Master of Science in Information Science


The programme has the following specific objectives:

  • To enable students undertake a programme of upgrading and updating their technical knowledge skills in the information/communication and related fields
  • To introduce students to Applied information and Communication Research, relevant to the socio-political and economic needs of the country
  • To produce Postgraduates with qualification sufficient to cater for the needs of staffing of Universities, and Higher Institutions of learning, governmental, non-governmental and private organizations in Uganda

Programme Structure

This is a full-time study programme and runs on a semester system for duration of 2 years (4 semesters). The programme covers taught courses and a thesis. The taught courses include 11 cores and at least 4 electives

Courses offered

The programme consists of two types of taught courses:

  • The core and
  • The electives
Year I: Semester 1 (a) Core Courses CU
MSC 7101 Research Methods 3
MSC 7102 Computers and Communication Technology 3
MSC 7103 Information Organisation and Processing 3
MSC 7104 Information Industry and Information Resources 3
Year 1: Semester II  
MSC 7201 Legal and Policy Aspects of Information 3
MSC 7202 Information Storage and Retrieval 3
MSC 7203 Communication Skills and Technical Writing 3
MSC 7204 Management of Information Systems and Services 3
Year 1I: Semester I  
MSC 8101 Store keeping and materials management 3
MSC 8102 Preservation and Conservation 3
MSC 8103 Systems Analysis and Design 3

(b) Electives

Each Student shall take four Electives

MSC 7111 Health Information Systems and services 2
MSC 7112 Science and technology Information Systems and services 2
MSC 7113 Business and Financial Information systems and services 2
MSC 7114 Legal Information Systems and Services 2
MSC 7115 Social and Community Information Systems and Services  
MSC 7116 Information policy studies  
MSC 7117 Elements of Planning and Design of Library, Archives and Information Centre buildings  
MSC 7118 Management of Library and Technical Services  
MSC 7119 Automated Information retrieval Systems  
MSC 8111 Geographic Information Systems  
MSC 8112 Records Management and Archival Management  
MSC 8113 Human Resources management in Library and Information Systems  
MSC 8114 Programming  
MSC 8115 Marketing and Public Relations  
MSC 8116 Audio-Visual Material Studies  
MSC 8117 Organisation of knowledge (Document Classification)  
MSC 8118 Organisation of knowledge (Document Cataloguing)  

The Thesis
A thesis conforming to the standing guidelines and regulations of the University on Higher Degrees is part of the course requirements. To pass the thesis, the candidate shall satisfy the examiners as well as the viva voce committee, in accordance with the University Regulations and guidelines.

Degree Award
The degree of Master of Science in Information Science is awarded to a candidate who satisfies all the conditions below:

  • Accumulated a minimum of 41 credit units and
  • Passes the requisite Master of Science in Information Science thesis
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