Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration and Management (By Research)

  • Programme Code: PHDPAM- R
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Study time: Weekend
  • Intake: April & August


The PhD in Public Administration and Management will be the highest academic degree awarded in the study of public administration, Governance, management and administrative sciences at Kabale University. The degree is designed for those seeking academic research and teaching careers as faculty or professors in the study of governance, public administration, management and administrative sectors within Universities but also as professional career managers and administrators for a wide range of organizational contexts. Administration and Management systems are the blood of effective organizations. Yet, there is scarcity of trained experts and practitioners at doctoral level with skills, competences and appropriate attitudes to address the management and administrative issues in practical contexts within the dictates of the 21st century demands. In Ugandan Universities, there are some doctoral programs in management and administration but only undertaken by research only as opposed to a combination of coursework and dissertation; which this new programme adopts. [cm_show_info] The objectives of the PhD in Public Administration and Management programme are as follows:
  • To provide advanced academic training in Governance, Public Administration and Management in order to enlarge academic knowledge in these fields.
  • To provide students with hands-on and advanced research skills in the field of public administration and management.
  • To enable students apply the theoretical and practical knowledge of public administration and management.
  • To produce a public administrator with ethical values and competencies that fulfill the mission and Vision of Kabale University thereby enabling them to contribute to national and international public administration development covenants.
The PhD in Business Administration shall take a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of Five (5) years. This PhD in Business Administration by Research will be delivered through Seminars, Workshops and Conferences and on-line teaching and learning modes. The program consists of 5 taught modules and seminars that will help the participants acquire the requisite skills and theoretical knowledge, and develop the intellectual independence necessary for a participant to be an effective teacher/researcher and management practitioner. [/cm_show_info]

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the PhD programmes must meet the general requirements for admission to Graduate Programmes set by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and Kabale University. Specially, applicants must possess the following:

An admissible applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business related programmes or its equivalent from a recognized university or institution of higher learning
  • Master’s in business related programmes degree from a recognized university and/or institution of higher learning in a field relevant to the research areas (themes)/area of study
  • Prior Learning in relevant field that is equivalent to the qualification that is to be pursued. For Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), a prospective candidate shall first get clearance from NCHE to be eligible for admission
  • Present a concept note of the intended research area but in line with the research themes of the PhD in Business Administration programme at least 2 pages and not be more than 10 pages, double-spaced.

Fees Structure

  • Tuition Fees per Semester (East African): UGX 3,000,000
  • Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans): $2000

Application and selection

Course details

Code Name Delivery Mode CH
PAM9102 Philosophy of Science Seminar 60 HRS
PAM9104 Advanced Research Methods Workshops 60 HRS
PAM9105 Institutional Pedagogy Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PAM9201 Academic Scholarly Writing and Publication Skills Seminar 60 HRS
PAM9202 Computer Applications in Research Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PAM9106 Seminar Series Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PAM 9301 Doctoral Research Seminars (Proposal Development)
PAM 9302 Thesis Writing

Career opportunities

Our graduates will play a key role in achieving Vision 2040 which is conceptualized around strengthening the fundamentals of the national economy to harness the opportunities around the country as academicians, consultants, managers of financial institutions, policy makers in government ministries and Civil Society Organizations, business and economic analysts, legislators, commissioners from various regional economic and political blocks, as well as entrepreneurs and investment advisors.