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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Course Overview

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (with specialisations in Medical Laboratory Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Human Nutrition; Health Information Systems Management; Emergency Medical Care and other related Health Science disciplines)

The research-based programme aims at developing skilled and competent individuals with the ability to conceptualise, develop and conduct applied research in the field of Health Sciences. The programme builds on previously acquired theoretical and practical knowledge at NQF level 9 and other industrial experience of students to investigate and develop innovative ideas and products to solve problems in the field of Health Sciences. The growing sophistication and recent developments in health sciences research, require stronger capacity for interdisciplinary research. Consequently, students need to have mastery of their disciplines in order to contribute their expertise in multi-disciplinary fora in education and research. In addition, cutting-edge research is increasingly dependent on collaboration among related disciplines in health sciences.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must have a Master degree in Health Sciences from NUST, or an equivalent Master degree in Health Sciences or related fields/sub-fields from a recognised institution at NQF Level 9 with evidence of supervised research. Admission will further be based on internal capacity for supervision. Required Supporting Documents: Copies of academic qualifications and original academic transcripts as well as a concept paper/statement of intent on a proposed research area.

Career Opportunities

Administrators in Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities; Healthcare facilities Managers, Researchers in Health Research Institutes, Academics at Higher Institutions of Learning, Research Managers and Administrators, Private consultants, etc.

Some of the Subjects You Will Study

Students are required to submit a research proposal after six months for approval by the HDC. It is compulsory that students attend regular research methodology seminars until successful defence and approval of the research proposal. Students are required to present work-in-progress every six months during research seminars for monitoring and assessment purposes. In compliance with the general requirements of Senate, students are required to submit a thesis for evaluation, which should comply with NUST’s Rules for Postgraduate Studies

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