The Master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation is a two year programme which was designed to enable students have a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and competencies essential for a 21st century project planning, monitoring and evaluation expert.
It was developed to equip participants both in the public and private sectors with broader knowledge and skills in evaluation practices and to also enable them upgrade their studies without compromising their work schedules.
The programme covers basic paradigms, principles, concepts, approaches and methods used in Monitoring and Evaluation. It is intended to produce monitoring and evaluation experts with public management skills and competencies in making critical decisions that affect delivery of public services at all levels. It also aims at imparting up-to date knowledge, skills and competencies in evaluation of government and non-governmental projects, policies and programmes for efficient delivery of services.
The programme consists of two parts: a coursework part and a dissertation component. Both parts are compulsory to all students. The coursework consists of 12 compulsory taught courses grouped into core foundational courses (6), methodology courses (3) interdisciplinary courses (3) selected from a range of electives. The student is free to undertake more than 3 interdisciplinary courses.
It is important to note that the Master’s degree builds on the PGD in monitoring and evaluation. Students who undertake the PGD and wish to do a Master’s degree will only do methodology related courses as well as research seminars, compulsory second year courses and then write a dissertation. The methodology seminars will be tagged to specific products and will be assessed. There will be research seminar workshops with each workshop designed to produce a research product. For example, the first research workshop will see student’s develop a proposal which will be assessed for a score but will also lead them to their next step in the research journey. The second workshop will be expected to present specific outputs in each of the four research subsequent seminars which will be assessed and will cumulatively contribute to the course components in addition to a final dissertation which will be assessed based on university guidelines contained in the graduate handbook.
This Masters programme in Monitoring and Evaluation will start running in September 2015