Compulsory core modules
Compulsory modules are assessed by unseen written examination held immediately prior to the start of the following module.
The examination questions will be drafted by the module coordinator and sent to the MPH Management Team for approval. All questions if held in electronic form will be typed directly by the examiner and be held under password control.
Module coordinators will be expected to set a marking scheme for examiners and assessors to follow. This will be based on the overall course-marking scheme set out above, but with specific detail relevant to the module.
The examinations will be marked by one examiner. Borderline and failed papers will be marked by a second examiner.
In such cases the two examiners will agree the grade. Where two examiners have more than ten percentage points difference in their marking, a third examiner will be asked to mark the work and then all three will reach agreement on the grade.
Students have to pass all compulsory components of the program. A student who fails one or two compulsory modules will be permitted to sit the supplementary examination for those modules. Students will only be permitted to take one supplementary examination of each compulsory module. Students are required to withdraw immediately they fail a supplementary exam.
Students who fail three or more core modules at first sitting will be required to withdraw from the course.
Elective modules will be assessed at the discretion of the MPH Management Team. Where written assignments are used, students must submit a typed electronic copy of all written assignments by the first day of the seventh week following the module to the MPH Coordinator via the electronic portal provided. Assessment is completed using a standard assessment form.
Students who feel the assessment for a particular module is unsatisfactory should discuss the result with the module coordinator. If the issue cannot be resolved the student may take the grievance to the MPH Management Team which has the final say in the grade to be allocated.
Students have to pass elective modules amounting to 60 credits and may not fail more than a quarter of elective modules (calculated as more than 15 credits).
Each student is permitted to take 75 credits of elective modules as part of the course. Modules over this limit can be taken but at an additional charge.
Penalties for late submission of written work
A student who fails to submit an assessment, case study or practical assignment, by the set date will have:
- 10% of the marks subtracted if the work is up to 72 hours late
- 25% of the marks deducted if the work is 72 hours to one week late.
- If the assessment is more than a week late the student will be assumed to have withdrawn from the module.
A student may not withdraw from a module after he/she has submitted the assignment.
A student will be permitted to ask for an extension in advance of the deadline (more than 48 hours) and these extensions will be given at the discretion of the MPH Tutor in conjunction with the module coordinator, and lodged on the personal file of the student.
Each candidate must submit two case studies.
Each case study has an academic supervisor appointed by the Public Health and Family Postgraduate Committee.
For each case study they identify a group of between three and five students to work together on the case study.
Candidates choose two case studies that they wish to undertake. For each case study they identify a group of between three and five students to work together on the case study.
Each group can consult the supervisor prior to undertaking the work.
Each group submits a joint case study report to the supervisor who assesses the submission.
Students have to reach an overall percentage point pass (50% or above) for each of the two case studies.
For each dissertation there shall be a supervisory team comprising the academic supervisor of the student and one other faculty of the CoM (a Dissertation Supervisor) with a special interest in the topic under study, one of who will be appointed the main supervisor by the Public Health and Family Medicine Research and Postgraduate Committee. The two supervisors will be approved by the College Postgraduate Committee. The two members can co-opt one other member from outside the CoM to the supervisory team if that person has special expertise in the topic under study.
Duties of the Main Supervisor shall be:
- chairing supervisory team, who shall approve the proposed study
- monitoring the candidate’s progress
- arranging regular meetings of the candidate with the supervisory committee if necessary
- responding to all material produced by the candidate.
The amount of supervisory sessions with the main and second supervisors will be noted on a sheet submitted with the thesis.
The supervisory team should meet at least twice during the project proposal writing period. The dissertation proposal will be approved by the College of Medicine Postgraduate Committee on the recommendation of the Public Health and Family Medicine Research and Postgraduate Committee.
Student progress reports will be presented to the College Postgraduate Committee for approval.
The dissertation will be submitted once signed off by the dissertation supervisor in electronic format and examined by one member of the faculty of COM, who is not on the supervisory team and one external examiner both appointed by the PHFMPRC and approved by the College of Medicine Postgraduate Committee. The dissertation will be marked independently by the two examiners. The examiners will be required to fill out feedback sheets attached to the work.
Students and supervisors will receive feedback sheets and students one copy of the dissertation following marking; the MPH coordinator will retain the other copy.
The two examiners grades will be compared. Where two examiners have more than one grade difference in their marking, a third examiner will be asked to mark the work unseen and then all three will reach agreement on the grades.
Once passed the dissertation together with course work marks endorsed by the Board of Examiners is submitted to the Post graduate Dean for approval by the College of Medicine Postgraduate Committee and onward transmission to the University Senate:-
The submission will comprise four bound copies of the dissertation signed by the candidate and two supervisors in the following format:-
- typewritten in double spacing on A4 paper with 3cm margins on left, top and bottom
- with a title page that shall record the title of the thesis, the names and degrees of the candidate, noting “submission is in part-fulfillment of the MPH degree of the University of Malawi”
- followed by a signed declaration by the candidate that the dissertation is his/her original work and has not been presented for any other award at this or any other university
- an electronic copy of the dissertation
- The External Examiner’s report
- The Internal Examiner’s report
- If applicable a confirmation letter from the Head of Department that any corrections required by the examiners were carried out
- a certificate of approval of formatting from the College library.
If successful the University Registrar shall then distribute the bound copies as follows:
- College library concerned
- Appropriate department
- University office