Master of Science in Microelectronics and Microsystems [Taught and Research (Mainly Taught)]

Master of Science in Microelectronics and Microsystems [Taught and Research (Mainly Taught)]

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Course title Master of Science in Microelectronics and Microsystems [Taught and Research (Mainly Taught)]
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 Owen Casha
Delivered by Faculty of Information and Communication Technology
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 M. Sc. aims to allow you to further your knowledge in the areas of expertise with additional focus on fostering research and development of new ideas in these areas. The M.Sc. seeks to give an understanding of the theory and the current research status of various areas in the particular course being followed. Through a selection of advanced elective topics, you will be able to select the areas of greatest interest leading to the M. Sc. Dissertation. As a successful student, you can move into a doctoral research degree.

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

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Honours) - B.Sc. I.T. (Hons) - with at least Second Class Honours or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information and Communication Technology - B.Sc. (Hons) I.C.T. - with at least Second Class Honours or

(c) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing Science or in Computer Engineering - B.Sc. (Hons) - with at least Second Class Honours or

(d) the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - B.Eng.(Hons) - with at least Second Class Honours in a suitable area of study or

(e) any other Honours degree with a strong ICT component which the Board deems comparable to the qualifications indicated in (a), (b), (c) or (d) or

(f) a Third Class Honours degree in an ICT related area of study together with a professional qualification/s or experience as evidenced by a substantial portfolio of recent works, deemed by the University Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Faculty Admissions Committee, to satisfy in full the admission requirements of the Course or

(g) 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.

The admission of applicants under paragraph (f) may be made conditional on the results of an interview conducted for the purpose.

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

Eligible applicants in terms of paragraphs (a) to (f) may register as visiting students for individual study-units, as directed by the Board, and obtain credit for them. Should applicants be accepted to join the Course within 5 years from following the first study-unit, the Board may allow the transfer of credits to the student’s academic record for the Course in lieu of comparable units in the current programme for the Degree.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

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

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

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

• an understanding of the mathematical basis as well as a comparison of techniques currently in use.
• familiarity with software and use of equipment that is currently available for research, enabling you to develop and publish using the same standards and same environment as other students abroad.
• current standards in use and those nearing finalisation to enable the students to be in a position of making adequate decisions when they are in the industry.
• an appreciation of research methods necessary to publish in these areas, enabling students to follow research as a professional job.
This course is intended for you if you would like to learn more and enter a career in microelectronic and microsystems.
As a M.Sc. graduate, you will possess the relevant ICT knowledge as well as the postgraduate maturity to successfully apply the newly acquired expertise in analogue, digital, and high-frequency microelectronics to new situations. You are expected to be a leader in the microelectronics and manufacturing industry. Moreover, together with an undergraduate programme in an engineering or computer science related field and two years working experience under a professional engineer, this programme makes you eligible to the Maltese Engineering Warrant.

This degree enables also further studies leading to a doctorate, as well as the opportunities that exist to join large research teams in the industry, abroad.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 8 November 2021

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