The programme of study in Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies) will provide you with an academic perspective on the oriental studies of near Eastern culture. During the course we will broaden your Semitic literary and linguistic horizons through a wide historic spectrum, ranging from Judaism, Hebrew, Islam and Arabic cultures. By instilling a deeper understanding of the history, society and culture of the near Eastern world, you will become more knowledgeable and appreciative of their unique and respective history, along with their traditional literature and language. In your final year, you may have the opportunity to carry out a research-based dissertation of your choice. We also encourage you to participate in our Erasmus+ mobility programme for a more holistic and multicultural academic experience.
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 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, Music Studies, Oriental Studies (Arabic), Oriental Studies (Chinese), Oriental Studies (Hebrew), 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 any of the following subjects: Sociology, Philosophy, Geography, Economics, History, Home Economics and Human Ecology, Information Technology, Marketing, Religious Knowledge, Theatre and Performance
(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
Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an interview, 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 24 August 2021 at 2pm. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2021.
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 12 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 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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
No fees apply
Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
These tuition fees are quoted for indicative purposes only as they are based on the programme of studies of 2018/9.
Upon successfully completing this programme of study, you will be able to:
• Conduct critical academic research based on the subject matter through your acquired and refined faculty for critical thought. • Contribute your invaluable knowledge on your understanding of near Eastern literature and culture to discussions of an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature. • Have a basic or intermediate understanding of near Eastern Semitic languages in the oral, written and auditory mediums of their respective languages. • Recall important historic events and key figures that have contributed to Chinese literature and society. • Understand the contribution of Near Eastern Arabic countries and their current stance in contemporary affairs.
If you have an interest in Semitic countries’ language and literature and are looking to furthering your knowledge on the culture, history and society, then this would be the ideal course for you to enrol in.
As a graduate in this course you will be employable, both locally and internationally, as a translator, writer, researcher, human resources officer, editor, journalist, teacher, social developer, economic and trade relations officer, foreign correspondent, foreign affairs analyst, publisher, librarian, social worker, public cultural educator and as a tourism officer. If you are interested in furthering your education, or are considering an academic profession, then we encourage you to enrol in one of our local postgraduate courses for a honed academic background.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so as long as the students cover the same material done in Malta in that particular semester.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.
Last Updated: 7 December 2021
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.