Master of Laws in International Law

Master of Laws in International Law

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Course title Master of Laws in International Law
Course code PMLINLFTR0
Postnominal LL.M.(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
Coordinator Felicity Attard
Delivered by Faculty of Laws
The objective of the course is to present a record of original work, or an ordered and critical evaluation of materials relating to the chosen area of research. A small part of the course is devoted to a taught module discussing contemporary issues in International Law.

Through supervised research (on either a part- or full-time basis) students should become equipped with a sound understanding of their chosen topic and advanced research and writing skills. The aim is also to encourage appreciation of the relevant rules of the international legal regime.

The thesis is intended to contribute to the subject, either through the student’s original work or through the analytical exposition of existing knowledge.

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

(a) the degree of Doctor of Laws or

(b) a Bachelor degree in Law as the main area of study, obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II or

(c) a degree from the University of Malta or any recognised overseas institution which the Board considers to be comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b).

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.

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
Students successfully completing the Master of Laws course should:

a. Demonstrate an ability to develop a research proposal and carry out independent research
b. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research skills and methods applicable to a particular field
c. Have gained a mastery of the literature in the chosen topic of research
d. Have gained the ability to critically analyse particular issues in contemporary international law
e. Be capable of advancing their knowledge in their chosen area of focus and thus, be eligible to carry out doctoral research degrees
f. Demonstrate an ability to present and defend the research.
Students possessing a law degree who wish to gain a deeper insight into the various dimensions of international law.
Holders of this degree will have gained a deep insight into a particular area of international law and thus, will be considered as possessing specialised knowledge in the field. Graduates would also have demonstrated their ability to undertake in-depth, analytical research into an issue and will therefore be well-equipped to occupy a number of posts with international components including those in national administrations, international institutions and organisations, NGOs, diplomatic service and in the academic field.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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