Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Governance

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Governance

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Course title Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics and Governance
Course code UBAHPGOPTE
Postnominal B.A. (Hons) (Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 5 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator George Vital Zammit
Delivered by Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy
B.A. (Hons) Politics and Governance has two main objectives:

• To contribute to the political formation of citizens who are actively engaged in Maltese public life, through political parties, journalism and the social media, local councils, communities, civil society associations, non-governmental organisations and business associations.

• To reach out to occupational and social groups for whom politics and governance are central concerns, but who have hitherto been under-represented in the programmes on public policy, public management and public policy leadership

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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 admitted under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Applicants admitted in terms of this paragraph shall be in possession of a pass in an English language proficiency test as approved by the University before being admitted to the Course:
provided that applicants in possession of a Secondary Education Certificate pass at Grade 3 or higher in English Language, or a pass at the same standard in a comparable qualification, shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test.

The English Proficiency Test will be held on 3 September 2021. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview, which will be held during the same month. These dates cannot be changed.

Applicants in possession of the Higher Diploma in Political Studies of this University or a comparable qualification in an area related to Politics and/or Governance, or who have obtained ECTS credits for study-units considered by the Board of Studies to be equivalent to those in the programme of study may also be admitted to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board of Studies to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed 90 ECTS credits.

The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 24 August 2021 at 2pm. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2021.

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.

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 4,500
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
By the end of the course, the students will be able to:
• learn about Politics as a discipline i.e. its principal theoretical frameworks and applications, conceptual vocabulary, methods of inquiry, its major sub-fields of study and its inter-relationships with other social science fields.
• comprehend the concepts of political systems (national and international), their history, philosophical, constitutional, and legal foundations, leading political values and ideas.
• assess diverse political systems around the world, institutions, electoral processes, and the changing domestic and global contexts within which they operate.
• analyse the role of political actors in shaping and defining politics, the application of politics in historical and contemporary life and the multifaceted dimension of governance.
• assess current and past political phenomena and apply thinking skills to discern decision-making and diverse political contexts.
• develop a critical perspective of political occurrences.
• identify scientific methods of inquiry and apply them to specific research questions supported by structured methodology and application of theory.
• ability to connect trends and patterns when reading political scenarios.
• participate in class debates and discussions.
• articulate arguments, spoken and written, with a view towards the clear expression of learned opinions.
• This course is intended for those who wish to further their career; those who have a keen interest in politics and governance; aspiring politicians, political activists; Activists on social media, in human rights organisations, environmental and social NGOs, local councils and community leaders; People seeking to work in EU or Public Institutions.

It is also intended for students who aspire for a rewarding career in Politics, Public Sector, Local Governance, and the European Union.
The students will be able to:
• specialise in a variety of disciplines at postgraduate level
• diversify their employment opportunities in the political arena and different public or EU institutions
• acquire additional relevant skills such as facing an audience, interviewing skills and/or note taking.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first or second semester of either the second year or the fourth year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 26 May 2021

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