Degree Duration: 2 years | Schedule of Intakes: September 


Doctoral studies provide an opportunity for candidates with an outstanding academic background to engage in an advanced study in a specialized field of research. Candidates are expected to have intellectual curiosity, self-discipline and a high level of motivation to carry out research.

The programme provides for a wide variety of specializations in management. To prepare Doctor of  Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidates for advanced research, teaching and writing skills in their chosen area of specialization, candidates shall be required to take supporting coursework comprising six course units and lasting at least two semesters.

The Ph.D. programme seeks to orient candidates to the informed and critical application of knowledge to problems and issues concerning management disciplines and professions. The doctoral programme is
intended to enhance individuals' capacity and skills for positions involving teaching, and research, in local and international institutions.

The objectives of the programme are:
a) to enhance skills in the various areas of specialization;
b) to provide an opportunity to the candidate to carry out and present scholarly work; and
c) to carry out research in the chosen area of study and submit a Ph.D. thesis.

Mode of Delivery: 

There will be two modes of delivery that will promote actively student engagement namely;-

Face to Face Mode

The program has a rich component of face-to-face delivery in which students will be expected to attend and participate in class, in the evenings and on weekends. Instructions shall be given in the form of lectures, lecture discussions, class presentations, seminars, demonstrations, fieldwork, case studies, student-lecturer consultations, supervised independent research, or any combination of these. Students shall undergo continuous assessment in each taught course in each semester, which shall take the form of written tests, term papers, oral presentations, field assignments, or any combination of these.

Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL)

The program is offered as part-time and through Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODEL) basis.  The part-time program is designed to accommodate the special needs of those in full-time employment or those who have other demands on their time, while ODeL will involve mainly home and/or office-based e-learning media.

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The doctoral programme shall last for a minimum period of seven (7) semesters and a maximum of fifteen (15) semesters.

The following shall be eligible for admission:

A holder of a Master of Business Administration(MBA) from the UoN or any other recognized university

A holder of Masters degree from the UoN in areas of specialization relevant to the disciplines in faculty of commerce or any other institution recognized by senate.

a) A holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the senate.
b) A holder of a Masters degree from the University of Nairobi in areas of specialization relevant to the disciplines in the School of Business or any other institutions recognized by Senate.

Registration as a Doctoral student

a)For the purposes of eligibility for registration in the programme, an applicant who qualifies for admission into the course work phase shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirement spelt out in paragraph 4 of the common regulations for the degree of doctor of philosophy.

(b) A successful applicant shall register as a doctoral studentand take the required coursework. This student registration shall be for a minimum of three semesters and a maximum of seven semesters. The student shall be required to complete the coursework phase and develop an acceptable Research Proposal before being  enrolled as a doctoral candidate.

Enrolment as a Doctoral Candidate

A student shall enroll as a doctoral candidate after fulfilling the
following requirements in his/her respective departments of
(a) successful completion of all the common and specialization
(b) presentation of an acceptable Thesis Research Proposal.

Thesis Research
A candidate shall carry out supervised Thesis Research in his/her chosen area of study, for a minimum period of four semesters,culminating in a Doctoral Thesis.

Extension of Registration
An extension of the registration period may be granted by Senate
subject to satisfactory reasons being presented by the candidate.

Course outline

Candidates will be required to take three (3) core and three (3) specialization
courses as indicated below.

Thematic Areas of Specialization

• Banking
• Finance
• Global Management
• Human Resources Management
• Strategic Information Systems

• Marketing
• Operations Management
• Organizational Theory and Behaviour
• Strategic Management
• Entrepreneurship and Small business Development

managerial careers in the public and private sectors of the economy

Accounts, Finance, insurance, Investment banking, strategic management, Marketing

TUITION                                                                      72,000.00

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                          1,000.00

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                                               5,000.00

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                                      6,500.00

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                                   7,000.00

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)              2,250.00

CAUTION - (ONCE)                                                   5,000.00

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                                             1,000.00

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                                            2,000.00

THESIS EXAMINATION                                            50,000.00

Tuition/Supervision fees after course work p.a.    288,000.00

total units=6


1 unit                                      101,750.00

 2 units                                   174,750.00

 3 units                                   247,750.00

 Semester totals 


1  unit                                      75,250.00

 2 units                                   148,250.00

 3 units                                   221,250.00

 Semester totals 


1 unit                                      96,750.00

 2 units                                   169,750.00

 3 units                                   242,750.00



Bank Account to Deposit:

ABSA Bank of Kenya

Branch-ABSA Towers

A/C Name: UON Module II  Fee Collection Account

A/C. No.:    2032771362