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Master in HIV/AIDS Management


The Masters degree in HIV/AIDS Management is a guided research programme whose purpose is to make a strong, relevant, contextual and practical response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The programme focuses on research, design, action planning, development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of efforts against the epidemic. The programme also enhances the need to find a sustainable solution to the devastating epidemic. In addition, the programme is designed to develop and improve managerial skills of men and women holding supervisory positions in institutions involved in efforts aimed at mitigating the HIV/AIDS menace.

Programme Outcomes

Holders of this qualification will be able to:

  • Investigate HIV/AIDS cases (that is, measure, record, present, and analyse real life problems in their local environment).
  • Plan, budget, design, and execute research on HIV/AIDS (that is, use a variety of resources in the community to find information and to capture data, and apply knowledge and skills acquired during their studies).
  • Organise, present, and interpret data from investigations for the benefit of society.
  • Design, develop and implement feasible programmes and projects for combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Qualification Requirements

The Masters degree in HIV/AIDS will be awarded to candidates credited with a minimum of 240 credits made up of 4 compulsory courses (40 NQF Credits) and a 200- NQF Credit Research Project/Dissertation of between 20,000 to 25,000 words.


SPR1 : Admission
SPR 1.1 : To be admitted to the Masters degree programme in HIV/AIDS, a candidate must normally have at least successfully completed a bachelors degree or a postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management with an average of at least 65% or a lower second class IUM degree or equivalent from a recognised university or institution of Higher Learning and a minimum of 3 years work experience in an HIV/AIDS related field NQA accredited institution or equivalent. Credits from other universities and/or institutions may be awarded up to 50% of total credits for the qualification at IUM.

SPR 1.2 : Candidates may also be admitted through a flexible learning experience approved by Senate.

SPR 2 : Credit Recognition and Transfer Arrangements
Students from other accredited institutions may be awarded exemptions in respect of related courses passed and qualifications obtained within a period of 5 years. Credits from other universities and/ or institutions may be awarded up to 50% of total credits for the qualification at IUM.

SPR 2 : Credit Recognition and Transfer Arrangements
Students are expected to:

  • Attend and pass all the four (4) courses prior to the commencement of the dissertation / project proposal
  • Submit a dissertation/project proposal within the first year of study.
  • Complete the programme within a maximum period of four(4) years.

SPR 4 : Assessment
The assessment of the four courses comprises of two components, namely:

  • Continuous Assessment (CA) shall be 50% of the overall assessment of a course.
  • Formal Examinations (FE) shall account for 50% of the overall assessment of the course.

To pass a course, a candidate must obtain a composite mark of 50%.

NB : All work submitted by students shall be examined and moderated internally and externally.

Course Outline
Social Science Research Methodology
Essentials of HIV/AIDS Science
Project Management for HIV/AIDS Management
Information Systems Management
Research Project/Dissertation
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