List of Courses Offered by The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is the oldest and premier public university in Tanzania. It is situated 13 kilometers on the western side of the city of Dar es Salaam, occupying 1,625 acres on the observation hill, famously known as Mlimani in Kiswahili. It was established on 25th October 1961 as the University College Dar es Salaam (UCD), an affiliate college of the University of London.

It was temporarily hosted in the premises belonging to Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) located in Lumumba Street, Dar es Salaam from its establishment up to 1964 when it was moved to the current location at the Hill. At its inception, it had only one faculty, the Faculty of Law, with 13 students among them one female, Julie Manning.

In 1963, it became a constituent college of the University of East Africa together with Makerere University College in Uganda and Nairobi University College in Kenya. UDSM became a full-fledged university on 1st July 1970 through Act No. 12 of 1970.

Ever since UDSM has grown in terms of student intake, academic units, research capability and academic programmes. It has two constituent colleges: the Dar es Salaam University College of Education located in Dar es Salaam and the Mkwawa University College of Education, located in Iringa.

There are also seven campus colleges, four schools and five institutes hosting numerous academic departments covering a wide range of programmes, making it a comprehensive university. The academic programmes offered lead to the award of certificates, diplomas, and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

A total of 370 programmes including 17 taught PhD; 99 PhD by thesis; 142 Masters; 10 Postgraduate; 92 undergraduate; 5 certificate, and 6 diploma are offered in various academic units. They include evening study programmes designed to offer opportunities mainly to employed people, although any other interested person with requisite entry qualifications can apply.

The number of students admitted has been reaching 39,958 in 2020/2021 academic year. Female students constitute 46 percent of all students and more efforts have been underway to increase this ratio. Each year we receive an increased number of applications of students interesting in joining our various programmes than the available current capacity.

At its Golden Jubilee in 2011 UDSM inaugurated its Vision 2061, a blueprint charting the way for its future development. Emphasis has been placed on research and postgraduate training. As a result there has been improved outputs and the number of postgraduate students graduating each year has increased exponentially.

Just as an illustration, compared to 34 students who graduated with PhD in 2013, there were 72 PhD students who graduated in 2016 and the number increased to 80 and 85 in 2017 and 2018 respectively. To cater for the increased number of postgraduate students UDSM introduced a mid-year graduation ceremony in 2019 and 47 PhD candidates were awarded their degrees in that maiden mid-year graduation.

UDSM has also set a number of scholarships to cater for various categories of students wishing to pursue their undergraduate and postgraduate training.

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University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Available Programmes

  1. BA in Anthropology
  2. BA in Archeology
  3. BA in Archeology and Geography
  4. BA in Archeology and History
  5. BA in Art and Design
  6. BA in Development Studies
  7. BA in Film and Television
  8. BA in Geography and Environmental Studies
  9. BA in Heritage Management
  10. BA in History
  11. BA in Journalism
  12. BA in Language Studies
  13. BA in Literature
  14. BA in Mass Communication
  15. BA in Music
  16. BA in Philosophy and Ethics
  17. BA in Political Science and Public Administration
  18. BA in Psychology
  19. BA in Public Relations and Advertising
  20. BA in Sociology
  21. BA in Statistics
  22. BA in Theatre Arts
  23. BA of Library and Information Studies
  24. BA of Social Work
  25. BA with Education (Chinese and English)
  26. BA with Education (shared with CoSS)
  27. Bachelor of Architecture
  28. Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement
  29. Bachelor of Arts with Education
  30. Bachelor of Arts with Education
  31. Bachelor of Business Administration (Evening Programme)
  32. Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
  33. Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Financial Services
  34. Bachelor of Commerce in Finance
  35. Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management
  36. Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing
  37. Bachelor of Commerce in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  38. Bachelor of Education in Adult and Community Education
  39. Bachelor of Education in Arts
  40. Bachelor of Education in Arts
  41. Bachelor of Education in Commerce
  42. Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education
  43. Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Sport Sciences
  44. Bachelor of Education in Psychology
  45. Bachelor of Education in Science
  46. Bachelor of Education in Science
  47. Bachelor of Laws
  48. Bachelor of Science in Applied Microbiology and Chemistry
  49. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  50. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Physics
  51. 6.        Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Chemistry
  52. Bachelor of Science with Education
  53. Bachelor of Science with Education
  54. BSc in Actuarial Sciences
  55. BSc in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics and Business
  56. BSc in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanization
  57. BSc in Applied Zoology
  58. BSc in Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries
  59. BSc in Beekeeping Science and Technology
  60. BSc in Botanical Sciences
  61. BSc in Chemical and Process Engineering BSc in Civil Engineering
  62. BSc in Chemistry
  63. BSc in Computer Engineering and Information Technology
  64. BSc in Computer Science
  65. BSc in Electrical Engineering BSc in Mechanical Engineering
  66. BSc in Electronic Science and Communication
  67. BSc in Engineering Geology
  68. BSc in Food Science and Technology
  69. BSc in Geology
  70. BSc in Geomatics
  71. BSc in Industrial Engineering
  72. BSc in Mathematics and Statistics
  73. BSc in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing Engineering
  74. BSc in Meteorology
  75. BSc in Microbiology
  76. BSc in Mining Engineering
  77. BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  78. BSc in Petroleum Chemistry
  79. BSc in Petroleum Engineering
  80. BSc in Petroleum Geology
  81. BSc in Quantity Surveying
  82. BSc in Telecommunications Engineering
  83. BSc in Textile Design and Technology
  84. BSc in Textile Engineering
  85. BSc in Wildlife Science and Conservation
  86. BSc with Computer Science
  87. BSc with Geology
  88. BSc. with Education
  89. Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
  90. Doctor of Medicine
  91. Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biosciences (PhD MB) By Coursework and Dissertation
  92. Master of Arts in Development Studies
  94. Master of Science in Physics
  95. Masters Of Science In Biochemistry (Coursework And Dissertation)
  96. Masters of Science in Chemistry (Coursework and Dissertation)
  97. Mining Engineering
  98. MSc Biochemistry
  99. MSc in Applied Science of Materials (Coursework and Dissertation)
  100. MSc in Applied Botany by course work and dissertation
  101. MSc in Botany by thesis
  102. MSc in Mathematics
  103. MSc. Biodiversity & Conservation
  104. MSc. in Applied Botany
  105. MSc. in Applied Zoology
  106. MSc. in Mathematical modelling
  107. MSc. Petroleum geology
  108. MSc. with Education (MSc. Ed)
  109. PhD Environmental Science
  110. PhD in Botany by thesis
  111. PhD in Mathematics
  112. Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) – Evening
  113. Postgraduate Diploma in Meteorology


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