Master of Science (Sustainable Development)

Master of Science (Sustainable Development)

Course information

Course title Master of Science (Sustainable Development)
Course code PMSCSSDFER0
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle Qualification
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Maria Attard
Delivered by Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development
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.

This programme enables researchers to focus on a variety of topics to be studied in depth by pursuing a full-time or part-time second tier masters degree programme based on research. The candidate will need to show evidence that a sound and systematic understanding of the subject has been acquired, and to show a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights relating to the selected field of study. The candidate must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research, particularly but not limited to the ones used in the research.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree in a discipline related to Sustainable Development or in any other area of study which the Board considers as appropriate, obtained in the ten years previous to registration for the Course.

Applicants may be asked to demonstrate competence in those skills required by the nature of the proposed research via an extended interview and the submission of appropriate documentation, provided that where deficiencies are identified applicants shall be required to take specific study-units intended to compensate for the deficit.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than ten years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted provided that they produce sufficient proof of their competence to follow the Course with profit. 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 and not more than 60 credits shall be assigned.

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

Preparatory programmes of study shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

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: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,700
Fee per semester: Eur 1,900

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Candidates fulfilling the requirements of this programme of study will therefore achieve the following learning outcomes:

- through thorough literature reviews the student will be able to demonstrate the importance and relevance of his research to the area of study

- in addition to the above, the student will be required to report on
subject knowledge in his/her dissertation as well as examinations linked to the taught component of this programme of study

- given data sets (geographic and non-geographic, primary or secondary) the student will be able to analyze it, compute statistics and interpret results

- students will be expected to demonstrate key skills such as the
handling of spatial and/or non-spatial data, academic report writing and time management

- students will also be expected to use case studies in their research and model performance, trends and forecasts of particular phenomena, which will then be reported in the dissertation

- develop skills in application or development of technology to support policy-making and strategy, which skills are currently in high demand in the industry

- through the development of research in new and innovative areas of study, students are able to develop intellectually in niche areas and establish I) new areas of research within the Institute II) transfer skills and knowledge to the industry and/or government
Graduates from various subject areas can engage in this study programme. Candidates are advised to read the Research Guidelines published by the Institute as a guide to prepare a research proposal.
Candidates following this programme of study have varied career opportunities due to the interdisciplinary nature of the research undertaken and the skills learned in the course of the studies. Candidates can also engage in a research career by following on with further studies at doctoral level.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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.