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University of Dar es Salaam


Established in 1961, the University of Dar es Salaam is located in Tanzania. It is the oldest and largest public university in Tanzania, the University was initially an affiliated college of the University of London. An affiliate of the University of East Africa in 1963, not long after Tanzania gained her independence from the United Kingdom. University of Dar es Salaam was officially an independent university after the UAE (University of East Africa) split into 3 in 1970 through parliament act no.12 of 1970 of the constituent colleges. By the time of the University’s split from the University of East Africa, the University of Dar es Salaam had already created six academic units namely: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Agriculture research and institute of Kiswahili research.

Consequently, other units were added overtime to make the University of Dar es Salaam more comprehensive, this enabled the creation and transmission of well-rounded, all-encompassing education. The University of Dar es Salaam was responsible for the training of individuals who were needed in the development plans of the public and private sector in Tanzania, post-independence.

The University created various programs which had a direct bearing on the required skill set needed to run the offices created for the development of Tanzania, and it was therefore expected that upon completion of studies, placements for jobs which were similar to what was studied were made available to individuals upon graduation.

Currently, the University of Dar es Salaam due to its high demand and repute is the leading University in Tanzania, with the highest number of professors, postgraduate students and PhD holders in the country; the University also serves as a source of workforce for other universities in Tanzania. The University comprises of 2 constituent colleges, five institutes, four schools and a workforce of over 2,000 employees. The University is also hugely represented by its alumni in various government-related positions, occupying positions in the ministry of finance, ministry of education and the central bank of Tanzania to name a few. The University also boasts of having graduated the Presidents of Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan.

Available programs in Dar es Salaam University

Under Graduate level

Below are a few undergraduate courses and programs which are offered at the University of Dar es Salaam, at the undergraduate level:

  1. College Of Humanities
  • A. Literature
  • A. in Philosophy and Ethics
  • A. in Theatre Arts
  1. College Of Social Science
  • A. in Economics
  • A. in Political Science and Public Administration
  • A. in Sociology
  1. College Of Engineering And Technology
  • Sc. in Engineering
  • Sc. in Textile Design and Technology
  • Sc. in Quantity Survey
  • Sc. in Geomatics
  1. College Of Natural And Applied Sciences
  • Sc. in Actuarial Science
  • Sc. in Geology
  • Sc. in Microbiology
  • Sc. in Meteorology
  1. College Of Information And Communication Technologies
  • Sc. in Computer Science
  • Sc. in Electronic Science and Communication
  • Sc. in Computer Engineering and Information Technology
  1. College Of Agricultural Sciences And Fisheries Technology
  • Sc. in Beekeeping Science and Technology
  • Sc. in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics and Business
  • Sc. in Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries
  1. School Of Journalism And Mass Communication
  • A. in Journalism
  • A. in Mass Communication
  1. School Of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • A. in Law Enforcement
  • A. in Kiswahili
  1. Development Studies
  • A. in Development Studies

Post Graduate level

Below is a list of a few diploma, masters and doctorate courses being studied at the University of Dar es Salaam at the postgraduate level?

  1. College Of Agricultural Sciences And Fisheries Technology
  • MSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Aquatic Sciences


  • MSc in Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • MSc in Construction Management
  1. College Of Information And Communication Technologies
  • MSc in Health Informatics
  • MSc in Computer Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Electronics and Information Technology
  1. College Of Natural And Applied Sciences
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Scientific Computing
  • MSc in Applied Zoology
  • MSc in Biodiversity Conservation
  1. College Of Social Sciences
  • A in Economics
  • A in Project Planning and Management
  • A Sociology

Other courses being studied at the postgraduate level include business administration, Law, Education courses, Kiswahili studies, marine science and resource assessment.

Merit Scholarships for Undergraduate and Post Graduate Study

The University of Dar es Salam has over 62 merit-based scholarships, 52 of which are for undergraduates while ten are for postgraduate students. Application for this scholarship is made online, requirements for postgraduate application include:

  • Applicants must be citizens of Tanzania
  • Applicants must be graduates of University of Dar es Salaam
  • Admission must have been obtained to an appropriate master’s program
  • At the time of registration, applicants must be below 30 years of age
  • Merit scholarship holder must be willing to accept duties as a postgraduate teaching assistant
  • First degree must have been completed within two years before applying for this scholarship
  • A GPA of3.8 or higher is required

Requirements for undergraduate applicants include:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of Tanzania.
  • 12 points in 3 subjects at an advanced level of secondary education with an outstanding performance in O’level results.
  • Must be admitted to University of Dar es Salaam
  • At the time of application, the candidate must not be older than 25 years
  • The scholarship award is for an academic year but renewable for consecutive years on the condition the recipient of the scholarship maintains o minimum GPA of 3.8

African Heritage is unique and diverse. The University of Dar Es Salaam offers future students to learn about its history and transition into an independent university. Excellent quality studies emanate from the walls of this school; as such, it is regarded as one of Africa’s top universities.