University of Malta / UoM

Founded in 1769

Lying at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean, UM has been, over its 400-year history, the hub for international academic exchange on the island. UM is the leading higher education institution in Malta and its structures are in line with the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education area.

The University seeks to carry out academic research and provide a vibrant higher education setting in the arts, sciences and the humanities as required for Malta’s economic, social and cultural development. The courses at UM are designed to produce highly-qualified professionals in multiple disciplines. The UM alumni community is growing exponentially: well over 3,500 students graduate in various disciplines annually.

UM is committed to high standards of research and teaching and every member of at UM plays an important role and contributes to an outstanding student experience. Today UM is composed of fourteen faculties, a number of interdisciplinary institutes and centres, three schools and a junior college. Besides the main campus, situated at Msida, there are three other campuses: Valletta, Marsaxlokk, Gozo.

The language of instruction at UM is English.

Department of International Relations

The Department of International Relations at the University of Malta is a member of NOHA and hosts students from a vast range of countries in Europe and beyond. The Department boasts a large number of Erasmus agreements, which serve to facilitate student exchange with other universities Europe-wide.

The programmes offered by the Department of International Relations include the B.A. Honours track (International Relations), the B.A. General track, the M.A. preparatory programme, the M.A. by research (International Relations), the M.A. in Humanitarian Action, the Ph.D by research (International Relations) and the EMJMD Programme in International Humanitarian Action (NOHA+). It also offers short (CPD) courses for professionals wishing to upgrade their skills, as well as a course targeting foreign diplomatic staff wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Maltese political system. The Department also hosts a number of lectures every year by visiting international experts in the field, who contribute to the Department's public lecture series.

The Department’s programmes prepare students to enter the increasingly globalised labour market and take up jobs in the diplomatic service, government ministries, EU institutions, local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, international institutions, media organisations, the army, large corporations, think tanks and research centres.

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Useful info

  • Studying in Malta

    The Maltese islands contain a remarkable mixture of the ancient and the modern and influences from many cultures and civilisations. The University of Malta is one of the oldest in the Mediterranean. However, it is looking firmly into the future while blending tradition with innovation.
    The main campus is situated at Msida. There are two other campuses. One is the Valletta campus which is housed in the Old University Building which dates back to the founding of the Collegium Melitense and incorporates the Aula Magna. The Valletta Campus also serves as a prestigious setting for the hosting of international conferences, seminars, short courses and summer schools. It is also the venue of the University's International Collaborative Programmes, the Research, Innovation & Development Trust and the Conference and Events Unit.
    The other is the Gozo Campus on Malta’s sister-island, Gozo, where part-time evening degree and diploma courses in various areas of study are offered. This campus also provides a venue for short courses and seminars and it houses the Guesten Atmospheric Research Centre, within the Department of Geosciences.
  • Academic calendar

    Please visit the following link for the official Academic Calendar, key Semester Dates, Graduation Schedules and more. 
  • Accommodation

    Malta offers a variety of accommodation options for students, located around and close to the University campus, to suit different needs and budgets. Students are free to choose the lodging which suits them best.
    Students registered for studies with the University of Malta may opt to live at the University Residence or Hotel Kappara. Both properties are administered by the University.
    Bookings, payments and all other arrangements are to be made directly to the two properties
    University Residence: Email
    Hotel Kappara: Email
    Click here [pdf] to view the latest offers at Hotel Kappara.
  • Living costs

    The cost of living in Malta is on the whole considerably lower than in neighbouring European countries. Below you will find an approximate guide of the monthly expenses you are likely to incur while studying in Malta. These are only approximations since your monthly bill will be determined by your personal lifestyle.
    Accommodation: € 500
    Meals: € 250
    Telephone/ WIFI: € 25
    Local transport: € 40
    Books, stationery, etc.: € 70
    Leisure activities: € 170
    Laundry: € 20
    Total: € 1,075
  • Language courses

    There are a number of language courses available to University of Malta students as supplementary study-units to their chosen Programmes. For more information on courses pertaining to a specific language, please contact the NOHA Coordinator at 
  • Useful links


  • Dr Anna Khakee NOHA Director
  • Joseph Debono NOHA Coordinator
  • Dr Maria Pisani NOHA Vice-Director
  • Dr Anna Khakee NOHA Director
  • Dr Maria Pisani NOHA Vice-Director
  • Dr Markus Moke Head of Projects, Quality Assurance and Training
  • Dr Bram Jansen Assistant Professor
  • Dr Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi NOHA General Assembly Representative
  • Maria Elizabeth Schembri NOHA Lecturer
  • Dr Fernando Jesus Almansa Lopez Humanitarian Consultant and Coach
  • Prof Liberato Camilleri NOHA Lecturer
  • Dr Maurice Said Visiting Professor
  • Dr Angela Pennisi di Floristella Lecturer


University of Malta / UoM

Department of International Relations
Faculty of Arts
Msida MSD 2080
+356 2340 2340

Last updated: 2 November 2018

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