Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law

Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law

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Course title Master of Arts in European Politics, Economics and Law
Course code PMAPELFTT3
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Andre Paul Debattista
Delivered by Institute for European Studies
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 European Politics, Economics and Law provides a strong foundation in European Studies. It includes compulsory study-units in these subject areas and a wide range of elective study-units on key topics, including lobbying in the EU, EU treaties and laws, the politics and economics of European Integration, the EU’s external relations, EU cohesion policy, climate change and current political and economic developments.

The course is taught on a seminar basis and is intended to further deepen your knowledge of European politics, law and economics so that by the end of the course they can rightly claim to be ‘specialised generalists’ i.e. graduates with a broad knowledge of the EU but with a deeper specialised understanding in particular areas. The aim is to encourage students to develop their analytical and critical skills – something which is aided by the way the seminars are structured.

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

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least a Second Class Honours in European Studies or in any other area of studies deemed relevant by the Board or equivalent or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Category II in European Studies or in any other area deemed relevant by the Board,

provided that, in appropriate cases, the Board may, after an interview, require students admitted to the Course to follow and pass related study-units to which a maximum of 10 credits are assigned in addition to the programme of study.

Applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree with Third Class Honours or Category III in any area deemed relevant by the Board and who have work experience that is related to the Course, may, after an interview, be admitted to a preparatory programme as specified below which programme, if successfully completed, provides access to the Degree.

The Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in the above paragraphs to join the Course, provided that the degree classification is not less than Second Class Honours / Category II, and subject to the submission of a letter of motivation and an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course. In such instances, the Board may recommend that applicants follow the preparatory programme or part of it.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits are assigned, and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

Applicants shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme of study with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration on the Course.

The Board may grant students full or partial exemption from the requirement of the Preparatory Programme if it is satisfied that the students possess post-first cycle qualification work experience that is relevant to the area of study of the Master's course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2023.

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
The specialised training in EU politics, economics and law ensure that you will have a high level of skills and a degree of personal initiative to help them deal most satisfactorily with situations requiring more than a working knowledge of the EU. The best graduates qualify for middle management positions.

The following are a sample of learning outcomes that you will bring to your workplace:

• In-depth understanding of the rationale, principles and issues underlying the various Community harmonisation directives relating to IPRs and the EU regulations establishing unitary EU-wide IPRs and the impact that these measures have had on national laws and on the rights of IPR holders.
• An understanding of the most prominent issues in contemporary European politics, primarily by utilising a comparative method grounded in both national and European politics.
• Understanding of the legal issues behind the institutional balance of the EU.
• Appreciation of the role that institutions play in the formulation of EU law and how they continue to evolve to meet the present-day expectations of the EU.
• Demonstration of the ability to conduct independent and original research as well as identifying research aims, generating research questions, reviewing literature, formulation a research methodology, collecting data, thinking and writing critically as well as producing a coherent and informed piece of work.
• Understanding of issues relating to the relationship between national law and EU law.
The course is intended if you wish to further your studies, or already have a career but wish to specialise further.
The MA is intended if you wish to further your studies at post-graduate level. As an eventual graduate in employment, you will often deal with EU matters and for that reason you will find the MA useful in further developing your skills for the position you already occupy. You may also decide to follow the MA to help in your career advancement, given that the EU has become such an important factor in most situations, thus making it easier to switch a career with ease.

The degree provides further study leading to the Ph.D. The Masters’ degree is also very if you are seeking to work in the EU institutions or in international organizations, or aspire to high positions in the business sector.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 3 January 2023

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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