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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

The programme is fully by research in the fields of study in economics, development studies, public administration, politics and applied statistics. The main objective of the programme is to develop skills of students in designing original research and conducting research independently. In the process, students learn to synthesise and evaluate critically scholarly literature, communicate research findings effectively to the broader scientific community and develop a sense of professional ethics in research. Students are also trained to publish in scholarly journals and present their research findings at international forums. Through the programme, students are able to advance their knowledge in the selected field of specialization, and to explore and extend the boundaries of knowledge through research.

Prepares and equips students with research skills as well as allow students to critically advance their knowledge in the chosen field. 

Employment opportunities are many and diverse depending on specialisation. Employment opportunities include positions in academia, government, international organisations and private sector. In specific employment opportunities ranges, but not limited, from banking and finance, development experts, consulting, public administrator, policy analyst, economist and statistical analyst.


Thesis submission not exceeding 100,000 words.  Candidates of this programme are required to take four (4) courses as prescribed by the Faculty. The courses include:

EDHA7101  Research Methodology
EDHA7102 Reading Course

PhD Workshop Series, and any one of the following:

EDHA7104  Seminar Series in Economics
EDHA7105 Seminar Series in Development Studies
EDHA7106 Public Administration and Politics
EDHA7107  Special Topics in Statistics

Minimum TOEFL score of 550 or;

Minimum IELTS overall band score of 5.5 

A Bachelor degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and a good Master’s degree from a recognized university, and adequate knowledge in the proposed area of specialization.  Relevant working, research and consultancy experience and proof of publication are an advantage.

This programme is open for application throughout the year.  The applicant must submit a detailed proposal that sets out the intended research focus.  The proposal must reflect fundamental understanding of the intended research and the ability to conduct independent postgraduate work.

June 2014 and Jan 2015

Last Updated: 01/11/2019