The demands of the modern world are intertwined with developments in literary studies in terms of production of original forms of knowledge through research and teaching. In view of this, the Doctorate Programme in Literature is designed for students who seek to participate in textual, cultural, and academic activities at the highest level of intellectual engagement within wide-ranging organizational settings. Egerton Doctorate graduates are expected to operate at hte forefront of literary production (whether creative or critical), teaching (especially at the college or university level), or other contexts where the production and dissemination of advanced forms of knowledge relating to literature and the humanities generally is critical. The foundation of this type of graduate consists of the acquisition of such skills as analytical thinking, the ability to gather, organize and literary data into new and relevant knowledge within the context of prevailing socio-cultural requirements.
viii) To equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to attain professional competence in the literary scholar‘s and creative writer‘s crafts;
ix) To offer students the opportunity to critically engage with the socio-cultural issues of the day at the highest level of intellectual discourse through research, teaching and other form
x) To produce intellectuals who are capable of utilizing the medium of creative literature to address prevailing issues.
xi) To facilitate the build-up of high calibre manpower needed for the national, regional, and international developmental processes.
To qualify for admission into the Ph.D in Literature programme of Egerton University, one must have obtained a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Egerton University or its equivalent from a recognised higher institution of learning and to have written an acceptable research proposal in an appropriate topic in consultation with experts from the Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics. The procedure of getting a research proposal accepted is as follows:
i) The student presents a concept paper to the Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics through the Post-Graduate School;
ii) The application for admission, together with the concept are vetted by a Departmental panel of experts;
iii) If the application is approved, the candidate is given provision admission to the Department;
iv) Within six months, the student, working under the direction of Supervisors provided by the Department, drafts and defends a proposal before the Department and the Faculty;
v) If the proposal is approved by the Faculty, it proceeds to the Graduate School, where it is reviewed by the Board of Post-Graduate Studies, and if successful the student is registered as a Ph.D. candidate.
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 Literature
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Literature 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 Literature shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for PhD in Literature shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a PhD in Literature a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a written thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
The PhD in Literature is not classified