Doctor of Philosophy (History)

Doctor of Philosophy (History)

This program is designed to enable students to specialize in diverse areas of history.  It covers a number of important themes that relate to the history of Kenya, Africa and other parts of the world.  Also included are specific courses on the philosophy and theory of history and research methodology.

Objectives of the Programme
The programme aims at achieving the following objectives:
i) To produce graduates with the highest level of expertise in their areas of specialization within the discipline of history.
ii) To equip students with research skills and an analytical mind that will enable them to advance the frontiers of knowledge.
iii) To enhance students’ ability to disseminate knowledge through teaching research and publications.
iv) T o enhance students’ appreciation of the role of culture in society.
v) To inculcate in students a tradition of continuous scholarship.

Learning Outcomes
The Programme is expected:
i) To produce quality historians endowed with a wide variety of historical knowledge.
ii) To produce professional historians acquainted with the highest research and analytical skills for the advancement of society.
iii) To produce professional historians able to disseminate knowledge in a global context.
iv) To produce professional historians committed to continuous research and scholarship.

Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme, applicants shall be holders of a Master of Arts degree in History from Moi University or from institutions of higher learning recognized by Moi University Senate. Teaching Methodologies /Instructional Strategies Lectures, Class Presentations, Seminars, Field Research,Archival Research, Supervision and e-learning platform

Assessment Mode
The mode of assessing the students will be 60 per cent in Semester Examinations and 40 per cent in Continuous Assessment. At the end of the coursework, PhD students will have to write a Thesis which will be examined including oral defense examination.

Programme Duration and Review
The programme lasts for two academic years of two semesters each and is subject to review every 3-4 years in accordance with the Moi University Senate regulations.

Duration of the Programme and Period
This program will be offered in a period of 3 academic years consisting of 2 semesters each.

Assessment and Examination Requirements
The PhD programme in History shall normally consist of a total of 60 units and a maximum of 81 units of graded seminar papers, end of semester examination, research, thesis writing and defense.

Candidates will be required to make a presentation of their:

  1. Research Proposal defended successfully in Departmental Seminar and awarded a mark
  2. A Research Paper presented in a Departmental seminar in a student’s area of specialization
  3. Field and Archival data collection and analysis.
  4. Thesis writing and successful oral defiance of Thesis Monitoring and Evaluation

Besides evaluation by coursework, seminar presentations, assignments and end of semester examinations other monitoring mechanisms shall include:
i. Supervision
ii. Students’ progress reports
iii. Students’ evaluation of course efficacy at the end of each semester.
Continuous Assessment Tests will constitute 40% of the total mark.
The exception will be those units assessed exclusively by seminar presentations. These will be examined out of 100%
in accordance with university regulations.

The Structure of the Programme
The Doctor of Philosophy in History shall normally consist of coursework, examinations and Thesis. The minimum units
of coursework shall be 21 units, which will be made up of atleast 12 units of level 900 courses. 

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