Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

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Course title Master of Arts in Religious Studies
Course code PMARELPET8
Postnominal M.A. Rel. St.(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Joseph Ciappara
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
The course provides you a greater understanding of the impact of religion and spirituality in the contemporary world. It could be followed part-time twice a week. This permits you to study in a flexible manner, while keeping other commitments.

This course enables you to become highly aware and expertly articulate about the diversity of global religious and spiritual life. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the programme seeks to probe relationships between religion, spirituality, society, identity, ethics and popular culture. Through a re-discovering of texts and traditions, you will explore central concepts and teachings as well as analyse the phenomenon of religion from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

The areas of studies are divided mainly into: Holy Scriptures, Ministry, Comparative Theology (Ecumenism, Inter-religious Dialogue and Dialogue with society), Historical Theology, Systematic Theology and Ethics. You will gain advanced research skills and will network with scholars dedicated to the study of religions or religious thought.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree with at least a Second Class Honours in Religious Studies or in Theology or in an area of study which the Board deems suitable for the proposed area of research or

(b) a Bachelor degree with Category II or better in an area of study which the Board deems suitable for the proposed area of research.

Preparatory Programme

Admission of applicants under paragraph (b) shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases the Board shall require applicants to successfully complete a preparatory programme of 30 credits obtained with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration in the Course.

Applicants admitted under paragraph (a) whose first degree is not in Religious Studies or in Theology may also be required to successfully complete a preparatory programme of 30 credits obtained with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration in the Course.

Preparatory programmes shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 650

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
By the end of the course, you will:

Knowledge Understanding

• Develop advanced knowledge in one or more scholarly fields in the study of religion,
• Utilize theories and methods appropriate for graduate research in the study of religion.

Application Understanding

• Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills appropriate for graduate research in religion,
• Recognize the correct attitudes that foster dialogue.

Communication Skills

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing,
• Engage in multi-religious conversations
This course caters if you are coming from various backgrounds including lay pastoral ministry, missionary work, religious education, teaching, youth counselling, secondary education, music ministry, chaplaincy work, social work, and mediation.
If you are an applicant who is:

• pursuing jobs in academia, development work, community-based roles, aspects of welfare, social care and counselling, or
• interested in local and central government policy-making and administrative departments,
Then this course is targeted at you.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 27 September 2022

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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