Arts and Social Sciences


(a). The Grotius School of Development Studies

 Development Studies is a professional inter-disciplinary programme, whose core concepts can also be taught to students pursuing other courses. Its concept of development is multi-dimensional, as it covers the complex totality of social, political, economic and physical development. As a professional course, it is important to have a component of Field Attachment and Internship to enhance student’s knowledge of development theory with practical skills. It is also recommended to have some degree of specialization into the different aspects/sectors of Development, depending on the interests or objectives of a University.

Courses offered include:

-          The Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, a 3 year programme.

-          Diploma in Development Studies, a one and a half year programme.


(b). The Grotius School of Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences is a three year programme. It consists of seven subjects namely; Political Science, Social Administration, Sociology, Economics, psychology, philosophy and Gender and Development. Students may also take courses from other relevant Faculties/Land Institutes such as Faculty of Arts, Institute of Economics and Psychology.

First year students will take any three subjects and two courses from each subject per semester, i.e. 12 courses in the first year. First year courses are all core.

Second and Third Years Students shall be required to offer a major and a minor subject in the second and third year of their studies. The major subject shall constitute at least two Core and two Elective Courses per semester of a student's programme or an equivalent of 16 credit units. A minor subject shall constitute at least two courses per semester, comprising of one Core Course and one Elective, equivalent to eight Credit Units.

Diploma in Public Administration (DPA)

This Diploma is designed to give students and current public service employees a strong foundation in the nature and working of Ugandan government and public administration while also providing them with the opportunity to study, learn and become knowledgeable and conversant with the latest theories and practices respecting Ugandan public sector management.

This program will enable students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of government and public administration while also providing them with an opportunity to develop awareness and expertise specifically in the “techniques and practices” of public sector management, organizational theory, administrative law, policy development, public sector leadership and the management of organizational change.