IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES USED DURING THE EXTERNAL EXAMINATION OF PHD THESES AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY-A QUALITATIVE STUDY.

Authors

  • Namatende Irene Rebecca East African School of Higher Education and Development, College of external Studies, Makerere University.
  • David Onen East African School of Higher Education and Development, College of external Studies, Makerere University.
  • Mr Emmanuel Asher Ikwara Child Health and Development Centre, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University.
  • Henry Kisu Busitema University
  • Hillary Mukwenda East African School of Higher Education and Development, College of external Studies, Makerere University.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51168/sjhrafrica.v4i12.923

Keywords:

External examination, Ph.D. theses, Makerere University, Academic quality assurance, Principles, Processes

Abstract

Background

This study explores the processes and principles used during the external examination of PhD theses at Makerere University. It details the historical, theoretical, conceptual, and contextual dimensions of external Ph.D. thesis examination at Makerere University. It further traces the global roots of external examination, analyzes Makerere's unique context, and adopts Pryor et al.'s 5Ps Model to understand its effectiveness. The paper addresses challenges, including delays and debates on relevance, emphasizing the need for efficient and principled examination processes for academic quality assurance.

 Methods

This qualitative study at Makerere University employed an interpretivist phenomenological approach, using purposive sampling and semi-structured interviews for key stakeholders. The case study design, document review, and NVIVO-guided analysis ensured methodological rigor and ethical considerations, enhancing research validity.

 Results

The study on external examination at Makerere University reveals diverse participant roles, emphasizing adherence to principles and processes. Positive aspects include emphasis on competence, excellence, and professionalism. Challenges, such as delays and recognition issues, suggest areas for improvement. Overall, the university demonstrates commitment to principles and structured processes, but identified challenges indicate room for enhancement.

 Conclusion     

The Makerere University Ph.D. thesis external examination study reveals a commitment to principles and processes with identified challenges.

 Recommendation

Recommendations focus on timeliness, internal examiner recognition, structured induction, and continuous improvement for an enhanced examination system.

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Published

2023-12-21

How to Cite

Namatende, I., Onen , . D., Ikwara, E. A., Kisu, H. ., & Mukwenda, . H. (2023). IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES USED DURING THE EXTERNAL EXAMINATION OF PHD THESES AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY-A QUALITATIVE STUDY. Student’s Journal of Health Research Africa, 4(12), 9. https://doi.org/10.51168/sjhrafrica.v4i12.923

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