Kiswahili is progressively becoming an important language in Kenya, East African region, Africa and the world. In Kenya, Kiswahili is the first official language alongside English and it is the language of wider communication in business, media and community. With the increase in establishment of universities in Kenya, there is need to train highly skilled and competent human resources to meet the ever increasing demand for university academic staff. It therefore befits the education system, especially higher education to train professionals at advanced University levels who will facilitate the implementation and actualization of the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, professionals in various fields of practice like researchers, scholars, teacher educators, media practitioners, publishing, creative writers, and translation professionals require advanced knowledge and skills to tackle societal language challenges and problems. The Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili degree programme is designed to fulfill this purpose. The Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili programme prepares graduates to take up positions as scholars and researchers in institutions of higher learning, administration and leadership, field-oriented professions, curriculum development institutions, consultancies, language policy and planning and teacher education where high intellectual capacity and research are integral to one‘s professionalism. The programme is envisioned for individuals seeking to advance careers in research institutions, universities, government institutions, teacher training institutions, and publishing firms where in-depth knowledge and practical skills in Kiswahili are crucial. The Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili programme integrates theory and practice in Kiswahili scholarship. The language of instruction and the writing of all assignments will be in Kiswahili except where the courses are drawn from other complementing disciplines. The Thesis shall be written in Kiswahili. However, a thesis may be written in English, in exceptional cases, with approval from the Department.

At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  • Acquire language skills that are useful in areas of linguistics and literature in Kiswahili and other African languages.
  • Achieve a very high proficiency in the use of Kiswahili expertise critical in the generation of scholarly materials necessary in the sustainable development of Kiswahili.
  • Critically analyse Kiswahili literary texts using advanced literary theories.
  • Apply knowledge in linguistics and literature in Kiswahili to solve societal problems.
  • Acquire necessary skills to pursue a career in Kiswahili studies in research or academic institutions. Apply knowledge and skills in Kiswahili consultancy.
  • Develop insight to identify developmental challenges related to Kiswahili and develop appropriate solutions.
  • Teach  and research effectively at institutions  of higherlearning     in  any  one  of  thekeyareas       of Kiswahili specialization.

The common regulations for all Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Tharaka University shall apply. The general regulations for all Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences shall apply. The following shall be eligible for admission for Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili programme: (i) An  applicant  must  have  Masters  degree  in  Kiswahili  of Tharaka  University  or  its  equivalent  from other recognized universities. (ii) Holders of Masters degrees in Linguistics, Literature or other related disciplines with required background  in  Kiswahili may also apply. An applicant may be required to attend an interview organized by the Department. An applicant shall be required to present a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae and an abstract or a concept paper on the topic intended forresearch.


The programme will have two options; Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics in Kiswahili and Doctor of Philosophy in Literature in Kiswahili. The degree shall be taken through Coursework, Examination and Thesis. The Programme may be taken either on full-time or part-time basis. A fulltime candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili degree shall be registered for a minimum of three academic years. A part time candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Kiswahili shall complete the programme in a minimum period of four academic years. A part time candidate shall be allowed to take a minimum of 6 CFs and a maximum of 9 CFs per semester.


Full Time  Ksh-215,000/= per year 

Applications should be on official forms available at Tharaka University  in Gatunga; Non-refundable fee of KES 2,000 for postgraduate courses degree, and diploma programmes and KES 1,000 for certificate courses to be deposited in the following accounts:

Bank Name        Account Name:   Branch       Account Tharaka University


Co-operative      Fees   Collection  

Bank                     Account                 Chuka       0112972400000

Equity Bank        Fees   Collection   Chuka      021 0277753588


KCB Bank           Fees   Collection   Chuka       1240985967


How to Apply?

Reach out admission Office via 0721839583 or 0703684570