Courses Catalogue


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

Course Description

From the second semester of the second year onwards, students on the PhD programme in Development Studies are expected to focus on undertaking their research and writing their theses/dissertations to completion under the guidance of two appointed academic supervisors. During the research process, students are required to regularly report progress to the Doctoral Committee and receive feedback from the latter. Upon completion and submission of the thesis, it shall be subjected to external, internal, and viva voce examinations.


Course Objectives

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

  • Identify a specific research gap in development studies scholarly literature;
  • Design a research project;
  • Execute the designed research using appropriate tools and methods; and
  • Write a dissertation to publishable standards. 


The course aims to enable students:

  • Learn skills of  academic proposal writing and presentation
  • Learn how to develop data collection instruments/tools for quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Learn competences in report writing and presentations.


Learning Outcomes

This course requires the PhD students to demonstrate competence in academic proposal writing and presentation, development of data collection instruments/tools for quantitative and qualitative research, and report writing and presentations. Students should also be able to demonstrate publishing skills.