PhD in Development Studies

Overview

A candidate registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies shall carry out a programme of original research over a minimum period of 18 months after the date of registration or after completion of any required coursework and/or examination. No candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies shall be registered as a full-time student for more than four years or as a part-time student for more than five years, except by permission of Senate. Subject to the approval of Senate, IDS may require candidates to attend such a course or courses as may be considered appropriate to remedy deficiencies in the candidate. 

The PhD. Programme in Development Studies shall be conducted by research and thesis.

 

CURRENT FEE GUIDELINES

 

Year 1 Kshs 158,700 - Non citizens is 5,588 US Dollars

Year 2 Kshs 141,700 - Non citizens is 3,638 US Dollars

Year 3 Kshs 141,700 - Non citizens is 3,638 US Dollars 

 

Other charges include an application fee of Kshs. 4,000. Application fee for non citizens is 50 US Dollars

 

The following shall be eligible to apply for registration for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies.

  1.  A holder of a Master’s degree in Development Studies or any other social science discipline from the University of Nairobi;
  2. A holder of a Master’s degree in any other discipline from the University of Nairobi, who provides evidence of social science-based study, research or publications;
  3. A holder of a Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualifications from other institutions recognized y the University of Nairobi Senate as of comparable status.

Applications are processed throughout the year.

The applicant writes a letter of application to the Director, IDS, attaching a pre-proposal, full curriculum vitae, and transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate study.

The IDS PhD Co-ordinator assesses the submission for the suitability of the topic to IDS, the quality of the pre-proposal, and the applicant’s preparation for PhD study.  In some case, the pre-proposal is given to senior academic staff in the relevant field/subject area for further review.

If the decision is positive, the applicant is assigned a senior academic to work with to produce a full proposal within a period of not more than six months.

After the assigned academic advisor is satisfied with the proposal, the applicant makes a formal presentation in an IDS PhD seminar.  Based on the seminar, the IDS Postgraduate Studies Committee determines whether the applicant should be recommended for registration as a PhD student at the University of Nairobi.

The applicant may be required to make further revisions to the proposal before registration.  Registration takes place through the University of Nairobi, Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPS).

The Board notifies each applicant in writing of its action and the application.

After receipt of the BPS registration, IDS assigns two thesis supervisors, at least one of whom will be an IDS staff member.

Job markets linkages - our graduates mostly work in Civil Society Organizations, Public Sector and Development Partners as:-

  1. Program Officers
  2. Monitoring &Evaluation Experts
  3. Development Analysts
  4. Project Managers
  5. Business Development Officers
  6. Community Development Officer
  7. Researchers / Consultants
  8. Academic Professions

Year 1 Kshs 158,700 - Non citizens is 5,588 US Dollars

Year 2 Kshs 141,700 - Non citizens is 3,638 US Dollars

Year 3 Kshs 141,700 - Non citizens is 3,638 US Dollars 

 

Other charges include an application fee of Kshs. 4,000. Application fee for non citizens is 50 US Dollars