Doctor of Philosophy in Communication and Information Studies

Overview

Rationale

This programme provides a chance to train a high calibre of professionals in the discipline of
communications and information studies. It aims to produce well-grounded scholars with
competencies in teaching and research.

Development of this programme was informed by a market survey of the media and
communications industry that revealed a dire need of competent and well-skilled communication
professionals. Some of these areas that are in urgent need of highly skilled and competent
communication professionals include teaching, research, management and various forms of
consultancy. Additionally, this curriculum was informed by input from key industry stakeholders
who participated at a workshop.

This programme is intended to provide students who wish to undertake doctoral studies in
communications with an opportunity to delve into the theoretical and practical depths of
communication and information studies.

The programme is informed by the dynamic changes and complexities in the communications
landscape, coupled with market trends and industry needs. It is also structured to instil requisite
communication skills necessary for the realisation of Vision 2030 and the Sustainable
Development Goals.

Many governments and organisations in the region have expressed the need to develop staff locally
rather than pursue much more expensive programmes in America, Europe and elsewhere.

Philosophy

This programme is anchored on, and informed by, the vision and mission of the University of
Nairobi. The programme seeks to provide quality education in media and communications training
in order to produce qualified and competent graduates who are able to engage in sustainable global
development.

Objectives

The general aim of this programme is to offer knowledge and competencies that are critical to the
understanding and practice of communication and information as a discipline.

The specific aims are to:
1. Develop academic competences in Communication and Information Studies;
2. Equip the student with critical scholarship skills in communication and information;
3. Equip the student with advanced research knowledge and competencies in research in
humanities and social sciences;
4. Provide critical academic grounding in theoretical, philosophical and practical
understanding in communication and information;
5. Explore the effects of communications and information on society.

Contacts of support persons:  Dr. Samuel Siringi

The Common Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in all Faculties shall be applicable.

Students wishing to enter the programme must hold a master’s degree in communication, media or information studies, or a related field from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate. The admission requirements include:       

 (ii) Presentation of an acceptable Thesis Research Proposal. Typically, the proposal describes the rationale for the study, the key questions driving the study, the methods to be used in seeking answers to those questions, and a review of the existing body of research related to the topic of study.

(iii) Applicants with a master’s degree other than in communication and/or information studies will be considered for admission on the basis of their transcript and communication or information-related professional experience. These applicants may be admitted to the program on probation for the first two semesters and required to take prerequisite courses.

Schedule of intakes

Once in a year (September)

 

Mode of delivery

 

(i)    An applicant who qualifies for admission shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements spelt  

       out in the Common Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Nairobi.

(ii)  A successful applicant shall register as a doctoral candidate and take the required seminars.

      Candidates may embark upon their Thesis Research only after successful completion of the seminar phase of the programme.

(iii) Subject to the approval of the Senate, the programme may require a candidate to attend such a course

      or courses as may be considered appropriate to remedy deficiencies in the candidate’s academic background or to endow the candidate with specialized skills or knowledge to assist him in his research.

(iv) Duration: The doctoral programme shall last for a minimum period of eighteen (18) months. No

      the doctoral candidate shall be registered as a full-time student for more than four (4) years or as a

      part-time student for more than five (5) without submitting her/his thesis, except by permission of

      Senate.

(v) Change of Registration Status: Subject to the approval of the Senate, a candidate may change his/her

     registration status from part-time to full-time or vice versa once only, in which case regulation (iv)

     above shall apply to such a candidate as if he/she had initially been admitted to the status he/she

     now seeks.

(i)    An applicant who qualifies for admission shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements spelt  

       out in the Common Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Nairobi.

(ii)  A successful applicant shall register as a doctoral candidate and take the required seminars.

      Candidates may embark upon their Thesis Research only after successful completion of the seminar phase of the programme.

(iii) Subject to the approval of the Senate, the programme may require a candidate to attend such a course

      or courses as may be considered appropriate to remedy deficiencies in the candidate’s academic background or to endow the candidate with specialized skills or knowledge to assist him in his research.

(iv) Duration: The doctoral programme shall last for a minimum period of eighteen (18) months. No

      the doctoral candidate shall be registered as a full-time student for more than four (4) years or as a

      part-time student for more than five (5) without submitting her/his thesis, except by permission of

      Senate.

(v) Change of Registration Status: Subject to the approval of Senate, a candidate may change his/her

     registration status from part-time to full-time or vice versa once only, in which case regulation (iv)

     above shall apply to such a candidate as if he/she had initially been admitted to the status he/she

     now seeks.

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* Non Governmental Organizations

* Corporate Communications

 

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