The “Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology” course, which accepted its first cohort this month, is a multi-disciplinary degree offered by the University’s Centre for Distributed Technologies. It costs 13,400 euros a year, and lasts three semesters.
The master's degree, which is offered on a full-time or part-time basis, will, according to a prospectus, arm people from different industries with a multi-disciplinary approach to crypto.
“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,” reads the prospectus.
Variants of the degree are offered according to specialization. Students can focus on either Information and Communication Technology, Law and Regulation, or Business and Finance.
Graduates, the course administrators hope, should end the course with an understanding of what blockchain and DLTs are, how they work, and how they can decentralize applications.
Malta has wooed blockchain companies to set up shop on the island via lucrative tax incentives, government initiatives, and friendly crypto regulation. That’s lead to companies like Binance and OKEx to base their headquarters there
This masters follows other interdisciplinary tech-related courses, like those offered by Oxford University’s Internet Institute, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Institute, or MIT’s Media Lab.