PhD in Mathematical Sciences

The PhD in Mathematical Sciences is a broad reference to the PhDs offered by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in specific areas, which include the following:

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Biomathematics
  • Mathematical Finance

Currently the PhD in Mathematical Sciences is on offer primarily through research.

The first stage which is part of the application process of the PhD by research program is an oral interview/defense of the concept paper submitted by the applicant to assess suitability of the work. The second stage includes developing the Ph.D. research proposal, the Oral Examination of the proposal. The main objective of this second stage is to assist the student in choosing a research area and in obtaining sufficient knowledge of this area, including recent research developments. The third and key stage of the Ph.D. program is the “Ph.D. thesis”, in which the student makes an original contribution to the specific area of Mathematical Sciences.

Entry requirements

  • Holders of a Master’s degree in the relevant field or equivalent academic qualifications of another institution recognized by the Academic Council of Strathmore University.
  • An applicant for PhD studies shall normally have a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant field, in addition to a Master’s degree.

Application Procedure

(a) The applicant is required to bring the following application documents:
(i) One copy of the fully completed application form.
(ii) Original and one copy of the Undergraduate and Masters’ Transcript of Records
(TOR) in English giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.
(iii) Two (2) completed Reference Forms from former graduate professors and/or
employer particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualification for post-graduate
(iv) Updated Curriculum Vitae.
(v) Additional information where requested.

(b) Submit all University application documents required for admission to the School of
Graduate Studies.
(c) Take the Graduate Entrance Examination (GEE). The Graduate Entrance Examination
consists of two parts:
(i) A written concept paper. The paper should be about five pages long (or approximately
1500 words). It should clearly outline the area of research, the key questions the student
is seeking to address and proposed methodological approach. This concept paper is
submitted to the School of Graduate Studies together with the application form and the
other documents listed in (a) above.
(ii) An oral interview where the applicant is examined on the concept paper to determine
suitability of the selected topic, its strategic relevance to mathematical sciences, the
university and its scholarly contribution.


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