Unicaf University (ZM)

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)

The goal of the PhD programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers.

The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supported by a team of supervisors that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation. The PhD programme also supports the development of research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher in any setting. The essential requirement of a PhD is the creation of new knowledge. Being a researcher means developing new ideas and improving understanding through the creation of new knowledge. Your research will inevitably build to some degree on the work and ideas of others, but as a research student you are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in your discipline.

Each Doctoral student  must take a number of online modules and also complete a dissertation. Students must defend their dissertation in a "viva voce" (oral) examination which can be completed online. The viva voce examination is an intense and challenging experience, but we offer relevant guidance and support to help our research students prepare for this important milestone.

Pathway

Course Code Course Title Credits
Foundation Courses
UU-DOC-IND100-ZM Induction Module 0.00
Core requirements (required modules)
UU-DOC-801-ZM Quantitative Research Methods 30.00
UU-DOC-802-ZM Qualitative Research Methods 30.00
UU-DOC-900-1-ZM Dissertation (Part 1) 15.00
UU-DOC-900-2-ZM Dissertation (Part 2) 15.00
UU-DOC-900-3-ZM Dissertation (Part 3) 15.00
UU-DOC-900-4-ZM Dissertation (Part 4) 15.00
UU-DOC-804-ZM Leadership 30.00
UU-DOC-803-ZM Current Issues in Research 30.00
UU-DOC-995-ZM Doctoral Dissertation Examination 0.00

Entry Requirements

Doctorate Admission

Applications for doctorate study are accepted all year round.  Students may submit their application by using the Unicaf University online application form and paying the application fee.

The entry requirements for admission to a Doctorate degree programme include:

·         An accredited Master’s degree in a relevant subject area.  Students may be considered for doctorate study if their degree is in an unrelated field provided, they have relevant professional experience and can prove their ability to work at doctorate level.  A wide range of international qualifications may also be considered. Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of international academic qualifications accepted.

·         Official Master’s degree transcripts

·         Recognized proof of English proficiency if previous studies were not taught in the English language.  Otherwise, an IELTS score 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component and no individual component lower than 6.0) is required; or an English Placement Test result with a 6.5 equivalence (provided no score in each individual component is less than 6.0).

·         Personal Statement of Statement of Purpose (minimum 500 words)

·         Current CV

·         Two official letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional)

·         Research proposal or project outline

·         Evidence of ability to undertake independent research

All applicants who satisfy the above listed requirements are invited to an interview where a final admission decision will be made.

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