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The Maseno University PhD in 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 Art, African Art, among other subfields of Design. Since Design forms 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 Ph.D. program in Design


Program Courses

Year 1 Semester 1

ADI 901

Interior Design Theory 

SAS 901

Advanced Research Methodology 

ADI 905

Interior Design Studio

SAS 908

Data Management And Presentation 


Year 1 Semester 2

ADF 902

Research  Proposal Writing

ADI 904

Interior Design Ethics

ADI 906

Sustainable Design 

ADI 908

Interior 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. 

Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress.