The overall objective of the programme is to produce highly skilled professionals with the knowledge to respond to the demands of the practical world and to bridge the present knowledge gap between architectural competence and planning competence in urban development.

Our graduates should be able to develop the following abilities:

  • To promotes a general and intricate understanding of the city by examining the various factors that generate urban form.
  • To focuses on physical planning and the design of urban spaces (and their enclosure) that can adapt over time to the ever-changing needs of inhabitants and society.
  • To enable students from architecture and design disciplines to develop skills and employ their knowledge in developing complex socially, environmentally and economically sustainable urban and spatial planning strategies.
  • To use design thinking as a critical, interrogative process through which to explore the broader parameters of the research within a particular situation or environment.
  • To conceptualize, define, and analyze design problems and opportunities at the urban scale.


The programme targets graduates with Honours degree in a discipline related to the built environment and the city (e.g. Architecture, Planning, Surveying, Engineering, Construction Management, Land use Planning, Geography, Landscape Planning/Architecture). Candidates with alternative professional experience may also be considered.



To qualify for admission, a candidate must fulfill the general Makerere University entry requirements for postgraduate diplomas, and in addition the candidate must be a holder of either

  1. A bachelors degree in Urban/Regional/Physical/Town and Country Planning, Architecture, Landscape Design, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, surveying, or its equivalent from a recognized University/Institution.
  2. Students who have obtained first and second class degrees should be free to join after completion.
  3. Students who have obtained pass degree can only join after demonstrating professional growth in the relevant field to the degree programme.


The duration for the M.Sc in UPD degree programme is one (1) academic year comprising of 2 semesters.



Tution fees for privately sponsored students shall be 3, 787, 500 Uganda Shillings per year for Ugandans and 6,700,000Uganda Shillings per year for International students.

PGD. Urban Planning and Design – summary of courses



Course Code Course Name LH       PH       CH      CU
Core Courses (COMPULSORY)
UPD 7101 Planning Theory and Practice 45        –           45        3
UPD 7102 Planning and Design Fundamentals 45        –           45        3
UPD 7103 Theory and Methods of Urban Design 45        –           45        3
UPD 7104 Computer Applications for Planning and Design 30        30        45        3
UPD 7105 Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems 45        –           45        3
Total Credit Units = 15



Core Courses
UPD 7201 Research Methodology and Scientific Writing 30        30        45        3
UPD 7202 Neighbourhood Planning and Design 30        30        45        3
UPD 7210 Action and Strategic Planning 30        30        45        3
UPD 7204 Landscape Planning and Design 30        30        45        3
UPD 7205 Sustainable Zoning and Land Use Regulation 45        –           45        3
Total Credit Units = 15

RECESS TERM (Compulsory)

UPD 7301 Design Project –           75        75        5


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