Bachelor of Humanities

Bachelor of Humanities

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Course information

Course title Bachelor of Humanities
Course code UBHUMFT
Postnominal B.Hums.(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 Keith Paul Sciberras
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
This programme of study is also offered on a 6 year part-time day basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The concept behind the Bachelor of Humanities degree is that students are free to build their own undergraduate programme by registering for any study-units (time-table permitting) from any area of study which they consider most suitable for their academic interest, career plans, etc. This course makes it possible for students to venture outside the confines of the Faculty of Arts’ areas of study and, within limits, explore knowledge from other disciplines.

The Bachelor of Humanities is different from the B.A. degree in that,

• There is no restriction as to the number of areas of study from which students might choose study-units to register for.

• There is no distinction between compulsory, elective, and optional study-units.

• Students may be allowed to register for up to 72 credits (40% of the course) in any one area of study. They may also be allowed to register for up to 45 credits (25%) in any other areas.

• There are no synoptic examinations.

• The results of all years carry equal weight in the working of the final classification.

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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 that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three persons.

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, dates 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.

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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
Since the Bachelor of Humanities covers a vast array of cultures, periods, and disciplines, it will enable students to develop an interdisciplinary appreciation of the Humanities. Students will be able to locate the topics they are concentrating on not only within a precise historical and cultural context but also as part of a complex and highly fascinating web of interdisciplinary relationships.

As they cross boundaries which traditionally have often set apart one area of study from another, students will be able to draw insights from related disciplines which will allow them to discuss the evolution of cultural movements. Students will be able to perceive links between a rich variety of areas of study within the definition of the humanities; conversely, they will also become critically aware of conflicting voices, schools of thought, and methodological procedures which will enrich their analysis of the arts.

By learning how to conceptualize and formally articulate links between texts from a wide range of cultures, periods, and subjects, students will be able to draw on their improved skills of argument and analysis when critically engaging with challenging topics and significant debates from both the past and the present.

Students will also have a unique opportunity, thanks to the facility to delve into areas of study outside the strict boundaries of the humanities, to seek personalized learning outcomes according to their individual learning objectives.
• Persons in search of specific skills and knowledge they wish to acquire in connection with their actual or projected careers.

• Persons who wish to broaden their cultural education.
Due to its highly flexible nature, the degree will strongly urge students to embark on their own exploration of the humanities and to fashion their individual course according to their specific interests. Consequently, the degree will enable students to deepen their knowledge of certain areas of their own choice while giving them the opportunity to cultivate a general literacy in the humanities. This is a much sought-after quality by prospective employers in the workplace.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 11 June 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.