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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are short courses held?
This depends on the area / field which you will be studying. Usually all relevant information is given when the student submits his / her registration. However it is important to mention that MCAST is made up of the following Institutes:
  • MCAST - Institute of Information & Communication (PAOLA)
  • MCAST - Institute of Art & Design (MOSTA) MCAST - Gozo Centre (GHAJNSIELEM)
  • MCAST - The Maritime Institute (KALKARA)
  • MCAST - Agribusiness Institute (QORMI)
  • MCAST - Institute of Community Services (PAOLA)
  • MCAST - Electrical & Electronics Engineering Inst. (PAOLA)
  • MCAST - Institute of Business & Commerce (PAOLA)
  • MCAST - Institute of Building & Construction (NAXXAR)
  • MCAST - Institute of Mechanical Engineering (PAOLA)
  • MCAST - Institute of Applied Science (PAOLA)
What if I have to cancel my booking of a course?
The application fee is non refundable for candidates who choose to withdraw their application. However it may be transferred to another course of the applicant’s preference. This has to be done prior to the closing date of the application period. Full refund of fee will be paid by MCAST in the event that the College is unable to provide the course.
How do I find out what courses are available at MCAST?
To find out more about our short / part-time courses, please visit our website on www.mcast.edu.mt and click on part time courses or on shortcourses.mcast.edu.mt. A list of courses could also be collected from the Office of Part-Time Courses, MCAST Main Campus, Administration Block, Corradino Hill, Paola. We also offer further assistance for prospective students Monday to Friday between 0830 hrs and 1630 hrs.
In which language are lectures usually delivered?
By default all listed courses are delivered in Maltese. Non Maltese speaking applicants are to contact the Office of Part-Time Courses before applying in order to verify whether the course can be delivered in English.
How do I apply?
Interested applicants should fill in an application form which could either be collected from the Office of Part-Time Courses at MCAST Main Campus, Corradino Hill, Paola, or from any local council. It could also be downloaded from shortcourses.mcast.edu.mt. The completed application form should be returned together with full payment to the Office of Part-Time Courses. Applications can also be submitted online during application period. (Fees could be settled by cash, cheques or credit cards). Applications without payment will not be considered.
Do I get a certificate when I complete a course at MCAST?
Participants in short courses will receive a certificate of attendance if they attend more than 80% of the course duration. On the other hand students attending courses which are accredited by an external awarding body (e.g. City and Guilds or BTEC) will receive a certificate from that body if they succeed in the course.
Are there any prerequisites which are required to enroll in a course at MCAST?
You need no knowledge, experience or qualifications for the introductory courses run in any of the Institutes. For the advanced courses one should either have attained the introductory course certificate in the field / area or have reasonable awareness and / or experience of the area. Pre-requisites and/or entry requirements are stipulated (if required) in the course information sheet which is either available at www.mcast.edu.mt or from shortcourses.mcast.edu.mt or which could be collected from the Part-Time Courses Office on tel. no. 2398 7143 / 7116 / 7777 or via email on shortcourses@mcast.edu.mt
When will the course run, what is the course fee and when is the closing date.
Information such as course fees, course duration, and venues can all be obtained from our website at www.mcast.edu.mt or from shortcourses.mcast.edu.mt or by enquiring at the Office of the Part-Time Courses on Tel: 2398 7143 / 7116 / 7777. With regards to the closing date, applications at MCAST are received on first come first serve basis. Therefore a course is closed once the maximum number of students per class is reached.
Do I have to pay tuition fees to attend a Part-Time course at MCAST?

Yes, fees are payable on all part-time / short courses. However in most of the courses, senior citizens are eligible for a 50% discount, or as otherwise indicated. This discount does not cover consumables. A photocopy of the 'Karta Anzjan' should be attached to the application form. If application is submitted through online, copy of the 'Karta Anzjan' needs to be send to the Office of Part-Time Courses either by post or by email: shortcourses@mcast.edu.mt

MCAST (full-time) students will benefit from a 50% discount on most of the courses, or if stated otherwise. This discount does not cover consumables. Applications with a letter from the Institute are to be submitted to the Office of Part-Time Courses, MCAST Main Campus, Corradino Hill, Paola PLA 9032

For further information, contact Part-Time Courses Office on tel. no. 2398 7116 / 7777 or via email on shortcourses@mcast.edu.mt

Who can we contact regarding enquiries about Part-time courses?

You can contact us regarding part-time courses enquiries on 23987777 or 23987116 during 8am and 12pm and 1pm and 4pm, via email on shortcourses@mcast.edu.mt or through our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mcastparttimecourses/

Who can we contact regarding enquiries related to International students?

You can contact us on 23987879 during 8am and 12pm and 1pm and 4pm.

What is the MG2i website URL? Are the part-time courses applications still open and until when will they remain open?

The part-time courses applications are still open and will remain open until further notice.

When will the part-time courses start?

Presently we're receiving the applications and it is envisaged that the next batch of courses will start between September and October 2020. We may be able to offer some courses on line, however this depends on the availability of the lecturers. Practical sessions cannot be held online. Clients will receive notifications via email.

I applied for a part-time course but haven't received an acknowledgement yet. When will I know when the course is going to start?

The MG2i staff will be processing all the application and will announce the start date when this process is complete. They will contact the applicant either through email or by phone. The majority of courses will start in September 2020. If you have applied On-Line and did not receive an acknowledgement, please send an email with all details on shortcourses@mcast.edu.mt

How can I apply to join a part-time course?

It is recommended that all applications are made online, until further notice.

What should I do if I don't have access to a computer or Wifi to apply?

The application form is available on the Part-Time Courses prospectus which was recently delivered to every household. The application form should be completed by prospective candidates and returned together with full payment to: The Office of Part-Time Courses, MCAST Main Campus, New Students’ House, Corradino Hill, Paola PLA 9032. Once again, this method of application should be discouraged until the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over.

I was following a part-time course at MCAST before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. They informed me that my course has been suspended or postponed until further notice. When can I complete my course?

MCAST is doing its utmost to continue its part-time courses online. Certain courses contain practical sessions and therefore cannot be offered online. It is our intention to continue with the practical sessions as soon as the Health Authorities inform us that it is safe to continue with these courses.

Can I take a refund if I decide not to go to a course after I have paid for it?

The full refund of the fee will only be effected by MCAST in the event that a College is unable to provide the course.

Will it be possible to offer all part-time courses online?

No, this will not be possible, since some of the courses require practical sessions.

I completed my course recently. Will I be receiving my certificate?

Yes, MCAST will be able to issue the certificate of course completion by September 2020.

What sort of qualifications are needed to apply for the short part-time courses?

A number of courses do not require any previous qualifications. On the other hand, there are other courses which specifically require minimum qualifications, and these are mentioned in the website http://shortcourses.mcast.edu.mt. It is recommended that the applicant scan the certificates and send them to shortcourses@mcast.edu.mt(instead of 'together with the application' as the online version does not support this feature.)

When will we be able to continue the LSE 10/20/30 week course?

MCAST is presently doing its utmost to offer all the LSE courses through its online platform. We have already started offering some of these courses online. It is envisaged that all LSE courses will be available online during the coming days. Currently, 20-week courses and 30-week courses are being launched online. However, note that practical sessions involving tutor visits/classroom placements would have to wait until the schools re-open again.