Duration: 4 years
The main objective of the programme of Civil Engineering Surveying is to educate students in order for them to achieve sufficient knowledge, skills and width of view to meet the demands of the job market and the national development objectives.

Educational Objectives
Specifically, the programme is intended:

  1. To train and produce diploma graduates who are well grounded with skills and knowledge in the Civil Engineering Surveying discipline;
  2. To train students towards research and development;
  3. To instil entrepreneurial skills in students so as to ensure competitiveness;
  4. Employ practical thinking with commitment to economic, innovative and optimum use of resources;
  5. Train engineering surveyors who are aware of the latest global challenges and how to handle them;
  6. Promote professionalism, work ethics and social values;
  7. Have a good understanding of the technical vocational foundation of Civil Engineering Surveying to facilitate self learning, particularly of experiential knowledge, and professional development.

Makerere University regulations pertaining to application, registration, examinations and awards shall apply.


Admission to first year
Admission into the first year is through any of the three avenues, the Direct Entry Scheme, the Mature Age Scheme and the Diploma Holders Scheme.

Direct Entry Scheme
An applicant should posses at least two advanced level passes of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent and the weighting system should be as follows:

  • Weight 3 Mathematics, and best of Geography, Physics, Economics, Surveying, Technical Drawing – as Essential subjects
  • Weight 2 One of the remainder of Geography, Physics, Economics, Surveying; Technical Drawing – as Relevant subjects
  • Weight 1 General Paper – as Desirable subject
  • Weight 0.5 Any Other Subject – as Other subjects

Mature Age Scheme
Admission also can be granted by mature age entry scheme after passing two special mature age University examinations in aptitude and specialised knowledge relevant to Civil Engineering Surveying.

Diploma Holders Entry Scheme
Holders of the Uganda National Examinations Board Ordinary Technical Diploma or its equivalent can be admitted to the programme. Applicants should have obtained a Credit Class diploma with at least a Credit Pass in Mathematics. All applicants, no matter the avenue of entry, must demonstrate, during their studies, a desire for an outdoor life.

You may download a detailed copy of the course outline below

Attachment Name Attachment Type
Diploma in Civil Engineering Surveying DOC PDF PS

Curriculum Summary

Year: 1
Semester: 1

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Preliminary Surveying I CES1101 2
Reading the Field (feasibility, preliminary design) CES1102 4
Environmental Studies I CES1103 2
Communication Skills for Technology TEC1101 3
Introduction to Data Collection CES1104 3
Chainman Practice CES1105 4
Journal, Double Entry Book-keeping CES1107 2

Year: 1
Semester: 2

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Preliminary Surveying II CES1201 2
Reading the Field (final design, construction) (prerequisite CES1102) CES1202 4
Computer Studies I CES1203 4
Data Collection (x y z fix) CES1204 3
Leveller Practice (prerequisite CES1105) CES1205 4
Materials for Civil Engineering Surveying CES1207 2
Local Knowledge, Design Criteria CES1208 2

Year: 1
Semester: Recess

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Industrial Attachment CES1301 5

Year: 2
Semester: 1

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Reading the Field (maintenance, rehabilitation) (prerequisite CES1202) CES2102 4
Computer Studies II CES2103 2
Data Collection (instrument use and booking) CES2104 2
Survey Assistant Practice (prerequisite CES1205) CES2105 4
Insurance for Civil Engineering Surveyors CES2107 2
Sociology for Technology TEC2101 3

Year: 2
Semester: 2

Course Name Course Code Credit Units
Data Presentation CES2201 2
Reading the Field (mutual influences) (prerequisite CES2102) CES2202 4
Environmental Studies II CES2203 2
Data Collection (further instruments and methods) CES2204 2
Junior Surveyor Practice (prerequisite CES2105) CES2205 4
Law for Civil Engineering Surveyors CES2207 2
Attachment Name Attachment Type
EMT2201 Engineering Mathematics IV DOC PDF PS