The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Sciences programme will be by pure research (full thesis) registrable at NQF level 10. It aims at developing skilled and competent individuals with the ability to conceptualise, develop and conduct applied research in the field of Health Sciences. The programme builds on previously acquired theoretical and practical knowledge at NQF level 9 and other industrial experience of students to investigate and develop innovative ideas and products to solve problems in the field of Health Sciences. The degree is designed for candidates with health sciences background who seek to deepen and enhance competencies in specific areas. The programme will create a critical mass of skilled individuals in the field of Health Sciences that are of great need in the country. The growing sophistication and recent developments in health sciences research require stronger capacity for interdisciplinary research. Consequently, students need to have mastery of their disciplines in order to contribute their expertise in multi-disciplinary fora in education and research. In addition, cutting-edge research is increasingly dependent on collaboration among related disciplines in health sciences. The hallmark of a research-focused doctoral degree is an individualised programme that supports development of expertise in various fields of Health Sciences with increasing depth in scientific investigation. The end product of a PhD in Health Sciences programme of study is the thesis, an independent research project completed under the guidance of the supervisor that adds new knowledge to the field and prepares the graduate to embark on a scientific career. The PhD degree programme in Health Sciences will provide guidance, training and mentorship for students from various health fields, with the aim of preparing the next generation of health experts and researchers.
Overall, the programme aims to:
• Develop competent individuals with the ability to conduct independent research in Health Sciences;
• Enhance student’s ability to apply previously acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to conduct applied research in Health Sciences;
• Utilize existing competencies in advancement of innovative and applied research in Health Sciences in the country and beyond;
• Use interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex problems in Health research and education.
• Encourage development of Novelty work and or products. The development of this PhD programme has the support of management of the Department and Faculty, Advisory Board Members, the health fraternity in Namibia, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Health Professions Council of Namibia and academic peers from similar institutions within the region and in other parts of the world.
Candidates may be considered for admission into the PhD programme in Health Sciences if in possession of a Masters degree in Health Sciences from NUST, or an equivalent Masters degree in Health Sciences or related fields/sub-fields from recognised institutions subject to approval by NUST Senate. Furthermore, applicants need to provide evidence of having conducted supervised research at this level. The PhD degree in Health Sciences is a highly selective and specialisation-based programme, hence admission will be based on internal capacity for supervision. Students are admitted into the programme if they obtained a minimum of 65% in their Masters. Conditions such as recognition of prior learning, industry experience, interviews and Faculty motivations can be considered to facilitate entry into the programme if the candidates obtained less than 65% in their Masters. The Higher Degrees Committee (HDC) will approve the final selection and admission of the candidates in accordance with the regulations as specified by the Rules for Postgraduate Studies of NUST.