Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration (By Coursework and Research)

There is an increasing demand for business management and administration specialists worldwide and Uganda in particular at the Doctoral level. This programme aims at producing specialists in different fields of business management and administration through a more flexible learning approach. The programme has been designed to assist in the development of business and management skills in Uganda and to improve on the quality of human resource for business and non-business in areas of management.  The programme is also consistent with the legal mandate of Kabale University as provided for in its charter, which requires the University to develop curricula and offer higher education scientific and technological courses, to award Postgraduate degrees in various specializations.

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Duration 3 Years
Study time Weekend
Intake April & August

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:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized University and/or Institution of Higher Learning in a field relevant to Business Administration.
  • Any other Master’s degree that may not be relevant but the applicant must have evidence of published materials relevant or related to the field.
  • Evidence of Recognition of Prior Learning 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.
  • An application letter.
  • A detailed and updated Curriculum Vitae.
  • Three recommendation letters signed at least by two academics at a PhD level or higher, and one professional referee.
  • A Concept Paper should be at least 2 pages and not be more than 10 pages, double-spaced.

Fees structure

Tuition Fees per Semester (East African) Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans)
UGX 4,000,000 $2500

Functional Fees

Application fee 50,000
Registration fees (per Academic Year) 60,000
Late Registration (per semester; after the deadline for official registration) 30,000
Examination fee (per semester) 100,000
Research fee (per Academic Year) 300,000
Student Manual (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Computer Laboratory fee (per Academic Year) 60,000
Identity Card (Payable once in the 1st Semester) 20,000
Library fee (per Academic Year) 50,000
Medical (per semester) 15,000
Development Fund (per Academic Year) 100,000
Late Payment of Fees (after the deadline for official fees payment) 50,000
Replacement of Admission Letter (per Issue) 5,000
Retake/Supplementary/Missed Exam fee (per course) 50,000
Special Exam (per course) 30,000
Student Games Union fee (Academic Year) 20,000
Student Guild fee (per Academic Year) 20,000
Contribution to the Uganda National Students’ Association (UNSA) (per Academic Year) 2,000
Graduation fee (Payable on Completion of Studies) (Including: Transcript, Certificate, Convocation) 150,000
Certification (per copy) 3,000
Contribution to National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Collections (per Academic Year) 20,000

Fieldwork, Study, Industrial Training/ Attachment, Internship, School Practice fee

Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources 500,000= (per Sem)
Bachelor of Agribusiness Management 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 300,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Agriculture and Land Use Management 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Industrial and Applied Physics 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Applied Design and Fine Art 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Business Administration 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Civil Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Computer Science 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Education (school practice) 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Electrical Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Environmental Health Science 200,000= (par year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Environmental Science 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Information Technology 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Library and Information Science 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Mechanical Engineering 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 300,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Nursing Science 150,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of/Diploma in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Med 150,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Public Administration and Mgt 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Records Management 100,000= (per Year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Social Work and Social Admin 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Social Sciences 100,000= (per year)
Bachelor of /Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality 150,000= (per year)
Bachelor of Catering and Hospitality 150,000= (per year)
Diploma in Medical Records Management 100,000= (per Year)
Diploma in Hotel Management 150,000= (per year)
Language Enhancement (for Students of French) 200,000= (per year)
Study trips (for Students of Geography) 100,000= (per year)
Study trips/Transport fee (for DEHS, BNS, BEHS, MBChB, BACM) 170,000= (per Sem)

  1. The University Council reserves the right to adjust the fees without prior notice.
  2. These Programmes are run over Weekends, during Fulltime, or in Recess/Holiday Sessions.

Contribution to NCHE should be deposited using a payment reference number generated via

Fees Structure 2024-2025

Course details

  • LH Lecture Hours
  • CH Contact Hours
  • TH Tutorial Hours
  • CU Credit Units
PBA 9102 Advanced Research Methods 45 30 60 4
PBA 9103 Philosophy of Science 45 30 60 4
PBA 9104 Institutional Pedagogy 45 30 60 4
PBA 9109 Computer Applications in data analysis 45 30 60 4
PBA 9110 Scholarly Writing and Publication Skills 45 30 60 4
PBA 9106 Corporate Management 30 30 45 3
PBA 9101 Human Resource Management & Development 45 30 60 4
PBA 9107 Organizational  Behaviour& Dynamics 45 30 60 4
PBA 9108 Economic Policy Analysis 45 30 60 4
PBA 9105 Seminar Series 75 5
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1     (Human Resource Management option)
PBA 91011 Strategic Planning and Management 45 30 60 4
PBA 91012 Human Resource Management 45 30 60 4
PBA 91013 Performance Management 45 30 60 4
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1   (Finance Option)
PBA 91114 Theory of Finance 45 30 60 4
PBA 91115 Financial Markets and Intermediaries 45 30 60 4
PBA 91116 International Finance and Investment 45 30 60 4
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1   (Strategic Management  Option)
PBA 91117 Strategic Management 45 30 60 4
PBA 91118 Global Business Strategy 45 30 60 4
PBA 91119 Business Venture Creation 45 30 60 4
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1    (Entrepreneurship and Innovations  Option)
PBAE91120 Entrepreneurship Fundamentals 45 30 60 4
PBA91121 Entrepreneurship Development and Training 45 30 60 4
PBA91122 Business ideation and innovation 45 30 60 4
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1  (Procurement and Supply Chain Management  Option)
PBA91123 Legal Frame work of procurement contract management 45 30 60 4
PBA91224 e-Procurement and e-Supply Chain 45 30 60 4
PBA91225 Supply Chain Management 45 30 60 4
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1  (Accounting &Finance  Option)
PBA91226 Advanced Accounting 45 30 60 4
PBA91227 Financial Management 45 30 60 4
PBA91228 Auditing &Assurance 45 30 60 4
PBA  91226 Proposal and 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.