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The Maseno University PhD in Fashion Design programme is consistent with Maseno University’s vision premised on discovering and dissemination of Knowledge. This programme exposes its doctoral students to Design Theories and innovation inquiry using diverse methodologies within Aesthetic, utilitarian and Applied Art. The areas are diverse and primarily focus on creativity, contemporary Fashion, African Fashion, among other subfields of Fashion Design. Since Fashion Design areas occur in contexts where they interact, the interface areas relating to the foregoing subfields have become focal points of creativity and originality inquiry in the PhD programme in Fashion Design.


Program Courses

Year 1 Semester 1

ADF 901 

Fashion Design Theory 

SAS 901 

Advanced Research Methodology

ADF 905

Fashion Design Studio

SAS 908

Data Management And Presentation


Year 1 Semester 2

ADF 902

Research  Proposal Writing 

ADF 904

Fashion Design Ethics

ADF 906

Production Management in the Fashion Industry

ADF 908

Fashion Design Exhibition


 Year 2 semester 1 to Year 3 Semester 2

AAD  999 

Research only

Admission requirements

To qualify for admission into a doctoral Programme in Design, applicants shall be:

  1. Holders of a Masters degree of Maseno University in the relevant field or,
  2. Holders of a relevant Masters degree of any other recognized University.
  3. In addition to the above, applicants must meet the specific requirements of the Doctoral degree programme as approved by Senate.
  4. A duly registered candidate shall be required to pursue his/her programme of study within the stipulated duration, under instruction or supervision by academic staff approved by Senate.

Duration of the Programme

  1. A full time student for PhD. degree shall normally be registered for a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.
  2.  A part-time student shall be registered for a minimum of four years and a maximum of seven years. 
  3. Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress.