The Copperbelt University is a public university based in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia with a student population of about 10,000 and graduates on average about 1500 students. The University has 10 faculties offering programmes ranging from Diploma to Doctorate levels which are taught through part-time, Fulltime and Distance Education modes. . Minimum entry requirements into the University are Five O Level Credits for Diploma and Undergraduate; first degree for Postgraduate; and Master’s Degree for Doctorate studies. Since its inception in 1987, the Institution has seen an increase in many areas that include number of students, graduates, schools and units, and programmes on offer. The Institution has also been given the mandate by Government to manage Kapasa Makasa University in Chinsali and Mukuba University in Kitwe.


To be a premier institution in Teaching, Research and Innovation for National Development


To contribute to the sustainable development through the provision of flexible and inclusive Teaching, Research and Services that are innovative and entrepreneurial. 


School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The School was established in June, 2008 to provide higher education in mathematics and natural sciences. It offers degree programmes with specialization in Mathematics & Science Education, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology and Computer Sciences. Diploma programmes are offered in Science and Mathematics Education as well as Information Technology. The school hosts the Southern African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (SAROAD) which coordinates astronomy activities in the Southern African region and is the host for the Pan African Planetary and Space Science Network (PAPSSN) project at the Copperbelt University.

School of Medicine

The School was inaugurated on 22nd June, 2011. It is the second public medical school in Zambia and the first school to offer Dentistry at degree level. The school offers degree programmes in Medicine & Surgery, Dental Surgery and Clinical Medicine. It is the ninth School of the University.

School of the Built Environment

The School was established in 1987. It offers degree programmes in Real Estate, Architecture, Construction and Economics Management, Quantity Surveying, and Urban and Regional Planning.

School of Engineering

The School was established on 1st September, 2010. It came into being following the restructuring of then, School of Technology. It offers Honors degree programmes with specialization in Electrical/Electronics, Electrical/Mechanical, Civil Engineering, Mechatronics, Aeronautical and Telecommunications/Electronics. It also offers six (6) diploma programmes which include Telecommunication, Industrial Electronics, Electrical, Electronics, Civil and Construction.

School of Mines and Mineral Sciences

The School was established on 1st September, 2010 after the restructuring and splitting of the then School of Technology. It offers programmes ranging from diploma to PhD levels specializing in mining, metallurgical, chemical, environmental, Geology and Geometrics Engineering.  The School also runs tailor made training for the industry.

School of Natural Resources

Established in 1995, the School formerly known as School of Forestry and Wood Science is the fourth school of the University offering degree programmes in Forestry, Agroforestry, Wood Science and Technology, Wildlife Management, Aquaculture and Fisheries.

School of Business

The School was established in 1978 in response to the findings of a research undertaken by a group of experts in the early 1970s that highlighted the shortage of qualified manpower for managerial and supervisory positions in parastatal companies, public institutions, and private firms. The School offers degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Administration, Purchasing & Supply, Banking & Finance, Economics, Production Management and Operations, Marketing, Public Procurement, Transport and Logistics, and Business and Project Management.

School of Graduate Studies

The School was established in June, 2008 to coordinate all graduate academic programmes within the University. On offer include Masters and Doctorate programmes in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Project Management, Computer Science, Mining, Accounting & Finance, Built Environment, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mines & Mineral Sciences, Natural Resource Management, and Peace & Conflict Studies.

School of Information and Communication Technology

The School of Information and Communication Technology (SICT) is a newly introduced school whose aim is to train professionals in ICT related fields. The School was approved in March 2018. It originated from the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (SMNS). Its mandate is to train individuals to become Computer Scientists, Computer Engineers, Information Technologists, Database Administrators, Systems Analysts, Software Engineers, Network and Security Engineers, Information systems professionals, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) teachers among others. The School comprises of three Departments: Department of Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Department of Information Technology and Systems. 

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The formation of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences was approved in 2008 to meet the needs of the Zambian cultural transformation and enlist the active participation  of  various  stakeholders  to create classical and modern  music,  art,  sport, indigenous  knowledge,  the  extended  family  system,  culture of peace  reciprocity, interdependence, respect, friendliness, ethnic diversity, traditional foods and cuisine among others. The School comprises of five Departments: Department of Economics, Department of Law, Department of Social Studies, Department of Governance and Department of arts. 

Directorate of Distance Education and Open Learning (DDEOL)

The directorate was established in January, 2001. Prior to that, it was a department established in 1990 under the Institute of Consultancy, Applied Research and Extension Studies to run short courses, seminars and conferences. DDEOL Offers various diploma and degree programmes in Business Administration, Human Resource Management,  Marketing, Accountancy, Purchasing & Supply, Public Procurement, Transport and Logistics, Banking & Finance, Business & Project Management as well as Mathematics and Science Education.

Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies

The Institute came into being in April, 2011. It offers Masters Programmes in Peace and Conflict studies with specialization in Human Rights, Governance & Peace Building; Human Security & Development; Environment, Sustainable Development & Peace; Defense & Security Management; and Diplomacy & Strategic Studies.


Undergraduate programmes 

Applicants should have obtained at least five (5) ‘O’ Level Credits or better, including English Language and Mathematics as compulsory subjects for admission.

Postgraduate Programmes

  1. Applicants should hold a first degree preferably with credit or better in a related field of study.
  2. Applicants holding first degrees with credit or better in areas other than those covered in (1) above, are also eligible, but should have at least two (2) years of working experience after graduation.
  3. Exceptions to (1) and (2) above would be considered on a case by case basis. 


CBU Contacts 

The Copperbelt University
Directorate of Commercial and Corporate Affairs
21692 Jambo Drive, Riverside,
Kitwe, Zambia

Mobile +212 290828/29

Local coordinator: Prospery Simpemba
Copperbelt University
Department of Physics
School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
P.O Box 21692
Kitwe, Zambia
Phone: +260 212
Mobile: +260 977704168 (WhatsApp)
Skype ID: simpemba
Local coordinator: Dr Joseph Simfukwe
Copperbelt University
Department of Physics
School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
P.O Box 21692
Kitwe, Zambia
Phone: +260 212
Mobile: +260 963813570

More about Zambia:

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate and consists mostly of high plateau, with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. At 752,614 km², it is the 39th-largest country in the world. Zambia is drained by two major river basins: the Zambezi basin in the south covering about three-quarters of the country; and the Congo basin in the north covering about one-quarter of the country. A very small area in the north-east forms part of the internal drainage basin of Lake Rukwa in Tanzania.

Zambia is one of the most highly urbanised countries in sub-Saharan Africa with 44% of the population concentrated in a few urban areas along the major transport corridors, while rural areas are sparsely populated. The population comprises approximately 72 ethnic groups, most of which are Bantu-speaking. Almost 90% of Zambians belong to the nine main ethno linguistic groups: the Bemba, Nyanja-Chewa, Tonga, Tumbuka, Lunda, Luvale, Kaonde, Nkoya and Lozi. In the rural areas, each ethnic group is concentrated in a particular geographic region of the country and many groups are very small and not as well known. However, all the ethnic groups can be found in significant numbers in Lusaka and the Copperbelt.

Zambia is officially a Christian nation, but a wide variety of religious traditions exist. Traditional religious thought blends easily with Christian beliefs in many of the country’s churches. Christian denominations include: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, New Apostolic Church, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses and a variety of Evangelical denominations. Approximately 5% of the population is Muslims with most living in urban areas

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Cost of living: For a single person the estimated monthly costs are 391$ (5,571R) without rent. Cost of living in Zambia is, on average, 62.42% lower than in United States. Rent in Zambia is, on average, 84.27% lower than in United States.

Accommodation for postgraduate students is available at the postgraduate campus in Parklands, Kitwe. Visiting staff are hosted at the university operated guesthouse