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3. Programme Information

A.    When does the course start?

The programme starts in October and the dissertation is submitted in the following September.

B.    How long is the programme and what are term dates?

The programme is 12 months full-time and 24 months part-time. The first semester runs from 1st October to end of January, the second semester runs from February to June while the summer semester is from June to September.

C.    How many study-units do I need to take?

The study-units must be equivalent to 90 ECTS.

D.    What are European Credit Transfer System or ECTS?

The allocation of credit 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 are a numerical value (between 1 and 60) allocated to study-units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They 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 is thus based on a full student workload and not limited to contact hours only. In the ECTS system, 60 credits represent the workload of one academic year of study.

E.    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. The summer semester is used for dissertation purposes.

D.    How can I get a time-table?

For time-tables please click here.

E.    Where are the seminars held?

Seminars are normally held at the Msida campus at 15:00 though exigencies can require different timings.

G.    Can I study part-time?

Yes, as a part-timer you would have 50% of the load in Year 1 and 50% in Year 2 following by a dissertation in the last summer semester.

H.    Can I study by distance learning?

No, the programme requires active class participation.

I.    How am I graded?

A distinction is obtained by a weighted average of 80% or over, a merit is obtained by a weighted average of 70-79% while a pass weighted average of 50-69%.

J.    When will I graduate?

Graduation ceremonies take place in November/early December.

K.    What are the job opportunities I get after graduation?

The LL.M. helps students enhance their abilities to think critically, analyse legal arguments, articulate ideas, do research efficiently, and write effectively. This serves to prepare them for professional careers or further studies at a doctoral level.  It gives them a prestigious extra qualification that helps the holder to stand among the crowd. Hence one would be able to compete for jobs with national/international law firms, the private sector and national and European civil service.

L.    Will I get student accommodation in Malta?

The University offers student accommodation. For more information please click here.

M.    How do I contact the international office of the University of Malta?

For further information please click here.
Last Updated: 4 December 2017

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