Undergraduate Programmes


This programme is designed to shape promising counselor educators with advanced teaching skills, research insights, and competence Diploma in Guidance & Counselling offered by department of psychology, aims to counsel and guide the young generation for defining their career path ahead.

It offers students and other professionals background information and basic skills and concepts in guidance and counselling work. It also helps to develop understanding and competencies required to counsel students especially in their adolescence. The programme is of special relevance to School teachers, Counsellors, NGO workers, Parents, etc. to make the individuals aware of his/her inherent potential, interests, talent and capabilities.

The Course will enable trainees to:

  • Assess and diagnose the nature and intensity of day to day problems of the masses.
  • Integrate psychological principles and therapeutic techniques.
  • Develop skills to establish congenial “on relationship” with the clients/ sufferers.
  • Relate the circumstantial, environmental, social/organizational factors with ongoing problems.
  • Have an understanding of and capacity to engage with issues relating to wider organizational & social contexts.
  • Recognize the effectiveness of different practicing techniques in sorting out the ongoing problems.

To increase the individual competence in service delivery for example of social workers, teachers, counselors, nurses and any other person in social administration

Fees per semester

  • 490,000 shs (functional fees exclusive) for East Africans and 735,000 shs for other nationals


This programme equips learners with the knowledge and skills of helping individuals with psychological and mental challenges in diverse settings, to live a healthy mental life. People trained in guidance and counselling are called counselling psychologists.

The degree programme is unique because it includes an interesting combination of subjects ranging from Counseling the Aged, Psychopathology, Forensic psychology, psychopathology, psychology of learning, psychometric assessment, social psychology and addiction Counseling among others. Such intense exposure to a wide range of subjects increases the number of opportunities that are available for students.  The graduates will be able to function as effective counselors upon graduation in multiple settings. The course ends with the Internship program, a capstone of 12 weeks working as a Counselor in institutions such as Hospitals, Schools, Colleges and Higher Learning Institutions.

The need for the services of professionally qualified counselors in Uganda has become more urgent due to a rise in social problems as a result of many factors that may include demographic changes, social-economic- political and technological changes that could also be a result of globalization. Consequently, the job opportunities for graduates in Counseling are unlimited.

At Kyambogo University in the Department of Psychology, an emphasis is laid on the acquisition of soft skills such as using ICT, communication skills, public speaking, developing leadership skills, developing critical thinking and problem solving. It is these skills that have enabled our graduates to get a job after finishing their course.

Prospective graduates can come into our programme by joining the Bachelor of Guidance and Counselling Programme directly or by Diploma in Counseling & Guidance entry scheme. Kyambogo University is proud of their highly qualified and experienced staffs that provide a vibrant and contemporary learning environment towards excellence in academic and professional development. 

Fees per semester

  • 630,000 shs (functional fees exclusive) for East Africans and 945,000 shs for other Nationals

Graduate Programmes

Masters degrees in Counselling Psychology explore psychological approaches to counselling techniques, and equip postgraduates with the skills to apply these methods within counselling and healthcare contexts.

Related subjects include Addiction Psychology and Therapeutic Counselling. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Counselling, Social Work or Psychology. The emphasis of the program is on the provision of counsellor training for those people who aspire to be a Ugandan Certified Counsellor or Registered Psychologist.

Course Detail

In this program you will: 

•Focus on the understanding and acquisition of communication skills in interpersonal and counselling contexts 
•Learn the historical and theoretical foundations in counselling psychology 
•Develop a framework for the planning and implementation of client change interventions in counselling psychology 
•Become familiar with a variety of assessment procedures commonly used in counselling settings 
•Gain a thorough understanding of the process of career counselling 
•Address professional and ethical issues in the practice, science and regulation of counselling psychology 
•Develop an understanding of gender and cultural issues in counselling 
•Experience supervised practice in counselling psychology settings

Why study a Masters in Counselling Psychology?

Counselling psychologists specialise in improving, managing and preventing mental health conditions for individuals, groups, and communities.

Courses in this field build your theoretical and empirical knowledge of the everyday processes that affect the mental health and wellbeing of various kinds of individuals. You will examine mental health from developmental perspectives, and explore specific psychological techniques in therapeutic interpersonal communication.

The kinds of topics you may be expected to help people with include career development and professional struggle, health and wellness, disability and social justice issues.As a result, the contexts in which you may work are highly diverse. You might find roles within inpatient settings or early intervention, community mental health teams, schools and higher education, or vocational rehabilitation counselling. As well as counselling, you may explore careers in social work, or even forensic settings including probation.

Career Prospects

For many students the programme is a means to progress towards doctoral study. Created with psychology graduates, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, managers and others professionals in mind, it gives you the opportunity to develop your interpersonal and counselling skills and improve the way you apply these skills within your professional practice.


The programme lasts for two years, three semesters of intensive evening study in addition to a fourth semester devoted to research and writing of a formal dissertation.

About this Program

Applicants must possess an honours degree in psychology. Applicants who do not possess an honours degree in psychology must have documentation of one or more years of experience in human resource management, personnel and allied fields such as training and must be ready to undertake compensation courses in psychology on admission.

Students choose to explore the Organizational Psychology program because it provides them with a comprehensive set of analytical and leadership skills, which they can use to improve the operations and effectiveness of the organization they work with. Students that graduate with a degree in this discipline will have a significant advantage in this extremely competitive career path.

What is an MSc in Organizational Psychology?

This program will enable students to effectively work together with their peers while they restructure and transition processes to improve the daily operations of organizations. Students enrolled in this program gain a foundation that is rich in interpersonal and intrapersonal group skills, data collection, analysis, communication, facilitation, organization, and research.

Upon graduation, students will be able to manage, lead, and start a diverse selection of businesses in a global capacity.

There are many benefits for students enrolled in a Master of Science program with an emphasis in Organizational Psychology. These benefits include the development of unique communication and analytical skills, a highly evolved thought process, and the ability to see things from a multitude of perspectives. Students can choose electives such as nursing and theology to customize their experience so that it fits their intended career path.

Individuals that graduate from the program may pursue leadership opportunities in human resources, marketing, business administration, and more. Many graduates take on roles where they improve the hiring, training, assessment, and employee productivity process. These psychologists analyze how humans interact in a variety of settings and use their knowledge and skills to facilitate a stress-free, productive environment by reorganizing company policies and practices.

Since there is a huge demand for organizational psychologists, there are numerous training programs available all around the world. Individuals that are interested in advancing their education and career while obtaining competitive credentials should start exploring their options.

The MSc can lead into careers within the following areas: management consultancy, human resource management, organizational development and change, behavioural insights research, training and skills development, and risk management. 


The programme is designed to help participants acquire:

  • Theoretical bases for individual assessment, development of the individual, change management, and performance management and control
  • Practical skills necessary for professional efficacy which include:
  • Testing selection, interviewing, appraising
  • Job, task, and role analysis
  • Job evaluation
  • Developing the individual through counseling, assertiveness and social skills training
  • Designing and implementing Training programmes
  • Intervening in organizational processes and structures
  • Team building
  • Performance management and control.


The programme lasts for two years, three semesters of intensive evening study in addition to a fourth semester devoted to research and writing of a formal dissertation.

The Department admits graduates to study for research degrees: The PhD in educational psychology

The programs of graduate training in the department are designed to produce experimental psychologists who are capable of assuming positions in academia, as well as industry and government. In a rigorous but cooperative and congenial atmosphere, high-quality research psychologists are trained to contribute to the body of knowledge of scientific psychology, as well as to disseminate and apply psychological knowledge.

There is a strong and lively graduate community in the Department, with dedicated study areas, online forums, and support available from academic and administrative staff. Over 100 students study at any one time and regular programmes of graduate and staff seminars are held both within the Faculty and in related faculties throughout the academic year.

The academic staff of the Department of Psychology are, both collectively and individually, world-class leaders in the field. Students are encouraged to work on projects and follow topics that are at the cutting edge of new research and policy initiatives.


Upcoming Programme

Arrangements are in the final stages to start three (3) undergraduate and Postgraduate courses;

  • Bachelors programme in community psychology
  • Bachelors programme in industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Bachelors programme in Clinical psychology

Masters programmes

  • Master of Educational Psychology
  • PhD in Counselling Psychology
  • Online counselling Psychology programme