Degree awarded: Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (Ph.D. Econ)
Duration: 3 years (Weekend)
Type of Entry: Post Graduate
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (Ph.D. Econ) is designed to explore theories and models that inform policies and practices of key stakeholders in the private, public and civil society sectors of the economies in both the most developed and less developed countries, with special reference to Africa.
The main aim of the course is to produce professionals with knowledge and competencies to teach post-graduate students and conduct basic and applied research in their areas of specialisation. Special emphasis will be put on exploring the evolution of economic thought (as theory and policy) as well as the most up-to-date structure of the science of economics in theoretical and methodological analysis. Students of social economics will be encouraged to examine the links between social theory and economic theory, and its relevancy to practice by public, private and civil society sectors. Hence the importance of trans-disciplinary approaches, and cross-cutting economics with sociology and management sciences.
For conventional economics, the program will emphasize micro and macroeconomics for understanding contemporary economic patterns of the global economy with special reference to African economies. Initially, the major research areas will include Environmental, Health, Labour, Education and Agricultural economics and their relevance to the structural transformation of African economies.
The doctoral students will be encouraged and facilitated to critically review contemporary theoretical and policy issues in micro and macroeconomics for policy analysis and effective economic policy management. The research seminar in contemporary economic theories facilitates cross fertilization of alternative paradigms of economics with special reference to development policies for the structural transformation of African economies.
- Economists who can critically review existing theories of economic transformation of LDC economies and construct innovative approaches, models, and hypotheses that fit the contemporary challenges of globalization and localization of economic growth in LDCs.
- Faculty and Ph.D. fellows participating in reforming economics to meet the challenges of the 21st century in consistence with the common good of mankind in both most and less developed countries.
- New approaches and models for CED of least developed economies towards fair globalization and prosperity for all mankind.
- Innovative approaches to economic policy management and economic governance at all levels of social action in the “global village society” in general and Africa in particular.
- Improved knowledge of the structure and functioning of Africa’s/Uganda’s rural and urban economies and best policies and practices for transformation towards industrial middle income countries.
- The overall goal is to produce graduates who are able to address the challenges of the global economy of the 21st century and to participate in the ongoing economic theory reforms towards a people centered economics that addresses the challenges of economic transformation in rapidly globalizing national economies.
The specific objectives are that graduates will be able to:
- Explore the various frontiers of economic thought, using relevant alternative paradigms, to address current socio-economic problems of the functioning and structural transformation of the economies.
- Conduct comparative analyses of the global economies to draw lessons for appropriate economic reforms at various levels of the global economy or the regional and national economies.
- Conduct robust basic and applied research for the management and economic transformation of Africa’s economies toward the status of the most developed industrial economies.
The minimum requirements for admission are the benchmark standards set by NCHE namely:
1) Applicants to the programme should have a Master’s Degree in economics with a good grounding in micro-economics and macro-economics for policy analysis; or any other relevant master’s (business administration, public administration, development studies, social work, etc…) with adequate knowledge of economics.
2) Applicants shall submit a Ph.D. synopsis of 3-5 pages to the Director, Directorate of Graduate Studies, Research and Innovations. The synopsis will be presented to the Senate Graduate Committee for consideration and approval, and shall contain the following:
i)Title of the thesis
ii) A brief background to the research study
iii) Statement of the problem
iv) Objectives of the research
v) The theoretical and conceptual framework of the research
vi) A brief review of the literature
vii) A brief description of the methodology and a list of references
3) If the committee is not satisfied with the synopsis, the applicant may be required to re-submit the synopsis with the suggested corrections and amendments.
4) Following a provisional admission the applicant will be required to submit a research proposal within a period of six months and the student shall be officially registered
5) Applicants may be required to take corrective courses when found necessary
6) Students will be required to undertake the following crosscutting courses:
i) Philosophy of knowledge (Epistemology);
ii) Research methodology;
iii) Introduction Institution pedagogy;
vi) scholarly writing and publication;
vi) Computer applications in research. Full entry requirements
The Ph.D. thesis focuses on the subject matter of each candidate’s area of specialisation as approved by the Directorate of Graduate Studies, Research and Innovations on basis of the resource capacity of the faculty and collaborating arrangements. The initial research areas include;
- Social economics and community economic development (see Appendix A)
- Public sector economics and economic policy management.
- Economic policy and planning
- Development economics.
- Environmental Economics
- Health economics
- Labour Economics
|Course Code||Course Name||Module Status||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|PHDE 8101||Philosophy of social science||Core||30||30||45||3|
|PHDE 8102||Research Methodology||Core||30||30||45||3|
|PHDE 8103||Computer applications in research||Core||30||30||45||3|
|PHDE 8104||Economic theory seminar: Micro and macroeconomics||core||30||30||45||3|
|PHDE 8105||Scholarly writing and publication||Elective||30||30||45||3|