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Admission

What are the special course requirements for admission?
To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall:
either (a) satisfy the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admission Regulations and be in possession also of passes at Advanced Matriculation Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics and in Physics;
or (b) be in possession of passes in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination at Grade 5 or better in Maltese and English Language, and of either the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in an area deemed by the Board to be relevant to the Course, or the MCAST Diploma in Industrial Electronics.
(2) If applicants are graduates of a university or have other qualifications considered to be sufficient, they may be exempted by the University Admissions Board, on the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, from the whole or part of these special course requirements.
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How can I apply for a course?
Click here to choose your course, and then click on Apply Now button.


What happens if I change my mind after starting a course? Will I be able to change it?

If a student changes his mind he would be able to change the course the following year. He/she would have to write a resignation letter and re-apply to join the new course.


Faculty Structure

Who is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering?
Dr Ing. Andrew Sammut
 

Which departments make up the Faculty of Engineering?

  • Department of Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Department of Systems & Control Engineering

Who is the Head of Department of Electronic Systems Engineering?
Dr Ing. Andrew Sammut

Who is the Head of Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering?
Dr Ing. Pierre Vella

Who is the Head of Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion?
Dr Cedric Caruana Mifsud

Who is the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering?
Prof. Tonio Sant

Who is the Head of Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering?
Dr Ing. Glenn Cassar

Who is the Head of Department of Systems & Control Engineering?
Prof Ing. Kenneth P. Camilleri

When was the Faculty of Engineering set-up?
The origins of the Faculty dates back to a request made in 1960 by the Government of Malta to the then United Nations Special Fund for assistance in promoting engineering studies at various levels.  The request was approved by the Government Council in May 1960 and the Original Plan of Operation was signed on 22 March 1961. 

What level of support would I expect from both tutors and the faculty?
The Engineering faculty is well-known for the intense level of support which it provides to all its students. Students may refer to their tutors if they encounter any difficulties during particular lessons, who will be willing to help.

What profile of tutors should I expect to find with the Faculty of Engineering?
The Faculty has tutors who have a doctorate level of education and others studying to attain a doctorate level.


Student difficulties/queries

How can I find contact information of faculty and department staff?
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How can I contact my course co-coordinator?
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What shall I do if I need more information or if I have difficulties during the course?
Students may refer to their tutors if they encounter any difficulties during particular lessons, who will be willing to help. A number of lecturers also post notes on the VLE for students.

Does the faculty offer tutorials to students who haven't understood a lecture or have difficulties with coursework and assignments?
Yes, students who have any difficulties can ask their course coordinator for a tutorial.


Undergraduate Queries


Which qualifications are required to read an undergraduate Engineering course?
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Which courses do you offer for Engineering undergraduates?
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Can I read an undergraduate course on part-time basis?
No, the undergraduate course is offered on full-time basis only.

How much does an undergraduate course cost?
The undergraduate course is free of charge to students who satisfy the necessary requirements.

Do mature students who apply for an undergraduate Engineering course receive stipend?
Yes mature students receive stipend.

How old do I have to be to apply as a mature student for an undergraduate course?
To apply as a mature student one has to be 23 years old.

Is it possible for an engineering student to go on an Erasmus exchange visit during the semester? When is it the best time to go?
Yes, during the 3rd year.

Is attendance compulsory?
Yes

How many students are there in class?
Approximately 22 students.  (numbers vary from up to 120  in the first and second year) and vary between 10-50 between 3rd year and 4th year.

Are practical laboratory sessions included in the course?
Yes, practical sessions are included in the course.

Are there practical projects I could participate in?
Yes there are both group and individual projects, which are part of the undergraduate degrees. There are also opportunities for participating in extra-curricular projects such as the formula SAE. Click here for more information.

Does the Faculty of Engineering offer any student work placements during their studies?
Although the faculty does not currently offer placements, several students find placements within industry in the summer semesters between 2nd and 3rd year and 3rd year and 4th year.

Would I be given the opportunity for research work in my undergraduate degree?
Undergraduate students can be involved in research in their final year dissertation projects. Click here for more information.
Graduates in engineering can register for a Masters by Research or a PHD.

Are students entitled to a refund for their caution money?
Yes

Can I propose my own ideas for a student project?
Student proposals for final year project titles can be accepted.

Should I choose Electrical or Mechanical Engineering?
Entry requirements are identical and both offer good job opportunities. The choice effectively depends on your preference and your career plans. For further guidance contact the Dean's Office.

Do employers require Electrical or Mechanical Engineering graduates?
Employers require both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering graduates.

Are engineering students given the opportunity to exhibit their work to potential employers?
Yes. The final year projects exhibition is an annual event that serves as a showcase of the practical and academic work carried out by the students during their final year of the B.Eng. degree program. The aim of this exhibition is to give prospective students and the general public, particularly those working in various engineering sectors, an opportunity to view the projects and meet with current students.


Postgraduate Queries


Which qualifications are required to read a postgraduate Engineering course?
Requirements are different according to the course you choose. Click here to see the requirements for each course.

Which courses do you offer for Engineering postgraduates?
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Can I read a postgraduate course on part-time basis?
Yes

How much does a postgraduate course cost?
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Is it possible for an engineering student to go on an Erasmus exchange visit during the semester?
Yes

Is attendance compulsory?
Yes

How many students are there in class?
For the Master of Science in Integrated Product Development an average of 5 students would be expected in any one class.
The Masters by Research includes 2 lecture based units for which around 10 students are registered at any one time.

Are practical laboratory sessions included in the course?
For the Master of Science in Integrated Product Development - no lab sessions.
Masters by Research - most MSc projects in this category are practical and laboratory based.

What is the duration of a Masters by Research?
3 semesters on a full time basis(including summer period) and 6 semesters(excluding summer period) on a part time basis.

What is the duration of a Ph.D?
Full time basis - 3 to 4 years.
Part time basis - 6 to 8 years.


Degree Program


What is a study unit?
A part of a Programme of Study to which a specified number of ECTS credits at an indicated level is assigned, and which is capable of separate assessment. A study-unit may take the form of a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, or practical sessions, field placements, projects, research work, dissertation, private study or a combination of such work, or any other method of teaching.

What is the difference between a compensatable and non-compensatable study unit?
Non-compensatable: this is when a student must obtain at least a 45% to obtain a pass in that study unit.
Compensatable study unit: if a student obtains between 35-45 % in the particular study unit a compensated pass could be granted if the overall performance of the student in that year is at least an overall average of 50 %.

What is the method of assessment of each study unit?
Assessment of study-units may be through coursework, assignments, written or oral examinations, other methods of assessment as approved by Senate, or combinations of these, to each of which a percentage of the final mark shall be assigned. The method of assessment for each study-unit shall be indicated in the detailed description of the study-units that is published in the catalogue of study-units.

What is a credit?
A specific number of credits are awarded following successful completion of each study unit. According to the European Credit Transfer & Accumulation system (ECTS), one credit is assigned to a student after  successful completion of approximately 25 hours of work, which may include between 5 and 7 lectures, seminar work, private study, and including the examination time for the coursework for which the credit is to be awarded. Students require a total of 60 credits in order to progress from one year to another, or during the final year, to be eligible to graduate.

How many units can one re-sit in the September session?
A student can re-sit up to 16 credits.

What happens if I fail from a subject in the first year, and even from the September re-sit?
In this case he can decide to do the re-sit in the second year and if unsuccessful he/she would be given the last chance in the September session. That is, the student is given 4 chances in total.

What happens if I fail several credits?
If a student fails up to 10 credits (conditional) he/she can re-sit them the year after. If the student has failed more than 10 credits he/she would have to repeat the year. If the student has already repeated the year, he/she will be terminated from the course.

What is meant by the following type of study units: 

  • compulsory study unit - a study-unit which must be followed and passed for the purpose of progression or successful completion of the Course.
  • concurrent study unit - two or more study-units which must be followed together during the same semester.
  • elective study unit - a study-unit in a particular Programme of Study which must be chosen from a designated list of study-units
  • optional study unit - a study-unit chosen from all study-units offered by the University
  • pre-requisite study unit - a study-unit which must have been followed in order for a student to be able to follow a subsequent study-unit.

General FAQs

Is there free Wi-Fi in the lecture rooms?
Yes, Wi-Fi is offered in all lecture rooms.

Is it true that students are not allowed to enter the lecture rooms if they arrive late?
This is up to the lecturer's discretion. If students arrive late in a random manner they might not be allowed in the lecture room.

Is parking a problem around the Engineering Faculty?
Parking before 8 o'clock isn't a problem, however it is important to arrive earlier to avoid parking problems.

Why should I study engineering at the University of Malta?

  •  the undergraduate degrees offer a comprehensive range of engineering topics
  • graduates are entitled to a professional warrant in engineering after 2 years work experience
  • our graduates successfully find employment in local and foreign industries and institutions
  • over 30% of our graduates successfully read for a postgraduate degree in local or foreign institutions
  • the Faculty has a close relationship with local industries providing opportunities for student-industry interaction
  • all lectures and course content are in English
  • Malta is a member state of the European Union and is located in the Mediterranean at a cross roads between Europe, Africa  and the Middle East

Can I get a professional warrant after graduating in engineering from the University of Malta?
Yes, after 2 years work experience in a relevant Engineering environment.

Would I be accepted to read for a Masters or a PhD at foreign universities after getting a first degree in engineering from the University of Malta?
Over 30% of our graduates successfully read for a postgraduate degree in local or foreign institutions, and students who opt for studying abroad are consistently successful.

Would I be able to work abroad with a degree in engineering from the University of Malta?
Yes

Are the course unit lectures and exams in English?
Yes, lectures and exams are in English.


Information for International Students


What should International Students do if they require any information?
International students should write to the International Office if they need information on how to apply and the requirements. 

If they are asking about the engineering courses in general they should send an email to engineering@um.edu.mt 

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Last Updated: 11 January 2017

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