Programme Modules for Certificate in Journalism

Entry requirements

Applicants should be holders of a Malawi Certificate of Secondary Education (MCE), with strong English skills and an interest in writing and current events. On top of English, they must also have at least 3 credits in any humanities subjects.

Programme structure

This is the entry point for a Diploma programme; it is considered as the first year for Diploma. At this level students concentrate on general knowledge and on developing the necessary skills. The last two months of the programme students are supposed to go for attachments as part of the assessment.

Semester 1                          


Semester 2


 Communication skills 1

 COS 101


 PJ 100

 Computer skills

 COM 100

Understanding and reporting on social issues 

 URS 102

Multimedia news writing and reporting 1

MNW 101

Multimedia news writing and reporting 2

MNW 102

Introduction to broadcast (radio)

BMR 100

Introduction to broadcast (TV)

ENG 102

Mass communication Theory and Practice

MCOM 100

Economics and business

ECOS 101

Legal issues in Journalism 1

LEG 101

Introduction to Literature

LIT 101

Modern African History and Politics

HIST 100



Programme Modules for Diploma in Journalism

This two and half year programme has two parts; the certificate which covers 40% of the whole programme and 60 % is the diploma itself. We also offer courses on part time basis for those working professionals who cannot manage to do the course on full time basis. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants into this programme should be holders of a tertiary qualification; either a certificate in journalism or a Degree or Diploma from a recognized institution.

Those with a Certificate in Journalism or a Degree in any field can do the course in less than two years. Applicants with a Certificate in Journalism must also provide a proof of their journalism skills obtained from their prior studies by including in their application their article in a publication, or proof that they have interviewed someone as a journalist, and/or have produced or broadcasted a programme on the radio as part of their attachments.

Programme structure

This is a two and half year’s programme, which focuses on applied journalism and practical skills. It constitute of 40% classroom instructions and 60 % practical skills. Students are supposed to complete a set number of hours in our radio studio and contribute to our weekly news paper as stipulated by their tutors. The last two months of the programme is spent on writing a project on any media related topic of their interest.

Semester 3


Semester 4


Documentary and Feature Writing (multimedia)

DOC 200

Legal Issues in Journalism 2

LEG 202

Desktop Publishing

DTP 200

Integrated Marketing Communication

IMC 200

Multimedia news production 1

MULT 201

Multimedia news production 2

MULT 202

Communication Skills 2

COS 200

Economics and Business Reporting

ECOS 200

Literature 2

LIT 202

Journalism/media research project

MP 200

Society and Culture

SOC 200




Short courses/ part time

With a view to contributing towards better understanding of different issues pertaining to mass communication in the context of Malawi and other developing countries and in order to make personnel from different fields aware of emerging trends and techniques and sharpening their skills, the Institute organizes a variety of short-term courses, workshops, seminars and conferences on various themes related to communication.

The Institute runs regular short-term academic programmes for personnel from different media in the country. A number of specialized short-term courses, ranging from one week to 12 weeks’ duration are also conducted for meeting the professional training needs of those working in various media and publicity organizations in the country as well as Public Sector Enterprises. For more information and bookings you may contact our marketing department by: