The Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi started offering Master of Science in Environmental Science (Water Management) degree programme. The programme aims to develop knowledge, insight, and skills required to design, implement and evaluate Water Resources and Supply Management policies and strategies in order to promote the wise use of water and achieve effective governance of water resources. The programme brings together the scientific study of water resources and supply with practical planning and management skills. Besides the technical (physical, chemical and engineering) and non-technical (legal, social, economic, financial, institutional and managerial) aspects, students will study the interplay between these technical and non-technical aspects.

Who should enrol?

The Water Management Masters Programme is intended for professionals and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds, who wish to gain knowledge of integrated water resources management and the role of the water resources manager in society with regards to sustainable development and sustainability issues. It is for young and mid-career professionals, in technical or management positions, with responsibilities for, or interests in, water and environmental resources, quality issues or provision of water and sanitation.

Programme duration

The recommended duration of the programme is two years, with a possibility of an extension for a maximum of one year. However, students will be allowed to make gradual investments in their higher education through a module by module approach. This will allow students whose work or personal commitments prevent full time study to build confidence with a smaller financial or time commitment. The recommended duration of the module by module approach is a maximum of five years.

Programme fees

Tuition fee for the program will be US$6,500 payable in Malawi Kwacha equivalent. Research fees will be negotiable, depending on the type of research and on whether the research is done at Polytechnic or student's employer's place. Students will either sponsor themselves or find their own scholarships.

Programme structure

The 2 year Masters programme consists of foundation, specialization and integration phases. In the foundation phase (first semester of first year) students will take four compulsory modules which are designed to provide the students with adequate fundamental knowledge needed for their specialised modules. In the specialisation phase (second semester of first year) students will choose one of three specializations, each of which highlights one critical aspect of Water Management. Students will choose to study Water Quality Management, Water Resource Systems and Sustainability and Water Services Management. Students with time or financial constraints may do the programme on a module by module approach (Minimum of two modules per semester) within a maximum of five years.

Core modules

  • Integrated water resources mgt
  • Research methodology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Water Resources Systems

Elective Modules

  • Water quality and pollution control
  • Environmental planning and implementation
  • Water and environmental law
  • Catchment management
  • Water resources planning
  • Hydrology
  • Managing water organization
  • Water system modelling
  • Water Supply and Sanitation
  • Water sector and utility management
  • Financial management in the water sector
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Thesis

Admission criteria

The programme is open to students from a range of academic backgrounds, as long as they have a Bachelors degree from any recognised institution of higher learning in pure, natural or social sciences with either credit or distinction or strong pass with minimum of 2 years of work experience.

Candidates may be interviewed to ascertain their qualification for this programme. For the Water Quality Management specialisation affinity with chemistry and biology is required.

Masters of Science in Water Resources and Supply Management Course Calendar (MWRSM)