The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) was established by Act of Parliament No. 15 of 2011, with the primary purpose of promoting and coordinating education provided by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Malawi. One of NCHE’s mandates is to harmonize student selection in public universities.
The Council is therefore inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for selection into undergraduate programmes for the 2022/2023 academic year offered by the Kamuzu University
of Health Sciences (KUHeS), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS), Malawi University of Science and
Technology (MUST), Mzuzu University (MZUNI) and the University of Malawi (UNIMA).
The eligible applicants are as follows:
a) Candidates who completed the MSCE, IGCSE or O level equivalent in the past three years (2020, 2021 and 2022).
b) Candidates who completed the Advanced Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A Level equivalent in the past three years (2020, 2021 and 2022).
c) Candidates with National Senior Certificate (NSC) obtained in the past three years (2020, 2021 and 2022).
General requirements for eligible candidates
i. You must be a holder of MSCE, IGSCE or any other internationally recognised qualification comparable to ‘O’ level certificates with at least six credit passes (a minimum of grade ‘6’ at MSCE or ‘C’
at IGCSE) including the English Language obtained in 2020 2021 or
- The following is the interpretation of IGCSE and O-Level
results for admission purposes: A*(90-100) =1; A (80-89) =2; B (70- 79) =3; C (60-69) =5; D (55-59) and E (49-54) =7; F (40-48) and G (34-39) =8; O (0-33) =9
ii. Candidates who failed to satisfy the admission into public universities in 2020 or 2021 but successfully improved their grades after re-sitting a maximum of four subjects in 2021 or 2022 may use their supplementary statements for purposes of accumulating credits.
iii. Candidates cannot combine grades from two or three independent certificates, i.e. candidates who reattempted MSCE in 2022 and obtained a full certificate cannot combine
grades from 2020 or 2021 and obtain a full certificate for purposes of accumulating credits.
i. Candidates with A-Level qualifications must have a minimum of three principal passes with an aggregate of at least 9 points obtained in 2020 2021 or 2022. For purposes of selection, A-Level
grades are interpreted as follows: E=1; D=2; C=3; B=4; A=5; A*=6 (Please note the difference in the interpretation of A-Level grades from those for IGCSE or O-Level grades).
ii. Candidates with an International Baccalaureate (IB) must have a minimum of 30 points obtained in the current year or the last two years.
iii. Candidates with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) must have a minimum score of 60% (Achievement Level 5) in four designated subjects obtained in 2020 2021 or 2022.
iv. In addition to the minimum entry requirements, candidates must also meet the individual programme requirements specified for each programme.
All those currently enrolled in public universities are not eligible to apply.
Candidates must also meet the specific University/Faculty/School requirements specified on the application form.
Candidates may apply online using this link: https://pus.nche. ac. mw
NB: Applications are open from Monday 3rd April-Tuesday 16th May, 2023.
i. Applicants are required to pay a non-refundable fee of K10,000.00 for resident Malawians and U$30.00 for international applicants.
Payment must be done using the invoice number generated from the online application system at any of the following banks and mobile money platforms:
- National Bank of Malawi
- NBS Bank
- Standard Bank
- TNM Mpamba
International Applicants can pay through deposit or bank transfer to the following account:
Bank Name National Bank of Malawi
Account Name NCHE Public University Selection
Account Type Foreign currency denominated
Account Number 1001224348
Branch Capital City Branch
Swift Code NBMAMWMW
Through Debit/Credit card on the application portal after you have submitted the application.
i. All application fee payments will be verified.
ii. Non-payment of appropriate application fees will lead to
PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES AND THEIR PROGRAMMES
Candidates should note that from 4th May 2021, the University of Malawi (UNIMA) which comprised of four colleges namely, Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and The
Polytechnic was delinked into three different universities as follows:
- Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) – This University has emerged from the joining of the College of Medicine and Kamuzu College of Nursing into one university.
- The Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences – This University is what used to be called the Polytechnic.
- The University of Malawi is now what used to be called Chancellor College.
- For the time being the programs in the new universities are exactly the same as they were as UNIMA colleges.
Because of this delinking, there are now SIX (6) public universities that you can choose your programs from as follows:
i. Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) (whose programmes start with the code KUHeS)
ii. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) (whose programmes start with the code LUANAR)
iii. Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) (whose programmes start with the code MUBAS)
iv. Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) (whose programmes start with the code MUST)
v. Mzuzu University (MZUNI) (whose programmes start with the code MZUNI)
vi. University of Malawi (UNIMA) (whose programmes start with the code UNIMA).
A. KAMUZU UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (KUHeS)
Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) is a comprehensive health and allied sciences university with a unique academic model and Programme Qualification Mix that takes cognizant of the local,
national and international health care and training contexts. The University was established by merging Kamuzu College of Nursing (est. 1979) and College of Medicine (est. 1991) after their delinking from the University of Malawi. It has two campuses, one in Blantyre and
another in Lilongwe and a satellite campus in Mangochi.