Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies

Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies

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Course title Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies
Course code PMAMDTPDR7
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Norbert Bugeja
Delivered by Mediterranean Institute
This programme of study is also offered on a full-time basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies (by research) is a transdisciplinary, research-led programme of studies in the rapidly growing field of Mediterranean Studies. The programme is based on research in specific, carefully chosen areas of study pertaining to the contemporary and historic Mediterranean region, its geo-political zones of activity, its social, cultural and economic diversity and its ongoing political challenges and humanitarian concerns. Research projects of a comparative and cross-disciplinary character are encouraged.

In the course of their activity, our students undertake research and field inquiry based on a sound training in critical approaches to past and present issues shaping and affecting the Mediterranean region, and its place in the world. The programme creates an ideal environment for students to interact, debate and contribute to the enhancement of knowledge in key areas of trans-regional Mediterranean Studies.

The research programme values a hands-on approach. Students will join an established scholarly research community with strong international networks. The Institute provides supervisions for research in the following Key Research Areas:

• Democratisation, Displacement and Development: Politics and Social Change in the Mediterranean

• Body, Health and food: Paradigms of Sensuality in the Mediterranean

• Belief, Identity and Exchange: Unity and Difference in the Mediterranean

• Space, Narrative and Memory: Postcoloniality and Representation in the Mediterranean

Our students benefit from the Institute’s signature Research Strategy, together with the Institute’s regular stream of scholarly activity that includes academic conferences, seminars, workshops, round tables and other events of a public-outreach nature.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in an area of study which the Board deems to be relevant to the proposed area of study,
provided that applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class (Honours) shall satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience obtained following the first cycle degree.

The admission of applicants may be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three members, appointed by the Board for the purpose.

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: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
• Master and inquire into the critical, theoretical, historiographic and other literature pertaining to the current and historical Mediterranean and to the field of Mediterranean Studies

• Acquire a sound knowledge and ability to apply research methodology and specialised reading practices in the area of Mediterranean Studies

• Successfully engage in trans-disciplinary approaches and comparative exercises with a view to utilising these in life-skills, employment, early-career or further research contexts

• Be in a position to critically engage the region’s rapidly evolving geo-political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other contexts as they arise

• Demonstrate a sound knowledge of critical issues and urgencies affecting the contemporary Mediterranean including their beginnings in the region’s specific past and present contexts

• Apply any field research, specific projects of inquiry and critical readings to the urgencies, realities and contingencies affecting the region, with a view to contributing to future-gazing the possibilities for development of knowledge in the specific area of competence addressed by the respective project

• Be able to place their own research project within, and associate it with, the broader trans-national contexts and cross-cultural inflections that characterise the Mediterranean region

• Be able to infer sound trans-historical, diachronic and synchronic analytical perspectives within their specific framework of research in the Mediterranean

• Be able to construct interrogative, high-powered perspectives and to build intellectual capital with a view to achieving impact and translate one’s research into a broader public engagement and international dissemination of acquired knowledge

• Accrue sufficient momentum towards possible further and doctoral research in Mediterranean Studies, with a view to contributing to the Institute’s developing research in the field

• Identify and where appropriate, be able to offer cutting-edge analysis, engage in opinion-making and formulate agenda-setting ideas and creative ways forward for the problematics examined in the course of the research.
• Students with a keen critical eye and an aptitude for understanding and gaining expertise in the issues, challenges, concerns, and histories of the Mediterranean.

• Students with a broad intellectual grasp and an interest for interdisciplinary inquiry.

• Students in possession of undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas covered by the social sciences, the humanities and further afield are encouraged to apply.
The MA (Med Studies) degree programme offers an exciting qualification in a rapidly expanding area of knowledge, in increasing demand by employment sectors in the political field, non-governmental organisations, diplomacy, European Union institutions, journalism, environmental politics and activism and further afield.
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Last Updated: 4 May 2020

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