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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Criminology








M.A. (Crim.)(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

5 Semesters

Part-time (by Research)


Saviour Formosa

The aim of this programme is to allow students to apply criminological thought to a specific interest area of their choice. The programme is being designed predominantly research based to allow the student and the selected supervisor to indulge in an in-depth study in a specific area of interest contributing to a richer understanding of criminology.

The programme is focused on encouraging the intellectual development of the student. The programme is predominantly research based to allow the student to delve into a specific area and become a specialist in the particular subject area. The student will acquire an in-depth, perhaps unique, understanding of the subject areas facilitating idea and thought organisation and application of new knowledge and skills to the real world. It is our vision that the student will become a champion in the subject area and will be able to disseminate findings and outcomes derived from the research.
LEARNING OUTCOMES On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

• differentiate between the various research models available and be able to select the most appropriate model that relates to the subject area,

• demonstrate a deep understanding and knowledge of the subject under examination following a thorough review of existing literature and research,

• plan, manage and conduct appropriate research in the field,

• analyse and interpret findings giving meaning to identified trends, phenomena and findings,

• document, communicate, demonstrate and share findings with other researchers through well planned, presented and explained relevant documentation,

• collate, document and present a dissertation respecting academic standards.

It is expected that the research programme will not only enrich the student in terms of personal and professional knowledge, skills and intelligence but will also allow the student to transfer this new found knowledge to fellow researchers, professional colleagues and to society in general.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY It is expected that a core element of students who opt to undertake this programme will already be employed or seeking to be employed in an area that is relevant to the subject. The flexibility of this programme allows the student to select a study area that is more appropriate to their employment and personal development. The student will also benefit from working directly with an appointed supervisor and will enhance intellectual skills through close and regular contact with academic staff; development of structured arguments; and discussion with peers and supervisors.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours from this University in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board or

(b) a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Category II from this University in an area of study deemed relevant by the Board or

(c) a Bachelor degree from another university recognized by Senate comparable to the qualifications indicated in paragraphs (a) and (b).

The admission of applicants shall be made conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants not in possession of an Honours degree admitted under paragraphs (b) and (c) (if applicable) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 ECTS and not more than 60 ECTS credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of credits already obtained in an area of study related to Criminology, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

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: 23 October 2017
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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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