Academic Programmes

MSc in Computer IT Systems Engineering (MSc CITSE)

Objectives and contents

This is a two-year masters programme focusing on providing graduates with a wide range of the skills required by an engineer working in instrumentation, electronic systems, hardware and software aspects of computer engineering. Specifically, the programme aims:

  1. To provide students with an enhanced theoretical background and applied knowledge that they need to practice as Computer and IT Systems engineers who can lead in research and development.
  2. To enable students, acquire the ability to innovate, develop, direct, coordinate and technically manage projects in the fields of information technology and computer system engineering.
  3. Equip students with skills to be able to start their own businesses through the incubation process.
  4. To provide a gateway to doctoral studies in Computer and IT system engineering.

The programme is intended to prepare graduates upon completion, to be able to:

  1. Use acquired knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies, tools and applications in computer and information technology fields.
  2. Use concepts from a range of areas including technical management skills and apply them effectively in engineering projects.
  3. Develop and apply mathematical and computer-based models and other engineering techniques by solving problems in computer and information technology taking into account a range of commercial and industrial constraints.
  4. Generate innovative designs for products, systems, components and processes to fulfil new and emerging needs in the field of computer engineering and information technology.
  5. Make audio/visual/written presentations to convey a body of technical information in a coordinated and comprehensive manner and demonstrate qualities of a professional team member specifically in the areas of interpersonal skills, scheduling, working within deadlines and budget restrictions.

Graduates of MSc in Computer IT Systems Engineering can work in a range of professional and high-skilled technical positions such as:

  1. Computer and Software Engineers
  2. Network Engineering
  3. Innovators and Designers of digital devices and embedded systems
  4. Managers of ICT systems
  5. Researchers in computing and IT engineering fields

Direct Entry Qualification
University Qualification Framework (UQF) level 8 with a background in ICT related undergraduate programmes or Electrical Engineering related Programmes which includes ICT courses with at least a second class degree with a minimum GPA of 2.7 out of 5 from institutions recognized by the Tanzania Commission of Universities (TCU). Candidates with pass degrees may also be considered for admission if:

  1. Their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade or higher;
  2. They have satisfied UDSM regarding their academic potential through subsequent research experience and/or additional training.

Equivalent Entry Qualification
A Postgraduate Diploma in ICT related programmes or Electrical Engineering related Programmes which includes ICT courses from a respected institution recognized by TCU or equivalent with at least an upper second class B+ award with a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 5. Candidates with equivalent qualifications must also possess at least advanced secondary school certificates with principal passes in both Physics and Mathematics.

Registration Process
Detailed information about the registration process and the required supporting documents is available on the main UDSM website under the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies. Open the link HERE.

For Tanzanian students, the school fee for this programme is TZS 6,412,500/= for 24 months (2 years) by coursework and dissertation and TZS 4,200,000 by thesis. For international students, the fee is USD 8,040 for 24 months (2 years) both by thesis and coursework and dissertation. The fee can be paid in 2 instalments annually or in 4 instalments (per semester).

The University may change schools fees in each new academic year. Therefore, for accurate/ updated information about fees and other related direct costs paid to the University please visit the University Webpage on the fees structure for postgraduates programmes under CoICT. See the Registration Process page HERE and UDSM Postgraduate Fees Structure for the 2021/2022 academic year.

For more information about this programme please contact the Department of Computer Science and Engineering by email through cse@udsm.ac.tz or Telephone +255(0) 222700225. Otherwise, you are welcome to visit us to learn more about this programme at CoICT Kijitonyama Campus along Alli Hassan Mwinyi Road, Block A Room 002. We are open Monday to Friday from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm, except weekends and public holidays.