Doctor Of Philosophy In Urban Management


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.

Programme Objectives

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Examination regulations

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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Urban Management is not classified