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The University of Malta is a vibrant university which has chosen student development, research and outreach as its three strategic pillars. Its research profile is underpinned by the contribution of its postgraduate community. The University is publicly funded and is open to all those with the requisite qualifications. 

Research-based doctoral studies at the University of Malta provide students with the opportunity to pursue substantial independent research on their own under the guidance of their supervisors, who are experts in their field of research. Successful doctoral theses must, among other things, display evidence of substantial and original research, lucid and scholarly presentation, and a sound knowledge of the general field within which the thesis falls. 

Applicants who wish to pursue doctoral research at the University of Malta will normally have completed a second cycle Master’s degree programme. Further information about the regulations governing doctoral research at the University of Malta can be found here

Prospective applicants are encouraged to find out which research entity at the University has the right resources and has academic staff that could supervise the research. Making contact with the officer in charge of the research entity is recommended in order to see what information is required before submitting the application. A wide range of research options are available in the various Faculties, Institutes, Centres and Schools at the University. You can find out more about current research initiatives here. If you are not sure who to contact drop us an email with your research interests and we will direct you to the relevant entity/research group/academic staff.  

Applications for Ph.D./D.Mus./S.Th.D. degrees

Applications are accepted at any time of year and are submitted online by pressing on the DOCTORAL DEGREES tab.
You will be required to fill a research proposal form available through the online application. A sample copy of the research proposal form is provided here. [PDF]  

Research proposals are discussed at the level of Faculty/Institute/Centre/School Doctoral Committees and Boards in the first instance, following an interview with the applicant. Recommendations are subsequently made to the Doctoral Academic Committee before final consideration by Senate. During academic year 2018-2019, the Doctoral Academic Committee will meet on the following dates: 16 October 2018, 15 January 2019, 12 March 2019, 30 April 2019, 4 June 2019, and 3 September 2019. 

If accepted, all Doctor of Philosophy candidates are enrolled as Master of Philosophy students with the possibility of transferring to full doctoral status within a minimum of twelve months (full-time) or twenty-four months (part-time). Progression requires submission of written work which will be assessed by an ad hoc board set up specifically for the purpose.   

Enrolment for Ph.D./D.Mus./S.Th.D. students takes place with effect from the first day of the following months: October, December, February, April, June.   

Applications for Professional Doctorates

Applications are to be submitted online by pressing on the POSTGRADUATE DEGREE tab.
Enrolment for Professional Doctorate students takes place with effect from 1 October. 

A note to international students
International students should check whether they satisfy the English language requirements in order to embark on studies at the University of Malta. It is important that all required information is submitted to the International Admissions Office through the online application process and as instructed. Other relevant information for overseas applicants can be found here.  

Last Updated: 2 October 2018

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