General Information

This is a 4-year taught postgraduate programme leading to the award of a PhD in Computer and IT Systems Engineering.  All of the 2 semesters of the first year are dedicated for coursework, while the remaining three years are dedicated for research and dissertation. It consists of courses from multiple disciplines, to build in-depth knowledge in the different fields related to smart grid. It  leverages the strength of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Electronics Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering and Electrical Power Engineering, to produce graduates with technical and scientific competence in these areas.

Entry Requirements

The students should satisfy the general university minimum requirements with the following additional requirements: masters degree in IT related programmes which include IT courses with at least an upper second class degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 5.0 from respected institution recognized by TCU or an equivalent.

Fee Structure

Information on the most recent fee structure can be obtained through the office of Head of Department, or from the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, University of Dar es Salaam.

Application for Admission

Applications for admission into this programme can be submitted through the UDSM online postgraduate application system.

Completion Requirements

To complete the programme, each student is required to complete 648 credits of core courses ( including 480 credits for dissertation).

Core Courses

S/n Course Code Course Name Credits
1. CS 703 Communications and Control in Smart Grid 24
2. CS 704 Intelligent Control Systems 24
3. CS 705 Doctoral Seminars on Current Topics 24
4. CS 706 Problem Driven Group Project 24
5. CS 722 Big Data Analytics/Data Processing 24
6. CS 723 Data Acquisition and Real-Time Systems 24
7. CS 799 Dissertation 480
8. ES 701 Sensors and Microsystems Electronics 24
    Total Credit from Core Courses 648

Elective Courses

S/n Course Code Course Name Credits
1. CS 701 Modelling and Simulation 24
2. CS 702 Sensor Data Fusion 24
3. CS 707 Theory of Computation 24
4. CS 708 Networks and Distributed Systems Security 24
5. CS 709 Advanced Topics in CITSE 24
6. CS 721 Distributed Computing Theory and Design 24
7. CS 724 Advances in Smart Grid Technologies and
8. TE 702 Communication Theory 24
    Minimum required credits 72

Department Level

Students start to develop their research proposals at the beginning of the programme. These proposals are presented in respective research groups and department for feedback and approval to higher levels. To allow enough time for research and dissertation writing,  the development of research proposals starts at the beginning of the programme, alongside the coursework. Proposals are presented in research groups and departments for feedback before approval to higher levels. Dissertations are also presented in the department and research groups before the college level.

College Level

Proposals/Dissertations approved by the departments are further processed by the college. A proposal approved by the college means that a student can progress with their research, after obtaining appropriate clearance.

A dissertation approved by the college goes through the examination process whereby suitable internal and external examiners are identified for the same. Reports from both examiners are used to plan the viva and determine the candidate's fate.

University Level


Further information on university requirements and procedures for research students can be obtained from here.

Other Information

Information on  postponement, extension, freezing, and other PG guidelines can be obtained from the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, University of Dar es Salaam.