PhD Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programme

In response to the need for more PhD holders within Uganda, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) developed a joint institutional capacity building programme initially focusing on PhD training by research. This programme is being expanded to include other Universities in Uganda that are interested in joint PhD programmes where quality and other issues related to PhD training are jointly monitored. It will also be expanded to PhD training by coursework and research where individual partnering universities can design their individual PhDs.

Scope of the PhD Programme

The joint PhD programme cover the following disciplines;

  • PhD in Computing
  • PhD in Business Administration
  • PhD in Educational Administration and Planning
  • PhD in Development Studies
Minimum Entry Requirements
  1. An Honors degree from an accredited degree awarding institution
  2. A Masters’ degree from an accredited degree awarding institution
  3. A Concept paper which the candidate shall be required to present orally
  4. Curriculum Vitae of proposed supervisor(s)
Fees Structure
Name of PhD ProgrammeDuration (Years)Ugandan and EAC StudentsInternational Students
  Functional Fees (SHS) per YearTuition (SHS) Per SemesterFunctional Fees (SHS) per YearTuition (SHS) Per Semester
PhD in Computing31,270,0003,500,0002,540,0007,000,000
PhD in Business Administration31,270,0003,500,0002,540,0007,000,000
PhD in Educational Administration and Planning31,270,0003,000,0002,540,0006,000,000
PhD in Development Studies31,270,0003,000,0002,540,0006,000,000
Other Fees

PAYMENT OF APPLICATIONS: The application fee of UGX 100,000/= for Ugandan and E.A.C Students and UGX 200,000/= for International students.

Minimum Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, a PhD student shall spend a minimum of three (3) years on the PhD programme and shall also publish at least 2 peer reviewed (refereed) publications in either a journal or published book out of the PhD research. The other requirements are stipulated in the Graduate Student Handbook.


The main supervisor shall be a PhD holder in the same discipline and with at least two years of research experience after the PhD and should have published at least three papers in either referenced journals or as book chapters in a book with an ISBN number published by a recognized publisher. The detailed guidelines on supervision as indicated in the Graduate Student Handbook shall apply. Flexibility may be possible beyond the guidelines specified by the handbook on a case by case basis.