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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.) PROGRAMME IN KISWAHILI STUDIES

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

The programme of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Kiswahili Studies seeks to strengthen the knowledge base of Kiswahili scholars, enabling them to undertake critical analysis of important Linguistics and Literary issues, to conduct and co-ordinate multi/inter-disciplinary research, and to disseminate information and data for sustainable use of the language. The knowledge gained by those specializing in Kiswahili Studies will enable adequate Analysis, Translation, Research, teaching and examination of the language leading to effective rehabilitation and restoration of Kiswahaili as a National and International language.

2.0 OBJECTIVES

The programme aims to:

a) Develop the highest level of scholarship, research capability, and creative thinking skills in the student’s area of specialization.

b) Provide training designed to gradually and systematically build and strengthen individuals’ capacities to conduct research into Kiswahili Linguistic & Literary issues and problems.

c) Produce specialists in various fields of Kiswahili Studies who will provide innovative ideas and solutions to our existing and emerging problems.

d) Produce professionals equipped with specialized knowledge, awareness and skills so as to incorporate Kiswahili in all national development strategies and plans.

e) Enable candidates be employed in research and teaching posts in institutions of higher learning and the public and private sector.

3.0 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for admission into Doctor of Philosophy in this program, a candidate shall be a holder of:

(a) A Masters degree of Maseno University or from any other University.

(b) Other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a Masters degree.

4.0 DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

a) A full-time student for the Ph.D degree shall normally be registered for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five year;

b) A part-time student for the Ph.D degree shall normally be registered for a minimum of four years and a maximum of seven years.

Registration status will be reviewed from time to time by the Board of the School of Graduate Studies and will be based on progress reports. Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress.

5.0 STRUCTURE OF THE Ph.D PROGRAMME

(a) The Doctoral programme shall normally consist of Research and Thesis.

(b) Where a doctoral student is found further deficient in areas necessary for Ph.D research work, the student shall be required to select relevant courses from level 8 courses.

(c) The student in consultation with the department shall select relevant level 8 courses for the student’s specialization.

(d) In consultation with their advisors/supervisors students will select a topic on which to carry out library guided reading, and research and present the results of their work at a series of seminar.

(e) A Doctoral student must submit to the Director, SGS, through FPGSC a research proposal within one academic year after registration.

6.0 COURSE DISTRIBUTION

First Semester: AKI 999: Research Proposal

Second Semester: AKI 999: Research Proposal

Third Semester: AKI 999: Research only (data collection)

Fourth Semester: AKI.999: Research only (data collection/analysis)

Fifth and Sixth Sem: AKI 999: Research/Thesis Writing and Submission