Philosophy of the Programme
The philosophy of the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems Programme is to develop
and disseminate knowledge in the Information Systems discipline; whilst at the same time
influencing Information Systems practitioners’ actions, understanding and policy direction
using cutting edge research. In pursuing this philosophy, SCI expects that doctoral candidates
shall develop as academic researchers by continuously developing research writing skills as
authors of scholarly papers by themselves or co-author with their supervisors for publication
in scientific journals and conference proceedings. In addition, the doctoral candidates shall be
expected to present findings from their research at various national and international
conferences. The School recognizes the dynamic nature and emerging trends in ICT
developments, the importance of individual, organizational, communities and societal
context, complexities that shall guide the PhD research agenda.

Over the recent past, there has been tremendous interest in the field of Information Systems,
driven by the market assimilation and institutionalization of IS locally, regionally and
The aim of reviewing the programme is to align the programme with the dynamic changes
and complexities in the Information System landscape, coupled with the national and regional
academic and research needs, as well as industry needs. The programme is also structured to
instill requisite Information Systems skills necessary for the realization of Vision 2030 and
the Sustainable Development Goals.
The review took into consideration the following factors among others: a) best practices b)
experiences learnt over the last 4 years, c) alignment to the School’s research strategy, d)
analysis of the current program, e) analysis of stakeholder’s feedback, f) alignment the
country and regional academic, research and development needs, g) benchmarking with other
international doctoral programmes and alignment with the discipline’s Joint task force on
Global Competency Model for Graduate Degree Programs in Information Systems
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

The School of Computing & Informatics has established the following research groups that represent the broad areas of research:

  • Distributed Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Management Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence

In addition to the areas stipulated above, other research areas shall be incorporated from time to time as recommended by the Institute of Computer Science Board and the Board of Postgraduate Studies and approved by Senate

A graduate of the Ph.D. programmes will, among others, be able to join research groups in Information Systems or Computer Science at universities or in industry, and teach information systems and/or computer science programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The objectives of the proposed programmes are therefore:

  • to provide a progression path for graduates of our MSc. (Computer Science) and MSc. (Information Systems) programmes;
  • to facilitate research at the Institute;
  • to serve national and regional development needs with respect to staff development;
  • to provide high quality training in computer science and information systems locally and internationally.


Contacts of support persons

Intake is every September

Structure and Duration
I. The programmes shall take a minimum of three (3) academic years and a maximum of five (5) academic years
II. The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems and Doctor pf Philosophy in Computer Science shall be offered by course work, end of semester assessment and thesis.
III. The programmes shall consist of four (4) compulsory taught course units and a thesis.
Mode of Delivery
The main mode of instruction will be via face-to-face and blended learning.
Credit Transfer and Exemptions
I. There shall be no credit transfer in the PhD Computer Science and PhD Information Systems Programmes
II. There shall be no exemptions in the PhD Information Systems and PhD Computer Science Programmes

Year 1, Semester 1

Course Code     Course Title                                                                                        Hours
CIS 901             Advanced Research Methods for Information Systems              90
CIS 902              Information Systems Research and theories                              90

Year 1, Semester 2
CIS 903             Data Analysis for Information Systems                                        90
CIS 904             Independent Information System Research Study                       90

Year 2 and Year 3

CIS 905             Thesis                                                                                       1080

Admission Requirements
I. Applicants must satisfy the University's general admission criteria for Doctor of Philosophy Degree programmes.
II. The following shall be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems; Holders of a Master’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, ICT, IT or their equivalent from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate
III. Applicants shall be required to :
a) Pass an entrance examination
b) Submit and present a research concept note at the time of entrance examination

  • Researchers
  • Academic Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Industry
  • Public and private sector
  • International organisations
  • Entrepreneurship
  Semester 1 - 2UNITS Semester 2 - 2UNITS Semester 1 Semester 2  Semester 1 Semester 2   
TUITION 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 1,440,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 2,000 2,000 0 0 0 0 4,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0 0 0 0 0 50,000 50,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 0 5,000 0 5,000 0 15,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 2,250 2,250 2,250 2,250 13,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000 0 1,000 0 3,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000   0 0 0 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500   6,500 0 6,500 0 19,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000   7,000 0 7,000 0 21,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000   2,000 0 2,000 0 6,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000   1,000 0 1,000 0 3,000
Total 271,750 244,250 264,750 242,250 264,750 292,250 1,580,000
Exam Regulations

Common regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy in all faculties shall be applicable.

The degree to be awarded shall be:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, or
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems

The Doctor of Philosophy degree shall be carried out by research as recommended by the Institute of Computer Science Board and the Board of Postgraduate Studies and approved by Senate.

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