For candidates who are doing a postgraduate program of course work and thesis. A candidate shall be deemed to have progressed if they develops a proposal at the end of the first year. For a proposal to be approved, it should have gone through the following processes:

  • i) The student must have presented his research interest at the graduate seminar which is conducted by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee.
  • ii) The candidate must have been given a supervisor with whom he/she develops the proposal.
  • iii) The proposal should have been presented to members of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee for their review at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • iv) The applicant shall then be invited to defend the proposal before Faculty Higher Degrees Committee at the mini defense.
  • v) Signed minutes of the Mini Defense shall be kept at the Centre for Postgraduate Studies.
  • vi) A copy of the final proposal is kept at the department.
  • vii) A Letter from a supervisor certifying the incorporation of all corrections to the proposal as recommended by the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee is sent to the student and supervisor form Centre for Postgraduate Studies.

When all the above conditions are met, the student and supervisor are met to develop a study plan which is submitted to the CPGS.

  • i) The student and supervisor shall submit Progress Reports every 3 months before submission of the Thesis/Dissertation for examination. The student shall be guided to make a presentation in regular seminars at the Faculty every six months.
  • ii) If candidates are unable to submit their thesis after two or three years of full registration for Masters and PhD, respectively, they may apply for extension of registration for a period of up to one year each for a maximum of two years. The maximum duration for a Master’s and Doctoral programs at IUIU is four and seven years respectively.


The maximum supervision load is three (3) doctoral students and not more than five (5) Masters Students at any given time.

The supervisor shall:

  • i) Facilitate students during their induction.
  • ii) Introduce the admitted student (s) to the department/unit.
  • iii) Clarify institutional core values, cultures and practices for the student.
  • iv) Provide working space for students (where possible).
  • v) Meet student(s) and discuss the relevant and cross-cutting courses they will need to undertake.
  • vi) Discuss and agree on the study/work plan and the way forward.
  • vii) Provide adequate time and an appropriate environment for meeting with students.
  • viii) Safeguard students’ materials in their custody.
  • ix) The supervisor shall also take on the role of a mentor, a promoter (Financial issues, seminars, conferences, networking, resource mobilization etc.), and a counselor.
  • x) Initiate students into the broader academic community (participation in seminars, workshops etc.)
  • xi) Guide the student to attending conferences and writing conference papers as well as resource consolidation.


The CPGS identified interdisciplinary research themes that would improve on, the quality of and increase, research output at IUIU. These themes will enable IUIU to establish its identity at the national and international levels. The themes are expected to change as the IUIU’s department of research expands. The rationale behind such interdisciplinary themes is to postulate a platform that would nurture collaborative research as well as strengthen staff academic growth as together they confront multifaceted research tasks. The identified themes are listed below along with their broad meanings.

  • 1. Islam and Development

The theme on Islam and Development seeks to bring together researchers to work together on various issues on the vast history of Islam and its people. It also focuses on the socio-economic development of the Muslim populations, Muslim education, Islamic law, Islamic Financing and Banking.

  • 2. Development and Environment

The theme on Development and Environment seeks to highlight the harmony between the two seemingly conflicting subjects. Protecting the environment and sustainable development are highly recognized today because of the inter-relationship that these two concepts convey on the subject of environmentally and ecologically sustainable development. Researchers at IUIU focus on how development and the environment should not be in opposition but rather complementing one another.

  • 3. Climate Change

Climate change is one of the current concernes in the Universe. IUIU’s location in Eastern Uganda and the current land slides in the region position the University in this contemporary challenge. The Climate Change theme seeks to enhance research enquiry on weather and climatic changes, influence or are influenced by human activities. Evidence based solutions can be advanced to minimize their negative impact on human development.

  • 4. Biodiversity

The Biodiversity theme seeks to galvanize the efforts of researchers on this important global issue. In line with the Development, Environment and Climate Change, research on the biological diversity of planet earth including plant and animal species, microorganisms, and diversity of genes in these species, the deserts, rainforests and the tropical forests. Research intends to focus on the areas of alternative strategies to preserve, conserve, and sustain this diversity.

  • 5. Waste Management

While there needs to preserve, conserve, and sustain diversity on earth, research on the collection, transportation, disposal, managing and monitoring waste materials from diverse co-existence such as Uganda. This seeks to address the health problems in the developing countries that emanate from waste and its resultant effects on the environment.

  • 6. Pollution Control

The Pollution Control theme seeks to bring the researcher’s attention to effects of waste and to seek alternative cost-effective ways to control pollution of air, water, and land.

  • 7. Food and Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture theme seek to direct the researcher’s attention toward the challenges of poverty that is particular driven by hunger and lack of sustainable agricultural activities. Investments in creative Modern Agricultural techniques as a means of sustainable development and poverty eradication are emphasised particularly.

  • 8. Value addition to Agriculture

This theme seeks to challenge researchers not just to investigate ways of sustainable agriculture but rather take African Agriculture to manufacturing processes that would increase the value of primary Agricultural commodities. Ugandan small-scale agricultural practices will benefit from research that continuously targets rural development strategy.

  • 9. Risk management

The Risk management theme seeks to direct research attention towards the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks. The need to minimize losses and to maximize opportunities has never been underestimated. We live in a word full of risks and uncertainties. The desire to predict and minimize such risks is central to research.

  • 10. Information Technology

This brings the attention of IUIU’s researchers to the complex world of information technology. The need for efficient production and delivery of services through the use of gears that effectively store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data is important to the development of any organization such as IUIU.

  • 11. Educational Research

The Educational Research theme seeks to enable researchers to exploit scientifically based research methods that address the community most pressing education needs. Topics in this area shall include curriculum development; effective school management; vocational education to address the massive youth unemployment in the region; effective pedagogical strategies to enhance student achievement; quality assurance in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions; educational technology; distance learning; educational measurement and evaluation; and Muslim education.

  • 12. Community Participation

The Community Participation theme seeks to direct the attention of researchers to pursuing alternative ways of empowering the community. IUIU values the connection that higher education institutions must establish with the communities. Researchers will be encouraged to collaborate with communities on research projects that are focused on solving community needs such as health preservation and care, literacy improvement, efficient energy sources, micro-financing that is Islamic and non-predatory, family empowerment and marriage counseling.

  • 13. Business and Management Science

ThThThe challenge of poverty and unemployment is on the increase in all our society including the immediate society around the University. This Research theme seeks to make inquiries on how best business organizations both private and public can be managed to maximize wealth and create jobs. It also seeks to find solutions to the existing challenges of the communities failing to create their own jobs and find employment for its people even when it has graduates from Colleges and Universities.