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Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural and Rural Innovation

Duration:  6 Semesters



The purpose of the programme is to produce top-level skilled professionals with trans-disciplinary orientation to facilitate the development of institutions and structures for sustainable utilization of knowledge and technologies in agricultural and rural development in an integrated way.  The focus is on catalyzing value chain efficiency through innovations generated by knowledge, science and technology to improve the socio-economic wellbeing of rural communities.  The programme grooms agricultural and rural development champions in SSA with a wide mix of expertise including organizational and leadership skills, cross-cutting professional skills and the requisite mindsets to influence utilisation of knowledge and technology driven innovations for development


Structure and content

The PhD in Agricultural and Rural Innovations is by both course work and research. Student are expected to take one year of course work at Makerere University and at least two years of research preferably in their home countries. It accommodates both full-time and part-time students with the minimum period being three years while the maximum is seven years. The core courses and seminar series for this program are outlined below. Students can also offer any electives courses from among the MSc or PhD programmes within the university.


Semester I Core courses

ARI 9101    Participatory Methods and Action Research for Innovation in Livelihoods and Agricultural Systems

ARI 9102    Innovations for Agricultural and Rural Development

ARI 9103    Quantitative Research Methods

ARI 9104    Research Design

ARI 9105    Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa

Semester II Core courses

ARI 9201    Knowledge Management and Communication

ARI 9202    Organisational and Institutional Development for Rural Transformation

ARI 9203    Application of Innovation in Agricultural and Rural Development

ARI 9204    Qualitative Research

ARI 9205    Agricultural and Rural Service Delivery and Social Entrepreneurship

Seminar Series

ARI 9206    Personal Mastery and Soft Skills (PMSS)

ARI 9207    Scientific Writing and Publishing

ARI 9208    Peer Learning and Mentorship


Learning Outcomes

It is expected that on completion, the graduates should have the appropriate mindsets, exhibit ethical and professional values in their undertaking and should be able to:

  • Facilitate learning in tertiary education institutions as well as in non-academic institutions.
  • Facilitate and build networks and partnerships that foster communication, learning, inter-personal relations, multi-stakeholder engagement, and empowerment of different interest groups.
  • Exhibit characteristics of creativity and entrepreneurship and inculcate the same among various stakeholders.
  • Provide visionary leadership, quality advisory services as managers or private consultants.
  • Advocate, lobby, mobilize and manage resources for different institutions and communities.
  • Influence evidence-based policy development and support their implementation o benefit the targeted groups.
  • Facilitate development and management of agricultural and rural value chains.
  • Conduct quality impact oriented research to influences development change.
  • Facilitate integration of scientific and indigenous knowledge and enhance its sharing and application.

Recognition and accreditation obtained:

Approved by University senate and Council and accredited by the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda in 2010


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