Makerere Institute of Social Research launched its Interdisciplinary PhD in Social Studies in January, 2012. The five-year programme entails two years of coursework and three years of dissertation research and writing. Four broad themes define the programme’s intellectual focus: Political Studies, Political Economy, Historical Studies, and Cultural Studies. Students specialize in one field, but take classes across all four.

This allows students to be grounded theoretically, while also giving them a broad foundation in historically informed debates in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, there is a set of core courses, with a focus on theory and historiography, required of all students. The courses are taught by MISR faculty, faculty from other Makerere departments, and by preeminent visiting scholars through the MISR Global Scholars Programme. With our third cohort of students well on their way, we are now accepting applications for our forth cohort, which will begin in January, 2015.

Admission Criteria

The MISR Interdisciplinary PhD programme is open to applicants who have earned a B.A. Upper Second or equivalent (students with lower than a B.A. Upper Second must demonstrate evidence of subsequent achievement such as publications or a postgraduate degree). Applicants who have a Masters or PhD are welcome to apply; however, all students must complete the entire programme, including the two years of coursework, regardless of prior academic qualifications.


The fee structure is as follows:

  • Ugandans/East Africans: 4 million Uganda Shillings per semester. East Africa includes: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar.
  • Students from outside East Africa: US$4,000 per semester.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Every applicant who is admitted will automatically be considered for financial aid.

How to Apply

The application form can be downloaded at Hard copies of application forms are also obtainable from the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, 3rd floor, Senate Building, Room 307 after payment of an application fee of Ug. Shs 50,000/= (Ugandan applicants) or USD 60 (International Applicants) to any Stanbic Bank Branch and DFCU Bank in favour of the Makerere University Council. International applicants should pay by bank draft as cheques will not be honoured. Bank pay-in-slips are obtainable from the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Room 307.

The account Name is Makerere University Fees Collection Account numbers: 0140018690001 for Stanbic Bank and 01013500181512 for DFCU Bank

Completed application forms should be returned to the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training, Room 307 and must be accompanied by relevant supporting certified copies of certificates, and academic transcripts, and the letters of referees.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is Thursday July 31, 2014. Responses to applicants will be sent out by September 30, 2014.

For more information about the MISR MPHIL/PhD programme, or about MISR, please contact the Director of MISR at

Download the Application forms below or visit

The two forms MUST be filled in.



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