NCHE Application 2023 – A Comprehensive Guide

Here is a chance to be on the selection list, this article contains a comprehensive guide to NCHE Application 2023. 188 programmes are on offer in 2023/2024 harmonized Public University Selection.

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National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) application presents you with a wide range of choices for 2023, you can explore more about these programmes by discipline or university.

There are six (6) programmes to choose from for pursuing. The application system helps you in the decision-making by presenting to you only those programmes you qualify for based on the subjects and grades that you provide.

Since we have mentioned it, let us look into the Minimum entry requirements.

NCHE Minimum Entry Requirements 2023

If you must study any of NCHE programmes, then you should meet these 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 2020, 2021 or 2022. 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

For Candidates who failed to satisfy admission into public universities in 2020 or 2021 but successfully improved their grades after re-sitting a maximum of four subjects in 2020 or 2022

Those under this category 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 2021 and obtained a full certificate cannot combine grades from 2020 or 2021 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 2020, 2021 or 2022.

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.

Other Requirements

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 2020, 2021 or 2022.

Further Information

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

You must not use false information or someone else’s details or fake supporting documents as part of your application because it is a criminal offence. 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.

All candidates shall be admitted on a 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.

If you are successful, you shall be admitted on a non-residential basis. Issues of accommodation are the responsibility of the 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.


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)

NCHE Application 2023 / 2024

You can apply by going through the simple 7 steps below. Watch a self-help video on the step-by-step how to apply, we are not sure if there is an offline application form PDF for download.

Step 1: Go to to create an account

Step 2: Register Applicant

Step 3: Fill in examination details

Step 4: Indicate if you have special needs or not

Step 5: Make Programme Choices

Step 6: Submit your application

Step 7: Make payment

A selection list is published, students who will be accepted will be able to see their names on the list. Here is what you should know about NCHE selection.

If you are facing challenges with completing your application, please call: 0980323038; 0994153327; 0985152989; 01755884 or email: pus[at]

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