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Microsoft Word - MA-MHS-BL-2009.docLegal Notice 114 of 2009 ­ Malta Government Gazette No. 18,404 ­ 17 April 2009

Microsoft Word - MA-MHS-BL-2009.docEDUCATION ACT (CAP. 327)

Bye-Laws of 2009 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the Degree of Master of Arts in Mediterranean Historical Studies under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts

IN exercise of the powers conferred upon him by sections 74 (5) and 75 (6) of the Education Act (Cap. 327), the Chancellor of the University of Malta has promulgated the following bye-laws made by the Board of the Faculty of Arts in virtue of the powers conferred upon it by Section 81(1) of the said Act and which have been approved by the Senate of the University of Malta as required by Section 81(2) of the said Act:

Citation and Interpretation

1. (1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Bye-Laws of 2009 in terms of the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008 for the degree of Master of Arts in Mediterranean Historical Studies under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts.

(2) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires ­

"the Board" means the Board of the Faculty of Arts;

"the Course" means the programme of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Mediterranean Historical Studies;

"the Degree" means the degree of Master of Arts in Mediterranean Historical Studies;

"the Postgraduate Diploma" means the Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant area of study; and

"the Principal Regulations" means the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2008.

Applicability

2. These bye-laws shall be applicable for courses commencing in October 2008 or later.

Requirements for Admission

3. (1) To be admitted to the Course, applicants shall be in possession of a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board.

(2) Applicants in possession of a degree, in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board, together with other qualifications, including experience or proven active interest in the subject may also be accepted if, following an interview, the Board is satisfied that they have the necessary qualifications to follow the Course with profit.

Course Duration

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

Programme of Study

5. (1) The programme of study shall comprise study-units to which a total of 90 credits are assigned, of which 60 ECTS credits are assigned to taught study-units and 30 credits are assigned to a dissertation study-unit.

(2) Students who obtain the 60 credits assigned to the taught study-units with an average mark of at least 50% and do not proceed with the Course, or having proceeded do not successfully complete the dissertation, shall be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

(3) The programme of study shall be published by the Board after approval by Senate, normally not less than eight months prior to the commencement of the Course.

Assessment and Progress

6. (1) The assessment of each taught study-unit shall be completed by the end of the semester in which the teaching of this study-unit is held.

(2) Students who in any academic year fail in the assessment of not more than 20 credits, if following the full-time Course, or not more than 10 credits if following the part-time Course, shall be given the opportunity to re-sit the failed assessment during the September supplementary examination session.

(3) Students who fail more than the number of credits permitted under paragraph (2) of this bye-law, or students who after re-assessment fail to obtain credit for any study-unit, shall be required to withdraw from the Course.

7. Students shall be allowed to proceed to the dissertation study-unit subject to successful completion of the all taught study-units with a minimum average mark of 65%.

Dissertation

8. (1) Students shall be required to submit an individual dissertation of approximately 25,000 words on any aspect of Mediterranean History, in accordance with the guidelines regarding format issued by the Board. The dissertation must be either a record of original work or an ordered and critical expression of existing data with regard to the approved subject. The dissertation must satisfy the Board of Examiners as regards content, language and literary presentation.

(2) Work on the dissertation shall be undertaken during the third semester of the Course. Each student shall be assigned a supervisor who shall provide guidance and advice on a regular basis during the period of study.

(3) A provisional title of the dissertation and a detailed research proposal shall be submitted to the Board for approval by the beginning of the second semester.

9. (1) Students shall be required to have regular contact with their supervisor.

(2) who shall submit to the Board progress reports for the students under their supervision at the end of each semester of studies, whether the student is following the Course on a full-time or a part-time basis. Such reports may include a recommendation to either (a) extend the period of study in order to enable the student to complete the dissertation; or

(b) terminate studies prematurely if the supervisor deems this to be proper in the circumstances, provided that:

(i) the extension of the study period referred to in (a) shall be in accordance with the provisions of Principal Regulations; and

(ii) the Board may not terminate studies prematurely according to (b) until it has first given the student a chance to be heard.

(2) Students should obtain their supervisor's advice in writing regarding whether the expected standard has been reached, prior to submission of their dissertation. Students may submit their dissertation against the advice of their supervisor on their own responsibility but are required to attach their supervisor's advice with their dissertation.

Classification of the Awards

10. The Final Weighted Average Mark for the purpose of the classification of the Postgraduate Diploma and the Degree shall be based on the results obtained in all the components of the programme of study, all credits being weighted equally.

Special Provisions for Part-Time Courses

11. The provisions of the foregoing bye-laws shall apply mutatis mutandis to courses followed on a part-time basis, and subject to such changes as may be deemed by the Board as necessary due to the part-time nature of the Course.

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