Bachelor Of Arts In Development Studies

Program Overview

This programme of Development Studies offers training to undergraduate students. It is a three years programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies. The programme has been developed to expose students to both theoretical and practical experiences in relation to development. The theoretical component provides relevant theoretical orientations to the nature of development issues. That is, development needs interventions and challenges. The theoretical orientation also enables students to develop the skills of critical analysis of development issues.

The practical component of the course programme, presents opportunities for students to acquire development experiences across space and time. Second year students are encouraged to undertake practical projects (internship) in a chosen community or organisation to enable them learn the practice of development work and research. Other Programmes coming on board are in Gender Studies at Diploma, Degree, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Level.

Course Duration: 3 Years

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  • Development Officer: As a development officer, you would work for an organization that supports developing countries, focusing on issues such as poverty, education, healthcare, and social justice. You would be responsible for managing development projects, creating and implementing development plans, and collaborating with local communities to find solutions to their problems.
  • Community Organizer: Community organizing involves working with local communities to build social and political power and to bring about positive change. As a community organizer, you would be responsible for engaging community members in campaigns, building coalitions, and advocating for social justice and human rights.
  • Grant Writer: In this role, you would work for non-profit organizations or government agencies to secure funding for various development projects. Your responsibilities would include researching funding opportunities, writing proposals, and managing grant applications.
  • Research Analyst: As a research analyst, you would be responsible for conducting research on various issues related to development, such as poverty, education, and health. You would analyze data and prepare reports that inform policy and programmatic decisions.
  • Program Manager: Program managers oversee the implementation of development projects, ensuring that they are carried out efficiently and effectively. You would be responsible for managing budgets, supervising staff, and ensuring that programs meet their goals and objectives.
  • Policy Analyst: In this role, you would analyze government policies and programs related to development issues. You would work to identify gaps and areas for improvement, and recommend policy changes that could help address development challenges.
  • International Aid Worker: As an international aid worker, you would work for a non-governmental organization (NGO) or a government agency to provide humanitarian aid and development assistance to people in crisis or conflict-affected areas. You would be responsible for managing programs, coordinating with local communities and partners, and ensuring that aid is delivered effectively and efficiently.

Direct Entry Scheme

At least 5 passes at Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent;

At least 2 principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.


Diploma holders

  1. Hold a Credit or Second-Class Diploma in the relevant field from a recognized institution as determined by the University Senate.
  2. At least a Pass (50%) in Mature Entry Examinations.


Mature age Entry

  1. The applicant should be 25 years of age and above;
  2. Must have passed mature age entry examinations organized by the National Council for Higher Education.



  1. A certificate obtained after 2 years of post UCE study;
  2. Any equivalent qualifications besides UCE and UACE.

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