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2024 Public Universities Selection Results are out

Explore programmes on offer

A total of 202 programmes are on offer in the 2023/2024 harmonised Public University Selection. This presents you with a wide range of choices, you can explorer more about these programmes through the tabs below.

By University

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By Discipline

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These guidelines are to guide you as you contemplate choosing the six (6) programmes you would like to pursue. This system has a decision support feature in which the programmes presented to you are only those you qualify for based on the subjects and grades that you provide.

Minimum entry requirements
  • You must be a holder of MSCE, IGSCE or any other internationally recognised qualification comparable to ‘O’ level certificates with at least six credit passes (a minimum of grade ‘6’ at MSCE or ‘C’ at IGCSE) including English Language obtained in 2021, 2022 or 2023. The following is the interpretation of IGCSE and O-Level results for admission purposes: A*(90-100) =1; A(80-89)=2; B(70-79)=3; C(60-69)=5; D(55-59) and E(49-54)=7; F(40-48) and G(34-39)=8; O(0-33)=9

  • Candidates who failed to satisfy the admission into public universities in 2021 or 2022 but successfully improved their grades after re-sitting a maximum of four subjects in 2021 or 2023 may use their supplementary statements for purposes of accumulating credits. Candidates cannot combine grades from two or three independent certificates, i.e. candidates who reattempted MSCE in 2022 and obtained a full certificate cannot combine grades from the 2021 or 2023 and obtain a full certificate for purposes of accumulating credits.

  • Candidates with A-Level qualifications must have a minimum of three principal passes with an aggregate of at least 9 points obtained in 2021, 2022 or 2023. For purposes of selection, A-Level grades are interpreted as follows: E=1; D=2; C=3; B=4; A=5; A*=6 (Please note the difference in the interpretation of A-Level grades from those for IGCSE or O-Level grades). Furthermore, candidates must have attained the appropriate grades for the subjects relevant to the programme(s) they are applying for at O-Level.

  • Candidates with an International Baccalaureate (IB) must have a minimum of 30 points obtained in the current year or the last two years.

  • Candidates with a National Senior Certificate (NSC) must have a minimum score of 60% (Achievement Level 5) in four designated subjects obtained in 2021, 2022 or 2023.

  • In addition to the minimum entry requirements, candidates must also meet the individual programme requirements as specified for each programme.

  • Please note that it is a criminal offence to use false information or someone else's details or fake supporting documents as part of your application. If you are caught doing so, criminal charges could be leveled against you and any other party involved.

  • All candidates shall be selected as self-sponsored students.

    1. All candidates shall be admitted on non-residential basis. However, limited accommodation spaces are available in each respective university and candidates need to apply for those spaces following proper application procedures. Hence, candidates are encouraged to contact the respective universities once they are selected.

    2. If you are successful, you shall be admitted on non-residential basis. Issues of accommodation are the responsibility of individual public university and not NCHE. If you would like to be accommodated on University campus, you will have to apply for the same to your respective University/College soon after the release of selection results and if accepted, you shall pay the University for your accommodation and meals. Because the University shall not have the capacity to accommodate all selected students on their campus, allocation of University accommodation shall be done based on respective University criteria.

Public Universities

Candidates should note that from 4th May 2021, University of Malawi (UNIMA) which comprised of four colleges namely, Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing and The Polytechnic was delinked into three different universities as follows:

  • Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS) - This University has emerged from the joining of College of Medicine and Kamuzu College of Nursing into one university.
  • Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) - This University is what used to be called the Polytechnic.
  • University of Malawi (UNIMA)is now what used to be called Chancellor College.

Because of this delinking, there are now SIX (6) public universities that you can choose your programs from as follows:

  1. Kamuzu University of Health Sciences(whose programmes start with the code KUHeS)
  2. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (whose programmes start with the code LUANAR)
  3. Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences(whose programmes start with the code MUBAS)
  4. Malawi University of Science and Technology (whose programmes start with the code MUST)
  5. Mzuzu University (whose programmes start with the code MZUNI)
  6. University of Malawi (whose programmes start with the code UNIMA)

How to Apply

You can apply by going through the simple 7 steps below. Watch a self help video on the step by step how to apply

  1. Step 1: Create account
  2. Step 2: Register Applicant
  3. Step 3: Fill in examination details
  4. Step 4: Indicate if you have special needs or not
  5. Step 5: Make Programme Choices
  6. Step 6: Submit application
  7. Step 7: Make payment

Frequently Asked Questions

You could have a question similar to what others have. here are some of the frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: The eligible applicants are as follows:
  1. Candidates who completed the MSCE, IGCSE or O level equivalent in the past three years (2021, 2022 and 2023).
  2. Candidates who completed the Advanced Level, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A Level equivalent in the past three years (2021, 2022 and 2023).
  3. Candidates with National Senior Certificate (NSC) obtained in the past three years (2021, 2022 and 2023).

Q:What is the importance of providing accurate information when making my application?
A: Accurate information will enable: Seamless communication between the Universities and the applicant. Decision support - The system has a built-in decision-support functionality which only displays the programmes that an applicant qualifies for depending on the grades and subjects provided. Hence providing accurate grades will enable the system to provide you with only the programmes that you qualify for.

Q: Can I reset my password?
A: Yes, you can! on the login screen, click on the “Forgot Your Password” link, then enter your username then click on “reset password” A 4-digit code will be sent to your phone which you will have to provide before proceeding to change your password.

Q: What do I need to have before I apply
A: Have your Notification of results/ Certificate readily available in pdf or image format.

Q: How do I apply?
A: Before you apply, you will have to create an account then you will be able to proceed to apply.

Q: Why am I failing to proceed with my application after providing my personal details?
A: Make sure that all of the details you are providing (Name, Surname, Candidate Number, Centre Number and Year of Exam) match with what is on your Notification of Results or certificate. They must be exactly as they appear on your Notification of Results or Certificate

Q: How can I apply when I do not have a smart phone or computer?
A: NCHE has dedicated teachers, who have been trained by NCHE to act as agents to assist applicants at every cluster, country wide to help with the application process.

Q: Can I edit my application?
A: Yes, applications can be edited, but once an application has been submitted, that application cannot be edited/retracted.

Q: Why am I failing to attach my Transcript/Certificate?
A: Make sure your attachment is less than 2MB and is in pdf or image format.

Q: How can I be sure that my application has been successfully submitted?
A: Upon successful submission of your application, a token will be generated and a confirmation SMS will be sent to the phone number provided.

Q: Why is my invoice displaying a different candidate name?
A: An invoice will only display a different name if the candidate number provided is incorrect.

Q:How can I pay for my application?
Applications can be paid for using the token (invoice number) that is sent to the applicant through SMS. This token is generated once an application has been submitted. The token is unique for every application and should be presented to bank tellers or should be entered on the payment platform if using mobile or internet banking or UNAYO or TNM Mpamba Accepted payment channels:

  • TNM Mpamba
  • National Bank
  • Standard Bank
  • NBS
  • FDH
  • Centenary Bank

Q: Why do some applicants get redirected to programmes they did not apply to?
A: Redirection occurs when all 6 programmes an applicant selected are full but the applicant has aggregate points that make them eligible to be selected to the public universities. This candidate is then redirected to a programme which is within the discipline(s) the initial 6 choices the candidate made.

Q: When will the results be released?
A: Public University Selection results are released after the 6 public universities make a decision after reviewing the applications. The selection list will be published on our website https://www.nche.ac.mw and so will all updates concerning NCHE activities.