The present trend in historical studies is towards the apprehension of the human past in all its totality and complexity. A proper understanding of this common past should be a major element contributing to amity among peoples. In the context of the nation, the existence of a shared historical consciousness is a key factor in promoting cohesion and patriotism. The building up of a corpus of knowledge necessary for inculcating and perpetuating such a consciousness ultimately hinges upon the results of scholarly research in History and related disciplines. A doctorate of philosophy in history is geared towards training researchers and trainers of researchers in higher institutions of learning.
The Ph.D programme in History is intended to:
i) Equip the students with the theoretical and practical skills needed to attain professional competence in the historian‘s craft;
ii) Train scholars capable of giving the historical knowledge acquired wider intellectual application;
iii) Facilitate the preparation of high calibre manpower otherwise needed for the national development process.
To qualify for admission into the Ph.D History programme , one must have obtained a Master of Arts degree in History from Egerton University or an equivalent and recognised higher institution of learning, and, write an acceptable research proposal in a relevant topic in consultation with experts from the department of history. The procedure of getting a research proposal accepted is as follows: First the student presents in the department of history as a concept paper before proceeding to the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences under the supervision of a qualified expert. A Ph.D candidate is registered as such once the proposal has been approved by the faculty and registered at the School of postgraduate Studies
Programme Structure and Duration
The Ph.D programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72 months All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for Ph.D in History
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in History shall be required to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton University statute XXIX.
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in History shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for PhD in History shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a PhD in History a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a written thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
The PhD in History is not classified