Through this programme of study students will come to understand that History is far more than names, dates, rulers and wars. History is the study of human beings in time, across time and in various places. It seeks meaning in events and developments, and to understand women and men in their settings in order to make sense of their lives and experiences. It is a cultural subject, besides a political and economic one, which, when studied with an open mind, leads to one's enrichment and a better understanding of the present.
In order to properly appreciate Maltese history, one needs to do so within a strong contextual framework that takes into consideration historical developments as well as historiographical practices. Key international debates such as encounters or clashes of civilization, imperialism and postcolonialism, and much else will be addressed through the Maltese example by placing them in a context of engagements with other countries and cultures.
The main aim of this programme is to enable students to gain a deep understanding of the history of Malta. It aims to deliver a very structured programme of learning through which a student with little or no knowledge of History will be able to build up her/his expertise. The programme of study is structured as follows: the first year will have a chronological and methodological accent, which will give a clear picture of developments and historical debates, while the second year will have more of a thematic accent, through which it will be possible to delve in detail into particular aspects (from art to minorities) that help to enrich one’s understanding of the past.
Students who successfully complete the study-units offered during the first year of the course (30 ECTS credits) would be eligible for a Certificate, or they may proceed onto the next year of the course. At the end of the 2nd Year of the course, students who successfully complete the study-units included in the programme (60 ECTS) will be eligible for the Diploma.
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 as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and experience that would satisfy the Board, through an interview, that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for the Course, together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 1,800 Fee per semester: Eur 450
Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250
Certificate Award (Year 1)
By the end of the first year of the part-time course, students should be able to: • provide an outline account of Maltese history and highlight the archives that are essential to its study; • grasp the basic notions of what studying history entails; • illustrate key developments in Maltese history in prehistoric/ancient times to the Middle Ages; • discuss the significant transformations experienced between the 16th and 19th centuries; • given an example of an edited primary source, be able to briefly explain its dynamics and how one could utilise that data in her/his historical analysis; • synthesize a wide range of knowledge in the forms of essays – either as take-home assignments or exams – that demonstrate the ability to summarise and evaluate such knowledge.
Diploma Award (Year 2)
Further to the outcomes outlined above, students who complete the second year of the course should be able to: • list pivotal moments in modern and contemporary times; • identify the importance of military and naval dimensions to wider politico-economic processes; • illustrate the importance of art and its manifestations; • discuss the role of family history in wider debates; • demonstrate the links between geography and history; • be expected to list at least 4 characteristics that have been key, throughout the centuries, for the historical developments of the Maltese islands; • recognise and relate the diversity and unity that characterise Malta’s past, in order to go beyond the standard interpretations of an imaginary, standard ‘Maltese identity’.
This taught programme of study on Maltese History is intended for students with a flair for enriching learning experiences.
This Diploma (and the Certificate option) will aim to foster intellectual, analytical, critical and organizational skills that will be of value in any future career. While a diploma / certificate cannot be compared to an undergraduate degree, the experience of History graduates in recent years shows that there are many and varied work environments where a proper grounding in History is an asset and much appreciated.
Furthermore, it is envisaged that it may be possible for students of the Diploma to transfer some of their study-units towards a degree in History, or the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, should they decide to persevere with their studies.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 30 September 2020
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.