Master of Science in Metamaterials

Master of Science in Metamaterials

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Course title Master of Science in Metamaterials
Course code PMSCMTMFTR1
Postnominal M.Sc.(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 Joseph Noel Grima
Delivered by Faculty of Science
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 research projects will focus on metamaterials with special emphasis on auxetic materials and structures, negative thermal expansion materials and structures, and other systems which exhibit negative thermo-mechanical behaviour. Depending on the nature of the research project, the course is expected to be of particular interest to students with in science, architecture, medical, civil engineering and/or mechanical engineering.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course or

(b) the Bachelor of Science with Third Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants in possession of a Bachelor of Science with at least Category II in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they shall be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants with a first cycle degree deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants may be conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they may be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than 10 years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted following an interview to ascertain their capability to follow the Course. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration for the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2019.

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.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
Upon completion of the MSc in Metamaterials, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

• Have a sound understanding of the science being metamaterials, particularly thermo-mechanical metamaterials,

• Be proficient in the evaluation of the scientific and technical literature, particularly those relevant to metamaterials,

• Be able to use an advanced approach to design and conduct scientific and research experiments,

• Be able to make use of modelling, simulations and/or characterisation techniques, particularly in the field of materials and structural design and characterisation.

• Be able to successfully use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific software and models

• Be able to propose solutions to scientific problems through application of scientific knowledge and understanding,

• Be able to demonstrate skill in the use of appropriate mathematical, computer modelling and other relevant characterisation methods for solving research and technical problems,

• Be proficient in the analysis, manipulation and interpretation of data, within the contest of the existing corpus of knowledge in the subject,

• Be able to work as a researcher both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, particularly in the field of metamaterials,

• Be able to communicate results and scientific principles effectively in oral and written form with the help of appropriate means,

• Be aware of professional and ethical responsibilities and of research management procedures.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2018/9 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 19 November 2018

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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