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Programme Duration

3 Years

Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy

The goal of the programme is to produce graduates and educational leaders with broad-based knowledge, competencies, skills and attitude in educational leadership to meet the challenges of twenty-first-century education to assume educational leadership roles.


The specific objectives for the PhD programme are to:

  • Train graduates to demonstrate competence in research in the area of educational leadership.
  • Equip graduates with the skills to explore educational leadership roles and challenges faced by educational institutions.
  • Acquire skills in design, implementation and evaluation of leadership curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for direct entry into the PhD programme:

  • Research master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Administration in Higher Education.
  • Non-research master’s degree with CGPA of 3.5 or better, with not more than one grade C+ or lower and B+ or better in Research Methods.

Target Group

The target group for the programme includes the following:

  • Educational administrators
  • Personnel at the directorate of the Ministry of Education


A successful applicant will be offered probationary admission as Postgraduate Research Student for the first year. Students may progress to the second year (thesis phase) as MPhil/PhD students after having satisfied the following conditions:

  • Taken and passed all required courses including academic writing (if not already taken).
  • Obtained a CGPA of 2.5 or better for MPhil candidates.
  • Successfully defended a research proposal for the level (Master’s/Doctoral).

Programme Structure

The PhD is a Post-MPhil programme by research and normally done in 3 academic years of six semesters.

All PhD students shall take at least two additional courses (minimum of 6 credits) in Year 1 (any semester as suitable). The courses will include Advanced Research Methods and an elective in the content area of Educational Leadership or Academic Writing if they have not already taken them.