University of Nairobi

Introduction

The University of Nairobi, a body corporate established under the Universities Act 2012 of the laws of Kenya and the University of Nairobi Charter, is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region.

The only institution of higher learning in Kenya for a long time, the University of Nairobi responded to the national, regional and Africa's high level manpower training needs by developing and evolving strong, diversified academic programmes and specializations in basic sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts.

Through module II (continuing education) programmes, invaluable opportunity has been opened to hundreds of Kenyans and non-Kenyans, on a paying basis, who meet university admission requirements, but who have not been able to access university education due to restricted intake into the regular programmes that is determined by limited resource allocation by Government.

In this effort, the location of the seven campuses of the University in the capital city and its environs and facilitating easy access, has been an asset that has seen the university increasingly become the busy hub and citadel of academic activity at all times.

In addition to the regular and evening and weekend programmes, classes are conducted at the University's Extra Mural Centres located at the country's county headquarters. The university is proud of its distinguished record of achievements in teaching, research, development and consultancy while strategizing for a greater future as the centre of academic, research and professional excellence.

Country: Kenya

Kenya became independent in December 1963. The republic is approximately 582,644 square Kilometers and lies astride the equat6r on the Eastern seaboard of Africa. Kenya's coastline on the Indian Ocean stretches from the Somalia border in the north, to Tanzania in the south, a distance of 620 kilometers'

Kenya lies between Somalia to the East, Ethiopia to the North, Sudan to the northwest, Uganda to the West and Tanzania to the South. The country is cut across by the Great Rift Valley which runs from North to South and whose depth is between 610 and 914 meters below the rest of the landscape.

Altitude governs the climate of different parts of Kenya. The land above 1609 meters enjoys a climate with good rainfall. Being on the equator, there are no marked seasonal changes. In most parts of the country there are two rainy seasons - "long" and "short" rains.

The economy of Kenya, at present, depends mainly on agriculture (tea, coffee, dairy produce, meat, sisal, pyrethrum) and tourism. There is fairly extensive light industry in Nairobi and to a lesser extent in other large towns. One tourist attraction is the large variety of flora and fauna to be found in the National Parks. Kenya's population is about 38 million with a concentration in the central and western parts of the country. The northern and north eastern parts of the country have sparse population due to the semi desert climatic conditions prevalent there.

City: Nairobi

The University is situated in Nairobi, a fast growing city with a population of over 3.5 million. The city center has an area of over 700 square kilometers and stands at an altitude of 1,675 meters above sea level. It is 140 kilometers south of the equator and some 480 kilometres west of the Indian Ocean This beautiful city experiences no real winter or summer because it is near the equator and at a high altitude. The days in Nairobi are warm and the nights cool for the greater part of the year. With the temperature rarely rising above 80 degrees F (27 degrees C) in the middle of the day or falling below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C) at night, Nairobi enjoys a temperate climate. The hottest periods, however, occur between January and March and August and October with the coolest period in July. The long rains fall from the end of March to the end of May while the short rains are experienced from the end of October to December. The average annual rainfall is about 2000 mm.

Nairobi is the capital, commercial, administrative and cultural centre of Kenya. In Nairobi are found the Parliament Buildings, Headquarters of Government Ministries and Departments. Also, the city is home to City Hall, State House, National Museums of Kenya, Snake Park, Aviary, Arboretum, Mosques, Municipal Markets, Art Galleries, Kenyatta International Conference Centre which houses one of the largest Conference Halls in the World, about a dozen cinemas, numerous hotels, coffee houses and beautiful parks.

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Master

MEd Educational Technology

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

To meet the ever rising demand for Educational Technologists, the Department of Educational Communication and Technology has developed a Master of Education in Educational Technology. [+]

To meet the ever rising demand for Educational Technologists, the Department of Educational Communication and Technology has developed a Master of Education in Educational Technology. Technology is ubiquitous touching every part of our lives, our communities and our homes, yet its application lags behind within school system in Kenya. Given the cordial relationship with stakeholders, this course has the potential to train lecturers, quality assurance officers, technology champions and experts to provide leadership in efficient integration of technology in the education system in Kenya. This Programme shall equip learners to: Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in Educational Technology. Examine critically issues and challenges in Educational technology. Develop competence for conducting research in Educational Technology. Apply theories and principles of pedagogy in the adoption of Technology in Education Acquire skills in training of educational technology practitioners. Design and produce Instructional materials Admission Requirements The common regulations for the Master’s degrees in the University of Nairobi and the School of Education shall apply. A holder of Bachelor of Education degree with at least Upper Second Class honours degree of the University of Nairobi or its equivalent qualification recognized by the Senate. A holder of any other Bachelor’s degree of the University of Nairobi with at least an upper second class honours and postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) of the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualification recognized by the Senate. A holder of lower second class degree in education obtained from the University of Nairobi and three years teaching experience or any other equivalent qualification recognized by the Senate. A holder of a pass degree in Education from the University of Nairobi and five years teaching experience or any other qualification recognized by the Senate. A bachelor’s degree in relevant fields with Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). [-]

MSc

MSc Environmental Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

This is the chemistry that looks into the effects of chemicals on the soil, air and water. New areas introduced include air chemistry, environmental geology, industrial ecology, biotechnology, fuel science, risk assessment management and project management.The aim of this postgraduate program is to produce graduates who are well grounded in environmental science, project management and research skills. [+]

This is the chemistry that looks into the effects of chemicals on the soil, air and water. New areas introduced include air chemistry, environmental geology, industrial ecology, biotechnology, fuel science, risk assessment management and project management.The aim of this postgraduate program is to produce graduates who are well grounded in environmental science, project management and research skills. Career Opportunities Graduates find employment in various government departments, parastatals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental bodies involved in environmental management, research and development. In industry, opportunities exist in product marketing, process control, quality assurance, product design, wastewater management, risk assessment in various industries (eg construction, aviation, tanning, textile, cement, paints), forensic science, water and wastewater purification, toxicology, oceanography, just to name a few. Course Structure and Duration The programme lasts for a minimum of two academic years and is offered by coursework, examination and thesis. Coursework consists of lectures, tutorials, practicals and seminars. In the first year all students are required to take eight courses. Six of these are the Core courses and the remaining two chosen from the elective courses. On successful completion of the first year, students devote the second year to research and writing up of an MSc Thesis. In the first year all students are required to take ten units. Eight of these are the Core Units and the remaining two chosen from the elective units. On successful completion of the first year, students devote the second year to research in a given area and writing up of an MSc Thesis. [-]

MSc Finance

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Finance is designed to assist students enhance their managerial effectiveness within the fields of Finance, Accounting, Investments, Banking and Insurance. The programme is practical and career-oriented, while maintaining high standards of rigour and scholarship. [+]

The Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Finance is designed to assist students enhance their managerial effectiveness within the fields of Finance, Accounting, Investments, Banking and Insurance. The programme is practical and career-oriented, while maintaining high standards of rigour and scholarship. It provides new skills, analytical tools and perspectives, which provide a sound basis for financial management, accounting, investments, banking and insurance. Students are to be drawn from the Eastern and Central African region and beyond. The M.Sc degree in Finance offers a unique opportunity for students to develop an appreciation of the causes and significance of current developments in the financial and corporate sectors, and to study advanced theory and practice relating to finance, accounting, insurance, banking and insurance. The programme caters for those that have undergone prior training in Finance, Accounting, Banking, Insurance, Economics, Mathematics, statistics and engineering. Teaching goes beyond theoretical concepts to practical knowledge based on cases and real life experiences; hence shared experiences by the diverse student body are an integral part of the M.Sc programme. The strength of the M.Sc degree in Finance is founded on the long history of the UON School of Business since 1972, experienced lecturers with a wide variety of backgrounds, and diversity in the student body in terms of backgrounds and nationalities. The School of Business is renowned for its work in management strategy, international business, marketing, finance and accounting. Indeed, graduates of the school of business are highly regarded by employers in the public and private sectors, and excellent opportunities exist for internships, work placements and graduate careers. Our location in the city of Nairobi –the region’s foremost business and financial centers – offers many key advantages to our students, and we have close links with many investment firms, banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. The M.Sc degree in Finance acts as a terminal degree for those interested in careers in the corporate world, but also as a preparatory course for those aspiring to pursue doctorates for careers in research and teaching in Finance, Accounting, Investments, Banking and Insurance. The programme therefore aims at training the critical manpower required towards achieving Kenya’s Vision 2030 and other development objectives, and to making East and Central Africa a vibrant region ready to face a globalizing world characterized by constant change and new demands. The objectives of the programme are to: a) Equip the student with a knowledge of key generic and specific areas of Finance, Accounting, Investments, Banking and Insurance; b) Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a senior level professional career in Finance, Accounting, Investments, Banking and Insurance; c) Enhance self-confidence and the ability of the student to evaluate practical business experience from an academic, practical, and a critical perspective; d) Develop understanding of the theoretical and practical issues critical for managers who often have to make rapid and far-reaching decisions about the short-term financial operations and long term strategies of firms; e) Instill a professional and problem-solving attitude in the fields of Finance, Accounting, Investments, Banking and Insurance; and f) Develop high-level manpower for academic and other research Institutions in the region. 2.0 Entry Requirements 2.1 The common regulations for the masters’ degree in the University of Nairobi shall be applicable. 2.2 The following shall be admissible: a)A holder of at least an upper second class degree in Finance, Accounting, Banking, Insurance, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics and Engineering. b)A holder of lower second class degree in Finance, Accounting, Banking, Insurance, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics and Engineering with at least two years of work experience. 3.0 Credits Transfer and Exemptions 3.1 Applicants who have completed equivalent Masters course units at other Senate recognized universities may, with the approval of the Senate, be allowed to transfer credits up to one third (four) course units into their program. Students desiring to receive credit for any prior course units done will need to make a formal request, which includes: a) A list of the University of Nairobi (UON) course units for which the student is interested in getting credit; b)Official transcripts, indicating courses that may be equivalent and; c)Description and syllabus/outlines for the courses previously taken and passed. In addition there may be an exemption examination. 3.2 All those seeking to transfer credits will be required to pay an appropriate fee. 4.0 Course structure and Duration 4.1 The programme consists of twelve (12) taught course units that constitute Part 1 while a project Part II. 4.2 The minimum duration for the programme shall be three (3) semesters, while the maximum duration shall be ten (10) semesters, and will involve coursework, examinations and the research project. 4.3 A candidate shall be allowed to take a maximum of six (6) course units and a minimum of two (2) course units per semester. 4.4 Each course unit shall be taught for forty five (45) contact hours. 4.5 There will be eight (8) core course units which shall be taken by all candidates. 4.6 In addition to the core course units, candidates will be required to take three (3) specialization course units in a chosen thematic area, and one (1) elective course unit. Specialization course units allow a student to concentrate in their chosen thematic area, while elective course units provide options for additional knowledge in other areas of interest, not necessarily in their chosen thematic area. 4.7 Electives may be chosen from the list of elective course units in any area of study, or from specialization course units from a different thematic area, that would now count as electives. 4.8 Course units can only be taken after the necessary prerequisites have been successfully completed. 4.9 After completing Part I (all the taught course units – 8 core course units, 3 specialization course units, and 1 elective course unit), candidates will carry out research and produce a project (Part II). Part II shall commence in the semester immediately succeeding successful completion of Part I. Once the project is started it must be completed within the semester, or duration of six course units, with the maximum duration equivalent to the minimum load of two course units per semester. [-]

MSc Food Safety and Quality

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

Food safety and quality has become an issue of high priority nationally and internationally due to globalization of the food market. Food Safety is central to public health, poverty reduction and sustainable development. [+]

Food safety and quality has become an issue of high priority nationally and internationally due to globalization of the food market. Food Safety is central to public health, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Access to safe food is a human right. Recent cases published in Kenyan media have shown that unsafe and /or poor quality food can have adverse health, political, social and economic consequences. In this realization, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged its member States to integrate food safety in their public health and nutrition functions and to provide adequate resources to establish and strengthen their food safety programme. Priority interventions included, among others, formulation and implementation of food safety policies, regulations and capacity building. Training, among numerous others, is the most potentially useful and cost-effective intervention for improving the safety and quality of foods. The development of MSc. programme in Food Safety and Quality was strongly based on one of the findings of a needs assessment that limitations in the capacity of human resource is a major constraint to food safety operations across the various organizations mandated to carry out food safety activities. These limitations are mainly in personnel numbers and skills; upgrading of knowledge and skills necessary to update current personnel on emerging developments in food safety and quality; current training curricula in our higher learning institutions have not been adequately responsive to the global changing trends in food safety and; there is a growing recognition that food safety is an emerging profession in the food production, processing and marketing chain. The MSc curriculum in Food Safety and Quality was developed in collaboration with various stakeholders and focuses on both the theoretical, practical and preventive aspects of food safety and quality throughout the food chain from primary production to consumption. The programme is intended to produce graduates capable of handling current and emerging issues in food safety and quality at production, industrial and regulatory level. It also prepares the graduate for further training and research in aspects of food safety and quality. The objectives of the MSc. Food Safety and Quality programme are to: Provide graduates with knowledge and skills that will enable them to identify and solve problems related to enhancement of food safety and quality. Provide graduates with practical skills to enable them develop, implement and audit a food safety management system. Develop human resources who will facilitate production of safe foods and enhance domestic and international market access. [-]

MA

MA Diplomacy

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The purpose of the Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy is to cater for the needs for persons in the field of Diplomacy. The course is aimed at those planning to and already working in the various regional Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Regional Affairs, those in departments and parastatals whose work involves diplomatic communication, United Nations personnel and employees of Non-governmental organizations. [+]

The purpose of the Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy is to cater for the needs for persons in the field of Diplomacy. The course is aimed at those planning to and already working in the various regional Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Regional Affairs, those in departments and parastatals whose work involves diplomatic communication, United Nations personnel and employees of Non-governmental organizations. The programme will be a pioneering degree course in the region and will attract participants from extra-continental states and the region. Course Objectives The Master of Arts Degree in Diplomacy aims to: Acquaint participants with new developments in the practice of diplomacy Acquaint students with advanced issues of diplomatic methods and practice Provide high level trained manpower in diplomacy to take up management and leadership positions, both in Kenya and in the region Encourage research in Diplomacy Entry Requirements The common regulations of the Masters Degree in all faculties, institutes and schools shall apply. The minimum requirements for eligibility into the Master of Arts in Diplomacy shall be: Holders of a first degree of at least Upper Second Class Honours of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent from another institution recognized by Senate; Holders of a first degree of Lower Division Second Class Honours, with at least three years relevant work experience and/or a Post-Graduate Diploma or an equivalent qualification recognized by Senate from another institution Holders of a first degree (pass) with a Post-Graduate Diploma from institutions recognized by Senate. Course Structure and Duration The Course lasts for four semesters Students shall take twelve units and a project paper Each course unit shall be covered by 45 hours of study The course shall be conducted through lectures, seminars [-]

MArch Architecture

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 Kenya Nairobi

The Department of Architecture offers a two year Postgraduate Master of Architecture Programme. The programme comprises coursework, studio projects, examination and thesis. [+]

The Department of Architecture offers a two year Postgraduate Master of Architecture Programme. The programme comprises coursework, studio projects, examination and thesis. Admission Requirements for Masters of Architectural Studies: Admission to the Master of Architecture Degree is open to holders in:- Architecture, of at least Upper Second Class Honours, of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Senate. Any Discipline related to Architecture, of at least Upper Second Class Honours from the University of Nairobi or any other University recognized by the Senate. Architecture or any Discipline related to Architecture of at least Lower Second Class Honours with at least three years of Professional experience and a certified Portfolio [-]

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