Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Climate Science
Meteorology and climate science helps us to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. This is of paramount importance in developing countries like Malawi whose socio-economic development is largely dependent on its agro-based economy. Over 85% of the total population in Malawi is dependent upon rain fed agricultural production, which is highly vulnerable to frequent weather and climatic shocks such as floods and drought. Other important sectors of society that are also highly sensitive to weather and climate include tourism, disaster management, trade, aviation and health. Climate Change and variability is an additional pressure on the country’s socio-economic development, with Malawi being the most prone countries in the sub Saharan Africa. Projected climate change scenarios in Malawi indicate an increase in temperature and erratic rainfall events, coupled by a decrease in total annual rainfall and water availability. These will in turn impact heavily on the agricultural sector thereby increasing poverty levels.
It is evident that the sustenance of Malawi’s economy base needs specialized human capacity in meteorology, climate and related atmospheric sciences with a considerable understanding of the behaviour of the Earth’s atmospheric conditions, and the subsequent responses to both human and natural inputs. This human capacity will also be key to the provision of accurate weather and climate information which is essential for planning and managing socio-economic production, particularly under changing climate. Presently, there is no institution in Malawi offering such a specialised undergraduate degree programme.
This programme has therefore been designed to address Malawi’s specific capacity needs in meteorology, climate and related atmospheric sciences. The programme has been designed by integrating the basics with advanced and applied aspects of meteorology and climate science such as monitoring and analysis of the climatic system and processes, forecasting at various temporal and spatial scales, climate modelling, climate change science and future scenarios analysis, weather information communication and dissemination and early warning systems, and disaster management.
Graduates can work for media houses, consultancy, education, agriculture, military, and national meteorological services as meterologists. As climate science experts they can work in the emerging areas related to climate change. Of course, climate change mitigation is growing in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon monitoring, agriculture and transportation systems. Climate Science is designed to give graduates the broad understanding of many of these areas, coupled with the quantitative ability to solve problems.
-Chemistry-Algebra and Trigonometry
-Language and Communication
-Introduction to Space and Earth Sciences I
-Introduction to Computer Applications I
-Language and Communication II
-Introduction to Space and Earth Sciences II
-Introduction to Meteorology
-Weather and Climate Fundamentals
-Atmospheric Physics I
-Fluid Mechanics I
-Atmospheric Physics II
-Probability and Statistics
-GIS and Remote Sensing
-Dynamics of Weather Systems
-Practical Weather Observation and Climate Forecasting
-Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics and Climate Processes
-Dynamics of Weather Systems II
-Satellite and Radar Meteorology I
-Tropical Meteorology II
-Satellite and Radar Meteorology II
-Disaster Risk Management I
-Research Project 1
-Atmospheric Pollution and Regulations
-Climate Information Communication and Dissemination
-Boundary Layer Meteorology
-Climate Change Science and Policy
-Advanced Climate Modelling
-Research Project II
-Disaster Risk Management II
Malawian undergraduate students on generic intake pay K450,000 per academic year for tuition. However, the students also need K80,000 per annum for accommodation and an estimated K500,000 per annum for upkeep.
Economic fee paying students pay K2,200,000 tuition fees per annum and K160,000 per annum for their accommodation.
Foreign students from the SADC region pay US$3,000 tuition fees per annum while those from countries outside the SADC pay US$3,500 per academic year.
Postgraduate students pay tuition fees of US$5,000 or Malawi Kwacha equivalent per academic year. Other costs include K40,000 per semester residence (depends on availability) fee; living expenses of approximately K250,000 per semester payable on prorate basis; research fee of US$500 or in Malawi Kwacha equivalent; dissertation/thesis binding fee of K25,000 and yet to be advised medical insurance fee.
The admission of applicants will be at the discretion of the Malawi University of Science and Technology. However, applicants will have to conform to the following criteria:
(a) Normal Entry
• MSCE with a minimum of six credits including Maths, Biology, Geography and Physical Science and at least a pass in English,
• Advanced Level (A Level) certificate with 3 A level passes in Maths and Physics and Chemistry. A Pass in English at O level is a must. The student with A level will be admitted into second year.
• Diploma in a related field and three years job experience will be admitted in first year.
(b) Mature Entry
Diploma in Meteorology with three years of experience will be admitted in second year.