In an effort to meet the ever changing demands of local and global market, The Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi introduced a Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering Management (MSc Sus-Eng) degree programme with specialisations initially in Facilities, Mining and Water.

Facilities management is an interdisciplinary field primarily devoted to the maintenance and care of commercial or institutional assets, buildings, such as hospitals, hotels, office complexes, arenas, educational or convention centres. The Facilities Management pathway in this programme aims to provide skill enhancement and advanced knowledge in asset management in the context of sustainable development and management.

The mining pathway in this programme aims to provide skill enhancement and a sustainability context for engineers and geologists already employed in-, making policy decisions about-, or regulating-, the mining, minerals and quarrying industries. It is also suitable for recent geology and engineering graduates wishing to pursue a career in the mining and minerals-related industries, or to teach in this area of postgraduate education.

Water management pathway is devoted to enhancing skills in how to manage water resources in a sustainable way. It seeks to identify challenges facing our water resources and find solutions that promote the sustainable management of water resources. This pathway aims at identifying new approaches in the way we plan, manage, and use water.

MSc Sus-Eng programme aims to equip graduates with advanced knowledge, skills and competences on economic, scientific, technical, legal, communication, management and social theories, principles, concepts and practices so that the graduates should be able to critique and apply them in their respective engineering related activities.

Programme duration

The MSc Sus-Eng degree programme will be offered on part-time basis within 6 semesters delivered on block release basis with a possibility of an extension for two semesters.

Programme fees

Tuition fees 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 program has been structured into modules to be delivered in six semesters with four core modules and another four specialization modules as follows:

Core modules

  • Research Methodology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Project Management
  • Information Communication & Dissemination
  • Research & Development Output

Specialization modules

1. Mining

  • Mining Systems and Environmental Impacts
  • Social and Economic Impacts of Mining
  • Mining Waste Management
  • Total Resource Utilisation and Total Project Development

2. Facilities

  • Managing the Property Asset
  • Facilities Management Strategy and Procurement
  • Facilities Information and Operations Management
  • Commercial and Financial Management

3. Water

  • Water Quality Management
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Water Supply Systems
  • Wastewater and Storm Water Systems

Admission criteria

The admission requirement into the MSc in Sustainable Engineering Management degree programme shall be:

  • A bachelor's degree from any recognised institution of higher learning with at least a strong pass as follows:
    • Facilities: Engineering, urban and district planning, architecture and appropriate degree in applied sciences.
    • Mining: Engineering, mining, geology, earth sciences, and surveying.
    • Water: Engineering and appropriate degree in applied sciences.

  • Plus 2 years relevant working experience at graduate level.
  • Candidates may be interviewed to ascertain their eligibility.