Master of Arts in Linguistics

Master of Arts in Linguistics

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Course title Master of Arts in Linguistics
Course code PMALINFTR9
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Ray Fabri
Delivered by Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology
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.

This programme requires you to collaborate with your supervisor to identify a topic of interest and then design and execute your own research programme in the chosen area. The dissertation topics are extremely varied, ranging from experimental and corpus-based studies to more theoretical work. Ultimately, whether or not a topic is accepted depends on the collaborating ability that you and your supervisor will have in managing to identify a topic that is of interest to both of you.

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

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least Second Class Honours in Linguistics or in an area of study that includes a substantial amount of study-units in Linguistics or an area related to Linguistics or

(b) a Bachelor degree with at least Category II in an area of study that includes a substantial amount of study-units in Linguistics or an area related to Linguistics, provided that such applicants may be required to complete a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 40 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme of study with an average mark of 70% or better prior to their registration for the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2022.

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: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Critically evaluate theories and empirical results from previous studies.
• Formulate questions and select the right methodology to address them.
• Critically appraise existing work in the chosen area of research.
• Identify gaps in scientific knowledge and address them through appropriate methodologies.
• Critically evaluate outcomes of a study, whether this is theoretical or empirical.
• Bring the results to bear on a more precise formulation of hypotheses and present the research results to an audience.
The course is intended if you would like to gain an academically inclined and refined understanding of linguistics, contribute original research to existing literature in the field, or to enter a career in the area.
As a successful holder of this degree, you will be able to enter a career, both locally and abroad, as a linguist, computational linguist, copywriter, editor, accent coach, researcher, teacher and as a speech or language therapist.

If you would like to further your studies, or are interested in pursuing a career as an academic, the option of doing a doctorate is available at the University of Malta or at a foreign institution abroad.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 15 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.

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