Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate programmes

Due to the unification of the Civil engineering related Degree Programmes, the department offers courses that contribute to the BSc. In Civil Engineering Degree Programme.


The department hosts two degree programmes of Bachelor of Architecture and  Bachelor of  Science in Quantity Surveying.


Entry requirements to BSc. Degree (Direct Entry)

Applicants are required to have good Principal level passes in Mathematics and Physics.  In addition, candidates should at least have a Subsidiary pass in Chemistry or Geography at Form VI level or a Credit pass in Chemistry at Form IV.


Postgraduate Programmes

The department is running postgraduate programmes at Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), MSc. and PhD. degree levels as follows:

  • PhD in Structural Engineering
  • PhD in Construction Management
  • MSc. in Structural Engineering
  • MSc. in Construction Management
  • PGD in  Civil (Structural) Engineering

The postgraduate diploma is delivered under course-work mode. The MSc. (Eng) programmes are being delivered under two modes, a coursework plus dissertation mode and a thesis mode. The PhD. programmes are exclusively delivered through a thesis mode. The department also undertakes Postgraduate training by a sandwich mode, whereby a student may study a part of the course in another university.

The department offers all the postgraduate courses also in part-time mode for engineers who cannot afford to stay for a longer period away from their duties. Similarly, the department offers evening classes for the postgraduate courses. 


Professional Development Programme

Professional needs of the engineering community for continuing education, through tailor-made courses, are fulfilled in the department by conducting professional development programmes (PDP). Among others, the department conducts PDP courses on the use softwares in structural design and project management, contract management and public procurement.

 Research and Publication

Research at the department is aimed at addressing engineering technology and management issues confronting our society. Some of the recent researches are:

  • Repair materials for concrete bridges in collaboration with the faculty of construction, university of Dortmund, partially funded by DAAD.
  • Effect of plastification on the buckling behaviour of non linear 2D rigid braced reinforced concrete frames, funded by NUFFIC
  • Design for earthquakes and vibration in Tanzania,
  • Recycling of building materials
  • Conservation of Historic Buildings
  • Semi-prefab concrete construction techniques for urban low cost housing funded by AICAD
  • Development of techniques for proper management of structural materials and their ingredients, in tropical climate funded by SIDA/SAREC
  • Low Cost Housing Materials and Technology
  • Alternative binder materials for minimizing cement consumption in the construction  industry; such as Fly Ash, Pumice and Scoria