School of Postgraduate Studies and Research

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I welcome you to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research (SPGSR) of Uganda Martyrs University. Postgraduate programs at Uganda Martyrs University began in 2000 with two programs; Master of Development Studies and Master of Business Administration. The School of Postgraduate Studies was established later in 2003 to oversee postgraduate studies that had grown from two to three programs. Prof. Deirdre Carabine was appointed as the founding Director. In August 2015, the School was merged with the Research Directorate to become the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research (SPGSR).

The mandate of SPGSR is to oversee Postgraduate Studies, Research and Publications at Uganda Martyrs’ University in collaboration with the various Faculties and disciplines of the University. Currently graduate academic programs at UMU include 4 PhDs, 34 Masters, and 6 Post-Graduate Diplomas. The mandate is managed by a team of both academic and administrative staff in charge of Postgraduate Admission processes, overseeing teaching, learning and research, as well as communication of research outputs. Apart from dissertations, the School manages the research outlet of the Uganda Martyrs Book Series, Mtafiti Mwafrika, Decolonization Pathways, Journal of Science and Sustainable Development, and Journal of Development Studies. The School works with particular Faculties/Schools/Institutes that manage the curriculum under their dockets. Students interact with a number of academic and administrative staff members in those academic units.

Uganda Martyrs University has an approved Research Agenda aligned with the global agenda of transforming our world using the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the African Agenda 2063 of “The Africa We Want”; The East African Goal of Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS); and Uganda National Development Plan III (NDP III).

The Research agenda aims at promoting national and international recognition of UMU while working to achieve the national, regional, continental and global sustainable development goals. Specific Faculties/Schools/Institutes introduce this agenda to students to lead their learning and research.  Themes captured from the agenda form the Research Annual Conference.

Through research students of postgraduate studies are expected to break new intellectual ground contributing to academic conversations in their fields in line with the research agenda through a dissertation required for the award of a Master’s degree, MPhil or Doctorate degree, and any other additional writing.

SPGSR boasts being an academic unit with national and international reputation. As a School, we strongly believe in collaborative work. From its inception, the School has envisaged itself as a bedrock of great initiatives, energies, and great innovations. Our conviction is that the School will grow in all spheres in the coming years and will greatly contribute to the development of our country and region. We are again happy that you are part of this endeavour. We believe that we are now a university of first choice on the programs we offer in our postgraduate programs. We treasure you and your contribution, and we hope that, together, we shall lead the world in virtue and wisdom.

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Staff Members

Prof. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo

Associate Dean, SPGSR
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David N. Tshimba, Ph.D

Senior Research Fellow, Chair CAS
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Ms. Agnes Nabisibo

School of Postgraduate Studies and Research
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Robinah S. Nakabo

Research Fellow/Managing Editor
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Ms. Evelyn Nantume

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Programme Duration Study time
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration 4 Years Fulltime
Joint Doctor of Philosophy in Governance, Peace and Development 4 Years Fulltime


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