Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (Law and Regulation)

Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (Law and Regulation)

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Course title Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (Law and Regulation)
Postnominal M.Sc. (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Joshua Ellul
Delivered by Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies
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 course is attractive if you have an undergraduate first degree in Law. The programme provides for an introduction to the various Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) disciplines to all students coming from the different streams, and provides advanced units within your specific stream.

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) have the potential to change many applications and services. Programmers require knowledge of regulatory and legal frameworks within which smart contracts are being proposed, and lawyers would be required to understand obligations laid out within smart contracts. Software developers writing smart contracts and financial systems also require an understanding of the financial and business models which they are translating into code.

The programme provides an interdisciplinary view of Blockchain and DLT, as well as specialisation within either an ICT, Law or Business area. The programme consists of three main components:
(i) multi-disciplinary introductory units.
(ii) advanced specialisation units.
(iii) a research project.
Depending upon the individual study-units, delivery will include intensive weeks, weekly or bi-weekly lectures as required.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in the areas of Business, Economics, Finance, Law, Management, Information Technology, or in any other area which the Board deems appropriate.

Applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University with Third Class Honours or Category III in the disciplines highlighted above may apply if they are also in possession of other qualifications or have at least five years of relevant work experience, obtained following the first cycle degree. The admission of applicants under this paragraph may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate.

Eligible applicants may register as visiting students for individual study-units and obtain credit for them. Should they be accepted to join the Course within seven years from following the first study-unit, the Board may allow the transfer of these credits to the student’s academic record for the Course.

Further details on scholarships are available here.

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 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 2,500

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 2,500
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

- describe the multi-disciplinary area and how the various areas compliment and integrate together
- compare, contrast and analyse academic material in relation to your chosen specialisation
- present an in-depth description of your specialisation with particular emphasis on the subject matter pertaining to their advanced elective units
- demonstrate acquired expertise, rationale behind a hypothesis and originality of proposed work, and scientifically defend a proposed approach
- demonstrate the ability to critique, and present applications of research in the field as presented through academic material published in peer reviewed venues

Many of these skills are industry relevant and increase the student's employability.
The programme is primarily intended if you are a student coming from a Law related background and with a first degree or an equivalent professional qualification in your area of specialisation. However, if you are not in possession of such a qualification, but can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that your background, qualifications and experience equips you to follow the degree programme, then you may still apply.
This M.Sc. programme will be of interest if you would like to work in the Blockchain/DLT industry.

If you are a successful graduate, then you would be able to further pursue a PhD in the area.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 13 April 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.