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Frequently Asked Questions related to the Master of Science course offered by the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology.


Q1:   What should I do before applying?

Q2:   What are the requirements needed to be admitted to the Master of Science course?

Q3:   How long is the course?

Q4:   When should I apply for admission to the Master of Science course?

Q5:   What are the items to include in my application for the Master of Science degree?

Q6:   Will I be required to do any taught study-units?

Q7:   Will I be having a supervisor to assist me during my studies?

Q8:   What are the responsibilities of the supervisor?

Q9:   What should I know about the dissertation?

Q10: Can I change the title of my dissertation? (for registered students only)

Q11: Can I change the mode of attendance during the course? (for registered students only)

Q12: What can I do if I cannot complete my dissertation on time? (for registered students only)

Q13: How, what, and when do I submit? (for registered students only)

Q14: What will happen once I submit my dissertation? (for registered students only)

 

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What should I do before applying? [top]

Before applying students are advised to read the regulations that govern the Master of Science. General regulations can be accessed here. Bye-Laws for the Degree of Master of Science can be accessed here. Programmes of studies and guidelines can be accessed here. Please remember that applications should be supported by a proposal (Refer to Guidelines) that must be endorsed by your potential supervisor. If you do not know who may be able to supervise you, please do submit your proposal to Chris Bezzina who will forward it to appropriate academic members of staff.

 

What are the requirements needed to be admitted to the Master of Science course? [top]

To be considered for admissions to this Master of Science one must be in possession of a first degree classified at least second class. The course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

  1. the degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Honours) - B.Sc. I.T. (Hons) - with at least Second Class Honours; or 

  2. the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - B.Eng. (Hons) in an ICT area of study, with at least Second Class Honours; or

  3. the degree of Bachelor of Science Business and Computing - B.Sc. Business and Computing - with at least Category II; or

  4. any other honours degree with a strong I.C.T. component which the Board deems comparable to the qualifications in (1), (2) or (3) of this bye-law.

Applicants for registration under (3) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits, obtained with an average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the course.

 

How long is the course? [top]

The course shall extend over three semesters of full-time study or the equivalent of part-time study.

 

When should I apply for admission to the Master of Science course? [top]

Applications for the Master of Science may be submitted at any time of the year, but enrolments shall be with effect from one of the following dates: 1st October, 1st December, 1st February, 1st April or 1st June.

 

What are the items to include in my application for the Master of Science degree? [top]

All applications for the Master of Science degree shall be approved by the Faculty Board and shall include the following details:-

  1. A provisional title for the dissertation

  2. Research proposal of at least 300 words (Please refer to the proposal guidelines). If the proposal is not in line with the guidelines it may be returned for amendment. If the resubmitted proposal does not satisfy the PG Committee, the application may be rejected.

  3. A recommendation from supervisor and Head of Department (If Head of Department is the supervisor, a signature from a senior member of the department is required). Student should obtain recommendation from intended supervisor. Other recommendations are obtained internally.

  4. Statement on whether the studies will be undertaken on a full-time or a part-time basis (Please refer to the Student's Statement Re: Working Hours)

 

Will I be required to do any taught study-units? [top]

Once a student is accepted to start the Master of Science course, the student is registered for the taught study unit. The taught study-unit/s shall cover 6 credits. Students can be registered for the Seminar or any other study unit/s that the Faculty deems fits. Please refer to programme of studies for more details. The assessment of the taught study-unit/s shall be held by the end of the semester in which the teaching of the study-unit/s is completed. Normally, students are required to register for the Research Methods study-unit).

 

Will I be having a supervisor to assist me during my studies? [top]

Each student shall be assigned a supervisor (and co-supervisor, if appropriate) who shall provide guidance and advice on a regular basis during the period of study. The Faculty shall also appoint a Panel of Supervision for each student to follow the progress of students through the course. Students are required to report to their supervisor at least once every two months and in addition as often as the supervisor deems necessary.

At the end of each semester of studies supervisors shall be required to submit the Progress Report regarding the students under their supervision. Students shall seek approval from the Panel of Supervision for any substantial modification in the title or content of his dissertation.

If the nature/topic of research requires the input of another specialist the Post Graduate subcommittee may appoint a co-supervisor, in which case the two supervisors shall meet the student together to decide how they will divide their responsibility for advice and how future meetings are to be arranged.

 

What are the responsabilities of the supervisor? [top]

Principal Supervisors shall be responsible for providing guidance to students under their care in the following areas:

  1. assisting students to select and elaborate a research problem and to formulate a written proposal for their dissertation;

  2. offering ideas and providing guidance and encouragement on the planning and progress of research, submission of the dissertation, and publication of results;

  3. providing or arranging instruction in research methodology, including use of information technology;

  4. guiding students in acquiring and improving appropriate generic skills, including written and oral communication, numeracy, decision-taking and organisational and management skills;

  5. the students are aware of the manner in which research results are reported and that they understand the implications of plagiarism and other unbecoming academic practices; and

  6. Principal Supervisors and co-supervisors are not responsible for proof-reading dissertations.  Neither is it their responsibility to ensure that dissertations do not contain plagiarised parts.

 

What should I know about the dissertation? [top]

Any student is required to submit an individual dissertation of approximately 45,000 words. Work on the dissertation may be undertaken at any time during the course after approval of the proposal. The dissertation may not be submitted for examination without the approval of the supervisor. Students are to submit five (5) spiral bound copies of their dissertation for examination.

 

Can I change the title of my dissertation? [top]

If the supervisor and student agree that a change of title is required, then student can request a change of title by writing a formal letter to the Post-Graduate sub-committee. Requests to change to titles must normally be submitted at least three months before MSc submission deadline. Changes in titles are normally necessary to make the title more specific. Radical changes in title, indicating that the Masters research is substantially different from the originally accepted proposal, may be rejected.

 

Can I change the mode of attendance during the course? [top]

If the supervisor and student agree to a change of attendance from full-time to part-time or vice versa then the student can apply by writing a formal letter to the Post-Graduate sub-committee. Only the remaining registration period will be converted and requests cannot be backdated. Last minute requests will not be accepted by the Post Graduate sub-committee.

 

What can I do if I cannot complete my dissertation on time? [top]

If the supervisor and student agree then student may apply for an extension of up to six months in order to complete their studies, irrespective of whether one is registered on a full-time or a part-time basis. Any requests have to be submitted at least three months prior to the date of the students' dissertation submission deadline. Last minute requests will not be accepted by the Post Graduate sub-committee.

Students can also apply for a suspension of studies.  Students shall seek the approval from supervisor and provide a good and sufficient reason to suspend their studies. The maximum period of suspension is of twelve months, irrespective of whether student is registered on a full-time or a part-time basis. Last minute requests will not be accepted by the Post Graduate sub-committee.

 

How, what, and when do I submit? [top]

Student should submit the dissertation/thesis in spiral-bound printed form and in electronic format before the deadline. The administrative staff will notify student with the deadline of submission. The dissertation shall be written according to the guidelines. Student submits (5) five spiral bound dissertations/theses to the Faculty Office.

 

What will happen once I submit my dissertation? [top]

The supervisory role of Principal Supervisors and co-supervisors shall cease when the dissertation is submitted for examination.  The role may be re-assumed, on the advice of the Board of Examiners, in order to provide guidance to students whose dissertation is referred back for significant correction pending final acceptance.

Dissertations submitted for the award of a Master’s Degree shall be assessed by a Board of Examiners.

Principal Supervisors and co-supervisors shall not be members of the Board of Examiners but the Principal Supervisor shall be invited to attend as an observer during the oral examination. The Principal Supervisor may contribute if invited to do so by the members of the Board of Examiners but must withdraw prior to the final deliberations of the Board of Examiners.  However, a Board may request special permission from Senate to allow a Principal Supervisor to form part of the Board of Examiners for justified reasons.

After examining the dissertation, the Board of Examiners may approve it unconditionally or subject to correction of minor errors to the satisfaction of the Principal Supervisor and admit the student to an oral examination.

If the Board of Examiners is not satisfied with the quality of the dissertation, it shall not admit the student to an oral examination and shall either:

  1. refer the dissertation back to the student for major revision and resubmission within six months in revised form to the satisfaction of the Board of Examiners; or

  2. not grant permission to resubmit and state that the degree be not awarded.

Students who fail to satisfy the Board of Examiners in the oral examination may be given permission to re-submit the dissertation after making changes as necessary and be re-examined orally within a period of six months. Such permission shall be granted once only.

The Board of Examiners shall require students to defend their dissertation orally before it.  The external examiner need not be present for the oral defence but not less than 3 members of the Board of Examiners shall conduct the oral examination

 

 

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