Master of Arts in Tourism

Master of Arts in Tourism

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Course title Master of Arts in Tourism
Course code PMATRSPER7
Postnominal M.A. Tour.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator George Cassar
Delivered by Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture
The specific focus of the programme will be to provide the student with a systematic understanding of the concepts and characteristics of tourism as an area of academic and applied study, together with an in-depth examination of both the nature and characteristics of international operations. It will also provide students with the ability to evaluate products, services and operational issues within tourism environments, and foster comprehensive independent study and research. The programme is primarily assessed through the submission of a research dissertation on a topic of the candidates chosen field of research. In addition candidate’s have to complete the unit Advanced Research in Tourism. Candidates wishing to register for the MA should initially submit a research proposal outlining the proposed research topic and proposed research methodologies. Guidelines regarding the required research proposal are available online.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in Anthropology, Business, Events, Geography, History, Leisure, Management, Marketing, Sport Management, Tourism Management, Tourism Studies, or in other related areas deemed suitable by the Board.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 3,900
Fee per semester: Eur 780

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400
Students will be assessed on their ability to develop a research proposal and undertake and complete an independent piece of research (40,000 words) primarily under their own initiative. Learning outcomes will thus:

• facilitate and explore in-depth, innovative research work at Masters level which achieves the synthesis of practical, critical and theoretical concerns in tourism.
• apply and articulate research methodologies in tourism.
• demonstrate technical and professional accomplishment in the rendering and dissemination of a final research dissertation and presentation.
The MA programme is intended for professionals that have an interest in advanced postgraduate studies within tourism but who are unable to attend a more traditional taught postgraduate programme. This MA programme allows each student to plan and execute their own independent programme of study which is suited to their own personal time constraints and needs. A supervisor/tutor will be appointed from the university and will assist in this process. The programme is primarily suited to students who have gained an undergraduate degree in tourism, hospitality, business, events, geography or other related social science/humanities backgrounds and who wish to gain an advanced postgraduate qualification.
The MA will provide opportunities for advanced career progression, continued professional and personal development and opportunities for further academic study such as a PhD or professional doctorate within the field of tourism or related areas. The range of career opportunities is wide and varied especially when considering that the tourism and hospitality sectors are one of the largest economic sectors within Europe and internationally.
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Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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