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The programme of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication and Media Studies is aimed at training communication and mass media scholars; where it seeks to inculcate a strong foundation in research analysis, and knowledge dissemination in the field of communication. The acquisition of this specialization will lead to a strong and effective research and generation of knowledge in communication and mass media in the region and beyond.


The objectives of the programme include to:

1) Train Scholars of the highest level in mass communication capacities to conduct research and generate knowledge in all spheres of communication.

2) Produce highly skilled communication and media professionals equipped with the expertise and knowledge to innovatively transform the growth of media scholarship and industry

3) Produce staff that can teach and conduct research in institutions of higher learning.


To qualify for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Communication and Media Studies, a candidate shall be a holder of:

(a) A masters degree in Communication and Media Studies of Maseno University or any other university recognized by Maseno University Senate

(b) .


(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 years.

(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 periodically reviewed by the board of the School of Graduate Studies and shall be based on satisfactory progress.


(a) The doctoral programme shall normally consist of research and thesis.

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

(c) In consultation with their supervisors students will select a topic on which they will carry out their research.

(d) A doctoral student must submit to the director of the School Graduate Studies through the faculty Post Graduate School Committee a research proposal within one academic year after registration.

(e) From their research students will be required to present at least one seminar

(f) Before submission of their Ph.D. thesis and subsequent graduation a student must publish a paper based on their research in an international journal.


First Semester: CMT 999: Research Proposal

Second Semester: CMT 999: Research Proposal

Third Semester: CMT 999: Research (data collection)

Fourth Semester: CMT 999: Research (data collection/analysis)

Fifth and Sixth CMT 999: Research (thesis writing and submission