The Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, introduced a Master of Science in Infrastructure Development and Management degree programme aimed at equipping graduates with advanced knowledge, skills and competences on economic, scientific, technical, legal, communication, management and social theories, principles, concepts and practices to enable the graduates to critique and apply them in infrastructure development and management. IDM is a multidisciplinary programme covering such disciplines as power and energy, environment, transportation, public works, water and sanitation, and information and communication technologies. It draws directly from undergraduate programmes uniquely offered at the Malawi Polytechnic in the Faculties of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Built Environment.

Who should enrol?

IDM is designed for graduates and/or professionals who are pursuing or intend to pursue a career in infrastructure development and management, project management or infrastructure development and programme coordinators in either the public, civil society or private sector. The programme, therefore, will appeal to a wide range of graduates, including those with degrees in fields of sciences, engineering, urban, district and regional planning, architecture and surveying.

Programme duration

The recommended duration for a full-time MSc IDM degree programme is 4 semesters and 6 semesters for part-time MSc IDM. The postgraduate committee can however give an extension up to 2 semesters for full time students and 4 semesters for part time students under the MSc IDM degree programme.

Programme Fees

Tuition fee is US$4,500 payable in two instalments.


Students shall be advised to find their own accommodation.

Programme structure

The MSc IDM degree programme is divided into two parts: coursework and dissertation. Both parts must be passed for the award of an MSc in IDM degree. Coursework comprises four (4) core modules and six (6) optional modules.

Compulsory Modules

  • Research methodology
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Project Management
  • Infrastructure Assets Management

Optional modules

  • Water and Sanitation Systems
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Public Works Systems
  • Transportation Systems
  • Land Planning and Management

Each student must complete all four core modules and at least 4 option modules. In addition, students are required to submit a research proposal and a dissertation at the end of the third and fourth semesters, respectively. The research can take the form of experimental work, modelling, survey and case studies in the area of infrastructure development and management.

Admission criteria

To be admitted into the MSc-IDM degree programme, candidates must have a relevant bachelor's degree with at least a strong pass from any recognised institution of higher learning. Candidates may be interviewed.