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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D) PROGRAMME IN PHILOSOPHY

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

The Department of Religion, Theology & Philosophy offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree programme in Philosophy in three (3) major areas namely; African Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and the Scientific Method, Applied Philosophy, Metaphysics and Epistemology. The programme offers an integrative view to tackling the social and individual dilemmas which characterize many societies today.

2.0 OBJECTIVES

The Programme aims at:-

2.1 Producing professionals in Philosophy who can further knowledge through scholarship and research.

2.2 Enhancing critical thinking in the examination and analysis of contemporary and emerging issues.

2.3 Producing professionals who are able to undertake research and teaching at university and other institutions of higher learning.

2.4 Producing professionals who are able to apply Philosophical knowledge and expertise in solving societal problems.

3.0 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for admission, into the Doctor of Philosophy programme in Philosophy, the applicant shall be:

3.1 A holder of a Masters degree in Philosophy from Maseno University or any other recognized university in the relevant area.

3.2 A holder of other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a Masters degree in Philosophy.

4.0 DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

A fulltime student for the Ph.D degree shall normally be registered for a minimum of three years and maximum of five years. A part-time student shall be registered for a minimum of four years and a maximum of seven years. Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress.

5.0 PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

5.1 The programme shall normally consist of Research and Thesis writing.

5.2 Where a doctoral student is found deficient in areas necessary for Ph.D research work, the student shall be required to select relevant courses from level 8 courses in consultation with the department.

5.3 A doctoral student must submit to the Director, School of Graduate Studies (SGS), through Faculty Post Graduate Studies Committee (FPGSC) a research proposal within one academic year after the registration.

6.0 COURSE DISTRIBUTION

First Year

First Semester: APH 999: Research Proposal.

Second Semester: APH 999: Research Proposal.

Second Year
First Semester: APH 999: Research Only (Data Collection).

Second Semester: APH 999: Research Only (Data Collection/Analysis)


Third Year
First Semester: APH 999: Research Thesis Writing.

Second Semester: APH 999: Research Thesis Writing and submission.