Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)

Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies)
Course code UBATHLOSN
Postnominal B.A. (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
Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies) (Joint Area)
Stefano Attard
Delivered by Faculty of Theology
Students registering for the course shall be required to indicate their choice of a second Main Area of study to be taken with Theology at the time of applying for admission.

Students for the Theology and Human Studies degree shall be required to register and obtain credits for study-units to which a total of not less than 180 ECTS credits are assigned, of which not less than 94 ECTS credits shall be obtained from the Theology programme of study, not less than 80 ECTS credits from the programme of study of the second Main Ordinary area of study and 6 ECTS credits in optional study-units.


The Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Human Studies programme meets a variety of educational needs through the combination of Theology with a number of areas of humanistic studies. It provides a good base for students wishing to qualify as teachers of Religion at secondary school level (after pursuing studies in a teacher training course).

It is also intended for students who would like to prepare for church or community related work, including work in religious tourism, through the combination of Theology with Sociology, Psychology, Communication Studies, Philosophy, History or a language subject.

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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.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:

Knowledge Understanding
• Understand and accept the Sacred Scripture as God’s revelation throughout the history of the Jewish people in the Old Testament right up to the culmination of revelation in Jesus Christ
• Understand the relationship between philosophical and theological reflection, spiritual growth, and witnessing to faith
• Recognize and appreciate the contribution of the important thinkers on the subject

Application Understanding
• Explain, having examined in detail, Christian beliefs about the Trinitarian God, the Incarnation, and the History of Salvation
• Explore the revelation inherent in the Christian religion
• Investigate the interplay between faith, reason and revelation

Communication Skills
• Communicate theologically-based responses on the Bible and the Teachings of the Church
• Communicate and adapts the Christian message according to the social context
• Explain in detail the major developments that occurred in the Church and in theology as the Church sought to keep the Christian tradition alive throughout the ages
• Express how their beliefs, values, faith and culture shape their actions and attitudes

Judgmental Skills
• Critically analyze different views concerning religious experience
• Examine and questions one’s own spiritual life
• Respond to queries related to faith and belief

Learning Skills
• Acknowledge the inter-relationship between spiritual and human development
• Endorse the richness afforded by multiple perspectives in society, and in Catholic teachings and Tradition

Autonomy and Responsibility
• Express how beliefs, values, faith and culture shape actions and attitudes
• Reflect theologically on the Bible
• Articulate the growth and integration of one’s intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual self.
• Appreciate the value of personal ongoing formation
The Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Human Studies has a flexible structure to meet a variety of educational needs through the combination of theology with a number of areas of humanistic studies.
Holders of this degree may be eligible to register for second-cycle programmes leading to Master’s Degrees.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Theology (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Oriental Studies (Near Eastern Studies) (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 30 September 2019

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.

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