- Course title: Master of Arts in Global Maritime Archaeology
- Course code: PMAGMAFTT6
- Postnominal: Second Cycle
- Level of qualification: Level 7
- Duration: 3 Semesters
- Mode of attendance: Full-time
- Total ECTS credits: 90
The MA in Maritime Archaeology is intended to expose students to a broad range of facets that fall within this discipline. Students will be able to start and develop their careers in the field of archaeology with a special emphasis on the maritime and underwater sub-disciplines of the subject. Furthermore, students may use the skill garnered from this robust course to pursue careers that are not related to archaeology. Skills-sets acquired throughout the one-year duration of this program are multi-dimensional, flexible and most importantly, desirable to stakeholders and employers. The Master's program in Global Marine Archaeology is an accelerated, 12-month program commencing in October 2017. It’s being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum.
The University of Malta is ideally situated to host such a Program
- The strategic location of the Islands in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea.
- Given Malta’s location, a number of central Mediterranean countries and neighbouring islands can be reached easily and relatively cheaply.
- English is one of two official state languages.
- The Republic of Malta is a fully fledged member of the European Union – thus enjoying full political, cultural and economic benefits of this entity.
- The Islands also enjoy good relations with its North African neighbours.
- The Islands are politically stable with a relatively low crime rate.
- The Islands have a rich past with archaeological/historical remains that range from late Neolithic structures of World Heritage fame to fortifications built by the Knights of St John.
- Malta’s waters have a large depositary of (largely unexplored) archival documents related to the naval and commercial activity datable to the Knights of St John as to the British period.
- It has an important maritime history linked to some of the most important sea powers with material remains that include historic dockyards, warehouse complexes, ports and quays.
- Due to its size, the above-mentioned sites are within a short distance from the University campus.
- The continued existence of long-standing maritime customs such as wooden boatbuilding, traditional fishing and salt harvesting.
- The University of Malta enjoys international collaborations offering excellent fieldwork and research opportunities.
- The University of Malta has formal collaborative agreements with institutions involved in the field of maritime archaeology.
The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum.
Through the M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology students will garner knowledge of a broad range of facets that fall within this discipline. Students will be able to start and develop their careers in the field of archaeology with a special emphasis on the maritime and underwater sub-disciplines of the subject. Furthermore, students may use the skill garnered from this robust course to pursue careers that are not related to archaeology. Skills-sets acquired throughout the one-year duration of this program are multi-dimensional, flexible and most importantly, desirable to stakeholders and employers active in the field of offshore exploration, deep-sea mining as well as other underwater activities.
Upon completion of the MA, students will be able to:
- Apply theoretical/scientific principles and concepts to archaeological problems;
- Plan, budget and manage the project including fieldwork (both terrestrial and underwater) - these skills will contribute to the running of professional archaeological projects;
- Critically analyze past archaeological reports which will help with the reinterpretation and rationalization of old data sets;
- Design and apply post-excavation methods and laboratory techniques that are essential components for the desired holistic approach to modern archaeological environments;
- Apply first aid conservation treatment of objects from an underwater context so as to ensure that international conventions are adhered to and cultural objects are protected and conserved;
- Acquire data related to maritime heritage on land (port structures, historic warehouses, etc.);
- Prepare Archaeological Impact Assessments - including critically reviewing ‘Terms of Reference’, background research of offshore and coastal developments in the proposal phase, the preparation of desk-based studies, the organization of site-specific fieldwork, the compilation of data, preparation of recommendations for monitoring phases of projects;
- Prepare academic publications and articles for popular dissemination as well as detailed archaeological reports;
- Organize exhibitions including the fundamentals of exhibition design and layout;
- Assimilate concepts related to the management of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) - including international conventions, charters and local legislation related to UCH, which will enable graduates to apply this knowledge to project proposals and emergency cases;
- Recognize and apply established good practices in the field of UCH - as conveyed in the aforementioned conventions and legislation;
- Characterize and prescribe in-situ conservation techniques relative to various cultural objects and materials situated on the seabed;
- Identify and operate various technological tools used in the field of the offshore survey;
- To recognize, choose (according to the technology utilized) and operate the various software suites available to archaeologists working in the field of offshore survey.
- ability to work in teams;
- ability to obtain, assess and analyze information from a number of sources;
- ability to develop, form and present structured arguments supported by evidence;
- knowledge and use of various IT packages;
- preparation and delivery of oral/audiovisual presentations for different audiences;
- retrieval of information to produce written reports;
- working to preset deadlines;
- work methodically and accurately;
- demonstrate attention to detail;
- demonstrate a high aptitude for critical thinking.
Career opportunities and access to further studies
Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, professional archaeologists, research assistants, park managers, sonar operators, curators and planners. Graduates from this program will be well positioned to pursue doctoral research in various maritime related subjects. Furthermore, those interested in developing further the synergy between science and the humanities will find fertile ground for the expansion of their research interests.
Course intended for
This course is intended for those who are intent on developing a long-term career in fields related to maritime archaeology, culture, history as well as museums and parks. Those wishing to combine their passion for the sea with their academic and career goals will find this course most suitable.
Admission and Progression Requirements
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree in Archaeology, History, Geography, or Oceanography or in another area which the Board considers as appropriate, obtained with a Second Class Honours or Category II classification, provided that applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class Honours or Category III shall satisfy the Board through an interview that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree.
In exceptional cases, and if vacant places are still available, the University Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a first cycle degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and experience that together are deemed to be comparable to the level of a first degree. Applicants referred to in this paragraph must satisfy the University’s English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT), at the appropriate level, and shall submit with their application a letter giving their motivation for applying for this Course. Such applicants shall further be required to attend for an interview to assess their suitability to follow the Course with profit.
Interviews shall be conducted by an interviewing board appointed by the Board, composed of at least three members.
The interviewing board may make use of electronic means of communication in order to carry out interviews with applicants.
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