University tertiary education is primarily provided by the University
of Malta in ten faculties and a number of centres and institutes. The
University awards both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees up to
doctorate level (first, second and third cycle levels).
Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is the
institution providing non-university tertiary education. By means of
Act XIII of 2006 which amended the Education Act of 1988, MCAST has
been accorded the status of a higher education institution and can
award degrees mainly in the vocational sphere. Currently, it is
awarding the Higher National Diploma, Level 4 in conjunction with
Edexcel/British Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC).
number of well-organised tuition centres provide tuition locally as
well as through electronic or ordinary mail while offering facilities
to students generally on a part-time evening basis but sometimes also
on a full-time service. These tuition centres (Note: they only provide
access to courses offered by foreign institutions) act as agencies to
foreign universities and they specialise in one or two branches of
learning, very often leading to professional qualifications, such as a
Masters in Business Administration and banking and insurance diplomas.
For further details about tertiary education refer to the subsections below.
note that the ages in this diagram do not match the other diagram in
the separate attachment – PhD goes up to age 26. ISCED level 6 is not
included in the above and in the other diagram. These diagrams should
match the information we gave in the Eurydice report.