In view of the increasingly important status that Kiswahili continues to acquire as it spreads around the world, there is urgent need for development of knowledge in the area beyond the Masters level. Scholars who are well-versed not only in Kiswahili language but also in Kiswahili Literature (Fasihi) are highly valued in colleges and universities around the world. In the East African Community (EAC), where Kiswahili constitutes a national language, experts in Kiswahili are required in all aspects of life, including schools and universities, examination bodies, government departments, commerce, and cultural organizations, etc. Besides, as a developing language, Kiswahili needs experts in pertinent areas such as vocabulary development, linguistic standardization, storage of information, translation, etc. Equally importantly, there is need for creative writers to raise the standards and expand the production of literature written in the language. Kiswahili also plays a central role in cementing national cohesion in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and other East African states. The Ph.D. degree in Kiswahili at Egerton endeavours to produce graduates who encompass all the required skills in that regard.
The specific objectives of the the Ph.D. degree in Kiswahili are as follows:
i) To produce highly qualified scholars who will contribute to the development of the Kiswahili Language, Literature and culture through original forms of knowledge;
ii) To prepare scholars who can teach Kiswahili Languae nd Literature at the college and university level.
iii) To produce scholars who will contribute to Kiswahili knowledge through standardization of the language and translation of literary and other works from and to Kiswahili.
To qualify for admission into the Ph.D in Kiswahili programme of Egerton University, one must have obtained a Master of Arts degree in Kiswahili 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:
iv) The student presents a concept paper to the Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics through the Post-Graduate School;
v) The application for admission, together with the concept are vetted by a Departmental panel of experts If the application is approved, the candidate is given provision admission to the Department
vi) 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;
vii) 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 Kiswahili
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Kiswahili 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 Kiswahili shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for PhD in Kiswahili shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a PhD in Kiswahili a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a written thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
The PhD in Kiswahili is not classified