Master in Theology (Top-up degree)

Master in Theology (Top-up degree)

Course information

Course title Master in Theology (Top-up degree)
Course code PMTHLPDR1
Postnominal M.Th.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 30
Coordinator Stefan Attard
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
This Programme is a top-up from an S.Th.B. degree to an M.Th. degree. Being research based, it entails the writing and successful submission of either one dissertation of 30 ECTS or three publishable review papers of 10 ECTS each from any one of the Departments of the Faculty of Theology (excluding Philosophy). The research area is chosen from a list of generic themes provided and it is discussed with a tutor who will assist the student in establishing the precise theme and parameters of the topic selected. Through the research conducted, students will be able to demonstrate their ability to analyse and report on a significant independent study or aspect of theology of their own choice. They will have the opportunity to explore a specific area of particular interest and to develop further their skills of individual research, focused analysis, in-depth engagement with a topic, and sustained reflective writing on it.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology with at least Second Class Honours.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 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.

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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 Enrolement Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 5,400
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
• identify the arguments in favour of or against a given topic.
• select the most relevant theological implications for a given discourse.
• adequately explain the major issues at stake concerning a particular theological area.
• critically evaluate the relevance of a specific theological theme in relation to contemporary society.
• educate others as regards the theological significance of pertinent and concrete pastoral issues.
• coordinate study-groups dealing with specific topics in different settings.
• diagnose particular pastoral contexts in order to decide on how to approach them.
• develop strategies to address various issues with academic rigour.
• debate in favour of a particular theological position whilst taking into consideration all other possible interpretations.
This course may be followed by students who have obtained an S.Th.B. degree.
The Programme is designed for candidates who have been or who intend to engage themselves in pastoral ministry, either as ordained or as lay ministers in the Church. It may be used as a springboard for individuals to delve into various fields of social and pastoral care in the Church and non-Governmental organizations.

The Programme enables students to proceed to the PhD programme in the Faculty of Theology.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 15 March 2021

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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.