Acting Dean – Prof Laurine Chikoko


Research and Postgraduate Studies at Midlands State University

Research at Midlands State University is prioritised as outlined in the University’s strategic plan. The research focus embraces national aspirations such as ZIMASSET with the aim of having an impact through innovations and technologies on socio-economic development of Zimbabwe and the African region. The University emphasises on high quality research that is of international standards and profers global solutions to problems bedevilling mankind. The Postgraduate Studies at MSU has grown phenomenally over the past three years with more than 30% of academics being PhD holders and over 50% pursuing doctoral studies in national, regional and international universities. In the coming years this huge critical mass of senior academics will engage in research that would increase the university’ s research output and put Zimbabwe on the global research map  and contribute to high ranking of the university in the region and the world.


2016 Annual Research Report[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Research Board”][vc_column_text]

  • Chairperson Research Board
    Dr  Adelaide Munodawafa

Research Regulations and Guidelines
Click here to download Research Regulations and Guidelines

Click here to download the Research Policy

Click here to download the Editorial Regulations Dyke

Click here to download the Editorial Policy MSUJSAT


Chairperson Prof M Matsa

Editor-In Chief, Prof  S. Jerie
Midlands State University Journal of Science , Agriculture and Technology
Editor in Chief, Prof J. Masaka

About The Dyke

Click here for information about the dyke

Full Papers

1 (1) (2006) – THE DYKE 2_1 
2 (2) (2006) – THE DYKE 2_2 
3 (2) (2009) – THE DYKE 3_2 
4 (1) (2010) – THE DYKE 4_1 
5 (1) (2011) – THE DYKE 5_1 
6 (2) (2011) – THE DYKE 5_2 
7 (1) (2012) – THE DYKE 6_1 
8 (2) (2012) – THE DYKE 6_2 
9 (2) (2016) – THE DYKE 10_1  
10 (2) (2016) – THE DYKE 10_2
11 (2) (2017) – THE DYKE 11_1 


click here for information about MSUJSAT

Full Papers
1. (2006) – MSUJSAT 1 
2. (2010) – MSUJSAT 2_1 
3. (2012) – MSUJSAT V0l 3.1 [/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Recent PhD Holders”][vc_column_text]

1. Dr Emely Muguwe, Faculty of Education[click here to view profile]
Awarding Institution : University of Fort Hare
Thesis topic– : A framework for continuing professional development of teachers in regular primary schools: towards the effective teaching of learners with special education needs in Zimbabwe

Thesis summary:

The study focused on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of teachers in regular primary schools for the effective teaching of learners with special education needs in Zimbabwe. The motivation of the study emerged from concerns raised by stakeholders that teachers were inadequately prepared to teach learners with special education needs in general education classrooms. This study was underpinned by the post-positivistic paradigm which takes on both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The study employed the survey design, which utilised the mixed methods approach. Findings of the study are that there is a dire need for knowledge and skills in SEN among teachers in regular schools. Teachers needed to be prepared for a paradigm shift of the inclusive era. Teachers also needed to identify their own needs to ensure that relevant and preferred areas were covered. Most teachers were not availed with the opportunity to attend out-of-school based workshops; and cascading of information led to dilution of original ideas. Teachers preferred the standards-based model for promotion purposes although it was limiting in terms of teachers’ learning. The training model was viewed as a productive way of quickly in-servicing teachers relative to its cost. The communities of practice model and transformative model were not being fully utilised in schools due to national policies that govern teachers. Teachers faced major challenges such as funding of CPD, getting information on CPD opportunities and time to engage in CPD activities. Teachers preferred a framework based on a variety of CPD models, more school-based CPD rather than out of school -based CPD. The study recommends that The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education should put in place provisions to meet the CPD needs of teachers. Teachers should be fully involved in the identification of CPD needs. School heads need CPD on SEN for them to be able to guide teachers properly and to be supportive of the policy. Besides national policy, schools should design CPD policies specifically for their respective schools, in line with the national policy. Andragogy principles, Wenger’s social learning theory and Vygotsky’s perspective among others, should underpin the CPD framework. The study recommends an alternative CPD model which would utilise a combination of transmissive, transitional and transformative models and suggested modes of delivery as lenses in meeting the CPD needs of teachers in the context of SEN.

2. Dr Gift Mehlana, Faculty of Science and Technology Awarding Institution: University of Cape Town
Thesis topic: Crystal Engineering of Dynamic Metal-Organic Frameworks for Applications in Chromic Sensing and Capturing of Small Molecules.

Thesis Summary

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have received great attention due to their useful properties. These materials provide a unique platform for achieving controllable physical properties such as framework flexibility which is normally triggered upon guest absorption. My research focused on preparation and characterization of MOFs for use as storage and sensing devices. Pyridylcarboxylates ligands, in particular 3-(4-pyridyl)benzoate and 4-(4-pyridyl)benzoate, were used to connect metal ions to give 1D, 2D and 3D extended structures which are highly porous. The advantage of using these ligands is that they give rise to compounds which are dynamic and are capable of responding to their environment. The flexibility of the materials arises from the ability of the ligands to rotate about their connecting points as well as the different binding modes that can be assumed by the carboxylate moiety under different conditions. Such materials are ideally suitable for solvatochromic sensing. The materials made were characterized by thermal techniques such as Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric analysis and Hot Stage Microscopy. Structural elucidation was performed by single crystal X-ray diffraction and powder X-ray diffraction studies was used to check the phase purity and phase transition of the prepared materials. Rietveld refinement and Pawley fitting were perfomed on powder X-ray data to validate unit cell parameters in situations where single crystals were not suitable for data collection. Topological analysis of the structures was performed in TOPOS computer program to have a better understanding of the network connectivity.

3. Dr Action Nechibvute, Faculty of Science and Technology[click here to view profile]
Awarding Institution: Midlands State University
Thesis topic: Enhancement of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Using Geometrical Optimisation and Synchronised Switching Techniques

Thesis summary:

The study focussed on improving  power output of piezoelectric energy harvesting system by exploring two approaches of enhancing the power output, namely: (1) geometrical optimisation of the energy harvesting device and (2) application of synchronised switching techniques for electric power conditioning. The motivation for the study emerged from concerns that wireless  sensors which are central cornerstones in technological realisation of wearable medical devices, future transportation, environmental monitoring and smart cities have limitations such as  limited lifespan of batteries and their costly maintenance for embedded applications.  To overcome the limitations of finite-life batteries as power sources, the sensor must be powered by the piezoelectric energy harvesting devices which have the novel ability to convert ambient vibrations energy into usable electricity. The study  was  underpinned by experimental studies with the aid of computational software. Findings of the study revealed that maximum power is generated when the length of piezoelectric layer is 1/3 of the total device length and 2/3 of the total device length is proof mass length. Experimental studies also revealed that the fabricated devices confirmed the superiority of the optimised devices relative to those reported in literature. The designed self-powered synchronised switch harvesting on inductor circuit demonstrated power harvesting ability of  up to 197 % more power to what is currently considered the standard electronic circuit. The designed self-powered synchronised electric charge extraction circuit demonstrated an enhancement of about 70 % relative to the standard circuit. These findings were ground breaking  in the discipline. Eight scientific papers were generated and published in high impact peer reviewed international journals.

The study recommends that vibrations in the environment are reliable energy sources for powering wireless devices and as such,  as a nation we should embrace and utilise the technology.

4. Dr Joshua Chakawa, Faculty of Arts
Awarding Institution: Midlands State University
Thesis topic: Abel Muzorewa’s Security Force Auxiliaries (SFAs) during and after war of liberation in Hurungwe District, Zimbabwe

Thesis summary:

The study examined Bishop Abel Muzorewa’s  Security Force Auxiliaries (SFAs) in Zimbabwe’s war of liberation and how they  have been integrated into society following national reconciliation and healing post Zimbabwe’s 1980 independence. The study sought to establish experiences of former auxiliaries in independent Zimbabwe with a bias towards mechanisms which they have deployed to cleanse their former selves. Findings of the study revealed that the reconciliation processes were successful  as SFAs have been fully integrated though, their former role has inscribed on them a recurring identity of shame and regular suspicions in their communities. The knowledge gained through the study is vital to ongoing government programs geared at promoting reconciliation and integration among grassroots sections of society using localized knowledge systems.

5. Dr Marambanyika T , Faculty Of Social Sciences[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution: University of Kwa Zulu- Natal

Thesis topic:

An analysis of the impacts of human activities and management strategies on wetland processes in southern Zimbabwe

6. Dr C. Chipfumbu , Faculty Of Education[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Thesis topic:

Engendering the meaningful use of electronic medical records: A South African perspective

7. Dr Mapuweyi N , Faculty Of Social Sciences [click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Thesis topic:

A social-semiotic engagement with representations of democratisation discourses in Zimbabwean online diaspora-based newspapers, namely,,, and

8. Dr Mugari Z E , Faculty Of Social Sciences [click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:University of Witwatersrand

Thesis topic:

Rethinking News Values and Newsroom Practices in Postcolonial Contexts and the Construction of Subaltern Identities”.

9. Dr Manyumwa E , Faculty Of Education [click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Thesis topic:

A framework for the inclusion of students with visual impairments: a case study of a Zimbabwe state university.

10. Dr Manyumwa C , Faculty Of Education [click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Thesis topic:

Teaching for criticality: an analysis of the current status at two teacher education colleges in Zimbabwe

11. Dr Gudyanga A , Faculty Of Education [click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Thesis topic:

Participation of Zimbabwean female students in physics: subject perception and identity formation.

12. Dr Mutambara J, Faculty of Medicine[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:University of Limpopo

Thesis topic:

13. Dr Muziri T, Faculty Of NRM & Agriculture[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:University of Stellenbosch

Thesis topic:

The influence of cell wall bound calcium, cell number and size on the development of mealiness in ‘forelle’ pear.evaluation of x-ray ct and nir as non-destructive techniques for mealiness detection.

14. Dr Gumbo L, Faculty Of Arts[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:University of South Africa

Thesis topic:

Term creation : The strategies used in some selected shone specialized dictionaries.

15. Dr Munemo Douglas, Faculty Of Arts[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution:University of South Africa

Thesis topic:

The search for peace, reconciliation and unity in Zimbabwe: from the 1978 internal settlement to the 2008 global political agreement .

16. Dr Maunganidze, Faculty Of Medicine[click here to view profile]

Awarding Institution: University of Witwatersrand

 Thesis topic:

Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and its Detection in an African Community

17. Dr Zhou N M, Faculty Of NRM & Agriculture

Awarding Institution: University of Zimbabwe

 Thesis topic:

Vegetation and soil relations in arid areas in Zimbabwe[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Workshops/Conferences”][vc_column_text]

Conference: Call For Papers

Theme:         Professor Ngwabi M. Bhebe: Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, Historian, Institution Builder, and Higher Education Leader

Event:            Conference

Where:         Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe

When:           6-7 September 2017


Click here to download Call For Papers

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Research News”][vc_column_text]STEM  subjects are gaining  prominence in Zimbabwe and other nations as they are the drivers of innovations and development. Dr Mehlana a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Science of Science and Technology has published widely in  high impact refereed  international journals.

Dr Mehlana Research Profile

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Research Ethics”][vc_column_text]Policy document (to be uploaded)

Faculty ethics committees (to be uploaded)[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Post-Graduate Studies”][vc_column_text]TAUGHT MASTERS PROGRAMMES



African Languages and Culture

Master of Arts In African Languages And Culture Degree

Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Master of Arts In Archaeology Degree

Master of Arts In Cultural Heritage Degree

Master of Arts In Museum Studies Degree

Development Studies

Master of Arts In Development Studies Degree

English and Communication

Master of Arts In African and Diasporan Literature in English Degree

Master of Arts In Applied English Linguistics Degree


Master of Arts In African History Degree





Master of Commerce in Accounting Degree

Banking and Finance

Master of Commerce in Banking and Finance Degree

Business Management

Master of Commerce in Strategic Management and Corporate


Master of Commerce in Economics Degree


Master of Commerce in Marketing Strategy Degree

Tourism and Hospitality

Master of Commerce in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Business Leadership

Master of Commerce in Business Administration Degree

Executive Masters of Commerce in Business Administration



Adult Education

Master of Adult Education

Educational Foundations Management and Curriculum Studies

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies

Master of Education in Psychology of Education

Master of Education in Educational Management

Master of Education in Philosophy of Education

Applied Education

Master of Education in African Languages

Master of Education in English

Master of Education in Fashion & Textiles

Master of Education in Geography

Master of Education in History

Master of Education in Mathematics



Master of Constitutional and Human Rights Law




Master of Science in Crop Science


Master of Crop Protection

Land and Water Resources Management

Master of Land Resources Assessment for Development Planning



Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

Masters in Ecological Resources Management

Chemical Technology

Master of Science in Material Chemistry

Food Science and Nutrition

Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition

Computer Science and Information Systems

Master of Science in Information Systems Management

Applied Physics and Telecommunications

Master of Science in Material Physics



Geography and Environmental Studies

 Master of Safety and Health

Human Resources Management

Master of Human Resources Management

 Media and Society Studies

Master of Media and Society Studies

Politics and Public Management

Master of International Affairs


 Master of Community Psychology

Master of Student Affairs Management[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Scholarships/Funding”][vc_column_text]1.Call For Applications: 2017 AAU Graduate Internship Grant

Please find attached the 2017 AAU Graduate Internship Grant call.

2.For scholarships visit the following website,

May you please respond to the AUC call for proposals that seeks to deploy Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the Agricultural sector as tool for Africa’s sustainable economic growth, wealth creation, and food and nutrition security, as well as for political stability. For more information please click the link below.

CLICK HERE to Downoad AUC Call for Proposals for 2016

3. MA and Postdoctoral funding opportunities available at Witwatersrand University.

Kindly see the attached document.

4.Doctorate Studies Scholarship Available At Witwatersrand University

Kindly see the attached document.


5.Doctoral Allowances And Masters Scholarships-Fondation Sciences Mathematiques De Paris

Scholarships Fondation de paris 2017- Click to Download


6. Arppis-Daad Phd Scholarships For Study At Icipe, Kenya

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/ In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).
The Deadline for applications: 12 February 2017
For more information you can follow the link below:[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion][vc_accordion collapsible=”yes” disable_keyboard=””][vc_accordion_tab title=”Research Degrees”][vc_column_text]RESEARCH DEGREES (MPHIL AND DPHIL)


  • The MPhil and DPhil degrees are Postgraduate degrees carried out primarily through supervised research work but may include an element of continuous assessment.
  • Studies may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

The degrees may be offered in all Faculties and Departments. Fields of study or research are determined by Senate on the recommendation of Deans’ Committee on Academic Regulations


Application forms for the various programmes shall be obtainable from:

Admissions, Registration and Student Statistics 

Midlands State University

P Bag 9055




Alternatively, forms can be downloaded from the University Website

The completed application forms for the MPhil & DPhil degrees must be returned to the Research and Postgraduate Studies Office together with a concept note of the candidate’s proposed study.

For the MPhil and DPhil programmes there is no deadline for the submission of applications.


A short summary of the intended research consisting of a topic, introduction, brief literature review, methodology and references. Maximum of 8 pages.


                Master of Philosophy Degree

Normally, applicants must have obtained an appropriate honours degree in the First or Upper Second Division.

Doctor of Philosophy

Normally, a good Masters Degree in the relevant field shall be required to register for a DPhil degree.


      Provisional registration procedures       

(a) Candidates shall be provisionally registered for the DPhil/MPhil degree when they first enrol. The purpose of provisional registration is:

(i) to allow the candidate time to develop a proposal for the thesis.

(ii) to allow the candidate to demonstrate their suitability as a candidate for the degree, by  meeting the requirements established by the University.

(b)Provisional registration shall not normally exceed 12 months


Supervisory team

Each DPhil/MPhil degree candidate shall normally be assigned two academic supervisors, either from Midlands State University or other   national, regional and international universities and research institutions.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Downloads”][vc_column_text]Supervision Form

Student Progress Report on Research Grant

Markers allowance claim form

T & S Claim Form

Progress report

Profroma D

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