Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations
Course code UBAHIRLFT
Postnominal B.A. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Yasmin Anna Gunilla Khakee
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
The B.A. and B.A.(Hons) are the Faculty’s staple undergraduate degrees. They differ from each other mainly in that the B.A. is spread equally over two areas of study, whereas the B.A.(Hons) focuses on a single area, with a secondary area as subsidiary. All undergraduate students follow two areas of study during the first year, but those who wish and qualify to proceed to the honours track continue with one area of study, in addition to a limited number of credits in the subsidiary area to be taken during the second year. Undergraduates may choose a combination of any two areas of study, with some restriction imposed only by practical time-table requirements. The duration of the degree courses is three years. Honours students write research-based dissertations or long essays in the final stages of their studies. The weighting of the course components in establishing the final grade is biased in favour of the later parts of the course, on the principle that the fairest evaluation of a student is at the point of exit.

The BA (Honours) in International Relations provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse politics at the international level and to work effectively in the field of international relations. It combines in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge of the main aspects of international relations with a grounding in related disciplines, including Economics, History and International Law.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

A pass at Grade C or better at Advanced Level in either History or Economics or Arabic or French or German or Russian or Spanish or a pass in Chinese obtained in the Chinese University/College Entrance Examination (Gaokao).

Applicants are also required to satisfy the special course requirements for the other area of study which may be chosen from the following:

American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Communication Studies, Comparative Religion, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, Dance Studies, Economics, English, European and Global History, Fine Arts, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, History of Art, Italian, Knowledge and Information Management, Language Technology, Latin, Linguistics, Maltese, Mediterranean Studies, Music Studies, Oriental Studies (Arabic), Oriental Studies (Chinese), Oriental Studies (Hebrew), Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies), Philosophy, Psychology, Social Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Theatre Studies and any other area of study recommended by the Board and approved by Senate.

The areas of study offered and the combinations that may and may not be chosen together are available here.

The special course requirements for the above areas are as follows:

(a) for Economics, English, French, German, Italian, Maltese, a pass at Grade C or better at Advanced Matriculation Level, or equivalent, in the subject

(b) for Sociology either as a Main area of study or as a Subsidiary area of study, a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level, or equivalent, in one of the following four subjects: Sociology, Philosophy, Economics, History

(c) for Social Studies either as a Main area of study or as a Subsidiary area of study, a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level, or equivalent, in one of the following four subjects: Sociology, Philosophy, Economics, History

(d) for Spanish and Latin American Studies either as a Main Area of study or as a Subsidiary area of study, a pass at Grade C or better at Advanced Matriculation Level, or equivalent, in Spanish

(e) for Communication Studies either as a Main area of study or as a Subsidiary area of study, a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level in English Language, or its equivalent

(f) for History, and European and Global History either as a Main area of study or as a Subsidiary area of study, a pass at Advanced Matriculation Level, or equivalent, in History

(g) for Fine Arts, applicants are required to submit a portfolio which shall be assessed during an interview held by an interviewing board, which shall be composed of at least three members. Applicants who are unsuccessful in the interview shall not be admitted to the Course.

(h) for Music Studies either as a Main area of study or as a Subsidiary area of study, undertake an interview and an audition, applicants with a pass at Grade C or better at Intermediate Matriculation Level or higher in Music shall be exempt from both the interview and the audition

(i) for Dance Studies, applicants are required to complete an interview and an audition. Applicants are also required to submit a completed medical fitness form. Those applicants who are unable to attend the interview and dance audition in person, may arrange to complete the process through electronic means of communication.

The number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Fine Arts area of study shall be limited to 8 students.

If the number of applicants for the area of Fine Arts, exceeds the number of available places, applicants shall be rank ordered in accordance with the criteria approved by Senate. The University Admissions Board, after seeking the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, shall first consider eligible applicants whose qualifications were obtained in the Matriculation Certificate Examination or from another recognised examining board, if the Faculty Admissions Committee is satisfied that the qualifications presented are comparable in content and equivalent in standard to the Matriculation Certificate Examination in the same subject/s. For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course and pass the interview as stipulated in paragraph (h) of bye-law 5 of the bye-laws for the course, shall be considered first. If vacant places are still available, applicants who satisfy all course requirements after the 31 August and before the 30 September shall be considered to take up the remaining places.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an interview which will be held on a date which will be announced in due course. Once announced, this date cannot be changed. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' is 31 August 2020. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2020.

Applicants may also be required to submit a Learning Portfolio. Further information about the Portfolio will be forwarded to applicants.

At the end of the first year of the Course, students shall be required to choose between the B.A. (Hons) and the B.A. degrees. Students shall be allowed to proceed to the B.A. (Hons) degree (except in the areas of study listed under paragraph (2) of bye-law 3 of the bye-laws for the course) if at the end of the first year of study they obtain a minimum average mark of 65% in the chosen area of study.

Students who obtain the 65% minimum average mark in the area of study chosen for the Honours Course but lack up to 10 credits for any compulsory study-units in this area of study may be allowed to proceed conditionally to Year II of the B.A. (Hons) Course, provided that they successfully complete the failed compulsory unit/s during the following year.

Students who wish to proceed to the B.A. (Hons) course in a successfully completed area of study, but do not possess the necessary average mark of 65% in that area of study (as required by paragraph (1) of bye-law 8 of the bye-laws for the course) may be allowed by the Board to follow the first year programme (without exemptions) in that area in an additional year of study in order to try and obtain the required average mark. This provision may be availed of once only during the Course.

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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
Candidates of the BA (Honours) in International Relations will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

• The main theoretical frameworks through which states and state action on the international arena are analysed.
• The different frameworks through which armed conflict, security, international cooperation and interdependence can be approached.
• The current international system in relation to historical developments.
• Current problems and challenges in international relations.
• In-depth knowledge of international politics within particular regions of interest, including the Mediterranean, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific.
• The links between international politics, economics, and law in theory and practice.

The BA (Honours) in International Relations enables students to develop a range of skills, including:

• The ability to analyse critically foreign policy making and relations between states, international institutions, and non-state actors of various types and the context in which these occur.
• The ability to understand and theoretically contextualize political events at the international level.
• The ability to read and relate analytically complex texts produced both by academic analysts and international actors.
• The ability to write structured, clear, and technically and analytically sound texts pertaining to international relations.
• Confident oral presentation skills and ability to pursue and defend a complex argument.
The course prepares students to enter the increasingly globalised labour market and take up jobs in: the diplomatic service, government ministries, EU institutions, local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, international institutions, media organisations, the armed forces, large corporations, think tanks and research centres.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 3 August 2020

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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.