The AJU doctoral degree in philosophy offered in the School of Philosophy and Humanities is offered as both coursework and research based program. It is highly competitive and only five students are accepted every year. Those who wish to take the program should apply on time for the January or August intake. Even though the university has no particular deadline for the submission of applications, it highly encouraged that those who wish to do the program should start on time.
In order to be awarded a doctor of arts in philosophy degree, a PhD applicant must meet all the requirements.
The entry requirement for the MPhil/DPhil is a 2.1 or Merit in the Masters Degree in Philosophy. A 2.2 or Credit may be considered based on other criteria like age, teaching experience, publications and many others. Those who enter with MA that were obtained through Arrupe College, University of Zimbabwe will be given due consideration. An Aptitude Test (AJUAT) that is conducted by the University must be passed with at least 70%. Arrupe is faithful to its interest in gender balance and equal opportunity and encourages women to apply, especially those from a disadvantaged background.
Structure of the Program.
There will be three parts of the program. Part One, course work: All PhD candidates will take 16 courses. Six of these courses will be waved if the candidate already has an MA from University of Zimbabwe. Those who obtained their Masters from other universities will do the 16 courses and some may be waved according to the departmental regulations. Two of these courses can be reading courses with particular members of faculty. Further Logic, African Philosophy will be required courses. Part Two, Doctoral Comprehensive. It is expected that between one to two years into the program a candidate will sit for the Doctoral comprehensive. This two our oral examination will comprise of four parts: (a) Dissertation Proposal; (2) a systematic Problem in philosophy; (3) key themes in philosophical traditions (4) two selected authors of the candidate’s choosing. And the third part: Research and writing of the dissertation. Having successfully defended the doctoral dissertation proposal the candidate now writes it. Prior to writing a dissertation proposal, a candidate chooses a supervisor who will advice him/her on the procedure and who will advice him on the possible date for the doctoral defense.
PhD applicants are required to be proficient in English, and any other European, Arabic or Asian language, and an African language. These requirements can be waved if the student provides proof or will be willing to take an examination as substitute.
Duration of the Program
For full time candidates, the minimum duration is 3 Years and Maximum 5 years.
For Part time candidates, the minimum duration is 4 Years and Maximum 6 Years.
Components of the Program
After successfully passing their doctoral comprehensive, PhD candidates are allowed to offer courses to the undergraduate students as Teaching Fellows, or Teaching Assistants to full professors. Those who wish to be considered to teaching fellowship at AJU must attend and participate fully in the teaching seminar. Service program is part of the core requirement at AJU, PhD candidates are required to do service programs during their studies. Please consult the Dean for further details.