Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

Master of Science in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: June 30
Processing time: 30 days
Application fee: €23
Full-time, Part-time
Intakes: October

Program overview

Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) have the potential to change many applications and services. The field poses new academic and educational challenges due to the multi-disciplinary nature which includes ICT, Business and Law at its core. The underlying technology is required to provide decentralisation mechanisms and computational execution engines built on sound computer science and ICT principles. The provision of smart contracts is blurring the lines between real-world legal contracts and automated execution of legal obligations. Programmers will require knowledge of regulatory and legal frameworks within which smart contracts are being proposed, and similarly lawyers would be required to understand obligations laid out within smart contracts. With the advent of cryptocurrencies, built on Blockchain and DLTs, new financial and business models are being proposed - whereby finance and business professionals are requiring an appreciation of the underlying technical implementations and algorithms and surrounding legal frameworks. Software developers writing smart contracts and financial systems also require an understanding of the financial and business models which they are translating into code. The programme provides both an interdisciplinary view of Blockchain and DLT, as well as specialisation within either an ICT, Law or Business area. The programme consists of three main components: (i) multi-disciplinary introductory units; (ii) advanced specialisation units; and (iii) a research project.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus
Part-time

Requirements

Exams:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL iBT
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in the areas of Business, Economics, Finance, Law, Management, Information Technology, or in any other area which the Board deems appropriate. Applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University with Third Class Honours or Category III in the disciplines highlighted in paragraph (1) of this bye-law may apply if they are also in possession of other qualifications or have at least five years of relevant work experience, obtained following the first cycle degree. The admission of applicants under this bye-law may be made conditional on the results of an assessment as the Board may deem appropriate.

Career opportunities

This M.Sc. programme will be of interest for those who would like to work in the Blockchain/DLT industry. Successful students would be able to further pursue a PhD in the area.

Campus location

Msida , Malta

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