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Postgraduate Programmes

The College of Medicine is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to pursue the following various postgraduate programmes


  1. Masters in Medicine (MMed) Programs

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

  1. Master in Medicine in General Surgery
  2. Master in Medicine in Internal Medicine
  3. Master in Medicine in Ophthalmology
  4. Master in Medicine in Orthopaedics
  5. Master in Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health
  6. Master in Medicine in Anaesthesia
  7. Master in Medicine in Psychiatry
  8. Master in Medicine in Emergency Medicine
  9. Master in Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  10. Master in Medicine in Family Medicine


MMED scholarship opportunities:  Limited scholarships are available for highly competitive applicants for MMED programs in Anaesthesia, Paediatrics & Child Health, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Internal Medicine. Applicants for the MMED (Internal Medicine) program will be eligible to compete for training posts in the United Kingdom after successfully completing two years of their studies in Malawi.

  1. Fellowship Training Programs

These are 4-5 years medical specialty training programs offered by College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) in the following areas:

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

 Fellowship training programs in General surgery and Orthopaedics will be conducted at either Kamuzu Central Hospital or Queen Elizabeth Central hospital, while ENT and Plastic Surgery will only be conducted at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

Admission Requirements for MMED and Fellowship Training Programs:

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

The College receives applications all year round. However, the deadline for receiving applications is 30th October 2015 for the admissions scheduled for 1st March 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted on 24th and 25th November 2015

1. Master in Public Health (MPH) Program

This is a 2-year block-release program. Applicants for this program may choose to major in Health Management, Bioethics, Epidemiology, Reproductive Health, Nutrition or Bioinformatics. Note that students in this program may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health if they complete all coursework BUT not a thesis. 

Admission Requirements for MPH program:

  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 each September intake we will only consider applications received before Friday, 26th February of the year they wish to enrol. The next intake will be in September 2016.

2. 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.

Candidates applying for these research degrees are strongly advised to have preliminary discussions with the relevant Heads of academic departments at CoM to enable matching of prospective student to supervisors or research groups and to develop research concepts before submitting an application.

Scholarship opportunities:

With funding from the National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Centre in the USA, the CoM has established the Malawi HIV Implementation Science Research Training Program (M-HIRST) to increase the capacity of Malawian researchers to conduct high quality implementation science research. Applicants who propose HIV implementation science projects as the basis for the master’s degree thesis or MPhil/PhD program will be considered for tuition support based on merit of the proposal, research aptitude of the applicant, and potential of the applicant to be a leader in HIV implementation science.

With funding from Gates Foundation, scholarships are available for candidates interested in undertaking PhD studies in Biochemistry in the context of Nutrition. Successful candidates will be part of a highly experienced and dynamic interdisciplinary research group linked with nutrition research networks worldwide.

Admission Requirements for MPhil and PhD programs:

  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

All PhD applicants should submit a research concept which includes the following sections; Introduction, Objectives and Methodology.

3. Research Fellowships

In addition to PhD scholarships, the M-HIRST programme will also support academics/research scientists employed in the College of Medicine or its recognized local research implementation partners to develop their implementation science skills so that they can progress towards research independence.  CoM will offer a 2 year fellowship which will provide modest salary support, access to funding for small research grants, participation in short course programs in key research skills and access to research mentors in Implementation science.

Admission requirements for research fellowships:

  1. Completed MMED (or equivalent) in relevant subject or
  2. PhD in relevant subject or
  3. Medical Degree with Master’s in Public Health or equivalent
  4. Employees of the College of Medicine or its research implementation partners

M-HIRST scholarship applicants should include the following; an updated copy of the curriculum vitae, personal statement demonstrating their interest in HIV Implementation Science and career objectives, additional reference from proposed research supervisor and two-page research proposal, which includes “Introduction, Objectives and Methodology” sections.

The deadline for receiving MPhil, PhD and research fellowship applications is Friday, 30th October 2015 for the admissions scheduled for 1st February 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted on 24th and 25th November 2015.

Applications for all programs should include:

  1. A completed postgraduate application form. The forms are available at 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 MK8000.00 for Malawians and $300.00 for non-Malawians.

Payment should be made to:






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


Blantyre 3, Malawi

Attention: Assistant Registrar (Academic)

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