Development Studies is a multidisciplinary programme whose teaching, research and practice are continually evolving in tandem with change processes in society. The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) PhD programme addresses contemporary development issues using appropriate theories and methodological approaches. The philosophy of the programme is to equip candidates with the skills and knowledge required for a career in academia or consultancy in the field of development. Its objective is to empower candidates with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand the opportunities and challenges of development.

A candidate registered for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies shall carry out a programme of original research over a minimum period of 18 months after the date of registration or after completion of any required coursework and/or examination. No candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies shall be registered as a full-time student for more than four years or as a part-time student for more than five years, except by permission of the Senate. Subject to the approval of the Senate, IDS may require candidates to attend such a course or courses as may be considered appropriate to remedy deficiencies in the candidate. 

The PhD. Programme in Development Studies shall be conducted by research and thesis.

The following shall be eligible to apply for registration for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies.

  1.  A holder of a Master’s degree in Development Studies or any other social science discipline from the University of Nairobi;
  2. A holder of a Master’s degree in any other discipline from the University of Nairobi, who provides evidence of social science-based study, research or publications;
  3. A holder of a Master’s degree or equivalent academic qualifications from other institutions recognized y the University of Nairobi Senate as of comparable status.

Applications are processed throughout the year.

The applicant writes a letter of application to the Director, IDS, attaching a pre-proposal, full curriculum vitae, and transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate study.

The IDS PhD Co-ordinator assesses the submission for the suitability of the topic to IDS, the quality of the pre-proposal, and the applicant’s preparation for PhD study.  In some case, the pre-proposal is given to senior academic staff in the relevant field/subject area for further review.

If the decision is positive, the applicant is assigned a senior academic to work with to produce a full proposal within a period of not more than six months.

After the assigned academic advisor is satisfied with the proposal, the applicant makes a formal presentation in an IDS PhD seminar.  Based on the seminar, the IDS Postgraduate Studies Committee determines whether the applicant should be recommended for registration as a PhD student at the University of Nairobi.

The applicant may be required to make further revisions to the proposal before registration.  Registration takes place through the University of Nairobi's Graduate School.

The Graduate School notifies each applicant in writing of its action and the application.

After receipt of the Graduate School's registration, IDS assigns two thesis supervisors, at least one of whom will be an IDS staff member.

During their studies, most PhD candidates are attached to an IDS research project or working in a sponsoring organisation.

Our graduates who are not already engaged go on to work with the private sector, civil society organisations and public sectors in Kenya and beyond. They are working to address emerging issues that have implications for development in various capacities including:

  1. Academic Professions
  2. Monitoring & Evaluation Experts
  3. Development Analysts
  4. Project Managers
  5. Business Development Experts
  6. Community Development Experts
  7. Development Researchers/Consultants
  8. Programme Officers in Development Projects.
Tuition              240,000.00              240,000.00              240,000.00              720,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                  7,000.00                  7,000.00                  7,000.00                21,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                              -                                -                  50,000.00                50,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                  4,500.00                  4,500.00                  4,500.00                13,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                  1,000.00                  1,000.00                  1,000.00                  3,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                  5,000.00                              -                                -                    5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                  6,500.00                  6,500.00                  6,500.00                19,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                  2,000.00                  2,000.00                  2,000.00                  6,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                  5,000.00                  5,000.00                  5,000.00                15,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                  1,000.00                  1,000.00                  1,000.00                  3,000.00
Grand totals     272,000.00     267,000.00     317,000.00     856,000.00