Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba Courses Offered

Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba Courses Offered

There are several Courses offered at Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba. The list of courses is below.

Certificate Courses


The following programmes are being developed in partnership with IFP, City and Guilds, Industry and development partners

 1 IVQ-UPO-International Vocational Qualification in Upstream Petroleum Operations                         Foundation Level 1 Level 2                                1 month 2 months 7 months
 2        IVQ-DPO-International Vocational Qualification in Downstream Petroleum Operations              Foundation Level 1 Level 2 1 month 2 months 7 months
 3 IVQ-MM-International Vocational Qualification in Mechanical Maintenance Foundation Level 1 Level 2               1 months 2 months 7 months                             
 4 IVQ-EM-International Vocational Qualification in Electrical Maintenance Foundation Level 1 Level 2 1 month 2 months 7 months
 5 IVQ-IM-International Vocational Qualification in Instrumentation Maintenance Foundation Level 1 Level 2 1 month 2 months 7 months
 6 IVQ-WFP-International Vocational Qualification in Welding, Fabrication & Pipework Foundation Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 2 months 3 months 3 months 4 months
 7 IVQ-HSE-International Vocational Qualification in Health, Safety and Environment Level 1 2 weeks

Eligible Candidates should have:

Prior learning in the relevant field or at least one Year’s Industrial experience.

Diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO)

This two year diploma in Downstream Petroleum Operations (DDPO) curriculum is aimed at producing down stream petroleum technicians who are relevant to the industry and world of work. It is learner-centred and competence-based and emphasises acquisition of skills by the learners through practical teaching and execution of projects.

DDPO Course Details

Programme Overview

Downstream is the final, and most varied, part of the oil and gas process. This could range from the refining of crude oil and processing and purifying natural gas, through to sales, marketing, product distribution and retail, and everything in between. It also includes the manufacture of petrochemicals and plastics. The downstream sector reaches consumers through products such as gasoline or petrol, kerosene or jet fuel, diesel, oil lubricants, waxes, asphalt, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)

Petrochemicals are chemical products made from the hydrocarbons feed stocks which are a basis of the petrochemical industries, namely methane, ethylene, propylene, butanes, butadiene, benzene, toluene, and xylenes.

The petrochemical end products from those plants include plastics, (electronic equipment & furniture) soaps, detergents, solvents, paints, drugs, fertilizer, pesticides, explosives, synthetic textile fibers and rubbers, flooring and insulating materials, clothing antifreeze, pharmaceuticals (aspirin), cosmetics and much more. 

Prospects for Downstream Operations Program
These graduates may opt to further their skills and education by offering a certificated and eventually a degree in any of the following areas:
i. Applied Chemical Engineering.
ii. Process engineering
ii) Any other related course/ programme

Objectives of the Programme

The main objective of the Diploma in Down Stream Petroleum Operations. (DDPO) is to equip trainees with the expertise needed to solve problems in the downstream sector and induce practical skills that will enable them to maintain safe facilities in the sector.
The programme will:

Prepare students for a career in the oil and gas industry.

Provide students with high-quality programmes that will equip them with knowledge and skills that will give them a competitive edge on the oil & Gas job market;

Provide students with the underlying rudiments of the oil and gas value chain in terms of technical services and socio-ethical issues relevant to the local Oil and Gas industry.

Expose students to a wide range of skills relevant to the local oil industry, thereby building human resource capacities for the oil and gas sector particularly for oil and gas reserves acquisition, design and development; maintenance and oil economics.

Develop human-centred critical and analytical thinking abilities of students.

Expose students to the dignity of labour through field visits in collaboration with industrial players in the Oil and Gas industry including hands-on training through internships.

Establish partnerships with oil and gas industry players as a way of enriching the quality of the programme both locally and internationally.

Inculcating health, safety, and environmental conservation so that the learners will implement downstream activities in a sustainable manner.

Expose the students the underlying rudiments of the petroleum operations in terms of technical services and socio-ethical issues relevant to the local Oil and Gas industry.

About 70% of the total contact hours will be devoted to developing practical skills. The skills will be developed through demonstrations within the controlled conditions of the laboratories, and further during industrial training and field visits at relevant facilities. Classroom learning will be learner-centred, with the lecturer playing the role of a guide in the learning process. Attitude to teamwork will be emphasized throughout the training process.

Learning Outcomes

After going through the DDPO Programme, the graduate will be able to:
(i) Apply the acquired knowledge and technical skills to sustain operations in the downstream operations.
(ii) Integrate health, safety and environment standards in the workplace;
(iii) Conserve the environment and biodiversity during the implementation of day-to-day activities; 
(iv) Demonstrate the ability of maintenance of downstream facilities.

Entry Requirements

Considering the technical nature of the programme a candidate with science backgrounds shall be eligible for admission on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:

a) Category A: Direct Entry: (A’ Level Entry)
Applicant must have at least two principal passes in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. 
a Subsidiary Pass in any of the following is added advantage:
Information technology, Technical Drawing & Biology.

b) Category B: Mature age entry 
Applicant must have age 25 years or above, credit passes in Mathematics, English, General Science, and petrol chemical experience.

c) Category C: Certificate Entry Scheme: 
A credit Advanced or National Certificate in any of the following engineering
• Electronics 
• Welding and Fabrication
• Electrical Installation Systems and Maintenance
• Machining and Fitting
• Plumbing.
• Electronics Technology etc

d) Category E: Oil and Gas Professionals
(i) Applicant must have at least one year experience in the oil and gas or petrol chemical industry-related programs:

Application Procedures
• JAB applications
• Direct applications to the Institute.


The DDPO shall be taught in two academic years i.e. four semesters and the two Recess Terms for Industrial Training.

Credit Units Per Course
Fifteen (15) contact hours of class teaching are equivalent to one credit unit (CU). While 30 hours of practical work are equivalent to 1 CU. The CUs for each course unit shows the weight of each course.

Course Units in the DPPO Programme

Year I Semester I 

Course CodeCourse NameLHPHCHCU
DDPO 1101Health, Safety & Environment3128453
DDPO 1102Overview of oil and gas Industry4108453
DDPO 1103Introduction to Chemical and Process Engineering3844604
DDPO 1104Separation Process3942604
DDPO 1105Engineering Drawing 3124453
DDPO 1106Applied Physics & Mathematics I3030453
DDPO 1107Entrepreneurship and life skills3226453
 Total Hours and Credit Units  23

Year I Semester II 

Course CodeCourse NameLHPHCHCU
DDPO 1201Workplace Safety & Management3226453
DDPO 1202Refining Operations5020604
DDPO 1203Piping Engineering2374604
DDPO 1204Fluid Dynamics2834453
DDPO 1205Process Dynamics and Control2834453
DDPO 1206Applied Physics & Mathematics II3030453
DDPO 1207Information and Communication Technology (ICT)2442453
DDPO 1208On The Job Training I0150755
 Total Hours and Credit Units  28

Year II Semester I 

Course CodeCourse NameLHPHCHCU
DDPO 2101Petrochemical processes450453
DDPO 2102Energy & Thermal Equipment450453
DDPO 2103Rotating Equipment450453
DDPO 2104Process and Plant Design450453
DDPO 2105Instrumentation and Controls I450453
DDPO 2106Downstraeem Contracts, Economics and Project Management600604
DDPO 2107Research Methods450453
 Total Hours and Credit Units  22

Year II Semester II 

Course CodeCourse NameLHPHCHCU
DDPO 2201Waste Management3618453
DDPO 2202Natural Gas Engineering450453
DDPO 2203Maintenance & Works Supervision450453
DDPO 2204Petroleum Products Analysis and Handling450453
DDPO 2205Materials Technology 450453
DDPO 2206Basic Industrial Electricity, Safety and Protection2148453
DDPO 2207Student Project0150755
DDPO 2208Industrial Training / OJT II0150755
 Total  Hours and Credit Units  28
Total Graduation Load ( 25+28+22+28)   101

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