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Alfred J. Vella

        ur University is currently experiencing a period of growth. We are steadily
        improving our international rankings year after year, new infrastructure
        is taking shape and more international students are choosing Malta and
specifically our University as the destination to pursue their tertiary studies.
Becoming a University student is not just about studying and compiling assignments.
Once you enrol on a programme, you have a wealth of opportunities awaiting you.
Become an active member of your student organisation, refine and sharpen your
ability to put forward or defend an argument by joining MUDU, the debating union,
acquire further skills by following one or more of the specifically designed Degree
Plus modules or stay active by joining one of the sports organisations on campus.
The University of Malta benefits from many agreements signed with other European
universities making it possible for you to consider participating in the Erasmus
programme to do part of your studies abroad.
This prospectus not only includes details of all the undergraduate programmes of
studies for the next two years but also a list of services available to students. Among
them, the Health and Wellness Centre, for instance which provides a wide range of
services to help you take on and deal effectively with the challenges that may arise
as a result of everyday life situations.
Meanwhile, if you are still not sure which programme of studies is the best fit with
your qualifications and aspirations, get in touch with our Student Advisory Services.
A team of dedicated people will answer your queries, address any concerns you may
have and assist you in making the right choice.
We recently celebrated our 250th anniversary as a public University when the
precursor of this institution, dating back to more than 400 years, was reorganised
by Grandmaster Pinto de Fonseca in 1769. Over the centuries, this institution
has provided the country with a steady supply of professionals that are pivotal to
a nation’s progress. As society evolved, so did the University, which responded by
setting up specialized Institutes and Centres and provided new programmes of study
at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The University is currently focusing extensively on upgrading its infrastructure to
cater for the ever increasing demand of students enrolled across the 14 Faculties, 18
Institutes, 13 Centres and 3 Schools. Once you commence your studies this academic
year, it is highly likely that you will walk past a number of building sites within the
University precincts. The TRAKE building adjacent to the library is slowly starting
to take shape. And the foundations of the Sustainable Living Complex (SLC) in Car
Park 6 are also proceeding. These projects are part-funded by the EU and I hope that
several of you will have the opportunity to use these facilities later on in your studies.
Welcome to l-Università ta’ Malta. I wish you well with your studies.
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Foreword                                                               3
Welcome to the University of Malta                                     6
About Malta                                                           10
Why should I be interested in continuing my studies at University?    12
International Students                                                 14
Secure English Language Test                                           15
Applications for University Courses                                    16
Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Courses in October 2020           20
University of Malta English Communicative Aptitude Programme Policy    22
Services                                                               24
Student Organisations                                                  34
Academic Calendars for academic years 2020/21 and 2021/2               36
Search for your Course Facility                                        38
Get Qualified Scheme                                                   39
Courses                                                                41
Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences                            204
Matriculation Examination                                             206
Updates to Special Course Requirements                                208
New Courses in Preperation                                            209
Notes                                                                 210
Index                                                                 212
Contact Us                                                            214

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FACULTIES                         INSTITUTES                            CENTRES
Arts                        42    Aerospace Technologies         164    Labour Studies          188
Built Environment           54    Baroque Studies                166
Dental Surgery              58    Earth Systems                  168
Economics, Management &           Edward de Bono - Design               ACADEMY
Accountancy                 64    and Development of                    Diplomatic Studies      194
                                  Thinking                       172
Education                   72
                                  European Studies               174
Engineering                 86
                                  Linguistics & Language                SCHOOLS
Health Sciences             92
                                  Technology                     176
Information &                                                           Performing Arts         196
                                  Physical Education and Sport 178
Communication Technology   110                                          Foundation Studies      202
                                  Islands & Small States         184
Laws                       120
                                  Tourism, Travel & Culture      186
Media & Knowledge
Sciences                   124
Medicine & Surgery         132
Science                    140
Social Wellbeing           150
Theology                   160

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Welcome to the
    University of Malta
    Over its 400-year history, the University of Malta has been the hub for international
    academic exchange on the island. The University seeks to carry out academic research
    and to provide a vibrant higher education setting in the humanities, engineering,
    ICT, medical and natural sciences, as required for Malta’s economic, social and
    cultural development. Over 11,000 students, including around 1,100 international
    students from 120 different countries, follow full-time or part-time undergraduate
    and postgraduate courses at the University. There are a further 2,000 pre-tertiary
    students at the Junior College, which also forms part of the University.

    With English as its language of instruction and wide-ranging support services to
    meet the needs of its local and international community, the University consistently
    seeks to embark on projects and initiatives in order to continue boosting its
    international student figures and extending its network to new partners in order to
    create sustainable collaborations in diverse fields of interest.

    The University today is composed of fourteen faculties, a number of interdisciplinary
    institutes and centres and three schools. Well over 3,700 students graduate in
    various disciplines annually. The courses at the University are designed to produce
    highly qualified professionals with experience in research, who will play key roles in
    industry, commerce and public affairs in general.

    Besides the main campus situated at Msida, there are other campuses: one in
    Valletta, one in Marsaxlokk and another in Gozo. The Valletta Campus, housed in
    the Old University Building, dates back to the founding of the Collegium Melitense
    in 1592. This Campus serves as a prestigious setting for international conferences
    and seminars and houses the Conferences and Events Unit as well as the Research,
    Innovation & Development Trust (RIDT).

    The Institute for Sustainable Energy, with its state-of-the-art Solar Research Lab,
    is located at the Marsaxlokk Campus. On Malta’s sister island, the Gozo Campus
    assists in the logistical aspects of degree and diploma courses offered in Gozo by
    the University of Malta and caters for the needs of the Gozitan University students.
    This campus also provides a venue for short courses and seminars and houses the
    Hans Güsten Atmospheric Research Centre within the Department of Geosciences.

     Msida Campus:                 Valletta Campus:               Gozo Campus:
    University of Malta            University of Malta             University of Malta
    Msida, MSD 2080                Valletta Campus                 Gozo Campus
    Malta                          St Paul’s Street                Mġarr Road
                                   Valletta, VLT 1216              Xewkija XWK 9016
                                   Malta                           Gozo

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Top: Msida Campus
    Bottom-left: Gozo Campus
Bottom-right: Valletta Campus
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            s an international student, one of the        to have a reason to party, and the Carnival
            most important considerations when            celebrations and the village festa season will
            choosing a university to pursue further       surely provide a welcome diversion from your
     studies is where the university is located.          studies.
     Malta is the ideal place for a myriad of reasons.       One of the main benefits of coming to Malta
     Situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean,     to study is surely the temperate climate, with
     the Maltese Islands have long been considered        mild winters and warm summers. The pleasant
     as the lifeline between Africa and Europe.           weather and the number of beaches that dot
     This has led to the Islands being ruled by a         the coastline make for a perfect combination to
     succession of sovereigns, leaving their imprints     spend balmy afternoons. The calm waters also
     on many facets of Maltese culture, ranging           lend themselves to a relaxing cruise around the
     from the warm and welcoming character of the         Islands, or diving and water sports for the more
     Maltese people to the entrepreneurial spirit of      adventurous. Comino, a smaller island with only
     the Maltese businessperson.                          a hotel, is famous for the crystal clear turquoise
        The many civilisations that have inhabited        waters of the aptly-named Blue Lagoon.
     Malta through the ages have also bequeathed the         For a relaxing break, you just need to hop
     Islands with a rich history, steeped in tradition.   on the ferry to the sister island of Gozo,
     Despite their small size, spanning just over         which enjoys a quieter pace of life. With its
     300 km2 in land, the Maltese Islands can boast       picturesque views and winding lanes and
     of three UNESCO World Heritage sites and             alleys, you will return to your studies refreshed
     more monuments per square kilometre than             and energised. The Islands are also perfect for
     any other country in Europe. The Maltese love        those who would rather indulge themselves

                    Area of 316 km2
                    Population of 450,000
                    Capital City: Valletta
                    Official languages: Maltese & English

in nightlife entertainment. Paceville, not far              free to choose the lodging which suits them best.
away from the University, is the nightlife mecca            You may also opt for Hotel Kappara, which is just
on the island, brimming with clubs, bars and                minutes away from the University in Kappara
all types of leisure establishments. If you are             (San Ġwann) or the University Residence,
content to linger over dinner, Malta is famous              situated in Lija. The Residence also operates
for its restaurants and wine bars, some of them             a courtesy bus service to and from University,
offering spectacular seascapes.                             which runs on a regular basis.
   With Malta’s small size, it is very easy and quick          When it comes to studying at the University
to get around the Island, especially with the many          of Malta, the main advantage is surely that the
direct bus routes to and from University. The               language of instruction is English.
cost of bus tickets is reasonable, and the average             The University of Malta traces its origins to
bus ride takes 20 to 30 minutes. With Malta’s               the founding of the Collegium Melitense which
proximity to other countries and the many direct            was set up in 1592. Despite its extensive history,
flight connections, it is also very easy to explore         the University of Malta has kept abreast of all
the Mediterranean and European culture during               academic and technological innovations.
recesses.                                                      When you choose to study at the University
   Students registered for studies at the                   of Malta, you will not only be joining a forward-
University of Malta are spoilt for choice when it           looking and professional institution, but you
comes to accommodation. Malta offers a variety              will also have the opportunity to experience
of accommodation options for students, located              living on one of the most idyllic islands in the
around and close to the University campus, to               Mediterranean.
suit different needs and budgets. Students are
Why should I be interested
     in continuing my studies
     at University?

            s you leaf through this prospectus,   In the fast and ever-changing globalised
            the likelihood is that a number of    world we live in, matching graduates’
            questions will be racing through      qualifications and skills to the demands
     your mind: Where do I go from here?          of the working world calls for you to
     Which course should I choose? What           keep an open and creative mind. The
     will I get out of it? How many career        years you will spend at our University
     opportunities may present themselves         should not be just about acquiring
     once I complete it successfully? More        academic      credentials,    but   most
     often than not, you will find that the       importantly, about being open to
     answers to questions like these can          learning experiences that will provide
     be found by discussing your career           you with the opportunity to link such
     aspirations with your nearest and            credentials to the particular interests
     dearest as well as with professionals        and the reality you live in.
     in the particular field or sector you are    A good balance of academic credentials,
     interested in.                               flexibility and a willingness to explore
     For some of you, the way forward has         new grounds could be a winning
     always been clear. For others, however,      formula towards a fulfilling career that
     the process of distinguishing which path     will give you the chance to be a catalyst
     to take requires more thought. It can        for change, and ensure success for
     also happen that, even after completing      yourself and for society at large.
     a course, some may remain unsure             At our University you can rest assured
     what to do next. In itself, this is not      that you will find the support you need
     necessarily a bad thing because it may       as you start your journey towards the
     serve as a springboard to be creative        discovery of that knowledge, that is
     and use the skills acquired and apply        rewarding in its own right, and the
     them in different circumstances.             fulfilment of your aspirations.

International Students
     The International Office is responsible for developing, planning and implementing the University’s
     internationalisation policy, particularly in the area of relations with other institutions and in
     promoting the University of Malta overseas. Around one tenth of the student population at the
     University is international, originating from around 92 different countries. The International Office
     markets University courses overseas, responds to requests for information and generally deals with
     all aspects involving the recruitment and welfare of overseas students studying at the University
     of Malta. The office represents the University of Malta on a number of international University
     networks and groups and facilitates the participation of the University’s Faculties, Institutes,
     Centres and Schools in overseas projects. The International Office also provides information
     and technical assistance for the University’s participation in EU and other internationally funded
     projects and programmes. Amongst these programmes is Erasmus+, which enables University of
     Malta students to spend a semester or an academic year in a partner institution. The International
     Office is tasked with coordinating the Erasmus+ opportunities for University of Malta students
     and staff, along with hosting all incoming Erasmus+, exchange and transfer students. The services
     offered by the International Office aim to support University students and staff with regard to all
     international initiatives that may benefit the University of Malta as a whole.

     Work opportunities are now accessible to non-EU/EEA registered students. If you would like to
     work while you are following a course you must have a valid e-residence permit. You may work for
     a minimum of 15 hours a week from your first year of residence in Malta. For further information
     please access JobsPlus and International Office websites.

        international@um.edu.mt |  +356 2340 3182 |      um.edu.mt/international |      /um.internationaloffice

Secure English Language Test
The language of Instruction and assessment at the University of Malta is English. Applicants who have
completed their secondary education overseas are obliged to satisfy the University’s English Language
requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels.

The following are the main Examining Boards recognised by the University for this purpose:

                                         TOEFL                Academic IELTS               Cambridge ****

                                Internet-Based (iBT)

                                  61 with a minimum          5.5 overall with a
   Foundation Studies              score of 17 in the         minimum of 5.0     First Certificate with a
  Course/Junior College           reading and writing        in the reading and pass at Grade C or better
                                     components             writing components

                                                               6.0 overall with
                                                             no less than 6.0 in       Advanced Certificate
                                   80 with a writing
 Undergraduate Course                                        Writing and no less       with a pass at Grade C
                                  score of at least 20
                                                              than 5.5 in every               or better
                                                                other element

  TOEFL and IELTS score reports will only be valid if issued within 2 years from the date of commencement
  of the course at the University of Malta.
  The test result must be obtained by the following dates:-
  • For admission to courses commencing in October by 30 June
  • For admission to limited number courses commencing in October by 31 August
  If the test result is not submitted by these dates, applicants will not be admitted to the course even if all
  other entry requirements are satisfied.

  For further details kindly visit: http://bit.ly/2FBHRGg

Applications for University Courses
                                      commencing in October 2020
                                      1.   Interested persons who wish to apply for courses commencing in October 2020 are invited to
                                           apply through the Online Application facility via um.edu.mt/apply Applicants who will be sitting
                                           for their Matriculation Certificate examinations for the first time in 2020, or who will be awarded
                                           their Matriculation Certificate in 2020, should apply online after they receive their results in July
                                           2020. Applicants who will be sitting for one or more Matriculation Examinations in September
                                           2020 should also submit their online application by the deadline of 23 July 2020 at 14:00 (CEST).
                                           Information about the online application and the list of courses available can be accessed from

                                      Applications Deadline
                                      2.   Applications for all courses are to be submitted against the relevant application fee as follows:

                                           a)    Applicants holding University of Malta degrees and diplomas, the Matriculation Certificate,
                                                 MCAST and MCAST-BTEC Diplomas and Degrees, ITS Diplomas, the ACCA qualification,
                                                 the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, the European Baccalaureate (EB) Diploma,
                                                 City & Guilds Diplomas, the Certificate in Banking of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, are
                                                 requested to submit their application by 23 July 2020 at 14:00 (CEST) against a fee of €23.

                                           b)    Applicants presenting overseas qualifications are requested to submit their application up to
                                                 30 June 2020 at 14:00 (CEST) against a fee of €95.

                                           c)    The closing date for submission of applications for the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (M.D.)
                                                 course from applicants presenting overseas qualifications; or from non-Maltese applicants
                                                 presenting the IB Diploma or EB Diploma who are not in possession of a SEC pass in Maltese
                                                 and who intend to register for the Medical Maltese Proficiency course being offered by the
                                                 University of Malta; or Maltese applicants who in terms of the Admissions Regulations, are
                                                 exempted from possessing a SEC pass in Maltese and who intend to register for the Medical
                                                 Maltese Proficiency course; or applicants with an undergraduate qualification awarded
                                                 from an institution other than the University of Malta is 16 March 2020 at 14:00 (CET). The
                                                 closing date for other applicants is the 23 July 2020 at 14:00 (CEST). No late applications will
                                                 be accepted after these dates.
Applications for University Courses

                                           d)    In cases where proficiency/aptitude or other tests are required, the courses may have
                                                 different deadlines to the ones indicated here. For information regarding the deadline for
                                                 such courses, please refer to the list of courses available at um.edu.mt/admissions

                                      Late Applications
                                      3.        Late Applications for available courses may be submitted as follows:

                                           •    Applicants falling under section 2(a) may submit a late online application by not later than
                                                31 August 2020 at 14:00 (CEST) against a fee of €58.
                                           •    Applicants falling under section 2(b) may submit a late online application by not later than
                                                31 August 2020 at 14:00 (CEST) against a fee of €125. However, applicants who require
                                                a visa to travel to Malta may be considered for entry in October 2021 if the course will
                                                be on offer.

Very Late Applications
4.   Very Late Applications for available courses may be submitted as follows:
     •   Applicants falling under section 2(a) may submit a very late online application by not later
         than 30 September 2020 at 14:00 (CEST) against a fee of €140.

Late applications will NOT be accepted for:
a.   the M.D. Course and
b.   Courses/Areas in which the number of students that can be accepted is limited.
Furthermore, Very Late applications will NOT be accepted for the courses mentioned in (a) and (b)
above as well as for all other courses requiring passes in a proficiency/aptitude or other tests set by the
individual Faculties/Institutes/Centres/Schools prior to admission.

Students’ Advisory Services
5.   The Students’ Advisory Services are available for advice and information to prospective students
     daily from their offices at the Msida Campus of the University of Malta. For an appointment one
     may contact a student advisor by sending an email to sas@um.edu.mt or by phone on (+356)
     2340 3096/2847. The student advisors will also be available at the University of Malta – Gozo
     Campus on 18 and 19 July 2020 between 9:00 and 13:00.

Payment of Application Fees
6.   Application fees may be paid through the secure payment facility. Once you click the ‘Pay to Submit
     Application’ button which is found at the bottom of the last page in the online application, you will
     be prompted to input the card holder’s details which include the card number, card expiry date, CVV
     number and other security details (if paying using VISA) and the card holder’s name. Other alternative
     methods of payment include payment via Internet Banking, at any BOV or HSBC branch in Malta and
     Gozo (for local residents only) or at the Maltapost branch at the Msida Campus. All application fees
     are non-refundable.

Meetings For Prospective Applicants
7.   Information meetings for prospective applicants will be held on 21 July 2020 at 9:30 and 17:30
     at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta. All applicants are strongly advised to attend one of
     these meetings.

Online Application Facility On Campus
8.   Applicants will be able to make use of the Online Application facility from computers available
     at the University of Malta, Msida and at the University of Malta – Gozo Campus, Mgarr Road,
     Xewkija, Gozo on 22 and 23 July 2020 between 8:30 and 12:30. Staff will be present to assist

Adult Learners
                                      9.   In terms of the Admissions Regulations, the University may consider admitting persons as
                                           regular students if they will have reached the age of 23 by the beginning of the course for
                                           which they would have applied. Admittance is not based on age only and such applicants are
                                           normally assessed through an interview and/or other forms of assessment to ascertain that
                                           they have an adequate academic background to be able to follow their selected course with

                                      10. Applying under the ‘maturity (adult learners) clause’ does not automatically guarantee entry
                                          to all courses offered by the University of Malta. Faculties/Institutes/Centres/School may lay
                                          down different requirements for adult learners, such as, but not solely, attending for a selection
                                          interview, sitting for proficiency tests, and/or presenting the European Computer Driving
                                          Licence (ECDL) Standard Certificate. It is best to liaise directly with the Faculty concerned
                                          or the Student Advisory Services to determine what the requirements would be. Over and
                                          above this, all applicants who completed their secondary education overseas would need to
                                          present a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result. Adult learners are not exempted from
                                          this requirement. More details about SELT can be accessed from: http://bit.ly/1p7bsU6

                                      11. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the ‘maturity (adult
                                          learners) clause’ for courses requiring passes in a proficiency/aptitude or other tests set by
                                          the individual Faculties/Institutes/Centres/School prior to admission (excluding courses/areas
                                          where a limited number of students is indicated) is 31 August 2020 at 14:00 (CEST).

                                      Recognition of Prior Learning
                                      12. The Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of recognising learning obtained
                                          through formal, non formal and informal learning other than the mainstream certification.
                                          Such learning can also include the acquisition of competencies gained through educational
                                          institutions such as schools, colleges, workplaces, life and work experiences, or even through
                                          personal interests. During the RPL process University applicants will be assisted to collate a
                                          portfolio of their learning experiences. For further information kindly refer to: um.edu.mt/sas/

                                      Other Information
                                      13. Requests for change of course which are made between the 23 July (after 14:00 CEST) and
                                          31 August 2020 14:00 (CEST) are subject to a fee of €35. Requests for change of course
                                          made from the 31 August 2020 after 14:00 (CEST) onwards are subject to a late fee of €45.
                                          Such changes will only be possible for certain courses. Further information regarding change
                                          of course can be accessed from: um.edu.mt/journey/admissionsadvice/admissionsfaqs
Applications for University Courses

                                      14. Local candidates who are awaiting examination results from overseas boards are to submit a
                                          scanned copy of the result slip by email to admissions@um.edu.mt or by hand to Room 113,
                                          Admissions and Records Office, Administration Building by 31 August 2020. Applicants must
                                          quote their I.D. number or application reference number when submitting such documents.

                                      15. Candidates sitting for one or more Matriculation Certificate Examinations during the
                                          September Examination Session need not present their results when these are published
                                          since the results will be forwarded by the MATSEC Support Unit directly to the Admissions
                                          and Records Office.

Applications Deadline for courses
commencing in October 2021
•   The closing date for submission of applications for the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (M.D.)
    course from applicants presenting overseas qualifications; or from non-Maltese applicants
    presenting the IB Diploma or EB Diploma who are not in possession of a SEC pass in Maltese
    and who intend to register for the Medical Maltese Proficiency course being offered by the
    University of Malta; or Maltese applicants who in terms of the Admissions Regulations, are
    exempted from possessing a SEC pass in Maltese and who intend to register for the Medical
    Maltese Proficiency course; or applicants with an undergraduate qualification awarded from
    an institution other than the University of Malta is 15 March 2021 at 14:00 (CET). The closing
    date for other applicants is 22 July 2021 at 14:00 (CEST).

•   Applicants presenting overseas qualifications for courses other than the M.D. Course: 30 June
    2021 at 14:00 (CEST)

•   Applicants presenting local qualifications: 22 July 2021 at 14:00 (CEST)

•   Late applications: 31 August 2021 at 14:00 (CEST). However, overseas applicants who require
    a visa to travel to Malta may be considered for entry in October 2022 if the course will be on

•   Very late applications for applicants presenting local qualifications: 30 September 2021 at
    14:00 (CEST)

Entry Requirements for Undergraduate
                     Courses in October 2020
                     Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely:

                         •    the Matriculation Certificate (refer to pages 206 and 207); and

                         •    passes at Grade 5 or better in the Secondary Education Certificate (SEC) examinations in
                              English Language, Maltese* and Mathematics,

                     provided that if a pass in Maltese, and/or English Language, and/or Mathematics is obtained at
                     Advanced or Intermediate Matriculation Level, a pass in such subjects in the Secondary Education
                     Certificate Examination is not required.

                     Applicants must also satisfy any other Special Course Requirements indicated for the course/area
                     of study of their choice.

                     The regulations and bye-laws for a course of studies may specify other requirements for admission
                     to that course.

                     The Admissions Board may allow non-Maltese applicants to offer instead of Maltese, another
                     language as approved by the Admissions Board, provided that such other language cannot be
                     English and applicants whose mother tongue is English shall be required to offer a language other
                     than English instead of Maltese.

                     However, for the M.D. course, all non-Maltese applicants who are not in possession of a SEC pass
                     in Maltese at Grade 5 or better must present a Medical Maltese Proficiency Certificate which is
                     awarded if applicants pass an examination set by the University.

                     Maltese applicants who, in terms of regulation 12(5)(a) of the Admissions Regulations 2016, are
                     exempted from possessing a Secondary Education Certificate pass in Maltese, are required to
                     present the Medical Maltese Proficiency Certificate awarded by the University of Malta prior to the
                     commencement of the M.D. Course.

                     However, where course regulations or bye-laws specify Maltese as a Special Course Requirement,
                     the required pass in Maltese must be obtained at the level and grade as stipulated in the respective
                     course regulations or bye-laws.

                     In the case of applicants who pursued their secondary education outside Malta, the University may
                     consider and accept comparable qualifications, provided that the mix of subjects and levels of the
                     qualifications presented are comparable to the subjects and levels required for the award of the
                     Secondary Education Certificate and Matriculation Certificate.

University of Malta English
                                                  Communicative Aptitude
                                                  Programme Policy

                                                  The English Communicative Aptitude (ECA) programme has been developed in order to equip
                                                  students at the University of Malta with an enhanced competence in the English language. It
                                                  addresses students’ present needs as undergraduates by enabling them to cope with the demands
                                                  of their course, and their future needs in the professional domain by furnishing them with the
                                                  necessary competence to use English effectively in their career. In this sense, the ECA programme
                                                  assists students to master fundamental skills in English while maximising their opportunities for
                                                  future employability. The programme leading to the award of 12 ECTS credits over two years has
                                                  been designed and is coordinated by the Centre for English Language Proficiency.

                                                  Aims of the ECA programme
                                                  The programme targets those students at the University of Malta whose studies and future career
                                                  prospects would benefit from additional support aimed at developing their mastery of the English
                                                  language. It consolidates and improves their communicative language competence by addressing
                                                  fundamental skills in speaking and writing and providing continuous practice. Students are
                                                  challenged to achieve their full potential in these skills so as to be able to function effectively at
                                                  university and in their future career. Thus, the study-units are designed to progressively hone the

                                                  fundamental skills that are key to students’ communicative competence in the English language.
                                                  The programme endeavours to reinforce students’ ability to capitalise on their linguistic aptitude in
                                                  an autonomous manner.

                                                  Eligibility for the ECA programme
                                                  To determine who is eligible for the programme, a Needs Analysis Exercise (NAE) has been developed.
                                                  The NAE will determine which students have the most immediate need for the programme. It
                                                  will identify whether a student requires intervention in key language skills, such as the ability to
                                                  communicate effectively, summarise, organise ideas coherently and cohesively, as well as select
                                                  appropriate and context specific vocabulary and register. Students who are in possession of SEC
                                                  English at Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 but who have not pursued English at either Intermediate or Advanced
                                                  level are also required to participate in the NAE. Students who hold Grades D or lower at either
                                                  Intermediate or Advanced level in English must also participate in the NAE.

                                                  The eligibility of students who are admitted in terms of regulation 6(c) of the Admissions Regulations
                                                  as ‘adult learners’ (previously known as the maturity clause) will also be determined following the
                                                  Needs Analysis Exercise which all such applicants will be required to take.

ECA programme overview
Four interlinked study-units constitute the ECA programme. Based on the principle of scaffolding in
language learning, these units are designed to bridge the gap in students’ skills and therefore each
one offers provisional support until the skills in focus are mastered and ready to be consolidated by
the following unit. The process is incremental and works on building students’ confidence as much as
their language competence. The programme provides students with added exposure to English and
greater self-awareness in their use of the language. This will enable them to function more effectively
throughout their studies at university and in their employment upon graduating from their course.

The four study-units are spread over the first two years of undergraduate study (see table below).
These units are over and above the yearly allocation of ECTS credits determined by the course on
which students are enrolled.

Year        Semester One          Semester Two

First       2 ECTS credits        4 ECTS credits

Second      4 ECTS credits        2 ECTS credits

Final assessment
The ECA programme is embedded in students’ final transcript in order to demonstrate their
successful engagement with the additional support in English provided by the University of Malta.
Students are only awarded a ‘pass’ if they complete all four study-units successfully. A fail in one
unit translates into an overall ‘fail’.

Upon graduating from their course, the following information will appear on a student’s transcript:

    ••   English Communicative Aptitude: Pass/Fail/Exempt

If a student follows the ECA programme, a breakdown of the study-unit titles will appear with the
respective grades. For example:

    ••   ELP1010 English Proficiency I: Communicative Language Competence: Grade A
    ••   ELP1020 English Communication I: Extended Writing & Presentation Skills: Grade B
    ••   ELP2010 English Communication II: Advanced Writing & Public Speaking: Grade C
    ••   ELP2020 English Proficiency II: Rhetorical Strategies in Writing and Speaking: Grade C+

If a student is exempt from the ECA programme, the transcript will show ‘Exempt’.

           IT Services
           The University IT Services has the primary         institutions will be able to connect to the
           role of proactively supporting the teaching,       wireless network of these institutions using
           research and related activities of the             their UM IT Account.
           University of Malta (UM) through coordinated,
                                                              IT Services maintains the University Virtual
           efficient and effective use of information and
                                                              Learning Environment (VLE) based on the
           communication technologies.
                                                              Moodle platform. The VLE provides a range
           IT Services provides all students with a UM IT     of tools to support tutors and students with
           Account that grants them a University email        teaching and learning. Students can access
           address, calendering, and collaboration tools.     teaching material and resources as well as
           The UM IT Account also enables access to IT        submit coursework through the VLE. Plagiarism
           facilities and services, and to other resources    detection software (Turnitin) is available to
           available on the University campus network.        scan students’ coursework and dissertations
                                                              for potential plagiarism.
           IT Services computers are available for
           individual and group study in open access          At the start of each semester, freshers are
           areas at various University buildings, including   invited to attend an orientation tour of the IT
           IT Services, the University Library and the        Services building, which includes an overview
           Health Sciences Library (Mater Dei Hospital).      of different IT facilities and services offered by
           These workstations offer the use of standard       IT Services. Students are also invited to follow
           software packages, email, web browsing,            courses organised by IT Services, including
           networked file storage, printing and scanning      training on the use of the plagiarism detection
           facilities. Monochrome and colour laser printing   software (Turnitin) and quantitative data
           facilities are operated on a self-service basis    analysis software (IBM SPSS).
           using printing credits that can be purchased
                                                              Academically-priced software (e.g. Microsoft,
           online. Wide format printing (up to A0) and A3
                                                              IBM SPSS and NVivo) is available from IT
           scanning facilities are also available.
                                                              Services. The IT Services Helpdesks are the
           Wireless hotspots are available at various         first point of contact for supported software,
           buildings and open spaces for those                the UM IT Account and other IT related issues.
           students using their personal laptops and
           other portable devices. The University of             helpdesk.itservices@um.edu.mt
           Malta is a participating institution in the         +356 2340 4100/4112
           eduroam (education roaming) Wi-Fi service.            um.edu.mt/itservices
           Students visiting other eduroam participating         /um.itservices

Health & Wellness Centre
The Health and Wellness Centre at the Msida         advice on sexual health, assistance for tobacco
Campus offers services aimed at enhancing the       cessation as well as nutrition advice. This
wellbeing of UM staff and students. Counselling     service is readily available at our Centre. In the
Professionals provide services to improve the       same building, one can also find services on
quality of life and health of this community.       alternative medicine at the Traditional Chinese
Students and staff may face problems either         Medicine Centre. Beyond these services,
during their academic life or throughout their      there are other services that continue to
personal life and the services offered at our       help students outside these premises like the
Centre, with the help of professional support,      Students’ Advisory Services, the Chaplaincy, as
may help them address such issues. Supporting       well as the ACCESS Disability Support Unit. For
self-actualisation and self-development of          a full list of services offered by the Health and
staff and students is another service which         Wellness Centre, please refer to um.edu.mt/
is regularly offered. This support aims at          services/health-wellness
enhancing resilience and empowering staff
and students take on the challenges and grasp
the opportunities that may arise as a result of        health-wellness@um.edu.mt
everyday life situations. Counselling Services is    +356 2340 3988
one of the services offered here which aims to       /um.healthwellness
enhance and support the intellectual, spiritual,
sexual and emotional growth of persons
belonging to the University community.
Concurrently life presents many challenges
which, if not tackled effectively, may adversely
affect our life, relationships, self-esteem and
impact our mental health. To this effect, the
Centre offers Mental Health Services. Also
included is the Health Promotion which offers

Counselling Unit
The Counselling Unit at the University of Malta     difficulties with their studies to work through
provides counselling services to students           these problems. Students are helped in
and members of staff, to empower them               times of stress, especially before and during
towards achieving their goals. Counselling is       examination time and whilst writing their
a process whereby one can talk freely through       dissertation. Apart from individual counselling,
a troubling issue or concern with a person          periodically, the Counselling Unit organises
trained to facilitate understanding. Short-         seminars that target different students’ needs
term personal counselling is offered on an          such as stress management and study skills.
individual basis and in a confidential setting.
                                                    Any University student or member of staff
Students and members of staff approach the
                                                    is welcome to consult the Counselling Unit
Counselling Unit for many reasons including
                                                    that provides its services free of charge. All
difficulties with relationships, emotional
                                                    communication with the Counselling Unit is
difficulties, confusion about their identity and
                                                    kept confidential and all Unit staff members
distressing feelings such as depression, eating
                                                    are qualified and experienced practitioners.
disorders and anxiety.
Different kinds of difficulties that emerge            counselling@um.edu.mt
as part of academic life are also tackled.             +356 2340 2235
Counselling enables students who have                  um.edu.mt/counselling
Student Advisory Services
           The Student Advisory Services Unit aims to             schools particularly those at post-secondary
           provide prospective and current students at            levels;
           the University of Malta with the necessary           • by assisting the Office of the Registrar when
           information and advice in order to make                dealing with enquiries relating to courses of
           informed and sensible choices. This is done            study; and
           through research, the provision of information       • by providing vocational advice.
           and advisory services at the University, youth       The service operates in close liaison with
           work services at the Junior College, and             other University specialised service units, in
           constant contact with fellow stakeholders.           particular the Admissions and Records Office,
           The Unit, which integrates both public relations     as well as with the Counselling Unit.
           and an administrative function, serves students:
                                                                    sas@um.edu.mt
           • by providing advisory services on practical or      +356 2340 2847/3096
             personal issues related to career paths and         um.edu.mt/sas
             courses of study within the Maltese context;        /um.studentadvisoryservices
           • by establishing and maintaining links with          /um.jcyouthhub

           Access – Disability Support Unit (ADSU)
           The University of Malta is proud to welcome          provide more comprehensive support services
           students with disability and acknowledges the        for students with disability on campus. The
           contribution they can make to the University as      coordinator on campus is the referral point for
           an inclusive learning community. The University      all requests for access arrangements and has
           is intent on removing all barriers and obstacles     the following roles:
           within its power in order to enable students to
           choose and follow the course they would like to      1.    Receives requests for access arrangements;
           take up and for which they have the necessary        2.    Liaises with the Access Disability Support
           academic requirements. The University of                   Committee (ADSC) regarding any requests
           Malta aims to facilitate their full participation          for access arrangements;
           in all student activities throughout the time        3.    Coordinates the necessary resources for
           they spend on campus. The University will also             the implementation of the decisions; and
           strive to sensitise all staff and students as well   4.    Liaises with University staff about matters
           as visitors to ensure an inclusive community.              related to disability issues.
           Arrangements at the University are tailor-made,
                                                                Examination arrangements, both for the
           whenever possible, to meet the needs of the
                                                                University’s examinations (Matriculation &
           individuals requiring them. These provisions
                                                                SEC) and its Certificate, Diploma and Degree
           include access needs for persons with sensory
                                                                programmes, as well as arrangements for
           impairments and also with specific learning
                                                                teaching sessions are designed to make the
           difficulties, among others. They may take the
                                                                University more accessible.
           form of soft copies, of printed text that can
           be accessed through text-to-speech software,
           sign language interpreting and predictive text        adsu@um.edu.mt |  +356 2340 2557
                                                                 um.edu.mt/about/services/support/access

           technology. The ADSU office is equipped to

           The University of Malta Library (UML) consists         of the sciences, including Biology, Chemistry,
           of a central building on the main campus, with         Computing,       Engineering,     Environmental
           satellite libraries at the Faculties of Arts, Laws     Science, Mathematics, Physics, Health, Dental
           and Theology, the Health Sciences Library at           and Medical Sciences, as well as the Arts and
           Mater Dei Hospital, the Valletta Campus in             Humanities, Social Sciences and Business.
           the capital city of Malta, the pre-University          Students and academics also benefit from
           Junior College in Msida and the Gozo Campus            remote access to a wide range of licensed online
           on the island of Gozo. The Library’s catalogue         journals and databases across all disciplines.
           also includes holdings at the European                 Furthermore, the Library continues to provide
           Documentation Centre, Confucius Institute              traditional reader services in book circulation,
           Library, German Language Resource Centre and           inter-library lending and reference assistance
           the Faculty for the Built Environment Library.         to patrons. Additional services include access
                                                                  to wireless networking, photocopying, scanning
           The UML is the leading research library in Malta
                                                                  and printing. The Library also mounts various
           with a collection of nearly a million monographs,
                                                                  exhibitions throughout the year, highlighting
           some 60,000 e-journals, 200 print journal
                                                                  local and foreign history, notable authors and
           titles, e-books and a growing collection of UM
                                                                  current events.
           e-dissertations. Its holdings include a prestigious
           Melitensia Special Collection, which embraces          The Library Management System (LMS) enables
           works about all aspects of Maltese history and         the Library operations and services to be in
           culture, the Order of St. John, publications           line with academic demands and international
           written by Maltese authors and a wide range            standards. The dynamic portal - HyDi service
           of student dissertations in print format. The          - searches both print and online resources
           Archives and Rare Book Department houses               through a single search and presents users
           a significant range of literary manuscripts,           with one result list which incorporates books,
           historical papers and archival records including       journal articles, dissertations and any audio-
           the historical records of the University of Malta      visual material related to the search terms.
           since 1800, as well as a prestigious collection of     The Library’s collections are classified by the
           rare books and maps of Malta.                          Library of Congress Classification Scheme and
                                                                  catalogued according to AACR2 standards.
           The Library offers orientation tours to first
           year students and regular instruction sessions         The UML is committed to Open Access initiatives
           pertaining to the use of online resources, the         and is contributing towards OpenAIRE-Advance
           management of bibliographies and information           pan-European project. To this end, in October
           sessions on the University’s Institutional             2014, the Library launched an institutional
           Repository OAR@UoM to students, academics              repository (IR) OAR@UoM. The scope of this
           and support staff, in both group and individual        initiative is to enhance the visibility as well as
           settings. The main Library building provides           preserve the intellectual output and research
           a blend of study spaces ranging from group             being carried out at the UM. This digital
           to single study areas. The group study area,           repository contains the research publications
           with its attractive furnishings and relaxed            of scholars affiliated to the UM, together with
           atmosphere, is a regular hub for students, with        digital items including audio, video and images.
           power and computer support facilities carefully
           planned. The Library also responds effectively          library@um.edu.mt
           to students’ requirements and study habits by           +356 2340 2541

           offering extended opening hours during the
                                                                   um.edu.mt/library
           examination periods.
                                                                   /um.libraryservices
           Library services include full access to its
           resources, both printed and electronic, in all areas
Campus FM

Campus FM, which forms part of Malta                   Campus FM broadcasts 24/7 on 103.7 FM,
University Broadcasting, is the University of          DAB+ and Online, in collaboration with the
Malta’s radio station, broadcasting educational        University’s IT Services.
programmes of a formal and informal nature.
Built on a tradition of high quality broadcasting,      campusfm@um.edu.mt
the station has collaboration agreements with a         +356 2133 3313
number of entities. Students, lecturers and staff at    campusfm.um.edu.mt
University are involved in the radio’s operations
and contribute towards various productions and
initiatives. Campus FM has been the recipient of
a number of broadcasting awards since it was set
up in 1995.


Located on campus, next door to the old gate           Why not just drop by to find out more about
of University, with comfortable facilities,            what we have to offer? A meeting for first year
wireless internet access, quiet study rooms and        students taking place on Thursday 29 September
comfortable meeting rooms, the Chaplaincy              2020 at 18:00, would be the perfect opportunity
is probably one of the most relaxing places on         where one can meet other students who have
campus. Students and staff members alike can           already started their spiritual journey and who
pop in at almost any time and find someone who         could help reflect on doubts or fears related to
has just put the kettle on and is ready to listen!     one’s choice of study.
One is also welcome to get involved in the
numerous events held by the Chaplaincy during             chaplaincy@um.edu.mt
the year. These range from voluntary work               +356 2340 2341
to activities that help the person grow on all          um.edu.mt/chaplaincy
levels. As expected, the Chaplaincy is also very        /chaplaincy
active and holds spiritual activities which are
meaningful and appealing to young people.

DegreePlus is a University of Malta initiative         Scheme through which students can spend some
which aims to help students add value to their         time in industry or in a work environment and
experiences in higher education by broadening          hence augment their range of skills. For further
their academic and non-academic horizons.              information please visit the website or pop in at
University years, particularly those spent             the DegreePlus office located at the Students’
pursuing postgraduate studies, are a time              House. The DegreePlus team is confident that
for personal growth and development. The               everyone will find something to meet their
DegreePlus programme, designed cognisant of            interests and expectations.
student needs and aspirations, includes units in
Professional Communication, Entrepreneurship,           degreeplus@um.edu.mt
Languages, Sport, Music, Voluntary Work,                +356 2340 2092
Creative and Performing Arts, and more.                 um.edu.mt/degplus
DegreePlus also co-administers a Placements             /degplus

Child Care Services

The Child Care Services of the University of Malta provide child care facilities to members of staff,
students, and the general public, both during the scholastic year through It-Tajra Child Care Facility
which is on Campus, Ilwien Child Care Facility at the Junior College, as well as during the summer
period through Kids on Campus.
It-Tajra and Ilwien Child Care Facilities provide pre-school education for children who are aged
between 18 months and 3 years 11 months. The pre-school centre setup, where structured play
is the predominant factor, reflects the belief that children learn best in a stimulating environment.
The classrooms have an open plan layout and are divided into well-defined areas including role play
corner, block centre, nature corner, and messy play area amongst others.
The facilities’ main goals are: the social and emotional (affective) development; the formation of
good health habits; the physical (gross and fine motor) development; development of imaginative
and creative capabilities; motivating to desire and seek information and understanding; and
development of appropriate cognitive process with particular emphasis on communication skills.

Dates of Operation: Throughout the year except holidays
Both It-Tajra and Ilwien operate from 7:30–13:30
Afternoon session 13:30–17:00
For the afternoon Drop-in session, children older than 4 years and who are already attending
compulsory schooling are accepted from 17:00-20:00
Ilwien operates from 7:30–13:30. Afternoon session 13:30–17:00
Kids on Campus is a University-based eight-week summer programme that caters for children
who are 3 years old by 1 July but not older than 12 years 11 months by 31 August. Kids on
Campus offers a fun-packed programme between 7:30 and 13:30 full of activities including
Sports and Games, Arts and Crafts, Swimming, Dance, I.T., P.S.D., Sciences, Creative Drama,
Singing, Cooking and much more.

   kidsoncampus@um.edu.mt                                    +356 2340 2134
    tajra@um.edu.mt                                             um.edu.mt/hrmd/kidspoint
    ilwien.jc@um.edu.mt                                         /um.childcare
Stipends Office

   The Stipends Office on campus, , administers      Scheme, whereby they may be eligible to receive
the Students Maintenance Grants, which are           an additional sum to their maintenance grant.
provided by the Government of Malta to eligible      It should be noted that all decisions regarding
students who are reading for a degree at the         applications under the Supplementary Grant
University of Malta. The Stipends Office, in         Scheme are taken solely by the Students’
collaboration with the Office of the Registrar,      Maintenance Grant Board.
Faculties, Institutes, Centres and School, the          All students are to apply for their maintenace
Students’ Maintenance Grant Board, and               grant and the supplementary grant through the
the Treasury Department, works to maintain           Ministry for Education and Employment’s portal
the correct information regarding University         – www.education.gov.mt – on a yearly basis.
students to ensure that the maintenance grant           Students are bound to repay the pro-rated
is issued correctly and on time.                     amount of money indicated by the Students’
   Under the Maintenance Grant Scheme,               Maintenance Grant Board should they absent
eligible students qualify for a monthly fixed rate   themselves from the course, fail to register
(stipend) as well as a fixed sum per academic        satisfactory progress, or discontinue their
year. Students following prescribed courses          studies.
qualify for a higher maintenance grant for the
duration of their course. Prescribed courses are
predominately but not exclusively science-based.        stipends@um.edu.mt
Examples of such courses are: B Engineering,          (+356) 2340 2807/3195/3480
B.Sc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science, B.Sc IT             um.edu.mt/stipends
(Hons), B.A. (Hons) Early Childhood Education &
                                                     Opening hours:
Care and B.Sc (Hons) Nursing.
   The yearly grant is intended to defray expenses   Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
related to educational material and equipment        8:30 – 12:30
throughout the academic year.
   Students who are eligible for the maintenance     Winter:
grant and have particular financial difficulties     Mondays and Friday - 8:30 – 12:00
may also apply for the Supplementary Grant           Wednesdays - 14:30 – 16:00


           The Kinetika Gym and National Pool Complex at Tal-Qroqq are a five minutes’ walk away from the
           main campus. University students can benefit from special rates for the usage of both the Olympic-
           sized swimming pool as well as the fitness centre. Squash courts are also available within the same
           building. The gym is open daily between 6:00 and 22:00 and between 7:00 and 17:00 during
           weekends. The sports hall, adjacent to the National Pool Complex, may also be booked for basketball,
           handball, badminton, volleyball and netball. Students may also book five-a-side football pitches.
           The Student Athlete Support Programme (SASP) strives to assist student-athletes who practice sport
           on a regular basis at national and/or international level. Through the SASP the University encourages
           and supports student-athletes to find a balance between their academic and sporting commitments.
           Further information may be obtained as shown below.

           SPORTS HALL/SQUASH COURTS                 FOOTBALL PITCHES                    KINETIKA GYM
           Mr Oliver Mallia, Sports Manager          Mr Louis Facciol, MUHC                info@kinetika.com.mt
            oliver.mallia@um.edu.mt                  louis.facciol@muhc.com.mt          +356 2751 1511
            +356 2340 2353                           +356 7979 7075                     kinetika.com.mt

           SASP                                      NATIONAL POOL COMPLEX
           Ms Stephanie Cassar, Manager I            Mr Alex Camilleri, Facility Manager

            athletesupport@um.edu.mt                 alex.b.camilleri@sportmalta.org.mt
            um.edu.mt/ipes/studentathletes           +356 2203 6333
            +356 2340 4423                           sportmalta.org.mt
                                                        /PixxinaNazzjonali

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