) above as approved by Senate on the recommendation of the Board.

Applicants may be required to sit for an interview before being accepted for the Course. The interview shall assess the suitability of those applicants in regard to the particular programme of study offered in the Course for which they have applied. The decision of the Board of Studies shall be final.

Interviews shall be carried out by an Interviewing Board set up for the purpose and consisting of at least three members.

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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 780

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400
At the end of the course, the student would have mastered the branch of the law s/he has written his/her dissertation upon, be able to apply that knowledge to concrete cases, would have learnt how to write a thesis, be able to publish his/her main findings in a peer reviewed journal, would be able to contribute to the dissemination of the knowledge acquired during the writing of the dissertation.
This degree is open to students who are in possession of a Doctor of Laws degree (LL.D.) or an equivalent qualification as Senate may approve. It has to be pointed out, however, that although the degree may – in terms of the Byelaws – be offered both as a research and mainly taught degree, in the past this degree has been and continues to be offered only as a research degree.
The M.A. in Laws provides career opportunities in the law and, more specifically, in that area of the law in which the student would have written his dissertation upon. All branches of the law can be the subject of an MA in Law dissertation. This degree course provides access to further studies at doctorate level (Ph.D. in Law).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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