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.
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, Economics, English, European and Global History, French, Geography, German, Greek, History, History of Art, History of Art with Fine Arts, 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), Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies), 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 History of Art with 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 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.
The number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the History of Art with Fine Arts area of study shall be limited to 8 students.
If the number of applicants for the area of History of Art with 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 2018. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2018.
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 but do not possess the necessary average mark of 65% in the chosen 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 2018.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the first semester of the second year.