Makerere University

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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY was Established in 1922 as a humble technical school, Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in Africa. In January of that year, the school, which was later renamed Uganda Technical College, opened its doors to 14 day students who began studying Carpentry, Building and Mechanics.

The College soon began offering various other courses in Medical Care, Agriculture , Veterinary Sciences and Teacher Training. It expanded over the years to become a Center for Higher Education in East Africa in 1935. In 1937, the College started developing into an institution of higher education, offering post-school certificate courses.

In 1949, it became a University College affiliated to the University College of London, offering courses leading to the general degrees of its then mother institution.

With the establishment of the University of East Africa in June 29, 1963, the special relationship with the University of London came to a close and degrees of the University of East Africa were instituted.

On July 1, 1970, Makerere became an independent national university of the Republic of Uganda, offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to its own awards. Makerere University offers not only day but also evening and external study programmes to a student body of about 35,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduates (both Ugandan and foreign). It is also a very active centre for research.

The University transitioned from the Faculty-based to the collegiate system on 1st July 2011 and as of Friday 30th December 2011, Makerere University officially transformed into a Collegiate University with 9 Constituent Colleges and as at 1st July 2014, 10 Constituent Colleges including the School of Law, all operating as semi-autonomous units of the University.

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To be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa.


To provide innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

Core Values

  • Allegiance to the Institution
  • Integrity
  • Customer Responsiveness
  • Professionalism
  • Openness to Diversity



Established in 1922 as a technical college, Makerere University was affiliated to the University of London until 1963 when it became one of the three constituent colleges of the University of East Africa. It became an independent University in 1970 by Act of Parliament. This status continued until 2001 when the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act was enacted.

University Estate

The University Estate is spread over three campuses. The 350 acre Main campus is located on Makerere Hill, 5 km from the city centre.

The 45 acre College of Health Sciences- CHS (Formerly Faculty of Medicine and School of Public Health) is located on Mulago Hill adjacent to the National Referral Hospital – 2 km from the Main Campus.

The Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo is located 17kms North of Kampala.

The University Estate also includes, a 350 acre Buyana Stock Farm – under the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and BioSecurity - CoVAB (Formerly Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) located 60kms along the Kampala -Masaka highway. Kasangati Health Centre- Linked to the School of Public Health - CHS, Makerere University Biological Field Station under the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - CAES (Formerly Institute of Environment and Natural Resource-MUIENR) and The Budongo Conservation Field Stationunder the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences- CAES (Formerly Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation).

Attached to the School of Distance and Lifelong Learning, College of Education and External Studies - CEES (Formerly Institute of Adult and Continuing Education - IACE) are 9 adult education and extramural centres.

The University also has residential housing estates located in the outskirts of Kampala namely Kololo, Katalemwa, Makindye, Makerere North and Bwaise.


The University Council is the supreme governance body- The University council works through six Committees. Academic matters are channeled to Council through the University Senate.

Council - Senate and the Committees

Academic Programmes

At the undergraduate level Makerere University has 145 programmes which include 11 (Eleven) Diplomasand 134 (One Hundred and Thirty Four) Bachelors programmes. The University also offers over 139 Postgraduate Programmes which include 17 (Seventeen) Postgraduate Diplomas and 135 (One Hundred and Thirty Five) Masters Degree programmes. All academic units have provision for offering Doctoral Degrees either by research only or by course work and dissertation. Please see attachements for more details.

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Our Affiliated Instutions, Calendar, Programme Duration, Administrative Units

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Campus Map

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Policies at Makerere University must be approved by the University Council, the top-most decision-making body at the University before they can become effective. Below are some of the approved policies and guidelines organised by different category.

These may contain other pertinent information or links to related documents.

Policies Categories

General University Policies Academic Policies Student Affairs Policies
Finance and Business Policies ICT Policies Development & University Relations Policies
Human Resources Policies Estates and Works Policies







This section contains information about institutions affiliated to Makerere University.

These include:


Child Health and Development Centre

The Child Health and Development Centre (CHDC) is a centre of excellence for sustainable interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral national capacity building for improving the health of children and women.

The mission of the centre is to develop CHDC from a small, reactive centre to a more pro-active and sustainable interdisciplinary research and training institution that takes the University expertise to the people for health and social development.

P.O Box 6717, Kampala, (U)
Tel: +256-414-541684/530325,
Fax: +256-414-531677,
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Human Rights and Peace Center

The Human Rights and Peace Center (HURIPEC ) was established under the Faculty of Law in Makerere University in 1993, as the first human rights center of its kind in in Sub-saharan Africa. Although several human rights-related subjects were already being taught at the Faculty of Law, HURIPEC was established solely to foster on teaching, research and activism on human rights and peace issues at the University. Since that time, not only has the number of subjects in the area expanded considerably, but so to have the range of activities being pursued.

HURIPEC represented a Makerere University's response to a sustained period of gross human rights violations in Uganda. The principal perpetrators of human rights violations against the population have been the state and rebel groups however, increasingly, non-state actors, ranging from the family to corporate entities have been responsible for perpetrating various human rights abuses. Cross-boarder incursions and was complicated and deepened further Uganda's human rights situation. Far-reaching consequences have included acute decline in economic production, the decay in economic infrastructure and the cllapse of the state and political institutions. By far the gravest consequences of sustained gross human rights violations is probably the collapse or emasculation of civil society and the widespread feeling of helplessness and leaderlessness among large sections of the people.


A Human Rights Conceintised, educated, activist, academic society


To promote the understanding and respect for human rights,democratic governance and sustainable peace in the East Africa sub-region specifically and Africa generally through teaching, research,policy and advocacy


  • To provide disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching, and undertake cutting-edge research and policy analysis in the field of human rights, democratic governance and peace;
  • To promote and facilitate multi-stakeholder debates and dialogue on contemporary issues in the field of uman rights, good governance and peace;
  • To advocate for the monitor compliance of Government's actions, laws and policies with constitutional order and regional and international agreements in the area of human rights, good governance and peace;
  • To provide advisory and consultancy services to Government, civil society organizationns development partners and other stakeholders on issues of human rights, good governance and peace;
  • To establish and run a modern, well stocked and functional Resource Centre on human rights, good governance and peace


Faculty of Law
Makerere University
P.O. Box 7062,
Kampala ,Uganda
Tel: +256-41-532954
Fax: +256-41-543110
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College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

1) The School of Agricultural Sciences

  • Agricultural Production (AP)
  • Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics (Ag & NRE)
  • Extension & Innovations (EI)

2) The School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

  • The Department of Forestry, Bio-Diversity and Tourism (F, B &T)
  • The Department of Environmental Management (EM)
  • The Department of Geography, Geo Informatics and Climatic Sciences (GGCS)

3) The School of School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-engineering

  • Department of Agricultural & Bio systems Engineering (ABE)
  • Department of Food Technology and Human Nutrition (FT&HN)


College of Business and Management Sciences

1) The School of Economics

  • The Department of Economic Theory and Analysis
  • The Department of Policy and Development Economics

2) School of Business

  • The Department of Marketing & Management
  • The Department of Accounting and Finance.

3) School of Statistics and Applied Economics

  • Department of Planning and Applied Statistics;
  • Department of Population Studies;
  • Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science


College of Computing and Information Sciences

1) School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT)

  • The Department of Computer Science
  • The Department of Information Technology
  • The Department of Information Systems, and
  • The Department of Networks.

2) East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS)

  • The Department of Library and Information Sciences and
  • The Department of Records and Archives Management.


College of Education and External Studies 

1) The School of Education (SoE)

  • Department of Social Sciences & Arts Education
  • Department of Science, Technology & Vocational Education (DSTVE)
  • Department of Foundations & Curriculum Studies (DFCS)

2) The School of Distance and Lifelong Learning (SoDLL)

  • The Department of Open & Distance Learning (DODL) and
  • The Department of Adult & Community Education (DACE)


College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology

1) School of Engineering

  • The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering;
  • The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering.

2) School of the Built Environment

  • The Department of Architecture and Physical Planning;
  • The Department of Construction Economics and Management;
  • The Department of Geomatics and Land Management.

3) The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art

  • The Department of Fine Art;
  • The Department of Visual Communication Design and Multi-media;
  • The Department of Industrial Art and Applied Design.


College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences was established on 1st December 2007 under the “Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act (Establishment of College of Health Sciences, Makerere University) Order, 2008. T

The college initialy started as a Faculty of Medicine in 1924, until 5th January 2008 when it was reconsittuted as a semi autonomous unit within the universty.

Vision: "To be a center for academic and health service excellence."

Mission: "We are dedicated to improving the health of the people of uganda and beyond and promoting health equity by providing quality education, research and health services. We achieve this by enhancing capacity and participation of stakeholders; strengthening systems and partnerships; and harnessing the power of new sciences and technology so as to build and sustain excellence and relevance"

The College comprises of four schools including

1) The School of Medicine

  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Anaesthesia
  • Department of Ear Nose Throat
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Orthopaedics
  • Department of Radiology & Radio Therapy
  • Medical Research Centre
  • Reproductive Health Unit
  • Department of Paediatrics & Child Health

2) The School of Public Health

  • Department of Health Policy & Management
  • Department of Epidemic& Biostatistics
  • Department of Community Health & Behavioral Sciences
  • Department of Disease Control & Environmental Health

3) The School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Department of Human Anatomy
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Department of Anatomy
  • Department of Medical Illustration

4) The School of Health Sciences

  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Dentistry
  • Department of Nursing Department of Allied Health Sciences 

 For more information visit the College website


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

 1) The School of Liberal and Performing Arts

  • The Department of Philosophy & Development Studies.
  • The Department of Religion and Peace Studies.
  • The Department of Performing Arts & Film
  • The Department of History, Archaeology & Organizational Studies

2) The School of Women and Gender Studies

3) The School of Languages, Literature and Communication

4) School of Psychology

  • The Department of Mental Health and Community Psychology
  • The Department of Educational, Organizational and Social Psychology

5) The School of Social Sciences

6) Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR)

College of Natural Sciences

1) The School of Physical Sciences

2) The School of Biological Sciences


College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Bio-security

  1. The School of Bio-security, Biotechnical and Laboratory Sciences
  2. The School of Veterinary and Animal Resources


The School of Law

The School of Law attained College Status effective 1st July 2014, within the meaning of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (Management of Constituent Colleges of Makerere University) Statute 2012. Although a College, it retained the name “School of Law”.

  • The Department of Law and Jurisprudence
  • The Department of Public Law
  • The Department of Commercial Law
  • The Department of Environmental Law
  • The Department of Human Rights and Peace Centre


The Academic Registrar is the chief coordinator of all matters pertaining to the academic organisation of the University: examinations, research, postgraduate studies, syllabuses and is always the Secretary to Senate and its committees. The Academic Registrar oversees admissions & records, examinations as well as staff development and ceremonies.


The Dean of Students coordinates the activities of student accommodation and is responsible for the welfare and discipline of students in the University. Apart from the Halls of Residence, each of which is governed by a Warden, other sections overseen by the Dean's office include sports and recreation, chapels and mosques, students’ guild and the counselling centre.

Office of the Director Human Resources The Director, Ms. Mary K. Tizikara oversees the Directorate of Human Resources and initiates, develops and implements Human Resource systems and processes in line with the Human Resources policy and consistent with the University Strategic plan. The Director also develops the Annual Development Budget and monitors the Utilisation of The Directorate resources in line with the financial regulations.

The Directorate of Human Resources consists of divisions namely;

The Director Investments oversees the implementation of the investment policy, which aims at making Makerere university financially self-sustaining through various investments. Currently, investment has mainly been realized in infrastructure at various faculties such as Economics, Technology, Pharmacy, and CIT. however, there will be more investment ventures such as setting up apartments and a hotel among others.

The Director Investments oversees the implementation of the investment policy, which aims at making Makerere university financially self-sustaining through various investments. Currently, investment has mainly been realized in infrastructure at various faculties such as Economics, Technology, Pharmacy, and CIT. however, there will be more investment ventures such as setting up apartments and a hotel among others.


Makerere University embarked on an ambitious project, with the support of external partners, to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) in all its functions as one of the critical elements of its strategic plan. Within the context of this plan, the vision of ICT is “University wide access to, and utilisation of Information and communication Technology to enhance the position of Makerere University as a centre of academic excellence and its contribution to the sustainable development of society.”

Established in 1989, as a unit within the University Secretary’s Office, the Planning and Development Department (PDD) evolved into a fully fledged department in 1992 with the overall mandate to co-ordinate the formulation of the University’s Strategic Plans for rehabilitation and sustainable development.

The Counselling and Guidance Centre is here to help you address personal or emotional challenges that may affect you while studying or working in Makerere University. The Counselling and Guidance Centre works closely with all university units to enable students realize their academic and personal potential and to assist staff in addressing psychological issues that may affect them in living worthy and productive lives.

Finance department is strategically located in the Main Administration Block, Makerere University. Its headed by the Director of Finance/University Bursar. It has eight sections i.e. Halls/Student welfare, Grants/Sponsered Projects, Income Generating Unit, Salaries and Wages, Accounts, Expenditure and Payables, Reporting and Accountability; and Budget Monitoring.

Internal Audit authority and mandate is derived from Makerere University Council. Its functions, activities and operations are defined in an audit charter. The University Council by policy establishes and supports Internal Audit as an independent appraisal function to examine and evaluate University activities/operations as a service to management and Council of Makerere University.

The aim of Quality Assurance Directorate is to enhance the effectiveness of the University’s core activities. The Directorate safeguards and helps improve the teaching and research standards and quality of services at Makerere University.


To meet the study, teaching, research and outreach information needs for sustainable national and regional development.

Makerere University Printery has been in operation since 1969. It has been operating as a Service Unit for the University beginning in the main library as photographic service unit.

It was not until 1971 that the Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD) extended financial support in form of formidable Printing equipment. This led to its relocation to the basement of the Main Building.

Makerere University is home to a fully fledged Police Station with officers of the Uganda Police Force who regularly patrol the campus. The Police Officers work closely with Campus Security personnel to maintain law and order as well as man security checks at the campus and building entrances.

The Office

The Chief Security Officer, who reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), is the overall in-charge of Campus security. He is assisted by the OC Station Makerere University Police as well as other Deputies.

In 2001, a group of visionary women and men proposed the idea of institutionalizing gender in Makerere University’s functions. That led to the birth of the Gender Mainstreaming Programme, under the Department of the Academic Registrar, where it was nurtured to maturity.




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