Master of Science in Computer Information Systems [Taught and Research (Mainly by Research)]

Master of Science in Computer Information Systems [Taught and Research (Mainly by Research)]

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Course title Master of Science in Computer Information Systems [Taught and Research (Mainly by Research)]
Course code PMSCICISPER8
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Conrad Attard
Delivered by Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
The M.Sc. in Computer Information Systems (CIS) course aims to provide you with scientific rigour whilst exposing you to modern technologies and best practices in Information Technology. The course includes an array of study-units intended to provide the necessary skills to enable you to think strategically while providing the necessary practical and academic foundations to enable you to take up various roles in this dynamic and vibrant industry both locally and abroad. The course focuses on areas of expertise available within the Computer Information Systems department. The vast experience of the academic staff within the department ensures that you can be supported in a vast gamut of research areas, which is representative of the eclectic nature of today’s Information Technology. These credits are logically grouped into streams, allowing you to customize your study experience even further in line with your desired specialisation or background.

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

(a) a Bachelor degree pegged at Level 6 on the Malta Qualifications Framework and obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in ICT or an area with a strong ICT component, or in Engineering,
provided that for the areas of Signal Processing and Machine Learning, or Data Science, applicants may be allowed to present a degree in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a Bachelor degree pegged at Level 6 on the Malta Qualifications Framework classified with Third Class Honours or Category III in the areas outlined in paragraph (a) above, provided that such applicants shall satisfy the Board of Studies that they are in possession of other qualifications, or relevant work experience, obtained following their first cycle degree. The Board of Studies may recommend to the Faculty Admissions Committee that the admission of such applicants may be made conditional on the results of an interview conducted for the purpose or

(c) any other Honours degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours, provided that applicants would have successfully completed at least three individual study-units as directed by the Board, prior to being admitted to the Course.

Interviews, when necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members.

Eligible applicants may register as visiting students for individual study-units and obtain credit for them. Subject to approval by the Board, credits awarded for any such study-units may be transferred to the Course, provided that not more than seven years have elapsed from the successful completion of the study-unit. When credit for more than one study-unit is being transferred to the Course, then the seven years shall commence from the date of the last credit awarded.

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 5,700
Fee per semester: Eur 1,140

Bench fees may apply - Kindly refer to 'Bench Fees Indicative Charges' document available at:

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700

Bench fees may apply - Kindly refer to 'Bench Fees Indicative Charges' document available at:
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Elicit and identify the Information Systems requirements and benefits for an organisation
• Develop and manage large scale Information Systems
• Evaluate new Information Systems technologies, business models, and their implications
• Understand the competitive advantage Information Systems can provide to an organisation
• Recognise where process improvements can be made through Information Systems
• Communicate effectively with management personnel, developers and users of the information systems
The course is intended if you have completed a Bachelor’s degree within an ICT area and are now seeking to pursue a specialisation within this or a related ICT area. You will not be eligible if you are a graduate from non-ICT disciplines. This course shall be offered in areas of study in which the department can offer expert guidance and supervision and subject to the availability of resources.
If you are interested in pursuing a M.Sc. with the Department of Computer Information Systems, then you ought to consult with staff members of the department before submitting your application and research proposal. If required, this process may be coordinated by contacting the Head of Department.
On completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to either pursue a research career in academia, or within other Research and Development establishments, or be well placed to complete for lucrative career opportunities and career growth paths within the ICT industry.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 15 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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