Doctor of Philosophy in Library and information Studies


Until fairly recently, the need for doctoral programmes in East Africa was not considered critical. The reason being that practically all university based training of information professionals was carried out overseas. However, with the recent establishment of degree programmes in the region, a need for doctoral programmes has become necessary. In view of this development, a need has been felt by the School of Information Sciences at Moi University to launch a D.Phil. programme in Library and Information Studies.

The Programme follows the North American doctorate model. It comprises course work, research and thesis writing. It is a direct response to the numerous requests received by the department over the last few years from information professionals in the entire Eastern Africa region. It is hoped that the programme will address manpower shortage problems in university teaching, research and consultancy as well as leading information systems and agencies in the region.

The curriculum has been developed taking into account the varied and growing needs of the information systems in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region. To ensure dynamism, the programme has taken on board all emerging concepts and paradigms in information management.


The programme is designed to prepare students to develop the highest level of scholarship, research capability, creative thinking and leadership in information management.

The specific objectives are to:

Train highly qualified manpower for advanced level teaching and research.
Develop information management capacity for the information profession.
Develop information consultancy capacity to meet the growing and changing needs of the information industry;
Offer opportunities for higher learning to the nation's information manpower to enable it to be more creative, innovative and valuable to the profession.

The programme will normally be conducted by coursework, examination and research. A candidate will be required to take at least 60 units of coursework, seminars and thesis; comprising 21 units of course work and 39 units of thesis research. The coursework will comprise at least 12 units of level 9 courses and the rest from level 8 courses.

A candidate with deficiencies in the field may be advised to take some M.Phil. courses (level 8 courses) to make up for the deficiencies, or to enhance the candidate's knowledge and specialised skills. Such remedial courses will be examined and the candidate will be expected to pass them. All coursework shall be done in the first year of study. The coursework, research and thesis work distributed throughout the D.Phil. programme shall be as follows:


Year One

First Semester

Code Title Units
INS 901    Contemporary Issues in Information Management 3
INS 902    Advanced Strategic Management for Information Proffesionals 3
LIS 800    Research Methods 4
LIS 802    Information and Communication Theory 3
LIS 999    Thesis(Proposal Development 2) 3
LIS 801    Metadata Architecture,Standars and Applications 3
LIS 911    Disaster Management I Library & Information Center 3
LIS 813    Networking and Advocacy for Information Managers 3

Second Semester

Code Title Units
LIS 903    Information and Consultancy and Brokerage 2
LIS 904    Seminars 2
LIS 905    Ethical Issues in Information Management 2
LIS 999    Thesis(Proposal Development 2) 2
LIS 814     Project Management in Information Professionals 2
LIS 815    Quality assurance in Information Management 2
LIS 816    Education and Training for Library for Information Studies 2

Year Two

Code Title Units
INS 999    Thesis(Field Work) 18
INS 999    Thesis (Writing) 18
LIS 808    Information Policy Studies 3
LIS 809    Leadership in Information Management 3