There are many persons/Students in Uganda who hold diplomas and wish to upgrade their technical knowledge to the level of the Higher Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering.  This number has been increasing over the years due to the fact that formerly Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo was taking on a limited number of applicants, but now many Government and private institutions are producing a number over 60% of diploma candidates graduate every single academic year.  Under this programme, it is proposed to increase the intake.  In addition, the curriculum has been stagnant over the years, not meeting the present advancements in Technology.  This programme intends to fill this gap and produce technologists that are up to date with modern practice and technology.

Kyambogo University has offered this opportunity and there is great need to utilise it to enhance Uganda’s modernisation.

Target Group

The targeted group are holders of the Diploma in:

  • Civil and Building Engineering;
  • Water Engineering;

Programme Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • produce engineering technologists who are well equipped in theoretical and practical technical skills to manage the construction industry;
  • train people who will be able to advance in higher education, research and development;
  • train personnel to work in government and private institutions;
  • train personnel who will conserve the environment and maintain public health.

Admission to the Higher Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering shall be done in accordance with the Kyambogo University procedures and regulations.

In addition, a candidate shall be eligible for admission to the programme on possessing at least a Diploma in any of the following fields:

  • Civil and Building Engineering;
  • Architecture;
  • Water Engineering.

Duration of the Programme

The Higher Diploma in Civil and Building Engineering is a full time programme of a duration of Four Semesters.

The first academic year shall consist of two (2) semesters and a recess term for Industrial Training.  The final year shall consist of two (2) semesters only.  Each semester shall consist of seventeen (17) weeks; fifteen (15) weeks of teaching and two (2) weeks of examination. The recess term shall be ten (10) weeks.

One contact hour (CH) shall be equivalent to one (1) lecture/tutorial hour (L) or two (2) practical/laboratory hours (P) or eight (8) hours of Industrial Training.  A series of fifteen (15) contact hours shall be equivalent to one credit unit (CU).

By the end of the programme, learners should be able to:

  • put into practice the theoretical and practical aspects of Construction Technology;
  • execute construction projects by working for and with other partners or by self-employment;
  • manage construction projects;
  • impart the acquired knowledge and skills to other interested persons.