Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Education (By Research)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) in Education (by Research Only) of Kabale University aims at developing a student’s intellectual hindsight about contemporary issues affecting education. The students are equipped with 21st Century learning and managerial skills appropriate in blending a critical and analytical approach appropriate to supporting the development of paradigms for sustainable social education. The PhD. student will be exposed to various leading themes in the science of global education, education leadership, planning and management, as well as advanced sociological, colonial, postcolonial and indigenous education realities that articulate the historical, cultural and contemporary patterns of education progression.

The PhD. student will also be exposed to more contemporary themes as follows;

  1. Education psychology,
  2. Social justice education,
  3. Curriculum studies,
  4. Education leadership and management;
  5. Sociological perspectives of education,
  6. Comparative and international education (global education);
  7. Curriculum development, implementation and evaluation;
  8. Language Education;


Code PhDER
Duration 3 Years
Study time Weekend
Intake 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:

  1. Must have either a relevant Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized university or institution of higher learning.
  2. Must have a relevant Master’s degree from a recognized University and/or Institution of Higher Learning recognised by NCHE. A Postgraduate Diploma in Education or Equivalent is an added advantage.
  3. Any other Master’s degree that may not be relevant but the applicant MUST have evidence of published materials relevant or related to the programme of study.
  4. 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.
  5. Present a scholarly written statement of research intent that is in line with the PhD. in Education programme scope.
  6. A detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  7. Three recommendation letters signed at least by two academics at a PhD. level or higher, and one professional referee.
  8. Fresh graduates of a Master’s degree should have at least one year of relevant working experience.

Fees structure

Tuition Fees per Semester (East African) Tuition Fees per Semester (Non East Africans)
UGX 3,000,000 $2,000

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 2023-2024

Course details

  • LH Lecture Hours
  • CH Contact Hours
  • TH Tutorial Hours
  • CU Credit Units
Code Name Delivery Mode CH
PDE9111 Advanced Research Methods Class work/Workshops 60 HRS
PDE9112 Computer Applications in Research Class work/Workshops 60 HRS
PDE9113 Scholarly Writing and Publications Class work/Workshops 60 HRS
PDE9114 Philosophy of Science Class work/Workshops 60 HRS
PDE9115 Institutional Pedagogy Class work/Workshops 60 HRS
PDE9126 Seminar Series Seminar/Workshop 60 HRS
PDE9300 Thesis Writing  

Career opportunities

Target Audience:
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education is designed for professional educators, education managers pursuing career in different education departments, researchers, graduates of Masters degrees in education and social workers, all aspiring to heighten their understanding of education research and theory, as well as global education praxis. At the end of their programme, graduates are supposed to utilize the high-tech skills and competencies acquired in their respective fields of specialization and in the philosophy of science to become social leaders and significant contributors to a globally competitive knowledge-based society.