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The M.A. by research in Philosophy offers you the unique possibility to investigate any valid hypothesis of your choosing in the fields of knowledge, reality, and existence. Questions you may posit may deal with all kinds of philosophical issues, ranging from ancient hypotheses or more contemporary theories on society, human nature, or politics. You will be tasked with researching and writing on the topic of your choosing and you will be trained, by extension, to develop proficiency within a broad scope of topical issues within the field, whether that be a completely new perspective that you would like to explore or any existing theory that you would prefer building upon.
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.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400
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:
— Write and publish academic works of high-standard involving the field of philosophy — Learn how to make use of archival resources and to write academically about the field — Collect data for research analysis and apply sources and references to strengthen your writing — Cultivate a critical understanding of a research process
If you are a philosophy-oriented person with an interest in learning about different schools of thought, are seeking to contribute original research to existing literature in the field, and would like to enter a career where you will be able to use your acquired knowledge, then this is the ideal course intended for you.
As a graduate holding the MA in Philosophy (by Research) degree, you will be able to enter careers, both locally and internationally, as a teacher, editor, technical writer, publisher, political analyst and as an HR manager. The course can also prove useful if you would like to become an attorney, psychologist and economist, provided that you have the necessary requirements.
If you would like to enter an academic career and carry out academic research in the area, then you may opt to enrol in a doctorate programme offered at the University of Malta, or at a foreign university abroad.
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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