About the Department of Development Studies

The department started in 2002 with only one Programme (Bachelor of Development Studies) and 45 students. Currently, the department has over 700 students offeringboth undergraduate and postgraduate courses. UCU began this department due to the need for qualified personnel with Christian values to tackle development issues.

The courses offered are both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary; examining key development issues and problems common to developing areas of the world. The course units are designed to help students gain knowledge and skills to deal with the problems and challenges oftheir communities and apply them to real life situations indeveloping countries.  


Mission Statement 


 To equip students with the skills, knowledge and versatility through teaching, internship and research so as to transform their communities towards better and sustainable livelihoods as part of their Christian service.


The leading Development Studies programme in Uganda that produces excellent and pro-poor development practioners.


 Message from Head of Department

We see the role of faculty and students as an endeavour to explore the possibilities to sustainably develop the universe. This ambition can be pursued through the programmes we offer. UCU is committed to supporting this objective by offering “A Complete Education for a Complete Person”. The modular nature of the programmes requires extra commitment from both lecturers and students, and the need to use ICT for distance learning and keeping in touch. We commit ourselves to playing our part in making the world a better place to live (Lk. 4: 18,19).


 What is unique about the department?

The Development Studies department offers multidisplinary and interdisplinary courses, giving its students a wide range of opportunities in the job market. It is equipped with adequate and highly qualified staff readily available to the students.

Apart from its classroom academic work, the department also engages in effective research, community outreach activities, staff development, spiritual growth/development, recruiting and training of staff, Infrastructural development, ICT enhancement and resource mobilization.

In upholding the University mission, the department is dedicated to preparing its students for thoughtful, productive lives of Christian faith and service in their respective professions and places. 


Community Outreach and Other Activities


The department of Development Studies has encouraged students to reach out to communities through a student led initiative: Mission for Civic Awareness and Health (MICAH).


Students’ Study Trips

The students of Bachelor of Development Studies make at least one study trip to any part of the country or East Africa. So far, they have visited Nairobi, Jinja, Mukono, Buikwe, Gulu, Nebbi,Kasese , Kabale, Bugiri and Kapchorwa on learning trips. 

Courses Offered

List of Courses offered in the Department of Development studies

Prospective Students




University-wide Staff Resources

To find contact information for our Faculty staff, use the public Uganda Christian University directory. The links below provide pathways for staff resources and information. More information can be found on the websites of each faculty or in the Staff & Administration section of the main website.

Click here Faculty Staff Directory for resource.