The Distance Learning Department is mandated to manage all Institute distance / online learning programmes. The department is committed to increasing access to education by providing training anywhere and anytime away from the classroom through interactive online -study instructional materials.

The department runs four(4) postgraduate programmes;
-Postgraduate Diploma in Project planning and Management
-Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation
-Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management
-Postgraduate Diploma in financial Management

The programme runs for a minimum duration of two (2) years comprising of semester (4) semesters.
Participants take a minimum of three modules and are required to attend a two weeks face to face session for orientation and examinations per semester.
The Department also runs video conference short courses in collaboration with over 120 countries worldwide under its partnership with the Association of African Distance Learning Centers (AADLC) and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).  These courses include but not limited to;  

-Islamic Finance
-Climate Change
-Project Monitoring and Evaluation
-Managing the 21st Century Local Authorities
-Microfinance Training of Trainers
- Finance for Non-Finance Managers
-Critical Skills for Top Managers
-Leadership Dynamics for Senior Women Managers
-Fraud Investigation & Prevention
-A Practical Training Course on Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
-Policy Formulation, Implementation and Analysis
-Combating Corruption in Procurement Course

Other services provided at the Department, which can be hired by the public, include:
- Video conferencing (for international job interviews, meetings, etc) and Teleconferencing
- Conference suite for seminars, conferences, workshops and meetings
- Multimedia computer labs with high speed internet connectivity

Kindly take time to visit our E-learning platform at http://vle.umi.ac.ug
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The Distance Learning Department is in charge of running distance learning programmes. Within the department, the Course Manager coordinates these programmes including addressing participants’ queries, complaints, handling coursework flow, remedial teaching, and communication on examination-related issues.
Each module has a module leader whose responsibilities include responding to your queries and feedback through email, phone calls and office visits.   

You be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma certificate of UMI after completion of twelve modules (four basic modules, eight core modules). The minimum completion time for the programme is two(2) years and the maximum completion time is four (4) years with each year being divided into two semesters. You will cover up to a minimum of three modules per semester. Retaking any module attracts extra cost which can be got from the Institute Registrar’s office or Accounts Office.


The admissions requirements for the distance learning programmes are;
1.    A good degree from a recognized University, OR a recognized relevant professional qualification and at least one  year  of working experience.
2.    Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes and at least two principal passes at Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education(UACE) obtained at the same sitting.
3.    If an applicant gained entrance to University through other means original documents to that effect should be presented. (i) Mature Age Entry certificate, 25 years and above and accredited by the National Council for Higher Education(NCHE). (ii) Diploma Entry obtained at credit/distinction level from a recognised institution.
4.    The minimum duration for the Bachelor’s degree should be three years.

At the beginning of each Semester, you will visit any of the UMI centres (Kampala, Mbarara, Gulu or Mbale) of your convenience for registration by the Institute Registrar’s Office. You will  be required to visit the institute for  only two weeks per semester  specially one (1) week for the orientation  and the other week for seating for examinations

Face to Face (Orientation) Session
You will be required to attend a  one (1) weeks face-to-face sessions for a maximum of nine (9)hours a day and take home a coursework to be submitted online on a stipulated date .   
After the face-to-face session you will study on your own away from the institute using the provided online interactive instructional materials that include ; a module  handbook, recommended reading list and any other relevant literature that may guide you in the learning process. During this period, you will seek for assistance from the administration assistant, module leaders; course Manager and the Head of department as well as the Dean.

Examination  Period
At the end of the semester, you will convene (either at UMI, Kampala or any other UMI Centre) for a period of one week to sit for the end of semester examinations. You will also be provided a copy of the Institute’s Assessment and Examination Regulations and Guidelines.

Participants will attempt two standard course works and one final examination per module. The coursework will contribute 40% and the examination 60%to the final examination score.

Plot 44-52, Jinja Road, P.O Box 20131 Kampala, Uganda. Telephone: +256-312 721 000, +256-417 891 000, +256 752 259 722. Emailadmin@umi.ac.ug