PhD Doctorate of Philosophy
The goal of the PhD programme is to prepare the next generation of leading researchers.
The PhD is a programme of independent, self-directed academic research degree, supported by a team of supervisors that makes an original contribution to knowledge written up in a publishable dissertation. The PhD programme also supports the development of research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher in any setting. The essential requirement of a PhD is the creation of new knowledge. Being a researcher means developing new ideas and improving understanding through the creation of new knowledge. Your research will inevitably build to some degree on the work and ideas of others, but as a research student you are expected to make an original contribution to knowledge in your discipline.
Each PhD student must take a number of online modules and also complete a dissertation. Students must defend their dissertation in a “viva voce” (oral) examination. The viva voce examination is an intense and challenging experience, but we offer workshops and mock examinations to help our research students prepare and almost all research students who reach this stage go on to successfully complete their degree.
Applications for doctorate study are accepted all year round. Students may submit their application by using the Unicaf University online application form and paying the application fee.The entry requirements for admission to Doctorate degree programmes include:An accredited Master’s degree in a relevant subject area. Students may be considered for doctorate study, even if they have no academic qualification or their degree is in an unrelated field if they have relevant professional experience and can prove their ability to work at doctorate level. A wide range of international qualifications may also be considered. Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of international academic qualifications accepted.Official Master’s degree transcripts.Recognized proof of English proficiency if previous studies were not taught in the English language. Otherwise, an IELTS score 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component and no individual component lower than 6.0) is required; or an English Placement Test result with a 6.5 equivalence (provided no score in each individual component is less than 6.0).Personal Statement of Statement of Purpose (minimum 500 words)Up to date CVTwo official Recommendation Letters (Academic or Professional)Research project outlineWriting samples or a portfolio of creative workEvidence of ability to undertake independent research
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Scholarships & funding
The UNICAF Scholarship Programme was founded to offer gifted, underprivileged students the opportunity to further their education, by earning internationally recognised qualifications, at low cost, through online study, or through blended learning (only available for Unicaf University programmes).
Each scholarship application is examined and decided upon, depending on the qualifications and the financial situation of the applicant. Eligible students are awarded a percentage of scholarship. Enquire for more details.
Attending the UNICAF Dubai Conference 2018 were also Doctorate degree students of Unicaf University, who reside in different countries. Among these was Rose Mbaziira from Uganda, who decided to do research into the reasons women-owned SMEs have a short life span in her country, after experiencing her mother's small business close down, just a couple of years after it was started.
About this institute
Unicaf University is a pan-African university licensed in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also operates Learning Centres in 9 other countries. Unicaf University pursues excellence in teaching, student achievement and satisfaction in a continually improving academic environment. The University aims to...
Why study at Unicaf University
The Unicaf University campuses offer students the opportunity to earn high quality qualifications at a very low cost. Unicaf University aims to offer students the chance to boost their knowledge and personal skills, advance their careers and build the lives they are dreaming of.
For the last two decades Unicaf’s associate institutions have been offering general scholarships to eligible international students. Graduates were able to make a significant contribution to their home countries at the highest level.
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