Call for Applications for Postgraduate Programmes: University of Malawi


College of Medicine: Deadline dates Vary

The College of Medicine (CoM) was established in 1991 as a constituent college of the University of Malawi with a mission “to be an academic centre of excellence in the training of doctors and other health professionals in clinical service and medical research, responsive to the health needs of Malawi and its neighbours within the Southern African region”. Through postgraduate training, CoM expects to develop and mentor clinicians, public health practitioners and scientists who will become leaders and game-changers in their areas of speciality to transform the health sector in Malawi and globally.  In pursuit of its mission, the CoM is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to undergo training in the following postgraduate programs:

A.   Masters in Medicine (MMed)

These are 4-year medical specialty training programs in the following areas:

  1. General Surgery
  2. Internal Medicine
  3. Ophthalmology
  4. Orthopaedics
  5. Paediatrics and Child Health
  6. Anaesthesia
  7. Psychiatry
  8. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  9. Family Medicine
  10. Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
  11. Emergency Medicine

Scholarships:  With funding from several agencies, highly competitive scholarships are available for  applicants interested in the following specialties; Paediatrics & Child Health, General Surgery, ENT, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine. In Internal Medicine, there will be opportunities to study in the United Kingdom in salaried training posts in the final 2 years of the training program. Details, terms and conditions for these scholarships are available from the relevant CoM Heads of Departments who can be contacted through the Postgraduate Administrative Assistant (postgraduateadmin@medcol.mw). Applicants interested in Internal Medicine should contact Dr Jane Mallewa (jmallewa@medcol.mw). Those interested in Family Medicine please visit this website: http://sphfm.medcol.mw/mph/family-medicine

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or its equivalent from any recognized university
  2. Proof of registration with the Medical Council of Malawi as a Medical Practitioner
  3. One year post-internship work experience

The CoM receives applications all year round. However, the deadline for receiving applications is 15th December 2017 for the MMed admissions scheduled for 1st April 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted between 15 and 19 January 2018.

B.   Clinical Fellowships

These are 5 years surgical specialty training programs offered by College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). The first 2 years of the training programme are common to all surgical subspecialties leading to a membership qualification. The subsequent 3 years are subspecialty specific leading to a fellowship qualification in the following areas:

  1. General Surgery
  2. Orthopaedics
  3. Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)
  4. Plastic Surgery
  5. Paediatric Surgery

Fellowship training programs in General surgery and Orthopaedics will be conducted at either Kamuzu Central Hospital or Queen Elizabeth Central hospital, while ENT, Paediatric Surgery and Plastic Surgery will only be conducted at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. With funding from the Norwegian Government training scholarships are available for those who are successfully enrolled into the COSECSA programmes.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or its equivalent from any recognized university
  2. Proof of registration with the Medical Council of Malawi as a Medical Practitioner
  3. One year post-internship work experience

The CoM receives applications all year round. COSECSA candidates can begin training at any time of the year but must be registered by 31st March.

C.             Master in Public Health (MPH)

This is a 2-year block-release program. Applicants may choose to major in Health Management, Bioethics, Epidemiology, Reproductive Health, Nutrition or Health Informatics. Students may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health if they complete all coursework BUT do not submit a dissertation.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from any recognized university
  2. At least two years of work experience in a relevant field is essential
  3. Research experience or scientific publications are desirable
  4. Candidates interested in health informatics should have experience in information technology and have to indicate this area of interest on the application form.

The College receives applications all year round. However, for the September 2018 intake we will only consider applications received before the end of 28th February 2018.

D. Master of Science in Epidemiology

This is a 2-year master of science degree program, which consists of core modules in basic and advanced epidemiology and biostatistics, disease control, research ethics, data management and integrity. Students are allowed to choose elective modules from a wide variety of disease and health programs specific modules (e.g. TB, malaria, HIV, nutrition, bioethics). Lastly students are required to complete a research dissertation. Students may alternatively graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology if they complete all coursework but do not submit a dissertation.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualifications) in a relevant science subject (e.g. medicine, nursing, biology, physics, mathematics, statistics, social sciences, psychology, environmental health) from any recognised university
  2. At least two years of work experience in a relevant field is desirable

This program is ran in Lilongwe and Blantyre college campuses. The College receives applications all year round. However, for the September intakes we will only consider applications received before the end of 28th February 2018.

E. Master of Science in Global Health Implementation

This is a 2-year master of science degree program, which consists of core modules in Global Health, Principles, Policies and Practices; Economics and Financing; Global Environmental Health and Climate justice; Implementation Science; Program Design implementation and Evaluation; Ethics and Human Rights; Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Systems (LEGS) for Global Health Implementation; Global Economic Governance and Health Diplomacy; Comparative Health Systems. Students are allowed to choose elective modules from a selected disease and health programs specific modules. Lastly students are required to complete a research dissertation. Students may alternatively graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Epidemiology if they complete all coursework but do not submit a dissertation

Admission Requirements:

  1. A Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualifications approved by the University) in a relevant science subject (e.g. medicine, nursing, biology, physics, mathematics, statistics, social sciences, psychology, environmental health) from any recognised university.

This program is ran in Lilongwe and Blantyre college campuses. The College receives applications all year round. However, for the September intakes we will only consider applications received before the end of 28th February 2018.

F. Master of Science (Antimicrobial Stewardship)

This is a 2-year full research or online MSc programme for aspiring biomedical scientists, social scientists or health practitioners interested to pursue a career in the broad area of antibiotic stewardship and conservation, with specific interest in Medicine, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Laboratory Sciences, Nursing and Social Science.

All Candidates will be supervised by faculty from the University of Malawi, who will have joint mentors from University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and University of Tromso (Norway). Candidates for on-line MSc will spend at least 18 months undertaking online coursework in addition to the 12 months of research project implementation. Details of this programme are available on the CoM website (www.medcol.mw)

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from any recognized university
  2. At least two years of work experience in a relevant field is essential
  3. Prior Research experience or scientific publications is desirable

Suitably qualified individuals should indicate, in their application letter, their preferred area of study. Limited scholarships (i.e. waiver of tuition fees and support for material costs) are available, particularly for female students and students living with disabilities.

The deadline for receiving MSc applications is April 2018 for admissions scheduled for 1st September 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted May 2018.

G. Master of Science in Bioinformatics

This is a 2-year MSc programme with course work in the first year and research in the second year. Field specialisation will be done in the second year based one’s to the research project. The programme is suitable for applicants with sciences background such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Laboratory Sciences, Medical Sciences, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry and any other relevant mathematical sciences discipline. MSc Bioinformatics graduates become experts to pursue careers in use and development of bioinformatics tools for storage and analysis large molecular biology datasets in research and medical institutions. Bioinformaticians also make excellent systems administrators or managers in an ICT environment. Details of this programme are available on the CoM website (www.medcol.mw)

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from any recognized university
  2. At least two years of work experience in a relevant field is essential
  3. Prior Research experience or scientific publications will be an added advantage

The deadline for receiving MSc applications is 15 December for admissions scheduled for 1st April 2018. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for interviews to be conducted in January 2018.

H. Master of Philosophy (MPhil) / Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

These are postgraduate degree programs by research (2 years for MPhil; 3-4 years for PhD). Candidates may apply to be considered for (a) the University of Malawi PhD degree program or (b) the Joint College of Medicine-University of Liverpool PhD degree programs.

Admission Requirements

  1. Masters degree in a relevant subject from any recognized university or;
  2. A medical degree or its equivalent, or appropriate honours degree in the first or upper second division in a relevant discipline

Applicants are strongly advised to have preliminary discussions with the relevant Heads of academic departments at CoM or Project Directors to enable matching of prospective student to supervisors or research groups and to develop research concepts before submitting an application. Applicants without approved research concepts and/or supervisors will not be shortlisted.  Those applying for PhDs within the Department of Public Health should contact Dr Gertrude Chapotera (hodpublichealth@medcol.mw) and are encouraged to visit the school website for potential supervisors on http://sphfm.medcol.mw/sphfm/.

The CoM accepts MPhil/PhD applications all year round but candidates can commence their studies on 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October each year.

Scholarship opportunities:  Highly competitive MPhil/PhD fellowships are available to applicants who would like to conduct HIV Implementation research. Interested applicants should get details, terms and conditions of the fellowships from Prof Victor Mwapasa (vmwapasa@medcol.mw) or Prof Mina Hosseinipour (mina_hosseinipour@med.unc.edu).

With funding from the Wellcome Trust through the Development of Excellence in Leadership Training and Science (DELTAS) programme, the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) supports research, academic and leadership excellence in the area of mental, neurological and substance use disorders (MNS). AMARI is able to provide support for one Malawian PhD fellowship that will cover a monthly stipend, tuition fees, research-related expenses, travel expenses for the AMARI’s annual scientific meeting and training courses. Interested candidates are advised to have preliminary discussions with the Head of Department of Mental Health at COM (sholzer@medcol.mw) to enable matching of prospective students to supervisors and developing research concepts before submitting an application. Deadline for applications is the 8th of December 2017 for admission in July 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted in January 2018.

Starting from 2017 and for the next five years, the African Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) will be facilitating the recruitment and training of MPH, MPhil/PhD students interested to pursue research projects in the following areas: herbal medicine; injury; adolescent and urban health. Partial scholarships will be available to deserving candidates. Interested applicants should contact Prof Adamson S. Muula (amuula@medcol.mw) or Dr Fanuel Lampiao (flampiao@medcol.mw)

Applications for all postgraduate programs should include:

  1. A completed postgraduate application form. The forms are available at medcol.mw/application-forms/or CoM Central Registry
  2. Sealed academic transcripts
  3. Authenticated copies of academic certificates
  4. Authenticated copies of professional registration certificates where applicable
  5. Letter of release from employers (if employed)
  6. Proof of funding (e.g. sponsorship agreement letter). Where applicants intend to sponsor themselves, copies of appropriate financial records must be submitted e.g. bank reference.
  7. Reference letters (one academic and one professional)

A non-refundable application fee of MK10000.00 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.

Payment should be made to:

COM POSTGRADUATE POOL

NATIONAL BANK OF MALAWI

CHICHIRI BRANCH

ACCOUNT NUMBER : 698881

CURRENT ACCOUNT

Application forms that do not meet the requirements stated above will not be processed.

Completed application should be sent:

The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360

Chichiri

Blantyre 3, Malawi

Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)

Tel: + 265 (0) 1 874 107, Fax +265 (0) 1 874 700

E-mail: admissions@medcol.mw

Copy: postgraduateadmin@medcol.mw

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