Bachelor of Science In Nutrition and Dietetics

Course Description


Adequate nutrition is a prerequisite for human growth and development. Nutrition is also fundamental for the socio-economic growth and development of the nation. Malawi has a double burden of malnutrition with one of the highest rates of undernutrition and rising rates of overweight and obesity and their negative impact on health. The goal of the programme is to train competent professionals equipped to address both in-hospital and community nutrition challenges. Malawi is one of the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to have an institution that is housing this programme.

Programme structure

The Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics is a four-year honours degree programme. A total of 480 credits are required for graduation.

Career prospects

Dietitians work in all areas of nutrition-related health promotion and also provide a hospital therapeutic service. Graduates will become registered dietitians to practice in diverse settings such as hospitals, clinical practices, universities, government agencies, research facilities, food and pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations among others.

Entry Requirements
  1. Foundation year

The learner must meet have Six credits at MSCE or its equivalents including English and plus a minimum of 4 point in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry obtained in the current year or the previous 2 years

  1. Year One

Either at least six O-level passes including English and Mathematics and three A-level passes with a grade of at least C in Chemistry and Biology and any other science subject(s) e.g. Physics or Mathematics. Normally, passes in Chemistry and Biology at A-level are compulsory and English and Mathematics, if not offered at A-level, must have been passed at O-level.


At least six Malawi School Certificate of Education credit passes including English and Mathematics, and passes at credit level in Chemistry and Biology and in any other Science subject e.g. Physics or Mathematics or statistics at the end of year two in the Faculty of Science at Chancellor College, University of Malawi or from an equivalent programme. 


At least a pass in all subjects at the Foundation (Premedical Sciences) Programme offered by the university.


 Equivalent qualifications approved by the university.