Courses Catalogue

Doctoral Research Seminar

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Doctor of philosophy of development studies programme
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Students will critically examine the current literature associated with their research interests and examine applicable conceptual constructs and methodologies. Students will complete the first drafts of the first three chapters of their dissertation, which will be used for their dissertation proposal. A complete review of the literature and draft of the dissertation proposal will be evaluated for methodological strengths and weaknesses. By the end of year three, semester one, students should be able to present their research findings and subsequently in semester two submit their thesis.


The course adopts a hands-on practical approach to equip students with knowledge on and capacity to use various qualitative and quantitative research methods and techniques relevant to their research. Several simulation exercises are undertaken in the course to enable students do the following:

  • Write publishable articles
  • Present seminar papers.
  • Present seminar papers.
  • Dissemination of Information


Course Aims

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

·                     Write their research proposals;

·                     Write to publishable standards;

·                     Demonstrate effective academic presentation and discussion skills.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students are should have gained proposal, research publication and presentation skills.