The Directorate of Research, Postgraduate Studies and Outreach is headed by Dr Alfred Maluwa. The directorate was established to coordinate research by both faculty and students, mobilize resources through research
grants application and management, coordinate postgraduate studies and technology transfer. It has the Industrial Research Centre (IRC), which conducts industrial research, promotes innovation, and produces different technologies for sale to the general public.
A technology transfer office has also been established to promote the creation, protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed by staff, students and collaborators at MUST.
The IRC is currently being headed by Associate Professor David Mkwambisi and beneath him are offices responsible for Industrial Research (whose head is Dr John Taulo); IRC Production Unit (whose head is Mr Kingsley Kalonda); Technology Transfer Office (headed Robert Mkandawire), and Postgraduate Studies Coordination Office (headed by Mrs Ella Ulaya).