Bachelor of Knowledge and Information Management and Social Studies

Bachelor of Knowledge and Information Management and Social Studies

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Knowledge and Information Management and Social Studies
Course code UBKIMSSTFT
Postnominal B.KIM. (Melit.)
Type of qualification/award First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Delivered by Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
Knowledge and Information Management is offered as an honours main area of study together with a subsidiary area of study, or as one of two ordinary main areas of study. Applicants shall be required to indicate the other area of study at the time of applying for admission to the course.

The course consists of two parts:

• Part One (Year 1) to which 60 ECTS credits are assigned, and
• Part Two (Years 2 and 3) to which 120 ECTS credits are assigned.

At the end of Part One of the course, students who obtain an average mark of (a) 65% or better in the Knowledge and Information Management area of study, and (b) 60% or better in all the study units of Part One, will be eligible to proceed to the Honours programme.

In order to be eligible for the award of the Honours degree, students shall be required to successfully complete study-units to which a total of 180 ECTS credits are assigned, of which not less than 132 ECTS credits shall be in Knowledge and Information Management and not less than 36 ECTS credits shall be in the Subsidiary area of study.

In order to be eligible for the award of an Ordinary degree in Knowledge and Information Management and another main area of study, students must obtain credit for study-units to which a total of 180 ECTS credits are assigned, of which not less than 80 ECTS credits shall be obtained in each of the two areas.

Communication and Academic Skills Programme
The communication and academic skills programme complements students’ main course of study. It introduces them to writing and presenting as situated within academic contexts sensitive to specific disciplines and develops their competences for future careers.

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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 2023.

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
This course is designed to develop a number of important competences and skills, including:

• Understanding of and ability to critically analyze and apply major concepts, theories, practices, and diverse contexts of the Library and Information Science (LIS) discipline and the information professions.
• Ability to understand the complexities and connections between concepts and practicalities of information, including what it is, where it is found, how it is used, how it is organized, how it is managed, how it is stored, and how it is preserved.
• Understanding of the important functions, links, similarities, and differences between diverse information professions – from information and knowledge management to librarianship to archival work – and ability to navigate between them.
• Ability to use analogue and digital means for information organization and management.
• Understanding of the educational role of diverse information organizations within formal educational systems and processes, public institutions such as public libraries, and beyond.
• Critically reflect on and respond to changing information contexts and practices, and their associated organizations, systems, platforms, portals, products, collections, and other data-related materials.
• Critically assess, and be aware of, the value of documentary materials for culture, heritage, and memory.
• Critically assess, and help expand, the LIS discipline and information professions through research, communications, publications, etc.
• Capacity to continue engagement with infinite learning, lifelong intellectual growth, and professional development.
Graduates will be well-positioned to provide informed analysis, evaluation, and insight for various organizations aiming to leverage and maximize their knowledge and information assets and possibilities. Graduates are prepared for professional careers as knowledge and information managers, records managers, information policy consultants and researchers, knowledge consultants, information specialists, archivists, curators, and librarians.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the second year of the course.

Students are required to consult the respective department for further guidance vis-à-vis mobility period.
Click here to access a sample Programme of Study for Knowledge and Information Management (Joint Area).
Click here to access a sample Programme of Study for Social Studies (Joint Area).

Last Updated: 12 July 2023

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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