The country Rwanda has emerged from emergency and reconstruction. It is entering a phase of development. This implies facing challenges of mobilising resources for rapid economic growth. A critical input is highly
skilled human resources. National University of Rwanda (NUR) is Rwandaâ€™s
oldest and most ambitious university. NUR has had more than 40 yearsâ€™ experience in meeting the growing needs of the economy and society by delivering high-calibre education in Rwanda. The University is known for its innovative and leading-edge research, and this reputation means NUR attracts talented and highly respected academic staff from around the world.
NUR has many research centres on campus as well as many partnerships and links within Rwanda and internationally. Much of NURâ€™s research is in response to current issues. Choosing NUR for oneâ€™s postgraduate study means he/she will work alongside these experienced teachers and researchers, gaining a qualification that is internationally recognized and highly respected. At NUR the staffs are dedicated to encouraging and supporting the aspiring students throughout their postgraduate studies. NUR staffs regard student success as their success.
NUR has devised highly relevant post graduate programmes and adopted new approaches to learning to attain highest academic standard. The Masterâ€™s Programmes in different domains seek both to broaden the content of the undergraduate program and to provide students with essential tools for continued study in varied areas of education. The Masters Programmes graduates will be geared up for scientific research and pedagogical work. At the NUR students are assured of joining one of Rwandaâ€™s top rated research and academic universities. Several standard postgraduate courses are offered together with a varied range of research programmes leading to postgraduate awards.
The NUR Post-Graduate programmes are meant to equip cadres with skills to participate in the development of the nation by carrying out problem-solving research. In addition, these programmes will make it possible to train a critical mass of qualified personnel at a lower cost compared to that of training abroad and will limit the brain drain. Therefore, NUR has made Development of post graduate studies as one of the strategic goals of the University. The programmes were implemented in accordance with the NUR mission and vision which are :
. To generate and disseminate high quality multi-disciplinary knowledge and promote effective research, skills training and community service for national competitiveness and sustainable socio-economic development, and
.To become an innovative, world class and self-sustainable University that is responsive to national, regional and global challenges.
The NUR is responsible for nearly all the Masters programmes in the country.
Masters provision has been increased dramatically in the past three years, from nine programmes in 2006 to nineteen at present, with many more due to come on line very shortly. This expansion of provision should meet most of our own training needs and also help to meet the training needs of Government, the NGOs and industry and commerce. To reinforce its capacities in fundamental and applied research and in order to better contribute to finding the solutions to the problems facing the community, the National University of Rwanda is expanding its mode of delivery of Masterâ€™s programmes by using modern technologies and reaching the students where they are in the country.
NURâ€™s Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Kigali in the capital city provides students with many opportunities to collaborate with, and learn from, partners in Government, the public sector, science and technology organizations and with the local business community, with its strengths in information technology and the creative industries.
In the following section a list of all postgraduate programmes of NUR is presented.
2. NUR Postgraduate Programmes
i. LLM Business Law :
The Faculty of Law runs a masters programme in Business Law in Kigali. The programme aims at responding to pressing needs of getting business law specialists. Banks, insurance companies, the Bar Association and other institutions from both public and private sectors need qualified personnel able to make their services more performing and competitive.
To contact the programme coordinator e-mail: email@example.com Mob. (250) 0788489003
ii. M. Sc Water Resources and Environmental Management (WREM), Faculty of Applied Sciences.
In May 2006 the WREM M. Sc programme started at NUR with 20 highly motivated students in the class. In the first run of the programme the majority of the lectures are given by guest-lecturers from the region and the Netherlands (UNESCO-IHE and ITC). During those lectures NUR staff is trained to take over the modules in following years of the M. Sc programme.
To contact the programme coordinator e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 0788877174
iii. M. Sc Agro-forestry and Soil Management
The Masters degree in agro-forestry and soil management in the Faculty of Agriculture will strengthen the capacity of the already trained staff at the Under-Graduate (Bachelorâ€™s) level in the Soil and Environmental Management, in Crop Science and related fields. These graduates are the likely candidates for the Masterâ€™s Program together with other applicants from the region such as DRC, Burundi, East Africa and COMESA countries. Many experts in Rwanda, in the field of agro-forestry, soil management and related fields of forestry and rural development have received education abroad.
In several research projects, and initiatives from Government and NGOâ€™s, often foreign experts are involved to advice. Graduates can work at Ministries (e.g. MINAGRI, MINITERRE, MINEDUC and related institutes), development organizations, research institutes (ISAR, ISAE, ICRAF, TSBF) and NGOâ€™s.
iv. M. Sc Public Health
The School of Public Health offers a day and evening masters programme in Public Health. The NURSPH focuses its efforts and resources on education, applied research, and community service. Additionally, the School offers numerous certificate programs in specialized areas of study such as the Management of Health Services and Strategic Information in Support of Improved HIV/AIDS Programming.
The NURSPH maintains close ties to Rwandaâ€™s Ministry of Health and the School is an active partner in the conduct of applied research in support of national planning and programming, both with the Government of Rwanda and numerous international and national partners. Through its Rwanda HIV-AIDS Public Interest Fellowship Program (Fellows Program), the aim of the programme is to promote a multi-sector response to the epidemic rather than relegating HIV solely to the health sector.
Specifically, the program seeks to build the professional capacity of young graduates in order to prepare them for dynamic roles in ethics-driven leadership and management of HIV programs in Rwandaâ€™s not-for-profit sector organizations and institutions.
Contact the programme coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0788524550
v. M. Sc Applied Field Epidemiology
Laboratory and Management Field Epidemiology, Laboratory and Management Training Program (FELTP) is a 2-year fulltime training program in applied epidemiology and public health laboratory practice, created to be a long-term ongoing program within the Ministry of Health.
The program is competency based training in applied epidemiology, designed in recognition of the need to strengthen the public health system and infrastructure of Rwanda and other developing countries. It will thus facilitate meeting the challenges of communicable and non communicable diseases, together with the current, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and other public health problems.
This program is a collaboration of the Rwanda Ministry of Health, NURSPH, TRAC+, NRL, Ministry of Agriculture, African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), and Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) Atlanta and National University of Rwanda School of Public Health. The partnership will ensure effective and efficient development of human resource for health with adequate capacity and zeal to strengthen and manage the public health system. Contact the programme coordinator at email@example.com or call 0788769557
vi. M. Sc Clinical Psychology and Therapeutics
The programme was introduced in 2007 by the faculty of Education at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and was later incorporated in the faculty of Medicine. It is there as a response to the problem of trauma encountered by the Rwandans and other people of the Great Lakes Region and East African Countries, which, since some years, have experienced various psycho-social problems including wars, massacres and genocide.
The aims of the programme are to : Train high qualified psychologists who can take care of psycho-social problems ; Develop a centre of excellence in mental health in the region ; Promote research in the field of clinical psychology.
The content of the programme is covered by a great range of knowledge such as : Mistreatment and violence ; trauma and treatment ; political crisis and mental health ; ethno psychiatry enables the student to conduct a research in clinical psychology.
Contact the programme coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +250 788 891 514
vii. M. Sc ICT, Faculty of Applied Science
The M. Sc in ICT Program is designed to provide future ICT engineers with a strong background in ICT research, state-of-the-art knowledge required for the effective management of ICT projects. The Program consists of a taught part followed by an individual or group research projects. In the third semester students are encouraged to spend couple of weeks with ICT industries and come up with thesis research proposals.
The final (4th semester) is spent on dissertation and defence. The Program is taught by highly qualified and experienced academic staff from the NUR, from regional as well as from specialized ICT institutes and universities, in Europe. The M. Sc in ICT Program is designed to cover the following main fields of specialization in ICT : COMPUTER SCIENCE, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING
Contact the programme coordinator at email@example.com or call 0788835231
viii. Master of Medicine (MMED)
Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gyneco-Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Reanimation : The Faculty of Medicine runs postgraduate specialist programmes with five specialisations (Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Anaesthesia and Reanimation). Training specialists in the above areas will help to improve the quality of health care to the population by endowing the country with a sufficient number of competent specialists.
It will provide competent teachers to ensure future medical training ; it will also stimulate and promote medical research in Rwanda in order to improve the quality of medicine.
Contact the programme coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0788539904(Anaesthesia), email@example.com /0788433638(Surgery), firstname.lastname@example.org/0783348022(Paediatrics),
ix.Masterâ€™s programme of in Pharmaceutical Sciences
The cabinet has approved a masterâ€™s programme of two years in Pharmaceutical Sciences (quality assurance research) as E-Learning.
This training is devised as Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in the line of the National policy of Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) defined by the Rwanda Higher Education Qualification Standards. Modules will be presented on a semester basis and delivered by e-learning via the platform webCT internet.
The training addresses four categories of professionals including academics (QC Research), industrial workers (QC Industry), Inspectors in the Ministry of health (QC inspectors) and those in charge of quality assurance audit in Medical Insurance and NGOs (QC Audit)
x.Masters in Family and Community Medicine (FAMCO)
Family and community medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family, including both curative and preventive care, within the context of their community. It is a broad specialty that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses the most common problems of all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.
A family and community medicine specialist has completed an advanced course of study in this specialty, and is qualified in a broad scope of knowledge and skills to provide primary and secondary medical care to patients of all ages. In Rwanda, this specialist has completed the requirements of a Masters of Medicine post-graduate program of 4 years duration.
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xi. Postgraduate Diploma in Irrigation and Drainage
The aim of this programme is to contribute to capacity building in the land and water development and management sectors within countries in the Nile-Congo basin (Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda) in order to alleviate hunger, poverty, health hazards and environmental degradation that are associated with unprofessional land and water resources development and management.
xii. MSc Economics
The Mission of the MSc Economics is to train graduates to acquire a solid foundation in economic concepts and methods for applied analysis in the public, civil society, and private sectors and also offer opportunity for advanced academic pursuits.
Contact the Programme Coordinator at Email :
email@example.com or call 0788771144
xiii. MSc ICT Policy and Regulation through NUR-NetTel@Africa Collaborative Programmes
NetTel@Africa is a transnational network for capacity building and knowledge sharing in the information communication technologies (ICT) and telecommunications (telecom) policy, regulation, and applications. The National University of Rwanda signed a MoU with NetTel@Africa to offer its programmes from the academic year 2005 beginning with the Masters Programme in ICT Policy and Regulation (MSc ICTPR).
To contact the programme coordinator e-mai:l firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com or call 0788539312
xiv. MSc in Business Management
Business Management or Administration is a top-notch profession today in the world and continue to be the leading discipline in the centuries to come. Its primacy is visible wherever judging and deciding are involved. It permeates every bit of human activity and absolutely success of the business is a function of efficient management. Rwanda in particular needs managerial skills among its human resource in order to attain efficiency in industry, commerce, trade, government and general business in the private sector.
The major purpose of this postgraduate programme is to provide high quality professional education in management science for young men and women who wish to (i) join high executive positions in industry, business and non-profit organizations or (ii) start their own enterprises as a means of self-employment with entrepreneurial talents and (iii) enrich personality of students to be self dependent, competent and competitive.
The MSBM aims to provide students with necessary skills to acquire and succeed in a responsible position upon graduation.
xv. Master of Arts in Development Studies
The course aims at developing a systematic understanding of the policy process and its application to sustained economic and social development in transitional economies like Rwanda, particularly in the context of Poverty Reduction, and the long term welfare of the population and good governance.
The students will be equipped with skills to approach development problems with confidence and knowledge and have the ability to work collaboratively with others to identify solutions to national problems, bearing in mind that there are development challenges that may be unique for Rwanda. However, the students will also be exposed to global development challenges.
Both the full time and part time programmes are of two years duration, and programmes are followed on a modular system that comprises two semesters.
For further details contact the programme coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call +250 783 308 328
xvi. Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
The African Great Lakes Region is victim of socio-ethnic and political conflicts that have been undermining peace processes and development initiatives within the respective communities. Rwanda is as an epicentre the instability prevailing within the African Great Lakes Region. In order to make the sub region of African Great lakes Region safer and peaceful, the National University of Rwandaâ€™s Centre for Conflict Management embarks on regional policy programs especially in the fields of peace and conflict resolution.
The Masterâ€™s Program in Peace and Development Studies comes to help academicians, stakeholders and other decision makers in the areas of Peace and Development to get useful knowledge in order to fully accomplish their tasks of making the Region safer.
The Program will also allow different beneficiaries from the Great Lakes Region and worldwide to catalyse peace building initiatives and Development capacities within their communities and countries. The Vision of the Master Program in Peace and Development Studies is to have a safer and peaceful African Great Lakes Region through providing an advanced education in peace and development skills for understanding and managing various conflicts.
The primary aim of the Program is to contribute to long term peace building capacity by training the next generation, future owners of the in the Great Lakes regionâ€™s destiny.
For further details contact the programme coordinator at
email@example.com or call +250 783 308 328
xvii. Master of Arts in Genocide studies and Prevention
There is insufficient academic expertise and in-depth knowledge of key aspects of genocide as well as on mechanisms of genocide prevention. The lack of a solid expertise base in society also means that decision makers do not have access to the best advice or support from the largest pool of stakeholders and staff. And yet, such advice is particularly important in a field as sensitive as that of peace and conflict studies.
The unit on genocide studies and prevention works in order to contribute to this field so that researchers, policy makers and other agents get access to literature in the above mentioned field. It is in that perspective that CCM has recently validated masters programmes in Genocide Studies (with US support) and Peace and Conflict Management (with support from Sweden).
To contact the programme coordinator e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org .
xviii. M.Sc Applied Mathematics
In april2009, the Faculty of Science started a Masterâ€™s programme in Applied Mathematics. The central aim of the programme is to strengthen the department of Mathematics by training its staff at Masters Level, and to provide Rwanda with graduates with a background in Mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, electrical engineering and other closely related fields with a broad knowledge and with the experience needed to work successfully as mathematicians in industry.
The degree consists of two options : Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing, and Statistical Modelling and Actuarial Sciences.
To contact the programme coordinator e-mail email@example.com or call 0788526497
xix. Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Geo-information, GIS
CGIS, in its postgraduate programmes, started PG Diploma and PG certificate programmes, and there are plans to develop this into a masterâ€™s degree. The main objective of the programme is to promote spatial literacy in Rwanda and the region and contribute to the goals of the VISION 2020, to support the current environmental and land development and planning challenges in Rwanda today, especially in the context of infrastructure development, land reform implementation, poverty reduction, population growth and sustainable development. A degree in Land Management is also under discussion,
Contact the programme coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0783373424
xx. MSc Biodiversity Conservation
The Albertine Rift region, and in Particular Rwanda, is lacking in postgraduate programmes in conservation science. Yet Rwanda requires individuals trained in conservation science at the postgraduate level to study, manage and develop environmental conservation policy for the region. Rwanda and the Albertine Rift/Great Lakes region are important for the rich biodiversity, which tourism depends on, and for the ecological services supporting the dense human populations.
The new Masters Programme in Biodiversity Conservation at the National University of Rwanda will address this need by training individuals in biodiversity conservation, environmental management, field and laboratory research techniques, and the interdisciplinary science of conservation, including human wildlife interactions, environmental economics, community-based conservation, ecosystem service analysis, climate change research, and other such areas.
These areas are important for Rwanda as it develops its tourism sector and meets the Vision 2020 goals ; poverty alleviation is intimately tied to environmental health.
Graduates from this Masters will be qualified to take senior positions in government institutions including ORTPN, REMA, Ministries working on environmental issues, as well as NGOâ€™s involved in conservation and development.
To contact the programme coordinator e-mail: email@example.com or call +250788576052
xxi. M. Sc Accounting
The justification for the MSc programme in Accounting is seen from the demand for personnel with accounting skills in the country and the absence of enough facilities to impart the needed skill of high level. The general objective of the programme is to prepare skilled personnel in accounting to meet the national need of well trained accountants.
Candidates with masterâ€™s qualification can be a promising resource for retraining more skilled junior accountants. The MSc programme will be advantageous to the nation as the number of accountants available is less than the number which is needed.
To contact the programme coordinator e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Mob : +250 0788623787
3. Admission requirements
To be admitted to a Masterâ€™s Programme, a student should hold a Bachelorâ€™s degree with Distinction or a Bachelorâ€™s degree with Satisfaction and work experience for some programmes. All programmes are offered in English. Please see the respective programme details for admission requirements of each programme by visiting the NUR website.
Application form can be downloaded at:
GUIDELINES FOR FILLING AND SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION
1. Use capital letters in filling the application
2. Clearly state whether DAY / EVENING at HUYE or DAY / EVENING at KIGALI
3. Paste one passport size photograph and attach another photo to your application
4. Enclose Birth certificate
5. Enclose a copy of your National identity card or Passport
6. Enclose latest medical certificate
7. Enclose a Curriculum Vitae
8. Submit the hard copy of the application to the Director of Post Graduate studies by post or courier or in person
9. Personal statement ( Motivation Letter) of why you wish to join in the Masters Programme (approximately 100 words)
10. Enclose proof of payment of application fee in ECOBANK
11. Enclose recommendation letters from two referees who hold senior academic or managerial positions.
Applicants must submit hard copies of their application to the office of The Director, Post-Graduate Studies, NUR, Huye.
â€¢ Fee structure (for each program)
We are working on a fixed new fee structure of all postgraduate programmes and will be ready shortly. For 2010 fee structure, you can access it at http://www.nur.ac.rw/spip.php?article86.
â€¢ Payment & rebate deadlines
Application Fee : Rwf 10,000 at the time of submitting the application
Registration Fee : USD 70 (or equivalent in RWF) at the time of registration.
Tuition fee : The First year tuition fee to be paid at the time of registration.
â€¢ Payment methods
All fees to be paid into Account of National University of Rwanda at :
NUR/Students receipt No 105-073150-01-06 in the ECOBANK.
BCR: Account No: 0001701033130186 of National University of Rwanda
o Letter for provisional admission(Given by Director of Postgraduate Studies)
o Notarized copy of degree certificate or any other certificate deemed equivalent.
o Curriculum vitae
o Photocopy of identity card or passport
o Academic transcripts of undergraduate studies
o Medical certificate dating from less than 3 months
o Certificate of birth
o Passport size photograph
o Bank-slip payment of 10,000 for application fee
o Bank slip payment of 70$ for registration fee
o Enrolment form given by Registration department in Registry
o Certificate of Identity
5. Students records
Issuing of official documentation to students including :
â€¢ Official transcripts
â€¢ Degree certificates
Students receive one copy of their official Academic Transcript with their Degree / Diploma certificate at graduation.
Extra Academic Transcripts can be obtained from the Registrarâ€™s Office/Dean of Faculty at a cost of 5,000 RWF per copy.
For security reasons requests must be put in writing. The request must include a copy of your student ID card.
Third Party requests must be accompanied with consent from the student.
Payments must be made at the Universityâ€™s bank account number :
NUR/Students receipt No 105-073150-01-06 in the ECOBANK.
BCR: Account No: 0001701033130186 of National University of Rwanda
Proof of Payment must be emailed / faxed or handed to the Registrarâ€™s Office/Dean of Faculty prior to the record being processed.
An Academic Transcript will not be issued to a student with outstanding fees or an outstanding disciplinary case.
Records are not issued to currently registered students who have written exams until examination results are released for that session.
Academic Transcripts take approximately 5 working days to process.
6. Student Handbook
Download at http://www.nur.ac.rw/spip.php?page=prospect
For more details, please contact the Office of the Director of Postgraduate Studies, NUR.
Prof. Rama B. Rao
Director of Post Graduate Studies,
National University of Rwanda
Telephone : +250 788 539 312
Email : email@example.com