University of Malta

University of Malta
University of Malta
L-Università ta' Malta
Seal of the University of Malta
Motto Ut Fructificemus Deo
Motto in English We should bring forth fruit unto God
Established 1769
Type Public
Rector Professor Juanito Camilleri
Academic staff 600
Students 11341
Location Tal-Qroqq, Msida, Malta
Athletics Malta University Sports Club
Website University of Malta Official Site

The University of Malta (Maltese L-Università ta' Malta) is the highest educational institution in Malta Europe. The University offers undergraduate Bachelor's Degrees, postgraduate Master's Degrees and postgraduate Doctorates (PhD).



The University of Malta was founded in 1769 by Grandmaster Manuel Pinto da Fonseca. Following the Suppression of the Jesuits in the Kingdom of Sicily (of which Malta was then a vassal), Pinto expelled and seized the assets of the Order including their Collegium Melitense (founded in 1592). The assets of the college were used in establishing the University.

With the arrival of Napoleon in 1798, the University was briefly abolished and transformed into a French École Polytechnique. It was re-established with the arrival of the British in 1800. In 1938, King George VI gave it the title of The Royal University of Malta. The word "Royal" was subsequently removed from the name of the University when Malta became a republic in 1974.


Admission to the university is based on Matriculation examination results (A levels). However, entry on basis of maturity and experience is granted for certain courses in the arts and sciences. The University is known to have strict grade requirements and entry into some courses is limited, for example The Faculty of Dental Surgery allows for a maximum of 6 European students per year chosen according to merit and only after the students have successfully passed an admissions interview.

In the 1970s, under Dom Mintoff's government, the university became more accessible to students with a working-class or middle-class background since financial help started being given. In fact, the university's population increased by around 200% in this period. Up to the 1960s, the total university population was that of 300 students; in the 1970s it approached the 1,000 mark.

Faculties and institutions

The University of Malta comprises the following thirteen faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts (Fakultà tal-Arti)
  • Faculty of the Built Environment (Fakultà tal-Ambjent mibni)
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery (Fakultà tad-Dentistrija)
  • Faculty of Economics, Management & Accountancy (Fakultà tal-Ekonomija, Management u Accountancy)
  • Faculty of Education (Fakultà tal-Edukazzjoni)
  • Faculty of Engineering (Fakultà tal-Inġinerija)
  • Faculty of Laws (Fakultà tal-Liġi)
  • Faculty of Medicine & Surgery (Fakultà tal-Mediċina u l-Kirurġija)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences (Fakultà tax-Xjenzi tas-sahha)
  • Faculty of Science (Fakultà tax-Xjenza)
  • Faculty of Theology (Fakultà tat-Teoloġija)
  • Faculty of Information & Communication Technology (Fakultà tat-Teknoloġija tal-Informatika u l-Komunikazzjoni)
  • Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences (Fakultà tal-Midja u tax-xjenzi tal-Għerf)


Full time undergraduate courses are free-of-charge to citizens of Malta and the European Union. Maltese students enrolled in higher education in Malta are entitled to a stipend. Fees are charged in the case of higher courses and to nationals from non-EU states. There are currently 600 international students studying at the university, comprising around 7% of the student population.

Notable graduates

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Coordinates: 35°54′7″N 14°28′57″E / 35.90194°N 14.4825°E / 35.90194; 14.4825

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