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 B.A. (Hons) in Music Studies provides students with the possibility to study music together with another secondary area as subsidiary. All undergraduate B.A. 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 this case, music), in addition to a limited number of credits in the subsidiary area to be taken during the second year. During the three-year study programme, undergraduate students will follow a range of theoretical, historical and practical study-units in music. In their final year, B.A.(Hons) students will also be required to write a dissertation.
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:
Applicants shall be required to 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.
Auditions and interviews for the Music Studies area of study will be held either in July or in September 2020. Applicants whose main training is in musical composition must send their composition sample by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) on dates, which will be communicated in due course. Applicants with a pass at Grade C or better at Intermediate Matriculation Level in Music shall be exempted from both interview and audition.
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, International Relations, Italian, Knowledge and Information Management, Language Technology, Latin, Linguistics, Maltese, Mediterranean 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 International Relations, 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 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)
(c) 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
(d) 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
(e) 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
(f) 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
(g) 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
(h) 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.
(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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
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Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
The B.A.(Hons) in Music Studies provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
(a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding of
1. a broad knowledge in the various areas of music studied, including a detailed grasp of appropriate repertoires, resources and texts, and familiarity with associated concepts and issues, 2. a range of musical concepts about music as perceived globally. 3. how music relates to cognate disciplines in the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences, as appropriate, 4. the position, function and value of music in contemporary society with special attention to its relation to educational, professional, institutional or community perspectives.
(b) Intellectual Development and Skills
1. to demonstrate the acquisition and application of appropriate research skills, 2. to recognise and analyse musical organisation, style, genre or tradition, whether aurally, or by studying a written score, 3. to recognise and identify, by aural acuity, essential components of a musical language, such as mode, metre and sonorities (timbre, texture, instrumentation etc.) and to notate them if and where appropriate, 4. to develop ideas and construct arguments in written form and to evaluate such ideas and arguments critically.
(c) Key / Transferable Skills
1. develop essential transferable skills in computing and information technology, in musical and written communication, and in enquiry and research, 2. communicate effectively, to a professional standard, coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies, 3. develop and pursue creative projects within specified resource constraints of time, space, and/or budget, thus developing problem-solving skills, 4. develop a range of musical skills, but also intellectual and practical skills of reasoning and independent thought, of reflection and self-criticism.
(d) Other Skills relevant to Employability and Personal Development
1. to support creative work with research, appropriate documentation, and conceptual consideration, 2. to comprehend, analyse, and critically interpret texts, policy documents, funding and job applications, as well as being equipped to generate the same, especially but not exclusively in the creative industries, 3. to trace, assess, and synthesise information and data from a range of sources, both primary and secondary, printed, electronic, and other, 4. to use archives, texts, electronic technology, and other knowledge resources.
This programme is aimed at students who want to develop their music skills alongside another subject. The programme provides them with the opportunity to build additional skill sets, work with more than one department and graduate with a truly flexible degree.
A B.A.(Hons) in Music Studies is essential to several career opportunities. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Other career opportunities include jobs in the recording industry, work in cultural management and administration, in the media and entertainment, or in libraries and archives, to mention a few. In addition, a degree in music is sometimes considered as an asset by employers seeking formal certification of professional training in creativity from prospective employees. A B.A.(Hons) in music studies may also lead to postgraduate studies in music, both in Malta and abroad.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 19 August 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.