University of Nairobi Graduate Programmes Entry Requirements

The University of Nairobi has diversified academic programmes and specializations for postgraduate courses in sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Through self-sponsored programmes, an invaluable opportunity has been opened to Kenyans and non-citizens to further their education.

For information about the admission guidelines for graduate degree programmes, postgraduate diploma, certificate, and doctor of philosophy offered at the University of Nairobi

Admission Requirement

  • Masters Degree: Applicants for masters degree programmes should have a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours Degree in the relevant discipline from the University of Nairobi or Equivalent qualification from Institutions recognized by the Senate. Persons with lower qualifications but with publications and postgraduate diplomas after Bachelors’ degrees are also considered for admission.
  • Postgraduate Diploma & Certificates: Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates should have a minimum of a pass degree.
  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree: The applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree should have a Masters degree from the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification from institutions recognized by the Senate. In addition, the applicants should submit a research proposal showing that they are capable of carrying out original research.

Duration of Courses

Programme Minimum Duration
Doctor of Philosophy 36 months
Doctor of Medicine _
Masters Degree Programmes 18 months
Postgraduate Diplomas 9 months
Postgraduate Certificates 6 months

Mode of Study

The mode of study is flexible and a student can study on a full-time or part-time basis or even by distance learning.

Fees Structure

The fees vary from one programme to another and also by the mode of study.
The current fees for Local and International students are available from the Director, Graduate School or from the Deans, Directors of respective Faculties, Institutes, and Schools.

Commencement Dates

Most courses commence in September but a few postgraduate part-time courses start in January and May of each year.

Application Procedure

Application is done at Online Self Sponsored Students Application System

Download Application procedure here for guidance.

For further information on Postgraduate Studies and admissions, please contact the following:

Director, Graduate School,
P.O. Box 30197 00100   GPO, NAIROBI
Telephone Number: 020 491 0000
E-mail: [email protected]


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