Phd Ecomonic



The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics is designed to train analysts to undertake advanced professional evaluations of alternative public or private economic policies in varying social science contexts. It equips students seeking careers in research, teaching, consultancy and practitioners in applied economics.


The overall objective of the programme is to equip students with a range of skills in research, teaching and consultancy necessary to become effective academic scholars and practitioners in the modern global economic environment. The specific objectives of the programme are to:

a) Enable the students develop a worldview that integrates economic analysis into the broader social science paradigm;

b) Equip the students to demonstrate an understanding of economic theory and analytical and quantitative tools.

c) enhance critical thinking in the examination and analysis of contemporary and emerging issues;

d) Undertake independent research, teaching at university and other higher institutions of learning, both locally and internationally;

e) Develop relevant advanced knowledge and skills in applied economics and Consultancy;

f) Produce graduates who can integrate theory and practice to work effectively and efficiently in organizations;

g) Promote ethics and ethical behavour.


Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics the graduate shall have acquired knowledge, skills and attitude to:

a) Discover, harness, apply, disseminate and preserve advanced knowledge in areas of advanced economic theory, econometric techniques and applied research.

b) Demonstrate an understanding of how to use advanced microeconomic theory and concepts to analyze economic issues;

c) to teach in higher education institutions;

d) Harness and apply theory and scholarly research to develop innovative approaches to economic issues diverse environments.

e) Develop and apply critical thinking to economic issues in support of economic management;

f) Harness and apply ethical concepts in the management of private and public resources;

g) Demonstrating original intellectual contribution to the field of knowledge;

h) Participate in policy formulation and general economic development;


To qualify for admission into the doctoral programme an applicant shall be:

a) A Holder of a Masters degree in Business Administration of Maseno University, or of any other recognised University; or

b) Holder of other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a Masters degree in Business Administration.


The duration of the PhD programme shall normally be a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of five (5) years for a full time student. A part-time student may be registered for a minimum of four (4) years and a maximum of seven (7) years. Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress reports.


Research and Supervision

a) A candidate registered for the PhD programme shall be required to pursue research under the guidance of a supervisor.

b) Senate shall normally appoint two supervisors for a candidate according to the University Examination Rules and Regulations for Post-Graduate Studies.


The University Examination Rules and Regulations shall apply.


The doctoral programme shall normally consist of thesis research only. However, level 8 (Masters level) course auditing shall normally be undertaken in areas of student deficiency. All audited course work shall normally be done within the first three semesters for both full time and part-time students.