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The program focus is on non-sewered sanitation, as sewerage-based sanitation is the subject of the complementary specialization in Environmental Engineering, a major under MSc Civil Engineering (of the currently running program).

The MSc and PGD in Sanitation will be run as a day and/or an evening programme with privately sponsored students. The duration of the programme will be two years spanning through four (4) semesters for MSc and one year for PGD. The programme shall offer three options for students to select according to their preference, and these include:

  1. Postgraduate Diploma (by coursework)
  2.  MSc Sanitation – Plan A (by coursework and research)
  3. MSc Sanitation – Plan B (by coursework and project report)

Students will be required to have confirmed the preferred Plan by the end of the fourth week into the Academic Year. The Postgraduate diploma and Master of Science in Sanitation degree programme shall be governed by the general regulations and statutes of Makerere University.

Postgraduate Diploma in Sanitation

Prospective students under postgraduate diploma will be required to undertake two semesters of taught/ coursework with an internship work. The internship work may not necessarily be research-oriented but should investigative and hence, will involve data collection, data analysis and report writing.

MSc Sanitation – Plan A

Students under MSc San Plan A will be required to take two semesters of taught/ coursework and two semesters of research leading to a dissertation in any area of Sanitation practice. A student on this program must complete the approved programme of coursework consisting of a minimum of 29 credit units during the year and must submit a Dissertation. Students intending to undertake Ph.D. studies or a career in research will be encouraged to go through this option.

MSc Sanitation – Plan B

Prospective students under Plan B will be required to undertake three semesters of taught/ coursework and one semester of project work. The project may not necessarily be research-oriented but should investigative and hence, will involve data collection, data analysis and report writing. Students on this option but intending to undertake Ph.D. or a career in research will be required to do some remedial courses as deemed appropriate.


Meeting with Prof. Damir Brdjanovic

The leadership of the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology met with the Co-founder and Director of the Global Sanitation Graduate School, Prof. Damir Brdjanovic. This was during his visit to Makerere university on February 27th 2020.
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the partnership with IHE-Delft in which Graduate courses in Sanitation will be offered at the College. Present at the meeting also was representation from Kyambogo University, which is partnering with Makerere University in the delivery of the Sanitation course.

Left to Right: Dr. Alex Katukiza, Dr. Jotham Sempewo, Prof. Amadou Maiga, Prof. Damir Brdjanovic, Dr. Nakazibwe, Dr. Anne Nakagiri, Dr. Swaib Semiyaga, Prof. Frank Kansiime


The Global Sanitation Graduate School is a platform to facilitate the development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on sanitation through postgraduate (MSc) programs, online (self-study and instructor-led) courses, face-to-face (on-campus) courses and tailor-made training so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge, and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed one or more educational or training courses offered by members of the School. The School offers a variety of course materials as open courseware.


Consultative workshop on MSc/PGD and Short Courses in Sanitation

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, CEDAT, hosted a half-day stakeholders’ consultation workshop on Thursday 13th February, 2020 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Food Science Conference Hall, Makerere University. The purpose of the workshop was to gather views on the relevance of the proposed curricula of Master of Science (MSc)/Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) and Short Course programs in Sanitation.

The workshop sought to propose any necessary changes to enable graduates to be more competitive and with requisite capacity to contribute to National and International development. The programs aim to attract talented and ambitious young and mid-career sanitation professionals, working in water supply and sewerage companies, municipal authorities, government ministries, NGOs and consulting firms, ideally, individuals dealing with urban and peri- urban sanitation.

The following stakeholders were represented at the stakeholder workshop:

  1. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA),
  2. AMREF Health Africa,
  3. Anthena Infonomics,
  4. International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC),
  6. National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC),
  7. Kyambogo University,
  9. School of Public Health, Makerere University,
  10. College of Business and Actuarial Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University,
  11. Department of Agricultural Production (DAP), Makerere University
  12. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University,
  13. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Makerere University
  14. Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, Makerere University
  15. Enersafe Consulting Ltd,
  16. Knowledge to Practice (K2P),
  17. Ministry of Water and Environment.


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