Graduate Education

About Graduate Education

Interdisciplinary PhD Programme in Social Studies

The Makerere Institute of Social Research launched its Interdisciplinary PhD in Social Studies in January, 2012. The five-year programme entails two years of coursework and three years of dissertation research and writing. Four broad themes define the programme’s intellectual focus: Political Studies, Political Economy, Historical Studies, and Cultural Studies. Students specialize in one field, but take classes across all four. This allows students to be grounded theoretically, while also giving them a broad foundation in historically informed debates in the humanities and social sciences.

MISR PhD Courses

List of  courses for the Interdisciplinary PhD in Social Studies at MISR

(M Phil / PhD in Social Studies).

 3.2.1 Core Courses (SSR = Social Studies Core Subjects)

 SSR 7101: Major Debates in the Study of Africa

SSR 7102: Premodern Social and Political Thought

SSR 7103: The History of Economic Theory

 SSR 7204: Africa Before Western Hegemony

SSR 8101: Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, and Decolonisation

SSR 8202: Research Seminar


PhD Brochure

Please refer to the attachment.

2017 Academic Calendar

The 2017 academic year will run as follows:

Thursday, January 5

Opening of Academic year

Friday-Saturday, January 6-7 Orientation of 2017 PhD Class

Monday, January 9

Semester One teaching commences

2011 Workshop-Report on the Interdisciplinary PhD program

Report of the 2011 workshop on an Interdisciplinary PhD program, held at MISR with the participation of University of the Western Cape and Addis Ababa University.