Islands and Small States Studies

Study fully online or blended for a Master by Research or PhD in Islands and Small States Studies.

As of October 2021, the Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI) at the University of Malta is offering a fully online or blended Master by research in Islands and Small States studies (full-time or part-time), as well as a Ph.D. programme.

Access all the details about these opportunities on the Institute's website and on the University’s Course Finder.

This inter-disciplinary postgraduate course relates, among others, to economic, social, environmental and political issues associated with islands and small states. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the ISSI is now offering the opportunity to follow courses online by distance tuition, using secure platforms and dynamic interaction techniques with all academics. You can opt for part-time study if you so wish, which will allow more time for writing your dissertation.

The ISSI is a centre of excellence in teaching and research associated with islands and small states, hosting world renowned scholars and lecturers, and has been offering the highest academic and professional standards for over thirty years. Watch our promotional video and discover the numerous opportunities that studying with us can offer to your career advancement, personal development and networking.

The Maltese Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA), in collaboration with the ISSI, is providing scholarships for students who are nationals of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

As of Academic Year 2021/22, the MFEA will be offering

  1. two annual scholarships for students reading for a full-time Master of Arts (Research on Islands and Small States, and
  2. one scholarship for a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) student.
Selection criteria, among others, include past academic achievement and quality in the research proposal.

Furthermore, the University of Malta offers scholarships for the waiving of tuition fees: access this link for full details. Browse through this website to learn more about entry level requirements.

Deadlines to submit expression of interest is 4 June, for the application is 9 July 2021, however we recommend that you contact us the soonest; we will be happy to discuss your research interests and guide you through the application process.

If you require further information, including guidance for your application or have any questions  about our PhD programme or working careers, write to us: Our team will be happy to assist you!