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PhD programme in History

Programme Objectives:
  1. Acquire in depth knowledge in an area (or areas) of specialization in History.
  2. Develop a multi disciplinary perspective on historical issues in ideas.
  3. Undertake independent research and teaching at university and other institutions and organizations.


AHI 901    Women in History
AHI 902    Advanced Seminar in African Social Thought
AHI 903    Postcolonial Identities in Africa
AHI 904    Africa in World History
AHI 905    Conflict Management and Peace in History
AHI 906    History of the Cold War and Post Cold War Eras
AHI 907    Research Methodology


AHI 999    Thesis (Proposal Writing)


AHI 999    Thesis (Research)


AHI 999    Thesis (Writing)





Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy programme in History, a candidate shall be a holder of:

A Masters degree in History from Maseno University or any other recognized university


Other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a Masters degree in History.

Duration of the Programme

A full time student for PhD 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

Courses are structured in units in which a unit is defined as one-hour lecture, two hours tutorial or three hour practical per week per semester.
The Programme shall normally consist of course work, examination and thesis.

The minimum units of coursework shall be 9 units; the maximum shall be 21 units, which shall be made up of at least 6 units of level 9 (Doctoral level) and the rest from level 8 courses (Masters courses).

All course work shall normally be done within the first three semesters for both full time and part time students.

Candidates for the PhD programme may be exempted from part of or all of course work requirements provided the Senate is satisfied that the candidate had done and passed at Masters level, course equivalent to the prescribed courses.