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.
By the end of the course, the student should be able
- 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
course aims to enable students:
skills of academic proposal writing
how to develop data collection instruments/tools for quantitative and
competences in report writing and presentations.
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.