MA in Global Maritime Archaeology

The MA in Maritime Archaeology is intended to expose students to a broad range of facets that fall within this discipline. Students will be able to start and develop their careers in the field of archaeology with special emphasis on the maritime and underwater sub-disciplines of the subject. Furthermore, students may use the skill garnered from this robust course to pursue careers that are not related to archaeology. Skills-sets acquired throughout the one year duration of this programme are multi-dimensional, flexible and most importantly, desirable to stakeholders and employers. The Master's programme in Global Marine Archaeology is an accelerated, 12-month programme commencing in October 2019.


 Underwater pictures of archaeological divers


The University of Malta is ideally situated to host such a Programme

  • The strategic location of the Islands in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Given Malta’s location a number of central Mediterranean countries and neighbouring islands can be  reached easily and relatively cheaply.
  • English is one of two official state languages.
  • The Republic of Malta is a fully fledged member of the European Union – thus enjoying full political, cultural and economic benefits of this entity.
  • The Islands also enjoy good relations with its North African neighbours.
  • The Islands are politically stable with a relatively low crime rate.
  • The Islands have a rich past with archaeological/historical remains that range from late Neolithic structures of World Heritage fame, to fortifications built by the Knights of St John.
  • Malta’s waters have a large depositary of (largely unexplored) archival documents related to the naval and commercial activity datable to the Knights of St John as to the British period.
  • It has an important maritime history linked to some of the most important sea powers with material remains that include historic dockyards, warehouse complexes,ports and quays.
  • Due to its size, the above mentioned sites are within a short distance from the University campus.
  • The continued existence of long-standing maritime customs such as wooden boatbuilding, traditional fishing and salt harvesting.
  • The University of Malta enjoys international collaborations offering excellent fieldwork and research opportunities.
  • The University of Malta has formal collaborative agreements with institutions involved in the field of maritime archaeology.

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