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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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INTRODUCTION
The end of the Cold War and the triumph of capitalism over socialism have resulted into a new global order that revolves around a multiplicity of actors that are more interdependent than ever before. The notion of sovereignty is being transformed as inter-state relations are increasingly being shaped by global goals rather than the conventional national interest. There is need for new concepts and theories for understanding the evolving international system. This programme is designed to facilitate research in the emerging issues in International Relations and Diplomacy to enhance a holistic understanding of the emerging concepts, theories and practices in this field.


OBJECTIVES
The Doctor of Philosophy programme in International Relations is intended to enable the student:

Acquire and generate in-depth critical knowledge in International Relations.
Employ intra- and inter-disciplinary approaches in the analysis of international relations and diplomacy.
Undertake research and teaching at university and other institutions of higher learning.
Effectively participate in national and international development.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS.
To qualify for admission into the programme a candidate shall be holder of:

A Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Maseno University or any other recognized university.
OR
Other qualifications considered relevant to the programme by Senate.
Applicants must submit, along with their applications, a concept paper of the intended research, not exceeding 500 words.


DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
A full-time student for the Ph.D. degree shall normally be registered for a minimum of three years and a 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.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme shall normally be offered by research and thesis.
The programme shall normally consist of 19 units of research and thesis writing.
A candidate for the Ph.D. programme who is deficient in areas necessary for thesis research work as determined by the department shall register for relevant courses from Masters/Undergraduate programmes, alongside the doctoral programme. Such candidates shall be expected to do coursework and pass examinations in the prescribed courses in accordance with respective University examination rules and regulations.