BSc in Earth Science (Geology)
This undergraduate level course on Earth Sciences provides students with basic foundation and a broader perspective in Earth Sciences. Students will benefit from this introductory level course through increased awareness of issues surrounding exploration and exploitation of mineral resources, petroleum, energy minerals, other alternative natural energy sources, planning of building sites and related engineering and seismological issues and underground water and environmental resources.
A degree in Earth Sciences from the MUST provides a good basis for geology, research and employment. It covers the field of mineral exploration and exploitation, monitoring of the environment and its impact to the community as well as expertise in mining governance and entrepreneurship in the field of mining. The Bachelor’s degree gives a good basis for students who would want to venture into research at Masters and PhD level. Furthermore, the degree gives you an expertise in undertaking field and laboratory investigation combined with team working, communication and analytical skills.
With such a background you can work in government department, oil, gas and petroleum sector; the groundwater industry, environmental consultancies and civil engineering and construction companies.
There is a lot one can do with a degree in Geology, such as working as engineering geologist, geochemist, geophysicist/field seismologist, geoscientist, hydrogeologist, mudlogger, seismic interpreter, oil, gas and petroleum expert, GIS and remote sensing expert, and wellsite geologist.
-Language and Communication Studies
-Algebra and Trigonometry
-Introduction to Space and Earth Science I
-Introduction to Computer Applications
-Technical and Business Communication
-Introduction to Space and Earth Science II
-Minerals and Rocks
-Introduction to Geological Survey and Mapping
-Stratigraphy and Structural Geology
-Introduction to Geochemistry
-Fundamentals of Geophysics
-Fundamentals of Engineering Geology
-Introduction to Petrology
-Probability and Statistics
-Geochronology and Palaeontology
-Remote Sensing and GIS
-Land-Use Planning and Zonation
-Geo-statistics and Integrated Prospecting Methods
-Geomorphology and Soils
-Introduction to Hydrology and Hydrogeology
-Fundamentals of Seismology
-Environmental Geology and Geo-Hazard Risk Assessment
-Geological Evolution of African Continent and Malawi
-Mining and Mineral Processing
-Applied Rock Mechanics
-Advanced Hydrogeology and Dam Geology
-Mineral Resource Governance
-Petroleum Geology and Energy Minerals
-Industrial Minerals and Rocks
-Gemmology and Small Scale Mining
-Business Management and Entrepreneurship
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 six credits including; Biology, Physics, Chemistry (or Physical Science), Mathematics, Geography and English.
Entry in Year 2: A-level with at least C grade in the following subject Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, with Biology at ‘O’ level.
Any other related qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning may be assessed by the Admissions Office.