Diploma in Maltese History in Context

Diploma in Maltese History in Context

Course Title

Diploma in Maltese History in Context

MQF Level


Duration and Credits

4 Semesters


Mode of Study

Part-time Evening

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Through this programme of study, you will come to understand that History is far more than names, dates, rulers and wars. To properly appreciate Maltese history, you need to do so within a strong contextual framework that takes into consideration historical developments as well as historiographical practices. The main aim of this programme is to enable you to gain a deep understanding of the history of Malta. It aims to deliver a very structured programme of learning through which it will build up your knowledge and expertise of History. In the first year of the course, you will have a chronological and methodological accent which will give you 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 into particular aspects of the past.

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ARC1020 The Beginnings: Prehistoric Malta 4 ECTS    
HST1050 Maltese History in Context: An Overview 4 ECTS    
HST1051 Archives in Malta 2 ECTS    
HST1052 Studying History 4 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ARC1021 Ancient Malta: Phoenician, Punic and Roman 4 ECTS    
HST1053 The Maltese Middle Ages 4 ECTS    
HST1054 Hospitaller Malta: The Island of the Knights 4 ECTS    
HST1055 Malta and the Mediterranean in the 19th Century 4 ECTS    

Requirement for regular progression to Year 2: 30ECTS credits

Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
ART1070 Art in Malta from the Late Medieval to the Modern 4 ECTS    
HST1056 Twentieth-century Maltese History in Context 4 ECTS    
HST1057 Stone and Wooden Walls: Military and Naval History 4 ECTS    
HST1058 Maltese Personalities and their Family History 4 ECTS    

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
GEO1011 The Geography of the Maltese Islands: A Geo-Historical Approach 4 ECTS    
HST1059 Cultural Transformation in Postcolonial Malta 4 ECTS    
HST1060 Feminist History - History of Women in Malta 2 ECTS    
HST1061 Jews and Judaism in Malta 4 ECTS    

Requirement for successful completion of Year 2: 30ECTS credits

Requirement for award of Diploma in Maltese History in Context: 60ECTS credits

This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2019 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of the Diploma in Maltese History in Context under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts.

By the end of the course, you will 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;
  • list pivotal moments in modern and contemporary times;
  • identify the importance of military and naval dimensions to wider politico-economic processes; and,
  • illustrate the importance of art and its manifestations.

Non EU Applicants:

Fee per academic year: Eur 4,250

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The Diploma (and the Certificate option) will aim to foster your intellectual, analytical, critical and organisational 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 you to transfer some of your study-units towards a degree in History, or the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, should you decide to persevere with your studies.

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