The Doctor of philosophy programme in Literature is an advanced course in Literature intended to help students specialize in diverse areas of the discipline as well as develop a deeper understanding of literature from different parts of the world. To this end, Literature is studied as a fluid area of knowledge encompassing history, sociology, philosophy, psychology and culture among others. This means that the programme takes a kind of multidisciplinary context in which relevant aspects of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are called into play. The Doctor of Philosophy in Literature programme prepares graduates to take up jobs as scholars and researchers in institutions of higher learning, administration, publishing houses, field-oriented professions, curriculum development institutions, consultancies and other areas of professionalism. The programme is designed in such a way that it helps individuals who already have undergone training in Master of Arts in Literature to advance their knowledge in literary studies.

  • By the end of the programme, the graduate should be able to: Demonstrate literary skills in research and critical analysis.
  • Analyse literary texts from different regions of the world using various literary theories.
  • Apply necessary skills to pursue a career in literary studies in research or academic institutions. Conduct a literary research conforming to the appropriate level of technical details by applying literary knowledge of the society.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in literary consultancy.

The common regulations for all Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Tharaka University shall apply. Candidates must hold a Master‘s in Literature degree from Tharaka University or any other institution recognized by Tharaka University Senate.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Literature will take three years to complete: In the first year, the candidates will pursue coursework, while in the second and third years the candidates will research and write theses. The candidate is expected to complete thesis writing in the third year of study. The programme consists of ten

(10) units of coursework units and a thesis. To be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Literature of Tharaka University, a candidate must successfully complete a total of fourty-five (45) Credit Factors. Of these, thirty (30) shall be taught Credit Factors (CFs) and a Research Thesis with an equivalent of fifteen (15 CFs). Each course will comprise 45 contact hours and examined at the end of the semester by a 3 hourexamination. In addition to the unit requirements, each candidate shall make an oral presentation of his/her thesis proposal at the beginning of year 2. Each candidate shall present two seminar papers at the departmental level during the course of his/her research. Each candidate shall defend his/her Ph. D. thesis at the departmental level before submitting it to the Graduate School. Each candidate shall have a public presentation (colloquium) of his/her findings prior to graduation. The Programme may be taken either on full-time or part-time basis. A fulltime candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Literature degree shall be registered for a minimum of three academic years. A part-time candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Literature 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. There will be no Course credit transfer to Doctor of Philosophy in Literature programme.

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