University of Malta General Information on Admissions
What are the opening hours of the Admissions & Records Office?
The office is open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) as follows:
Summer Hours: 16 June - 30 September
From 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
Winter Hours: 1 October - 15 June
From 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5.00pm
I have noticed that apart from tuition fees, a number of postgraduate programmes of study may also charge ‘bench fees’. What are bench fees?
As per Legal Notice 258 of 2009, bench fees cover the cost of consumable materials, as well as the use of facilities and specialised equipment which may not be available at the University of Malta. 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 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 ECTS, 60 credits represent the workload of one academic year of study.
For the purpose of calculating the equivalence of UK credits to ECTS credits the following criteria is used: 2 UK credits are equivalent to 1 ECTS credit.
What is the difference between the various Masters Programmes offered by the University?
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 would have a significant taught component. Taught and Research programmes would have an equal amount of taught and research elements.
For Master's degrees mainly by research, applications may be submitted at any time of the year. Enrolment for such degrees shall be with effect from one of the following dates: 1 October, 1 December, 1 February, 1 April and 1 June. When submitting an online application, applicants are requested to indicate the month when they intend to start their course in the free text section. For information regarding possible entry points, please click here
Has your query been addressed?
If you require information regarding a matter not covered in these FAQs, you are kindly requested to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are applying with local qualifications or to email@example.com if you are applying with overseas qualifications.