The Government of Malta announces the third call for applications for Palestinian students wishing to pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Malta.
The Scholarships are designed to facilitate the formation of young Palestinian professionals in two key areas which have become increasingly recognised as critical pillars for the creation of a more sustainable future for Palestine, namely humanitarian action, and cultural heritage. Malta is an ideal meeting point for the realization of this goal, not only because of the relevant expertise it offers in these two sectors, but also because of the strong historic and cultural ties it enjoys with the Arab world as well as with Europe.
Master of Science in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces, within the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage, Faculty for the Built Environment
This multidisciplinary Master of Science course deals with the conservation of decorative architectural surfaces including wall paintings, stone, and mosaic. The course contains extensive hands-on works in the laboratory and on-site (carried out throughout the academic years and as conservation placements), a dissertation and an equal balance of theoretical and practical subjects, including: conservation history and ethics; research methods; materials and technology in architectural surfaces and sculpture; composition and properties of building and decorative materials; scientific analyses applied to conservation; the deterioration of stone and related building materials; environmental assessment for conservation; conservation management and conservation materials and methods.
All students shall be required to undertake two compulsory conservation placements, as indicated in the programme of study. These conservation placements cannot be carried out during term time. At least one of these conservation placements shall be carried out abroad at an institution approved by the Board.
The full-time programme comprises three semesters of taught study-units (80 ECTS), two summer conservation placements (10 ECTS), and a dissertation (30 ECTS) that is undertaken during the second semester of the second year.
The MSc in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces offers students:
- a clear understanding of what the practice of the conservation of cultural heritage entails through discussions, seminars, presentations and reports
- familiarisation with a variety of methods for examination, analysis, documentation and conservation of materials relative to their field
- the skills required to document, analyse and record the state of conservation of architectural surfaces
- the ability to reflect critically on conservation practice, including their own
- the ability to work independently according to the highest ethical standards, and according to negotiated deadlines
- the ability to carry out a professionally designed conservation treatment on a complex surface using the principles of minimum intervention, retreatability and reversibility where applicable
- the skills required to produce professional quality conservation reports for presentation to professionals in the same or related fields Page 8 of 12
- the ability to continue to develop their manual skills and advance their theoretical knowledge and
understanding of conservation treatments.
A more detailed description may be viewed at:
The programme of study may be viewed at:
The detailed course bye-laws may be viewed at:
In order to be considered for admission into the MSc programme in October 2016, applicants are required to hold
a) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II the main focus of which is in Conservation and Restoration, and directly related to the programme of study of the Course or
b) qualifications deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board, to be comparable to the qualifications listed in (a) or
c) to have successfully completed a preparatory programme comprising 60 ECTS credits, with an overall average mark of 65% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.
In addition to the qualifications mentioned in (a) and (b), in order to be admitted to the Course, candidates must also obtain a mark of at least 65% in a test or tests as established by the Faculty Board, and held not later than one month before the start of the academic year.
Applicants are required to present an internationally recognized English Language proficiency Certificate at the required level. Further information is available at: http://www.um.edu.mt/int-eu/international/english_language_requirements
Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action
The Master’s programme approaches humanitarian and development action from both a practical and an analytical perspective. Students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to critically analyse humanitarian action, and work effectively in the humanitarian and development field. The programme is taught by a combination of in-house experts and experienced guest lecturers. Candidates for the M.A. in Humanitarian Action will gain a comprehensive understanding of:
- The variety of humanitarian and more long-term responses to crises across the globe
- How such responses are shaped and what consequences they have
- The institutional and legal framework for humanitarian action
- Medical and public health aspects of humanitarian action
- Management and humanitarian action
- Anthropology and humanitarian action
- Media and humanitarian action
- Applied ethics in humanitarian action
- Human security, forced migration and humanitarian action
- Humanitarian evaluation in theory and practice
- Applied research methods in humanitarian action
The M.A. also offers the possibility of placements for those students who wish to expand their hands-on experience of what working in the humanitarian and development fields entails.
The programme is intended for individuals working in, or aspiring to work in, humanitarian agencies, multilateral aid institutions, NGOs and private foundations, government agencies, large corporations with in-house development/outreach work, and think tanks and research centres.
The M.A. enables students to develop a range of skills, including:
- The ability to analyse critically humanitarian and development action, how it is framed, structured, and delivered
- The ability to plan, programme, implement, and evaluate effectively humanitarian and/or development interventions
- The ability to navigate among the numerous players involved in humanitarian and development assistance
- Confident oral presentation skills on the topics covered
- Analytical writing in the area of humanitarian and development cooperation
1) A recognised degree as deemed relevant by the Faculty Board of Arts.
Given the multidisciplinary character of humanitarian work, students are expected to hold a first degree second class or equivalent, in any subject considered to be relevant by the Admissions Committee.
2) English Language Proficiency.
Applicants who have not studied in Malta are required to present an internationally recognised English Language Proficiency Certificate at the required level. Further information about English Language Requirements is available at:
3) Further details.
For further details, see Bye-Laws for Degree of Master of Arts available at http://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/95147/MA-Arts-BL-2009.pdf
and the Course Overview and Programme available at:
and the Course Overview and Programme available at:
The scholarship will cover
- Payment of the University of Malta Tuition Fees and/or Enrolment fee.
- Health Insurance to cover a premium up to a maximum of EUR 500 per year. Students will be guided on this and other arrangements upon arrival.
- Reimbursement for the obligatory Health Test to be carried out in Malta as required for the processing of the Residence Permit. (Information about the health test that will be carried out upon arrival in Malta is available at: http://www.um.edu.mt/int-eu/international/healthtests).
- A monthly subsistence allowance amounting to EUR 950 per month to be used towards accommodation, living, transport and academic expenses and any other expenses that may arise.
- One return journey to Palestine the cost of which is capped at EUR 1000. Any additional trips or travel costs higher than this amount will have to be covered by the student.
Two scholarships will be awarded – one for the candidate selected for the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action and another one for the candidate selected for the Master of Science in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces.
For more Information:http://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/PDF%20Documents/Scholarship%20Document%20-%20PST.pdf
Deadline to apply for the scholarship is
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