Uganda Martyrs University Postgraduate Courses Entry Requirements
- Candidates must have at least a Second Class Lower degree from a recognised university in the relevant field.
- No candidate unless under exceptional circumstances will be admitted for the postgraduate degree programme immediately after the Bachelor’s course without practical experience in the field.
- Prospective Master’s students will be admitted only if they pass the Graduate Admission Test (GAT) of Uganda Martyrs University or the specific faculty/department admission test.
- GMAT and GRE tests may be considered equivalents to the Graduate Admission Test of Uganda Martyrs University.
Candidates seeking admission into a programme leading to the award of the degree of MPhil should normally possess a first degree: first class or an upper second class honours. Candidates can also be admitted to the
MPhil programme who possess a Master’s Degree obtained through following taught courses and the presentation of a minor thesis in a recognised university. Such candidates will be expected to submit their dissertation within a shorter period of time. In exceptional circumstances, candidates can be admitted with relevant work experience and appropriate professional qualifications.
- Candidates seeking admission to the course leading to the award of the Ph.D. Degree shall normally possess a Master’s Degree in a relevant area from a recognized In exceptional circumstances, candidates can be admitted with relevant work experience and appropriate professional qualifications in addition to a first
- Candidates are required to submit a preliminary research proposal and if possible a copy of any published academic work (dissertations not inclusive).
- Acceptance is dependent upon the candidate’s proposal receiving favourable reports and s/he will be called for an interview. If the admission panel deems the candidate’s work satisfactory, s/he will be admitted to the first year of research as an undifferentiated student. If the proposal is rejected, a revised proposal may be submitted within a specified period. If the proposal is rejected a second time, the admission process will be closed.
- The process of differentiation takes place not earlier than one full calendar year after admission and registration and this determines transfer to either M.Phil. or Ph.D. programmes. This process necessitates a formal oral presentation (in seminar style) of the full research proposal before a differentiation panel and a written document shall accompany the oral presentation and shall include a scheme of work and substantial up-to-date bibliography. If the panel is satisfied that the candidate should be differentiated, a candidate will be registered officially either as an M.Phil. or Ph.D. candidate. If the panel is not satisfied with the work accomplished to date, a revised proposal may be submitted within a specified period.
Additional Entry Requirements
- Candidates may be required to fulfil other specific requirements for the courses applied for as may be applicable.
- Applicants from outside Uganda who are interested in pursuing courses of Uganda Martyrs University may be required to take a written test or an oral interview.
- Students who completed their undergraduate education in a non-English-speaking environment must provide proof of English Language and if not found proficient take the English Language Course offered by the University.
Admission of Occasional Students
- The University may admit into a programme an occasional student who is otherwise qualified but cannot enroll for a full programme.
- Candidates who apply for admission as occasional students shall initially not be UMU students.
- Candidates may be admitted at the beginning of any semester of the academic year.
- Upon registration the candidates shall register for the course they wish to attend with the respective Faculties/Schools/Institutes.
- Studying as an occasional student shall not lead to any award.
- Registered Occasional students shall not transfer to degree programmes or change status of registration on the basis of their performance.
- An assessment may be made and a partial transcript may be issued.
- Occasional students may transfer credits to their respective institutions.
- Occasional students are expected to adhere to the University Rules and regulations with which they should make themselves familiar at once on arrival.
Admission on Exchange Programme
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) may admit students into a degree or diploma on exchange programme from partner Universities/Colleges.
The partner University should have a Memorandum of Understanding with UMU. The potential applicants should be enrolled as full time students in the home university.
The criteria shall be as follows:
- The candidate identifies courses offered at UMU that are applicable to his/her study programmes.
- The candidate applies to UMU.
- The duration of exchange will range from one semester to one year.
- Once admitted, the exchange students shall be registered as UMU students and are expected to adhere to the University rules and regulations.
- The credits obtained in UMU will be transferred to the home university.
Ineligibility for Admission
The following category of applicants shall not be admitted:
- Any applicant previously discontinued from UMU or any other university as a result of academic malpractice.
- Any applicant previously discontinued from UMU or any other university as a result of misrepresentation of academic documents or cheating to gain admission. Legal action will be taken against any applicant who presents forged academic documents
The following category of applicants may be re-admitted:
- Any applicant who was previously admitted for any programme at UMU and was discontinued on academic grounds may apply for the same programme or another programme and s/he may be admitted if s/he produces evidence of further learning that satisfies the University Senate basing on the applicant’s qualifications and capability that s/he is able to pursue the programme applied for.
- A discontinued student in regard to a) above may be admitted in the same programme or another programme after two years (24 months) have elapsed.