The Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi offers research-based Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree programmes in applied sciences in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree programmes

The following Master of Philosophy programmes are on offer:

  • MPhil Applied Sciences (Environmental Sanitation)
  • MPhil Applied Sciences (Industrial Process Technology)
  • MPhil Applied Sciences (Environmental Protection and Management)
  • MPhil Applied Sciences (Environmental Health)
  • MPhil Applied Sciences (Renewable Energy)

Admission criteria

Master of Philosophy is Masters by research in which the entry requirement is an honours degree in the First or Upper Second Division in a relevant discipline. Provision is however, made for candidates with a Bachelors degree with at least Credit or a strong pass with 2 years experience in relevant disciplines. When such candidates are enrolled into the MPhil programme they will be required to obtain 60 credits of taught modules relevant to the student's research area before embarking on research. The 60 credits will include the compulsory module of research methods.

The additional modules will be selected from the existing Masters programmes which are:

  • MSc. Environmental Protection and Management
  • MSc. Environmental Health
  • MSc. Water Resource and Supply Management
  • MSc Sustainable Engineering
  • MSc in Infrastructure Development Management
  • Masters of Business Administration

These modules will be identified by the Faculty, upon registration of each student, based on their relevance to the candidate's research area.

Candidates enrolled based on their honours degree will be required to take the taught research methods module but will be exempted from the 60 credit requirement. The candidates may, however, take some taught modules on the advice from their supervisors to strengthen their working knowledge on a discipline relevant to their research.

Publication requirement for MPhil candidates

Students shall be adviMPhil candidates will be required to publish a minimum of one (1) peer-reviewed paper in a peer-reviewed journal and/or provide evidence of 1 prepared manuscript 'accepted for publication/in press' during the time of their MPhil research programme in order to be awarded the masters' degree.

Programme fees

Fees for the programme are US$5,500 payable in Malawi Kwacha equivalent. The fees will cater for tuition, supervision and examination. Research expenses will vary from candidate to candidate based on nature of research. All the research expenses (consumables, surveys, out sourced tests etc) will be taken care of by the candidate. Further, living expenses, medicals and other costs are a responsibility of the candidate. The College will, from time to time, provide indicative costs according to the prevailing market conditions.

Further information about these programmes and more can be obtained from the Postgraduate Studies and Research Department of the Polytechnic.