Master of Arts in Criminology (Preparatory Programme)

Master of Arts in Criminology (Preparatory Programme)

Course information

Course title Master of Arts in Criminology (Preparatory Programme)
Course code UPPMACRIFT
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level NA
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 30 to 60
Coordinator Gordon Sammut
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The aim of this programme is to allow students who do not have the criminological background to acquire the pre-requisites that would allow them to apply criminological thought prior to moving on to a Masters level. The programme is designed predominantly to deliver a serious of study units that cover the advanced themes in criminology and to prepare students for a research based approach required at masters level thus contributing to a richer understanding of criminology.

The programme is focused on encouraging the intellectual development of the student. The programme is predominantly theory based to allow the student to understand the different subject areas that constitute criminology. The student will acquire a wide range though in-depth understanding of the subject areas facilitating idea and thought organisation and application of new knowledge and skills to the real world. It is our vision that the student will endevour to integrate their previous course knowledge with that of criminology in order to provide a unique contribution to the field. This would allow for the progression to a Masters level where students are to to disseminate findings and outcomes derived from their research.


The aims of this programme are to:

• provide students with a general though detailed knowledge and understanding of crime and criminology;

• equip students with a knowledge and understanding of criminological theories and concepts which offer explanations as to why people engage in criminal acts;

• enable students to understand the role of the enforcement agencies, courts, policing and corrections in criminal justice;

• address issues in criminology, particularly the roles of offender-offence dynamics and society’s responses to it;

• provide students with a knowledge and understanding, and capacity to use qualitative and quantitative methods of social research and social investigation;

• teach students how to utilize the appropriate technology in criminology and criminal justice study and research;

• enable students to develop the ability to apply criminology theories, principles and concepts to address “real life” issues and situations in the criminal justice field, and thus the ability to engage in critical thinking/analysis;

• enable students to differentiate between the various research models available and be able to select the most appropriate model that relates to the subject area;

• prepare students for progression to Masters’ courses and Ph.D. programmes.

It is expected that the research programme will not only enrich the student in terms of personal and professional knowledge, skills and intelligence but will also allow the student to transfer this new found knowledge to fellow researchers, professional colleagues and to society in general.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours from this University in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Category II from this University in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board or

(c) a Bachelor degree from another university recognized by Senate comparable to the qualifications indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b).

The admission of applicants shall be made conditional on the result of 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 members.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants not in possession of an Honours degree admitted under paragraphs (b) and (c) (if applicable) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of credits already obtained in an area of study related to Criminology, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

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.

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 4,250
Criminologists strive to understand the W5H of criminal activity: Why, Who, When, Where, What and How. Criminologists seek to understand: why people commit crime, who commits the offence and who are the victims, when and where a crime occurs through a spatio-tempoal dynamic, how they can be dissuaded from engaging in crime, how criminals/delinquents/potential delinquents should be identified, profiled and action taken and how victims of crime could be helped. Therefore Criminology graduates may find employment in the criminal justice system as enforcement officers, policy makers and decision takers, financial and gaming advisors, police officers, correctional officers or probation officers and in other agencies (even care agencies) that deal with criminogenic populations. In addition, students find employment in the private sector (e.g. private policing, security and insurance agencies, digital gaming and cyber security).

This programme gives access to the M.A. in Criminology (by Research) offered by the Department of Criminology. Alternatively, they may opt to further their studies abroad to pursue work and career opportunities.
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.

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