Call for Applications for Postgraduate Programmes

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Posted on Behalf of University of Malawi, an AAU Member

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. There are limited tuition only scholarships offered by ACEPHEM for applicants interested in Internal Medicine. 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 14th December 2018 for the MMed admissions scheduled for 1st April 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted End January 2019.

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 2019 intake we will only consider applications received before the end of 28th February 2019.

There are scholarships for ALL eligible regional and international student.

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 run 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 2019.

There are scholarships for ALL eligible regional and international students.

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 2019.

 

There are scholarships for ALL eligible regional and international students.

 

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 2019 for admissions scheduled for 1st September 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews to be conducted May 2018.

There are scholarships for ALL eligible regional and international students.

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 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)

 

There are scholarships for ALL eligible regional and international students.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from any recognized university
  2. Prior Research/work experience or scientific publications will be an added advantage

 

The deadline for receiving MSc applications is 14 December for admissions scheduled for 1st April 2019.

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 Charles Mangani (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.

The TrypanoGEN+ Project Fellowship Opportunity

Funded by the African Academy of Sciences in collaboration with Wellcome Trust, TrypanoGEN+ is a collaborative research network investigating how host genetics and molecular interplay between hosts and parasites influence susceptibility to Trypanosomiasis (HAT) and Schistosomiasis. The network comprises of 6 Institutions in Cameroon, DRC, Guinea, Ivory Coast , Malawi, and Uganda as well as 3 Northern partners in France and the United Kingdom. We are seeking to recruit a cohort of 6 PhD students, at least 1 at each of the African Institutions. The TrypanoGEN+ component at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, is looking for a PhD candidate to study host and parasite gene expression profiles and how their interactions influence human African trypanosomiasis disease phenotypes.

 

The Fellowships is open to nationals of Rhodesian HAT endemic countries and below 35 years of age. Applicants should hold Masters Degree in a Biomedical field (Molecular Biology, Computational biology, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biochemistry). The candidate should be fluent in English, with excellent communication skills and ability to work in a highly motivated, result oriented group. Previous experience working on Trypanosomiasis or exposure to molecular biology techniques including bioinformatics will be added advantage.

 

  1. i) Prospective applicants should contact Janelisa Musaya (jmusaya@medcol.mw) to express their interest and submit their current Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  2. ii) Applicants found to be eligible will be asked to send in a full application, a cover letter with a motivation statement, and names of two referees; the referees should send recommendation letters.

iii) Those who qualify from ii) above will be invited to submit a Concept note in line with the research theme.

  1. iv) The best three candidates in will be invited for oral interviews to select the candidate that will be funded.

 

Successful candidates will receive an award letter. The fellowship will provide a monthly stipend, research expenses and travel costs.

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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