Admissions FAQs

  • Are applications only available online?
    Yes
  • How long will it take to fill in and submit the online form?
    It should take around ten minutes to complete the online application form. You can also start an application, save it, and complete it at a later date. An application is only considered 'submitted' when it has been fully filled in and when the application fee has been paid.
  • I am not a Maltese citizen but have been living in Malta for a number of years. Am I considered a 'local' or an 'overseas' applicant?
    It is your qualification type, not your nationality, that determines whether you are a 'local' or an 'overseas' applicant. In this context, the term ‘local' applicant is not and cannot be considered synonymous to ‘EU/EEA' applicant. Applicants are considered ‘local’ if, in support of their application, they present one or more of the following qualifications:
    University of Malta degrees and diplomas
    Matriculation Certificate
    MCAST, MCAST-BTEC Diplomas and MCAST Degrees
    Institute of Tourism Studies Diplomas
    ACCA qualification
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    European Baccalaureate
    City & Guilds Diplomas and
    Certificate in Banking of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
    If you are presenting other qualifications apply as an ‘overseas' applicant, irrespective of your nationality and/or place of residence.
  • When starting an application, should I click on Log In or New User?
    Applicants sitting for MATSEC examination/s in 2019 will be provided with a username and password (displayed bottom right on the MATSEC result sheet). If your password starts with M9, type in the username and password and click on the 'Log In' button.
    If your password does not start with M9 (including MATSEC applicants whose password does not start with M8) click on the 'New User' button. All other applicants, such as those presenting overseas qualifications or adult learners, should also select 'New user'.
  • Can I apply before I receive the 2019 MATSEC results?
    No. Your MATSEC result slip will include a username and password which you must use to log in and start filling in your application form.
  • Last year I submitted an application to follow a course at UM but I was not eligible. Do I have to submit another application in order to be re-considered for admission?
    Yes. If you want to be re-considered for admission you need to submit a fresh application and pay the relevant application fee.
  • What do I do if I receive additional/outstanding results after submission of application?
    Present the results received after the submission of the application form (excluding MATSEC results) to the Admissions and Records Office (Room 113, Administration Building) or scan and send by email.
  • I will be sitting for an examination in the September session. Should I apply before the first deadline?
    Yes. You should apply by the July deadline, indicating that you intend to sit for an examination in September.
  • Is it possible to apply to follow another course at UM if I have not yet completed the one I am currently following?
    Only the courses listed here may be followed concurrently:
    (i) any two courses, if the student’s workload does not exceed 75 ECTS credits per academic year in the case of full-time students or if the student’s workload does not exceed 45 ECTS credits per academic year in the case of part-time students; or
    (ii) the courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Procurator; or
    (iii) the courses leading to the degree of Doctor of Laws and the Diploma of Notary Public.
    You require the approval of Senate for courses not listed above. If you will be following a course, not listed above, by the time the course you are applying for will commence, you should write a letter to Senate requesting permission to follow the courses concurrently.
  • I am in my final year of a course at UM and I would like to pursue further studies at the University. When should I apply?
    If you a registered student at UM and wish to pursue further studies you should apply by the deadlines indicated even if you are still awaiting publication of your final classification.
  • If I select ‘Save and Continue Later’ when filling in my application, where should I click to continue?
    When you wish to continue your application, select the ‘Continue Application’ button and log in using the username and password you had created when you had started your application the first time. If you have started an application and do not have the required information at hand, you are given the option on each page to save the inputted details and continue your application later by selecting 'Save and Continue Later'. Check each page carefully before proceeding to the next as it will not be possible to effect any changes retroactively.
  • Is it mandatory to apply for a second preference?
    No. This is not mandatory. However, UM recommends that you apply for a second preference course. if:
    - you are not sure that you satisfy all the admission requirements for your first preference course
    - you will be sitting for examinations in September and/or will be applying for a revision of paper
    - your first preference is a limited number course. Applicants choosing a limited number course offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences will only be able to change the order of preferences until the 31 August 2019.
    Once the acceptance letter is issued for first the preference course, the application for the second preference course is automatically withdrawn.
    Some courses under the International Collaborative Programmes (ICP) cannot be chosen as a second course preference. For more information regarding such courses contact the ICP Office.
  • Can I apply for a third course preference?
    The online application allows applicants to select two (2) course preferences. You can apply for a third preference only if both the first and second course preferences are limited number courses. In this case, the third course preference is to be indicated in the ‘Additional Notes’ section on the online application form. You cannot choose a course with a limit in number as your third preference.
  • How will I know that the application has been submitted?
    The application is submitted when you pay the application fee. After clicking on the ‘Submit Secure Payment’ button at the end of the payment process, you will receive two confirmation emails:
    1. confirmation of payment of the application fee, and
    2. confirmation of receipt of your application, indicating the course/s and/or area/s of study selected. Read this email carefully to recheck the course/s applied for, to avoid disappointments later on.
    If you do not receive both emails within 24 hours, send an email to the Admissions and Records Office, and include your ID number.
  • Do I need to present the original certificates of all my qualifications when submitting the application?
    No. At application stage send scanned copies of the original certificates via email.
    If you are a local applicant send the scanned copies of relevant qualifications directly related to the course/s you applied for and which are awarded by institutions other than those issued by UM or the MATSEC Board to admissions@um.edu.mt. UM will verify all original certificates after the letters of acceptance have been issued and once the academic year has started.
    If you are an overseas applicant send the scanned copies via email to the address indicated on your acknowledgement email within ten days from submission of your application. Failure to submit such documentation will mean that you are no longer interested in pursuing your application. UM will verify all original certificates of accepted applicants, in the first two weeks of October during the enrolment period.
    In cases where selection of applicants needs to take place, some Faculties may require the submission of certain documents before the selection process gets under way. It is advisable that you check the procedure directly, in good time, with the Faculty offering the course/s you are interested in.
  • I wish to withdraw my application. Will my application fee be refunded?
    Application fees are non-refundable. UM considers refunding the application fee only if the course does not commence due to an insufficient number of qualified applicants.
  • Which subjects do I need in order to satisfy the University’s General Entry Requirements?
    The General Entry Requirements are the Matriculation Certificate and a pass at grade 5 or better in the Secondary Education Certificate examinations in English Language, Maltese and Mathematics. A non-Maltese applicant may be allowed to offer another language as approved by the Admissions Board instead of Maltese. The other language cannot be English, and applicants whose mother tongue is English, shall be required to offer a language other than English instead of Maltese.
    The Matriculation Certificate comprises six subjects and is awarded if students obtain a certain number of points including passes in a language, a science subject and a humanistic subject as well as a pass in a subject entitled ‘Systems of Knowledge’. Two of the six subjects must be at Advanced Level, three others at Intermediate Level and Systems of Knowledge.
    If you pursued your secondary education outside Malta, the University would accept comparable qualifications, provided that the required mix of subjects and levels would is comparable to the Matriculation Certificate.
  • If I am an overseas applicant, do I still have to present a SEC level pass in Maltese to satisfy the General Entry Requirements?
    A non-Maltese applicant may be allowed to offer another language instead of Maltese, as approved by the Admissions Board, provided that it is not English. Applicants whose mother tongue is English shall be required to offer a language other than English, instead of Maltese.
    Applicants who hold dual citizenship, or who become naturalised Maltese citizens, are required to be in possession of a pass in Maltese at SEC level for entry to a course at UM.
    All M.D. applicants who are not in possession of a SEC pass in Maltese at grade 5 or better and are allowed to offer another language instead of Maltese in terms of the Admissions Regulations, 2016, must present a Medical Maltese Proficiency Certificate which is awarded if applicants pass an examination set by UM prior to the commencement of the course.  More details about the Medical Maltese Proficiency Certificate can be found here.
  • I have completed a Certificate/Diploma which gives me access to Higher Education in my home country. Is this qualification accepted by UM?
    The qualifications you present from your home country in support of your application are independently evaluated by UM to assess the comparability against national framework levels.
  • Am I eligible to apply for the Certificate in Foundation Studies course?
    The Certificate in Foundation Studies is a bridging course specifically designed to enable students who have completed their secondary or high school education abroad, and are eligible to join a University course in their country, to qualify for admission to an undergraduate degree course at UM. The Certificate in Foundation Studies is offered only to applicants who have completed their secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc) and are in possession of qualifications allowing access to higher education in the country where such qualifications originate but are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate courses at UM.
  • I have overseas qualifications. Is the recognition and/or comparability certificate issued by the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) binding on UM? 
    The statement issued by MQRIC is taken into consideration but the UM further evaluates the qualifications to determine whether that particular qualification satisfies the entry requirements.

  • How do grades obtained in subjects taken at Advanced Level set by GCE Examining Boards compare to grades obtained in subjects taken at Advanced Matriculation Level set by the MATSEC Board?
    Go to the webpage for full details.
  • How does the European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma compare with the Matriculation Certificate and SEC Requirements for the purpose of admission to the University of Malta?
    Go to the webpage for full details.
  • How does the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma compare with the Matriculation Certificate and SEC Requirements for the purpose of admission to the University of Malta?
    Go to the webpage for full details.
  • I will be submitting an application for a course offered by UM. What documents do I need to send?
    Applicants presenting overseas qualifications will be required to send:
    - Certified copies of your qualifications, including certificates and transcripts in the original language, as well as certified English translations, if necessary. Please bear in mind that, if you are offered a place on your selected course, you will be obliged to present all your original certificates to the International Admissions Office for verification before you can enrol on your course.
    - A Secure English Language Test (SELT) result from one of the University’s approved Examining Boards or a declaration from your local Test Centre confirming when you will be taking such a test. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirement for applicants with international qualifications.
    - A detailed Curriculum Vitae, showing qualifications and work experience gained after leaving secondary school.
    - Any documents that have to be presented for your particular course/s application.
    The documents must be scanned as separate attachments, in jpeg, gif or pdf format only, and sent to the email address specified on the Receipt of Application for Admission email you receive as soon as you successfully submit your online application.
  • I speak English fluently and I think I satisfy UM's English Language requirement. Am I exempted from presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result?
    All applicants who have not studied in Malta, including those who may be considered under the maturity clause, are obliged to satisfy UM's English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels and by the stipulated deadlines. Maltese nationals who completed their secondary education abroad and are presenting overseas qualifications also need to present a SELT result if they are not in possession of a pass in English Language at GCSE/Intermediate/Advanced Level. Certain exemptions may be considered by the Admissions Board if applicants are native English speakers or if they have completed their studies at a university in a country where English is the native language. Find out all about UM's English Language Requirements.
  • I have studied English in my home country. Is this acceptable to satisfy the University's English Language requirement?
    All overseas applicants, including applicants who may be considered under the maturity clause, are obliged to satisfy the University's English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels. The qualifications you present from your home country in support of your application are evaluated to assess the comparability of overseas qualifications against national framework levels. If you are not immediately notified by the International Admissions Office that the certificate/result you acquired in English in your home country is adequate to satisfy the University's English Language requirement, you will be expected to present a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result, from one of the recognised Examining Boards, at the required levels, by the stipulated deadline. Without a valid SELT result, applicants will not be admitted to the course even if all other entry requirements are satisfied.
  • Who offers Secure English Language Tests in Malta?
    A number of the leading Examining Boards have accredited Test Centres around the world, including Malta. Check out their respective websites to find out where the local Test Centres are located. The Malta University Language School (MULS) also organises courses validated by UM and certificates awarded by MULS are acceptable for admission to UM courses.
  • Is the ECDL Certificate comparable to an O level or an A level?
    The ECDL Certificate is rated at Level 3 of the MQF. This means that it is on the same level as a Secondary Education Certificate (SEC), but it does not mean that the ECDL certificate can be used as a replacement for a SEC pass.
    The ECDL Advanced and ECDL Expert Certificate are rated at Level 4 of the MQF on the same level as an Advanced Level Certificate. However this does not imply that candidates can use the ECDL Expert Certificate to satisfy the requirement of an Advanced Level pass.
    UM does not accept ECDL Certificates to satisfy course requirements where a SEC, Intermediate or Advanced Level pass are required.
  • Do all courses require ECDL? 
    When the ECDL Certificate is one of the admission requirements for a particular course, this will be indicated in the course Bye-Laws which can be accessed from the Course Finder facility available at www.um.edu.mt/courses.
  • I hold a pass at Advanced Level in Computer Studies. Am I exempted from presenting an ECDL Certificate?
    No, in this case you are not exempted. The ECDL requirement can only be waived in the case of applicants with a first degree in Computing.
  • What is the ‘maturity (adult learners) clause’? When is it applicable?
    In terms of the Admissions Regulations, the University may consider admitting persons as regular students if they will have reached the age of 23 by the beginning of the course for which they would have applied. Admittance is not based on age only; applicants are normally assessed during an interview and/or other form of assessment to ascertain that their academic background is adequate to follow the selected course with profit.
  • I am applying for a course under the ‘maturity (adult learners) clause’. Should I fill in a special application? 
    No. The online application form is also to be filled in by mature applicants.

  • Do I have to satisfy any requirements to apply under the ‘maturity (adult learners) clause’?
    Applying under the ‘maturity (adult learners) clause’ does not automatically guarantee entry to all courses offered by UM. Different Faculties may lay out different requirements for adult learners, such as attending for a selection interview, sitting for proficiency tests, and/or presenting the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) Certificate. Applicants may also be required to submit a Learning Portfolio. It is best to liaise directly with the Faculty concerned to determine what the requirements would be. Over and above this, all applicants who completed their secondary education overseas would need to present a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result. Adult learners are not exempted from this requirement. Find out more details about SELT.
  • I will be submitting an application to join the course leading to a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (M.D.) in October 2019 but I will be presenting qualifications other than the Matriculation Certificate in support of my application. How will my application be evaluated?
    Applicants for this course are required to satisfy UM’s General Entry Requirements as well as the Special Course Requirements for the M.D. course. Check all details.
    In the case of applicants who pursued their secondary education outside Malta, UM would accept comparable qualifications.
    Check all details for applicants presenting the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the European Baccalaureate Diploma.        
  • I understand that I will need to carry out clinical placements in Maltese state hospitals but I don’t speak Maltese.  Will I cope?
    Clinical placements in Maltese state hospitals are an integral part of the medical programme of studies at UM. After feedback received, to uphold standards and ensure that all medical students are able to communicate adequately with both patients and hospital staff all non-Maltese applicants, who are not in possession of a Secondary Examination Certificate (SEC) pass in Maltese at grade 5 or better, must present a Medical Maltese Proficiency Certificate which is awarded if applicants pass an examination set by the University prior to the commencement of the course. This also applies to Maltese applicants who may be allowed to offer another language instead of Maltese in terms of the Admissions Regulations.
    The Department of Maltese at UM has designed a programme in Medical Maltese for the benefit of applicants who are interested in following the course to help them prepare themselves for the examination. Applicants may opt to register for the course and examination or for the examination only. Applicants who are not successful in the examination will not be admitted to the M.D. course even if all other entry requirements are satisfied.
  • I have already submitted my online application and wish to switch my course preferences. May I do that?
    To change course preferences fill in the `Change of Course Application’ form available at: www.um.edu.mt/coursechange. Once a letter of acceptance is issued for the course of the first preference, the application for the second preference course will be automatically withdrawn.
    Applicants choosing a limited number course offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences will only be able to change the order of their preferences until the 31 August 2019.
    For other courses that are limited in number, it will only be possible to vary the order of preferences before a letter of acceptance is issued.
    Such a request carries an administrative fee (for courses commencing in October 2019):
    EUR 35 if requested between the 25 July (after 14:00 CEST) and 31 August at 14:00 CEST 
    EUR 45 if requested from 31 August (after 14:00 CEST) onwards.
  • I have had a change of heart and wish to choose a different course to the one/ones I had included in my online application. May I do that?
    Such changes will only be possible for certain courses. It will not be possible if the request is related to choosing courses with limited numbers, after the application deadline.
    If you have received the letter of acceptance for your first preference course and want to withdraw from this course in order to be considered for your second preference course, this will not be possible if your second preference course is limited in number as the second preference course will automatically be withdrawn once a letter of acceptance is issued for the course of your first preference.
    A request to change the course/s indicated in your original application can be made by completing the online ‘Change of Course Application’ form available at: www.um.edu.mt/coursechange
    You are advised to click on the information icon found on the form in order to obtain the exact title of the course you want to change.
    Applicants wishing to change the mode of attendance of their course from full-time to part-time and/or vice versa are also required to fill in the online 'Change of Course Application’ form available at: www.um.edu.mt/coursechange.
    Such requests carry an administrative fee:
    For courses commencing in February 2019:
    EUR 35 if requested between 11 January (after 14:00) and 18 January at 14:00 and
    EUR 45 if requested from 18 January after 14:00 onwards.
    For courses commencing in October 2019:
    EUR 35 if requested between the 25 July (after 14:00 CEST) and 31 August at 14:00 CEST and
    EUR 45 if requested from 31 August (after 14:00 CEST) onwards.
  • I am currently following a University course but would like to change to a different course/area.  Can I fill in the ‘Change of course Application’ form?
    No. Students who were already registered in any year of a course in the previous academic year and wish to change their course/area of study are requested to submit a new application.
  • I have paid my application fee and submitted my application. How long will it be before I have news about the progress of my application?
    There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration.
    The time taken to process an application could depend on the following:
    whether the course being applied for is a limited number course (in which case the ranking of eligible applicants takes place in September)
    whether the course is a first cycle or second cycle degree because in case of the latter, more reviewers would need to be involved
    whether an applicant is submitting local or overseas qualifications because in the case of overseas qualifications, comparability needs to be determined; at what stage of the admissions cycle the application is submitted, and so on.
    Because of these reasons, it is not possible to identify with accuracy specific timeframes for reviewing applications. However, the University of Malta remains committed to working within reasonable turnaround times in the interest of its prospective students and to issue letters of acceptance as early as possible.
  • Do I need to present my original certificates once I have been accepted? 
    UM issues letters of acceptance based on the qualifications indicated on your application form. For authentication purposes, you are to present your original certificates to:
    the Faculty, if you have applied as a local applicant,
    the International Admissions Office, if you have applied as an overseas applicant.
  • When will I be able to enrol on my course?
    The enrolment timing differs for students presenting local and overseas qualifications. Students considered as local candidates receive an enrolment email soon after their letter of acceptance is issued, whereas overseas students will only receive their enrolment email once their qualifications have been verified by the International Admissions Office. Enrolment is done online, normally during the first weeks of the academic year.
  • Do I have to submit a Police Conduct Certificate together with my application?
    If you apply for a course that requires the submission of a Police Certificate of Conduct you will need the certificate in hand as certain details available on this certificate are to be included on the application form. The courses that have this requirement are indicated on the list of courses.
  • Where do I obtain the Police Conduct Certificate from?
    The police conduct certificate may be obtained from the Criminal Records Office at the Police General Headquarters in Floriana. Further information is available online.
  • Where and when do I have to submit my Police Conduct Certificate?
    You will be required to submit the original copy of your recent police conduct certificate (issued not more than 6 months before) to the Faculty Officer at the beginning of the academic year.
  • I intend to apply for a scholarship/sponsorship (like ‘Endeavour’) in relation to my application to follow a course with the University of Malta.  Should I apply for the course before I submit the scholarship/sponsorship application form?
    Yes. You need to submit the online application before submitting the scholarship/sponsorship application form as you need the acknowledgement email received on successful submission of the course application.
    If you are applying for scholarships administered by the Scholarships Unit within the Ministry for Education and Employment, you are encouraged to submit the University application at the earliest so that letter of acceptance is issued by the Scholarships Unit's established deadline.
    If you apply for one of these scholarships after submitting the University application form, make sure you inform the Admissions and Records Office by email.
  • I have previously been a UM student and now need to present a transcript to the Scholarships Unit because I have applied for a scholarship. Where do I get this from?
    You can get this from the Admissions and Records Office. To apply for a transcript fill in the online application form available at: http://www.um.edu.mt/registrar/recordsapplication and in the ‘Notes’ section of this form indicate that you have applied for a scholarship. Bear in mind that more time is required by the Office to prepare transcripts for studies completed prior to 2003 as no electronic records were kept at the time. The deadline for submitting the transcript is determined by the Scholarships Unit.
  • Who will inform the Scholarships Unit that I am accepted to follow a course at UM?
    If you are accepted, the Admissions & Records Office will send the letter by hand to the Scholarships Unit by the stipulated deadline. A copy of the letter will be mailed to you.
  • I would like to transfer my studies to UM for one semester/one year. How do I go about it?
    UM considers requests from visiting students as:
    Exchange Students if a formal agreement exists between the home university and UM
    Transfer Students if no formal agreement exists.
    For further information contact the International Office.
  • I am interested in transferring the study-units I have completed at my home university and wish to graduate from UM. Will this request be considered?
    Yes, this request may be considered. First submit the application for the course you wish to join to be able to transfer the study-units from your home university. Your qualifications will be evaluated by the International Admissions Office to ascertain whether you satisfy the entry requirements for the course you selected. UM would need your detailed transcript showing the modules and grades you obtained to ascertain that the modules you followed are comparable in content and level to those offered at UM. In order to graduate from this University, the last 60 ECTS credits of the course must be awarded by UM.
  • Are limited number courses on a first come first served basis?
    No, absolutely not. Applications for limited number courses are considered according to the published selection criteria.
    Applicants choosing a limited number course offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences will only be able to change the order of their preferences until the 31 August 2019. Once a letter of acceptance is issued for the course of the first preference, the application for the second preference course will be automatically withdrawn.

  • I have noticed that apart from tuition fees, a number of postgraduate programmes of study may also charge ‘bench fees’. What are bench fees?
    Bench fees cover the cost of consumable materials, as well as the use of facilities and specialised equipment which may not be available at UM (refer to Legal Notice 258 of 2009). Bench fees are established on a case by case basis.
  • What is a semester? 
    An academic year consists of two semesters, each incorporating 14 weeks of teaching, two weeks of recess, and examination periods of two weeks and of four weeks at the end of the first and the second semester respectively. Some postgraduate Master's programmes include a third semester which runs from June to October.
  • What are ECTS credits? 
    The allocation of credits to study-units forming part of a Programme of Study follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) proposed by the European Commission. ECTS credits reflect the quantity of work each study-unit requires in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of academic study, that is, lectures, practical work, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, private study in the library or at home and examinations or other assessment activities.  ECTS credits are a numerical value (between 1 and 60) allocated to study-units to describe the student workload required to complete them. For the purpose of calculating equivalence 2 UK credits are equivalent to 1 ECTS credit.
  • What type of Masters Programmes are offered at UM?
    Master’s programmes can have both taught and research components. The research element of a Mainly by Research programme significantly outweighs the taught element, whereas Mainly Taught programmes have a significant taught component. Taught and Research programmes would have an equal amount of taught and research elements.
    Applications for most Master's degrees mainly by research may be submitted at any time of the year. Enrolment for such degrees takes place on 1 October, 1 December, 1 February, 1 April and 1 June. When submitting an online application, indicate the month when they intend to start the course in the free text section. Read all details regarding possible entry points.

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For you to note

The information contained herein is intended for guidance purposes only and is a reflection of UM's Admissions Regulations, Course regulations and bye-laws and approved administrative practices in force at the time. However, for the purposes of interpretation of this information, said Regulations and Bye-Laws shall prevail. 

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