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M.A. Mediterranean Studies

COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies









Second Cycle

Level 7

3 Semesters

Full-time (by Research)


Jean-Paul Baldacchino

This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar's website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

The Master of Arts in Mediterranean Studies (by research) is a transdisciplinary, research-led programme of studies in the rapidly growing field of Mediterranean Studies. The programme is based on research in specific, carefully chosen areas of study pertaining to the contemporary and historic Mediterranean region, its geo-political zones of activity, its social, cultural and economic diversity and its ongoing political challenges and humanitarian concerns. Research projects of a comparative and cross-disciplinary character are encouraged.

In the course of their activity, our students undertake research and field inquiry based on a sound training in critical approaches to past and present issues shaping and affecting the Mediterranean region, and its place in the world. The programme creates an ideal environment for students to interact, debate and contribute to the enhancement of knowledge in key areas of trans-regional Mediterranean Studies.

The research programme values a hands-on approach. Students will join an established scholarly research community with strong international networks. The Institute provides supervisions for research in the following Key Research Areas:

• Democratisation, Displacement and Development: Politics and Social Change in the Mediterranean

• Body, Health and food: Paradigms of Sensuality in the Mediterranean

• Belief, Identity and Exchange: Unity and Difference in the Mediterranean

• Space, Narrative and Memory: Postcoloniality and Representation in the Mediterranean

Our students benefit from the Institute’s signature Research Strategy, together with the Institute’s regular stream of scholarly activity that includes academic conferences, seminars, workshops, round tables and other events of a public-outreach nature.
LEARNING OUTCOMES • Master and inquire into the critical, theoretical, historiographic and other literature pertaining to the current and historical Mediterranean and to the field of Mediterranean Studies

• Acquire a sound knowledge and ability to apply research methodology and specialised reading practices in the area of Mediterranean Studies

• Successfully engage in trans-disciplinary approaches and comparative exercises with a view to utilising these in life-skills, employment, early-career or further research contexts

• Be in a position to critically engage the region’s rapidly evolving geo-political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other contexts as they arise

• Demonstrate a sound knowledge of critical issues and urgencies affecting the contemporary Mediterranean including their beginnings in the region’s specific past and present contexts

• Apply any field research, specific projects of inquiry and critical readings to the urgencies, realities and contingencies affecting the region, with a view to contributing to future-gazing the possibilities for development of knowledge in the specific area of competence addressed by the respective project

• Be able to place their own research project within, and associate it with, the broader trans-national contexts and cross-cultural inflections that characterise the Mediterranean region

• Be able to infer sound trans-historical, diachronic and synchronic analytical perspectives within their specific framework of research in the Mediterranean

• Be able to construct interrogative, high-powered perspectives and to build intellectual capital with a view to achieving impact and translate one’s research into a broader public engagement and international dissemination of acquired knowledge

• Accrue sufficient momentum towards possible further and doctoral research in Mediterranean Studies, with a view to contributing to the Institute’s developing research in the field

• Identify and where appropriate, be able to offer cutting-edge analysis, engage in opinion-making and formulate agenda-setting ideas and creative ways forward for the problematics examined in the course of the research.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The MA (Med Studies) degree programme offers an exciting qualification in a rapidly expanding area of knowledge, in increasing demand by employment sectors in the political field, non-governmental organisations, diplomacy, European Union institutions, journalism, environmental politics and activism and further afield.
COURSE INTENDED FOR • Students with a keen critical eye and an aptitude for understanding and gaining expertise in the issues, challenges, concerns, and histories of the Mediterranean.

• Students with a broad intellectual grasp and an interest for interdisciplinary inquiry.

• Students in possession of undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas covered by the social sciences, the humanities and further afield are encouraged to apply.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in an area of study which the Board deems to be relevant to the proposed area of study,
provided that applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class (Honours) shall satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience obtained following the first cycle degree.

The admission of applicants may be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three members, appointed by the Board for the purpose.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 17 January 2018
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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Forthcoming Seminar: 'The Malta-Scicli Connection in Early Modernity'
The next seminar 'The Malta-Scicli Connection in Early Modernity' by Dr Ivan Grech is to be held on Tuesday 30th January at 6.00pm at the Mediterranean Institute farmhouse.
Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean - An Interdisciplinary Conference
This conference will be held at the University of Malta on the 20 - 21 March 2018.
Next Seminar Series
Our first speaker on the Mediterranean Institute Seminar Series is Dr Jean-Paul Baldacchino, Head of the Department of Anthropological Sciences and Director of the Mediterranean Institute - University of Malta. The Seminar entitled "Cultural Hybridity and the Mediterranean? Neapolitan Music and Renato Carosone" is going to be held on the 23 November at 18.00 hrs in the Mediterranean Institute Farmhouse.
Next Seminar
The next seminar entitled 'Stressful life events, health and well-being: historical and cultural perspectives' by Professor Mark Jackson (University of Exeter) is going to be held on 27th October 2016 at 17:30hrs at the Mediterranean Institute (Razzett tal-Hursun) University of Malta.
Beauty and the Hospital in History: Call for Papers

The eleventh conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals is going to be held 6th - 8th April 2017.

MediterrAsians - Affinities in Society, Geography, History, Culture
This conference is going to be held on 16 February 2017.
Public Seminar - Caribbean Radicals, a new Italian Saint, and a Feminist Challenge
This public seminar is going to be held on Tuesday 9 February at 17.30 at the Mediterranean Institute Farmhouse. Lecturer: Professor Marcel van der Linden (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam). 
Public Seminar
Professor Eric Dursteler ( Brigham Young University) will be delivering a lecture entitled 'Of Women Learned in the Tongues': Gender and Language in the Early Modern Mediterranean on Thursday 19th November at 12.00 hrs at the Mediterranean Institute farmhouse, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta. 
Public Seminar - The Local and the Global: Malta, Media and Empire in the Mediterranean World, 1920s-1960s
This public seminar is going to be held next Thursday 22 October at 17.30 at the Mediterranean Institute Farmhouse. Lecturer: Dr Chandrika Kaul (Faculty of Modern History, University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Supervision for M.A./Ph.D research
The Mediterranean Institute is providing trans-disciplinary supervision for Masters of Arts and Doctoral research...
2016 International Mediterranean Conference
"Transnational imaginaries: the Mediterranean past and presence" - The fourth conference in the series organised by the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies and the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta will be held on the 27-28 January 2015. Further information available here.
Public Seminar - Transhipments of Slaves: Relations between Malta and the British Consuls in the late 19th century.
Dr Michael Refalo will be delivering this public seminar on 12th May 2015 at 17.30 hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta, Msida.
Registration Open for the Mediterranean Fractures International Symposium
Online registration for the forthcoming Mediterranean Fractures international symposium, hosted by the Mediterranean Institute in collaboration with the University of Kent and the Associazione Italiana di Studi sulle Culture e Letterature di Lingua Inglese (AISCLI), is now open. The registration portal and conference website can be accessed here:
Public Seminar - Re-Igniting Passion on Issues of Development: Active learning and learning by doing in Global Development Issue.
Dr Alex Apostolides (European University of Cyprus) will be delivering this public seminar on 29 April 2015 at 17.00hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun, University of Malta.
Public Seminar: British Labour and Britain's Mediterranean Empire. The case of Malta.
Prof. Andrew Thorpe (University of Exeter) will be delivering this public seminar on 23rd April 2015 at 1730hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta. 
Public Seminar: Necessity and Choice, Tradition and Invention (17 Mar.)
Prof. Carmel Cassar will be delivering a public seminar entitled 'Necessity and Choice, Tradition and Invention. The making of Mediterranean Diet' on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at 1730hrs. Venue: Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta.
Academic Oration by Prof. J. Chircop
To have access to the Academic Oration delivered by Prof. John Chircop on Monday 1st December 2014 please click here.
Research Projects

The Mediterranean Institute has launched the following three trans-disciplinary research projects as part of its research strategy for the next three years. Academics and independent scholars who are interested in contributing to any one of these research teams should contact the principal coordinator of this research programme: Prof John Chircop.  

The research themes are: Development and Underdevelopment in the Mediterranean; Water; Thalassic Imaginaries - the Narratives of Sea Communities. For further details please click here.

Call for Papers
Call for Papers for the international conference: Intercultural Hybridity in Mediterranean Civilizations

Public Seminar: Sicilian Symmetrical Identity (19 Feb)
The next seminar entitled 'Sicilian Symmetrical Identity: between the Mediterranean and the European Continent' is going to be delivered by Prof. Jung Ha Kim of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea on 19 February 2015 at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Ħursun, University of Malta at 1730 hrs.
Mediterranean under Quarantine Programme and Abstracts
For the Programme please click here. To access the Abstract please click here.
Thalassic Imaginaries Conference
Thalassic Imaginaries: the Mediterranean Sea in Language, Art and Other forms of representation is going to be held on the 23 and 24 of January 2015 at the Mediterranean Institute, Ir-Razzett tal-Hursun - University of Malta. For the programme please click here.

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