Urbanization is an irreversible trend worldwide with close to 50% of the world population
living in urban areas and involves a multitude of social, economic, demographic,
environmental and spatial aspects. Many developing countries, including Kenya have
recorded unprecedented rates of urbanization that has challenged the capacity of many
local authorities to tackle the attendant challenges. The pace of urbanization in the
developing countries has posed several challenges to planners, managers, policy makers
and researchers and thus need to develop innovative programmes that would train human
resources to effectively manage emerging challenges in our urban societies.
The increase in urban population in many developing countries has posed many
challenges to management of these cities, challenges that tend to transcend traditional
urban management fields/professions.The Ph.D. in Urbana Management programme at
Egerton University intends to fill a gap in the training of urban managers for our urban
systems that has traditionally been undertaken by professionals trained either in the field
of planning, legal studies, financial management etc. and that has proved inadequate in
tackling the emerging challenges of urban so cieties.The complexities of problems in our
urban societies call for managers who will not only be prudent resource managers but
able to mobilize resources for growth and development of urban centers.These are
managers who are able to look for and create opportunities that can help expand the urban
economic base and make linkages with the surrounding region.The programme intends to
generate managers not only with skills to effectively manage our urban centers but also be
keen team players and coordinators of various actors.
The Ph.D programme in Urban Management at Egerton University will provide both
basic management techniques and analytic skills necessary for sustainable and effective
management of rapidly evolving urban environments. The graduate of the programme
will be expected to develop skills that would enable them undertake situational analysis
of the urban areas in regard to human settlements, planning and management issues,
develop monitoring and evaluation tools for urban projects and generally be managers
who are able to co-ordinate various actors in the urban management.
For admission to Ph.D. in Urban Management, applicants should have MA in urban
management from a university recognized by Egerton University Senate.
Course Structure and Duration
The course will cover two academic years stretching over four semesters including a
master‘s project dissertation.
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy Urban Management shall be conducted in
accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute
The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Urban Management shall be in accordance with
Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with Ph.D. in Urban Management a student shall be required to
undertakesupervised independent research, submit a thesis and pass an oral examination.
The Ph.D. in Urban Management is not classified