Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)

Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)

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Course title Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)
Course code PMAOSNFTR8
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
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 M.A by research in Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies) is a gateway to an understanding of the region of the Middle East. Under the guidance of experts within the Faculty of Arts, you will trained on your abilities in one or more modern languages of the area and to write a thesis and report on a topic of your choosing involving the Middle East, from the politics that shape this turbulent territory, to the people that make it what it is. You are encouraged to combine any disciplines that might inform your work and to explore any select timeline in one of the most abundant regions in the world.

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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, applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class Honours or Category III and those 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, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course. The number of credits included in the preparatory programme will be determined by the Board.

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:

— Outline the key traits that have shaped the Middle East over centuries and explain their significance to contemporary developments
— Learn how to make use of archival resources and to write academically about the field
— Learn about the many dimensions and cultural deviations of the Near East and understand their importance when devising national and regional strategies
— Discern the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to gain a holistic perspective of socio-politico-cultural issues in contemporary society
If you are an ambitious and talented student who already has a solid background in Hebrew language and culture at undergraduate level, and are seeking to specialise in the field at hand, then the postgraduate programme in Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies) is designed to prepare you for research on topics related to culture, literature and philology using comparative viewpoints.
The programme prepares you for careers in the academic world, business, government and the media that require disciplinary rigour, a comprehensive knowledge of Near Eastern Studies as well as its linguistic influences.

The degree programme is designed either as an end qualification in itself, or to prepare you for more advanced work in a doctorate programme.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 7 December 2021

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