Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary MPhil/Ph.D Programme in Social Studies - Class of 2025

12 May, 2024,


The Makerere Institute of Social Research launched its interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Social Studies program in January 2012. This five-year program comprises three years of coursework leading to the attainment of a Master of Philosophy in social studies, followed by two years of dedicated field work and dissertation writing, culminating in the award of a Ph.D. in social studies. Four broad themes define the program's intellectual focus: Political studies, Political economy,' Historical studies, and Literary and Cultural studies. While students specialize in one field, they engage in coursework across all four themes. This allows students to be grounded theoretically while also giving them a broad foundation in historically informed debates in the humanities and social sciences. Additionally, students are required to complete core courses focusing on theory and historiography. The courses are taught by MISR faculty, faculty from other Makerere departments, and prominent visiting scholars through the MISR Global Scholars Program. As the thirteenth cohort progresses, applications for the fourteenth cohort will commence in January 2025,

Admission Criteria

The MISR Interdisciplinary MPhil/Ph.D. programme is open to applicants who have earned a B.A. Upper Second or equivalent (students with less than a B.A. Upper Second must demonstrate evidence of academic maturity, such as a postgraduate diploma). Applicants who have a master's or Ph.D. are welcome to apply; however, all students must complete the entire programme, including two years of coursework, regardless of their prior academic qualifications.


The fee structure is as follows:

  • Ugandans/East Africans: 4 million Uganda Shillings per semester. East Africa includes Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Comoros, Mauritius, and 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. For scholarship applications visit


  1. Visit the Makerere University’s Admissions URL
  2. Sign up using full name, e-mail, and Mobile No.  Please note that your name must be similar to the one on your supporting academic documents for your application to be considered valid. 
  3. A password will be sent to both your e-mail and mobile number.
  4. The system will prompt you to change the password to the one you can easily remember.              
  5. To fill a form (all form sections must be filled) the applicant clicks on the APPLY NOW button (for first-time applicants) or MY PORTAL button (for renewal of application)  displayed on the appropriate scheme i.e. Taught PhDs, Masters & Postgrad Diplomas OR Ph.D. by Research.
  6. All academic transcripts/certificates and passport photos should be scanned and uploaded to the system.
  7. You can access the referees’ letter by following the following link: . These should be filled, scanned, and uploaded.
  8. Obtain a payment ref no. by clicking on the “Pay for Form” button
  9. Make payments at any of the banks used by URA. Application fee = Ugx 50,000 (East African applicants) or  Ugx 151,500 (International Applicants)
  10. International students can make payments for admission via Visa. In order to make a payment via Visa/plastique, follow the detailed guidelines on the link below;
  11. Strictly observe the closing date of Friday, May 31st, 2024. Responses to successful applicants will be sent out by Friday, July 12, 2024.

Please send an email notification to  once you have completed your application.

For more information about the MISR MPHIL/Ph.D. programme, or about MISR, please contact the Director of MISR at or visit the MISR website at:


Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi