About us

The Department of Geography and Social Studies was established in 2002. It is hosted in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The faculty is made up of 9 unique departments. The department has 25 academic staff and 2 support staff that facilitate undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. On average the department admits over 200 students (bachelors and masters) annually. The department has 4 speciality units that include Social studies, Biogeography, GIS and Remote Sensing, and Human Geography. As a young department, the staffs are highly motivated to steer the units into professional centres of excellence and develop competent graduates.

Welcome message from the Head of Department

With great pleasure I welcome you to the website of the Department of Geography and Social Studies Kyambogo University. I hope you are able to find useful information that you desire and gain a good impression of our activities. Here you will find highlights about some of the most recent developments in the areas of research, program development, capacity building as well as networking and collaboration. All our activities are underpinned by the department’s teaching and research facilities which comprise of computer laboratory and lecture halls. The department offers a number of programs and it’s in the process of developing more so as to cater for the needs of the job market. As you browse through our website, I hope you will sense the excitement and enthusiasm among our team. I encourage you to contact us with any questions, and requests for more information using the address given in the contact menu.

Best wishes

Barasa Bernard (PhD)

Partnerships and collaborations

The department collaborates with several local and international institutions and organizations in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, research, staff, students’ exchanges and community service. The partners include but not limited to:

  1. Makerere University
  2. National Environmental Authority
  3. Busitema University
  4. Uganda National Meteorological Authority


The Department of Geography and Social Studies occupies space on the faculty of arts building, a few minutes’ walk from the main administration building. All lectures, laboratory and practical classes associated with the undergraduate and graduate courses take place in this building and other building as allocated on the time table. The department owns a computer laboratory/geography room where all practical lessons are conducted. Resources available to staff and students within the Department include the following; computer laboratory, computers, projectors, weather station, GPS, topo-maps and satellite images, and unlimited WIFI.

Association to Professional Bodies

Our staff and students enjoy many subscription benefits accrued from belonging to many professional development associations. One of the associations established by the department is the Kyambogo University Geography Students Association that brings students with a common interest in geography to form a uniformed voice aimed to reduce the degradation of the earth. The student faction, commonly organises field study tours, advocates and campaign in Uganda and large.

The department and members also subscribe to the Geography Society Association of Uganda. Members are also free to join other international professional bodies in Uganda and beyond. This has improved coordination, research and publication between universities, departments and staff members.