Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Chinese)

Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Chinese)

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Chinese)
Course code PMAOSCFTR9
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 Wei Chen
Dennis Mizzi
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
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.

The MA in Oriental Studies (Chinese) is a postgraduate research programme based on advanced critical, analytical and creative thinking which enables students to conduct independent academic research in the field of Chinese language, literature and culture. According to the chosen research topic by the candidate, the programme provides opportunities for students to demonstrate a solid linguistic mastery of Chinese as well as advanced knowledge of Chinese literature and philology. The programme also aims to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts of Chinese language, literature and society. Therefore, despite this being a research programme, students will be encouraged throughout the course to acquire a sound knowledge of Mandarin (and in some cases of classical Chinese) and a deeper understanding of Chinese classical, modern and contemporary culture.

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

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 55% in that area or

(c) a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) above. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Preparatory Programme

In the case of a mainly research course and depending on the nature of the programme, applicants admitted under paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of ECTS credits already obtained in that area of study, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant applicants full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the applicant possesses post first cycle degree work experience that is relevant to the area of study applied for.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 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.

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
The professional figure that this postgraduate programme intends to train is that of an expert and consultant in Chinese Studies. Prospective graduates will be able to:

- undertake various tasks in the sectors of cultural services in Malta and abroad (public and private cultural and research institutions), in government and other local institutions in the field of intercultural and mediation services;
- undertake tasks in the field of specialised publications especially in areas related to the editing and/or critical review of written texts;
- serve as experts in the field of international cooperation with China and as consultant in the promotion of cultural and artistic events.
The postgraduate programme in Oriental Studies (Chinese) is designed for ambitious and talented students who already have a solid background in Chinese language and culture at undergraduate level who wish to specialise in the field of Sinology. Students will research on topics related to Chinese culture, literature and philology using also comparative viewpoints.
The programme is aimed at students pursuing careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require disciplinary rigour, a comprehensive knowledge of China as well as linguistic fluencies in Chinese.

The degree programme is designed either as an end qualification in itself or to prepare students for more advanced graduate work in Sinology and/or East Asian Studies (MPhil/PhD).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 7 May 2021

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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.