The Faculty of Engineering at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi is offering Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree programmes in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

The following are the Master of Philosophy degree programmes on offer:

1. Civil Engineering

  • MPhil in Engineering (Transport Systems)
  • Research areas will include Land use and Transport systems, Public works and transport systems, Traveller information systems and Urban/rural transport modes and services.

  • ii. MPhil in Engineering (Sustainable Engineering Management)
  • Research Areas will include Urban systems, Transportation, Health, Energy systems, Water and water systems and Environment engineering

2. Electrical Engineering

  • MPhil in Engineering (Telecommunications)
  • Research areas will include Wireless mobile systems, Wireless mobile networking simulation, Protocols and bandwidth management, Distributed computing and databases in wireless environments, RF Circuit design, Active noise cancellation and e-Learning software development.

  • MPhil in Engineering (Power and Machines)

    Research areas will include Power generation, transmission and distribution; Electrical machines designs and operation; Power system protection; Stability studies; Power flow studies; Power system controls; Power system faults; Electrical energy storage and Energy management.

3. Mechanical Engineering

  • MPhil in Engineering (Industrial Management)
  • MPhil in Engineering (Infrastructure Development and Management)
  • Research areas for these programmes will include Design methodologies and life cycle planning, Maintenance systems, Planning for public sector and logistics and production planning, Gender and infrastructure, Asset Management, Climate change, Industrial safety and Energy management.

Admission Criteria for MPhil Candidates

To be considered for MPhil the candidate must have an Honours degree in the First or Upper Second Division or a Bachelors degree with at least Credit or a strong pass backed by at least 2 years experience in relevant discipline. The candidate with Bachelors degree will be required to take 60 credits of taught modules relevant to the selected research area. This includes compulsory modules of research methods and statistics.

Publication requirement for MPhil candidates

MPhil 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 details about the admission and enrolment criteria, including fees and other expenses can be obtained from the Postgraduate and Research Department at The Polytechnic.