Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering (DTE)

Engineering technicians in telecommunications have to provide solutions to day-to-day communication engineering problems and help all of the world’s people to communicate. This requires planning, installation, operation and maintenance of the necessary communication units and systems, and interaction with people. The diploma in telecommunications engineering is intended to train technicians in telecommunications engineering.

Programme in brief

Students study all the essential elements of telecommunication engineering.

In year one, you will cover basic science, engineering mathematics, electronics, engineering drawing, communication engineering, data communication principles and introduction to computer science.

In year two you will concentrate on communication systems, wireless communication principles, telecom systems installation and maintenance, satellite and radar communication. In many of the modules, you will have hands-on in laboratories and workshops learning through experience. In the final year, you will have an opportunity to participate in a group engineering project.

You will also undergo industrial training during the recess term at the end of the first year. During industrial training, you will be attached to an industry and you will be able to relate the knowledge and skills obtained from the lecture rooms, laboratories and workshops to what happens in the field.

Admission to the Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering, (DTE), shall be done in accordance with Kyambogo University procedures and regulations. In addition, a person qualifies for admission on meeting the following minimum requirements in Sections.

Advanced Level Entry Requirements

For holders of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), he/she should have at least one principal pass in either Physics or Mathematics and either

  • Two subsidiaries in any other two subjects one of which is Chemistry or
  • Two subsidiaries in any other two subjects where Chemistry is not included in the subjects’ combination and at least a credit in Chemistry at Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).

The weight of subjects for UACE holders shall be as follows: –

  • Essential –     Physics, Mathematics
  • Relevant –     Chemistry, Economics, Technical Drawing
  • Desirable– General Paper, Metalwork, Woodwork, Entrepreneurship
  • Others –         Any other subjects

Technician Certificate Entry Requirements

To make the entry, he/she should be a holder of a Technician Certificate in: –

  • Radio, Television and Electronics Part II (RTET Part II) from a recognized institution or
  • Electrical Installation Part C (EI Part C) from a recognized institution.
  • Any other qualification approved by the university equivalent to the above qualifications.

After completing Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering, you will be able to select from a number of careers at your disposal. The telecommunication engineering technicians are responsible for installation, operation and maintenance of communication and ICT equipment and software systems.

Recent Employers

Some recent employers of our Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering graduates include:

  • MTN-Uganda
  • Uganda Telecom(UTL)
  • Airtel Uganda
  • Africell
  • Vodafone
  • Safaricom
  • Huawei
  • ZTE
  • Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)
  • National Information and Communications Authority – Uganda (NITA-Uganda)
  • Radio and TV Broadcasting Corporations
  • Manufacturing Industries
  • Hotels
  • Banks
  • Nokia Siemens
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Smile Communications
  • Ericsson
  • Hospitals
  • Academic Institutions
  • Police Forces
  • Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), etc

Work experience opportunities

All our students undertake industrial training after every end of each academic year. For diploma in Telecommunication Engineering, this training will be done at the end of year one during the recess period.

Further studies

A number of our degree graduates go on to obtain higher qualifications related to telecommunication engineering such as Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, etc, either remaining at Kyambogo University or going to another institution of their choice.

Tuition Fees for 2019/2020 are UGX 600,000 (Home/EAC Students) and UGX 900,000 (International Students). The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

There are other functional fees and other costs that you might incur while studying. These include costs for internship, research, medical fees and other expenses that you might include such as photocopying, printing, buying specialized equipment and tools.

We have put together some useful information to help you understand these costs. Please see our study costs page for full details.