Master of Arts in Geography

Master of Arts in Geography

Course Title

Master of Arts in Geography

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

3 Semesters


Mode of Study

Full-time (by Research)

Information for International applicants

Applicants must be in possession of a first cycle degree obtained from this University, or from any other higher education institution approved by Senate for this purpose, and satisfy also the Special Course Requirements and any other conditions included in the Notes section, if applicable

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  1. the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or/li>
  2. the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 55% in that area or
  3. a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b) above. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Supplementary and Preparatory Programme

  1. the Board may require applicants admitted under paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) to follow and pass supplementary study-units and/li>
  2. applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class Honours or Category III shall be required to complete a preparatory programme.

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This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The M.A. by research in Geography offers you the unique possibility to investigate any valid hypothesis of your choosing in one of the vastest fields of science. Questions you may posit may deal with environmental issues, gender and race, urban development, economies, social and spatial theory, and even the Earth's physical makeup. You will be tasked with researching and writing on the topic of your choosing and you will be trained, by extension, to develop proficiency within a broad scope of topical issues within the field, whether that be environmental policy and planning, or social justice and sustainability.

Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
GEO5000 Directed Studies in Geography 5 ECTS    
GEO5099* Dissertation 80 ECTS    

* Work on the dissertation is expected to start in semester 1 of academic year 2023-24 and continue up to the end of semester 1 of academic year 2024-25.
Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ATS5201 Methods of Research 5 ECTS    


This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2021 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of the degree of Master of Arts - M.A. - under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Write and publish academic works of high-standard involving the field of geography
  • Learn how to make use of archival resources and to write academically about the field
  • Collect data for research analysis and apply sources and references to strengthen your writing
  • Cultivate a critical understanding of a research process, including fieldwork.

Non EU Applicants:

Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 10,800 - Yr 2: NIL

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As a holder of the MA in Geography (by Research), you will be able to enter a career depending on the area of research that you will undertake, and which you will have based your dissertation on. Careers may include environmental consultancy, conservation officer, teaching, politics or non-profit organisations, and cartography.

If you would like to enter a career in academia and research, and would like to further your studies, then you may opt to enrol in a doctorate programme offered at the University of Malta, or at a foreign university abroad.

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