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Master of Science ICT for Development online

The university offers this postgraduate diploma/ degree programme (which is fully accreditated by the NCHE) in ICTs for Development for those already working in the development sector who wish to upgrade their ICT skills, ICT managers who wish to update their skills and knowledge in development, or fresh graduates on academic track.

ICTs have roles to play in many areas: democracy, banking, retailing, education, marketing, gender, business, public health, human rights, environment, governance, agriculture, the media, and health. Innovative solutions to some development problems are emerging at a very fast rate. The main purpose of this programme is to train innovative ICT leaders with a thorough knowledge of the theories and methods of ICTs for development who will think outside the box to maximize the use of ICTs in particular contexts.

Programme courses

  • PGDID 101 World Development Today
  • PGDICT 101 Introduction to ICT4D
  • PGDICT 102 Hardware and Networking for Development
  • PGDID 103 Project Management
  • PGDICT 103 Software and Databases for Development
  • PGDICT 104 New Internet-Based Paradigms: Moving to the Cloud
  • PGDICT 105 Information Systems Design and Implementation
  • PGDICT 106 ICT Policy and Regulation
  • PGDVUU 101 Research Methodology
  • PGDVUU 102 Governance, Ethics, and Integrity
  • Dissertation (MSc)

All these courses may also be taken as stand-alone courses as part of our Continuous Professional Development programme.

Admission criteria
All prospective students must meet the admission criteria as set for each programme of study in the University. The University shall follow the admission criteria as set by the National Council of Higher Education. All completed application forms should be sent to the University Secretary at the Virtual University of Uganda.

For entry to the postgraduate diploma in ICTs for Development, applicants should possess a good second-class degree from a recognized institution and achieved a pass mark in the Graduate Admission Test. Ideally, applicants should have some job-related experience in their field of study. All students should have an adequate knowledge of computers and access to a reliable Internet connection, preferably owning a laptop and an Internet USB dongle.

All students must have registered initially by the date stipulated in the university calendar. In order to access course materials online, students must pay the full fee for the course on the date specified. All fees are to be paid directly to the University’s bank account. Bank slips or bank drafts will be acknowledged when registering for each module in a programme.