POSTGRADUATE STUDY PROGRAM

The postgraduate study programmes available at Zanzibar University are conducted on the basis of coursework and dissertation or by thesis. They include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees, and Master Degrees. Currently, the following postgraduate degree programmes are offered by various faculties under the guardianship of the University's Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research (IPGSR): -

  1. Doctor of Philosophy Degrees and
  2. Master Degrees

Duration of the Postgraduate programmes

  1. For full time study, the duration of any PhD degree shall be a minimum of six academic semesters and a maximum of ten academic semesters. The ten semesters include the leave of absence that, under very specific circumstances, the candidate may be allowed to take by the University authority.
  2. Including the freezing time, part time PhD candidates will have a maximum of 14 academic semesters to complete their studies.
  3. Master programmes will normally be of four semesters with a minimum duration of three academic semesters and a maximum of eight academic semesters for full time candidates. The eight semesters include the leave of absence that, under very specific circumstances, the candidate may be allowed to take by the University authority.
  4. Including the freezing time, part time Masters candidates will have a maximum of 10 academic semesters to complete their studies.
  5. Upon recommendation by the respective faculty's technical committee on the relevance of the postgraduate work that has been accomplished, a candidate may be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one third, of the required graduation load, of the relevant postgraduate work that has been done in other faculty or institution. The time will be proportionately calculated.

Length of a semester

The length of an academic semester shall be 17 weeks, with 15 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of examinations.

Semester load

A minimum of 180 and 120 credit hours has to be completed at levels 9 for the award of Master degree and Post-graduate Diploma, respectively.

Minimum and Maximum Credit Units per Module

The minimum size of a module for Master degrees and postgraduate diplomas shall be 6 credits and the maximum size shall be 15 credits.