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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

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INTRODUCTION
The demise of the Cold War and the rise of globalization have presented new challenges in the conceptualization and theorizing of politics. The increasing need to comprehend these complex political phenomena serves to justify the formulation of this programme. The programme is designed to facilitate research in the various sub-fields of the discipline to enhance a holistic understanding of the emerging concepts, theories and issues in the study of politics.


OBJECTIVES
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science is intended to enable the student:

Acquire and generate in-depth critical knowledge in political science.
Employ intra- and inter-disciplinary approaches in the analysis of political issues.
Undertake research and teaching at university and other institutions of higher learning.
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 Political Science 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.