The Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies course provides advanced studies in the main disciplines of Development Studies, including Development Economics, Development Sociology, Disaster Management, Organizational development, Child Youth and Development, Conflict Management, and Sustainable Development. The programme will be delivered in a combination of taught courses and independent research. In the first year, all the students will be required to study eight compulsory foundational units.
Mode of delivery
The course will be delivered in modular and blended (face to face and E-learning) modes of delivery, on both full and part-time basis. The full-time students will be expected to complete in a minimum of three years, while the part-time students will be expected to complete in a minimum of four years. The maximum duration will be six years, after which the student will be expected to apply for extension to Senate through the Board of Post Graduate Studies.
To be eligible for the admission, a candidate must satisfy the following academic qualifications:
1.Holder of a Master’s degree in Development Studies or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by Senate.
2.Holder of master’s degree in relevant social sciences recommended by the Faculty Board and approved by Senate.
1.Have two recommendation letters from academic instructors from the applicant’s previous degree program.
Credit transfers and exemptions
A candidate may be exempted from some courses and credit transferred from an approved institution subject to the following conditions:
1.Request for exemption shall be made in writing, on admission to the Academic Registrar, and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, including the syllabi for the relevant course(s) done at the same level.
2.The University reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through respective departments in order to determine whether the exemption should be granted.
3.Credit transfers and exemptions where granted shall not exceed one third of the total units.
1.The Candidates will submit applications on the prescribed forms for admission to the University through:
Board of Postgraduate Studies,
St. Paul's University,
P.O. Box Private Bag,
2.The Director will ensure that the applicant has provided:
a)Two sealed official transcripts of the master’s degree awarded.
b)Assurance of adequate financial resources from the candidate, their sponsor, employer or superiors.
3.The closing dates for receiving applications will be determined by the Board of Post Graduate Studies.
Structure and duration of the programme
The degree programme shall consist of course work, examinations and dissertations. The course work shall be taken in the first year of study, within a duration of one (1) year.