Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geo-Science (Oil and Gas)
The presence of reliable and affordable energy supplies is key to advancement of modern life. In the developing world, including Malawi, socio-economic growth is seriously hampered by costly and limited energy supplies. It is apparent that for the country to develop there is need to increase the energy capacity (Taulo et al., 2015).
Primary energy sources of the country consist of hydropower (2.8%), biomass (over 85%), coal and petroleum products (8.8%) and minor renewable energy sources (Gumula et al., 2013). Presently, all Petroleum and petroleum products are imported through ports in Mozambique and Tanzania. Malawi consumes about 1,000,000 million litres of petroleum products per day. The fuels are mainly used in transport sector and for power generation DEA (2018). The petroleum industry has however shown to be very sensitive to political turmoil and economic crises, which have considerably negative impacts on small economies like Malawi.
However, Malawi has potential to discover petroleum resources. This is because geologically Malawi is located within the East African Rift System, which is a proven environment for oil and gas. Several companies are already engaged in oil and gas exploration in the lower shire and Lake Malawi basins.
The oil and gas industry is very complex, requiring highly trained and skilled personnel. Despite possessing the potential to become a petroleum producing country in the future, the country does not have adequate expertise in the exploration, exploitation and management of these resources. Presently, there is no tertiary education institution offering specialized training in oil and gas to address the capacity constraints. Therefore, the programme will produce highly trained and skilled professionals who will contribute towards development and use of these oil and gas resources for socio-economic development of the country and poverty reduction (SDG 1, 2, 4 and 8; MGDS III, 6.3; Agenda 2063, Aspiration 1 and 6; Mines Mineral Policy, 2.7, 2007; Research Agenda in Energy, Industry and Engineering, 6.621, 2014). Some of the required skills are: oil and gas exploration, extraction and distribution; petroleum economics; and petroleum law and policy.
Graduates under this programme will be able to work in a whole range of areas in the mining sector. For example, they can work as mineral explorers, mining engineers, mining policy experts etc
-Algebra & Trigonometry
-Introduction to Computer Application-Physics II
-Technical & Business Communication
-Introduction to Space and Earth Sciences
-Minerals and Rocks
-Introduction to Geological Survey and Mapping
-Introduction to Petroleum Geology
-Applied Mechanics and Kinetic Theory of Gases
-Fundamentals of Geochemistry
-Fundamentals of Geophysics
-Stratigraphy and Structural Geology
-Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics
-Introduction to Petrology
-Probability and statistics
-Sedimentary Basin Analysis and Sequence Stratigraphy
-Geochronology and Palaeontology
-Petroleum Exploration Techniques
-GIS and Remote sensing
-Formation Environments for Oil and Gas
-Thermodynamics and Phase Behaviour
-Well Logging and Test Analysis
-Oil and Gas Reservoir Modelling
-Oil and Gas Prospecting and Economic Evaluation
-Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
-Research Project I
-Health and Safety in Petroleum Industry
-Oil and Gas Marketing and Economics
-Petroleum Law and Policy
-Business Management and Entrepreneurship
-Oil and Gas and the Environment
-Research Project 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.
Entry in Year 1:
MSCE, “O” Level, IGCSE, GCE at least strong credits in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry (or Physical Science), Geography and English and any of the following; Biology and Computer Studies.
Entry in Year 2:
A-level with at least C grade in the following subject Geography/Geology, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Studies and English.