Programme Accreditation


This is a public call for the engagement of external evaluation of individual programmes of study being submitted to the NCFHE for accreditation by education providers. This evaluation is a critical component of the process involved in the accreditation of national qualifications and awards. The National Commission for Further and Higher Education invites interested parties to send a covering letter together with their Curriculum Vitae to the NCFHE on, clearly outlining their qualifications, the MQF level related to these qualifications and their area of expertise.  


After successful evaluation, applicants' details will be entered into a database and contacted as per requirements of programmes submitted for accreditation.​


The accreditation of educational entities providing accredited or recognised further and/or higher courses is a ​legal requirement as per Subsidiar​y Legislation (SL) 327.433 ‘Further and Higher Education (Licensing, Accreditation and Quality Assurance) Regulations’​. Courses are referred to as ‘accredited’ when they have been assessed by the NCFHE and pegged to the Malta Qualifications Framework
All education institutions interested in offering programmes of studies which are accredited and pegged to the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) need to submit their prospective programmes to the NCFHE for accreditation. New entities, together with the submission of the application for programme accreditation, must also submit an application for Provider Accreditation.

Referencing Report​ provides guidelines to the criteria used by the NCFHE to determine the appropriateness of the application​.

Irrespective of the MQF Level, whether a programme leads to an award or a qualification is determined by the ECTS/ECVET weighting of the programme.
The credit system is a central tool of the Bologna Process, This is a process in which the total hours of learning undertaken by a student translates into credits that are internationally recognised and transferable. In Malta, 1 credit is equivalent to 25 hours of total learning, 5 hours of which, must be direct contact teaching hours.