The high growth rate of Uganda’s construction industry, increasing number of universities offering civil engineering programs and the deficiency of construction technology and management professionals pose a big problem to Uganda’s construction industry. Lack of professionals in construction technology and management who are responsible for proper management of construction resources and construction processes has resulted into short falls such as: collapse of buildings, incomplete projects, cost escalations, poor construction process administration, lack of technical planning, poor construction controls, unethical procurement procedures, lack of proper supervision, poor production of work, lack of site progress reports, inadequate specifications, low quality work, and lack of technical information during the construction process. All these have had a devastating effect on the national economy and as well as the social fabric. The content of this programme exposes professionals to the skills that will enable them to professionally address these problems that are rampant in the construction industry.
In line to Uganda’s National Development Plan and Kyambogo University strategic visions, missions and plans, there is emphasis on the need for production of highly qualified human resources in existing, continuing and emerging areas in order to contribute to national development. Having specialists in construction technology and management is in conformity with the strategic direction of the University, Uganda and East Africa.
2.3 Target group
Admission to the Master of Science in Construction Technology and Management shall be done in accordance with the Kyambogo University procedures and regulations, but the candidate MUST be a Graduate with a Second Class engineering degree from Kyambogo University or any other recognised institution in the relevant fields. The following fields may be considered: Architecture, Transport Management, Town Planning, Land Surveying, Quantity Surveying (Building Economics), Information Technology and other applied sciences may be considered subject to senate approval.
2.4 Graduate Profile
A graduate with a Master of Science in Construction Technology and Management will be appropriately qualified to carry out and manage large and complex construction projects besides the small scale construction projects. The course also provides adequate knowledge for construction professionals in top positions of responsibility in engineering organizations and government institutions/departments that handle works of engineering nature.
Admission to the Master of Science in Construction Technology and Management 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 meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:
(a) At least an Upper Second class honours Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences from a recognised institution;
(b) At least a Lower Second class honours Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from a recognised institution and relevant work experience of at least two years;
(c) A Pass degree in Civil Engineering/Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering, plus a post graduate diploma in Civil Engineering or related field from a recognised institution and at least three years’ relevant work experience.
The Master of Science in Construction Technology and Management is a full time day and evening programme of duration of four semesters. The minimum duration of the Master of Science in Construction Technology and Management shall be two (2) years while the maximum shall be four (4) academic years.
The first two semesters will be by coursework while the last two semesters will be by research and dissertation. Each semester shall consist of seventeen (17) weeks: fifteen (15) weeks of teaching and two (2) weeks of examination. There will be only one break of two weeks between the teaching semesters.
By the end of the programme, learners should be able to:
- Carry out independent research and apply the acquired knowledge in advanced construction technology for innovation in Engineering and related fields;
- Apply the acquired technical knowledge and skills in decision making for successful execution of construction projects;
- Plan, design, tender for and execute Civil Engineering projects by working with and for other partners or self-employment;
- Hold positions of responsibility as graduates with a qualification sufficient to meet the needs of the construction industry, Local Universities and Technical Colleges within the East African Region and beyond.