The programme lasts for a minimum of six (6) semesters and a maximum of ten (10) semesters from the date of registration. Each candidate shall be required to successfully complete a minimum of six (6) course units (five core and one elective). Each unit will have a 45 contact hours covered within a semester of 15 weeks.

The course shall be offered full-time, part-time and through Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODeL) modes of study. It will consist of course work, examinations and thesis. On successful completion of coursework, the candidate shall present for approval a research proposal at a seminar organized by the AWSC. After approval of the research proposal, the candidate will undertake supervised research, write and submit a thesis within the remaining period of the programme

  • The University of Nairobi common regulations for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) shall apply
  • Students wishing to enter the programme must hold a Master’s degree in any field of scholarship from any university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate

Course Work - 6units   

TUITION          40,000.00  

EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)             1,000.00  

LIBRARY (PER YEAR)             5,000.00  

MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)             6,500.00  

ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)             7,000.00  

REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)             2,250.00  

CAUTION - (ONCE)             5,000.00  

ID CARD ( PER YEAR)             1,000.00  

ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)             2,000.00  

THESIS EXAMINATION          50,000.00  

STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)             1,000.00  

total units=6   

Sem1 1unit          70,750.00 

  2 units       111,750.00 

  3 units       152,750.00 

  4 units       193,750.00 

  5 units       234,750.00 


Sem2 1unit          43,250.00 

  2 units          84,250.00 

  3 units       125,250.00 

  4 units       166,250.00 

  5 units       207,250.00 


Sem2 1unit          65,750.00 

  2 units       106,750.00 

  3 units       147,750.00 

  4 units       188,750.00 

  5 units       229,750.00 





1 Semester 1  3 Units               152,750.00

  Semester 2  3 Units               125,250.00

Totals                278,000.00

2 Tuition fees                240,000.00

  Others charges                   27,000.00

Totals                267,000.00

3 Tuition fees                240,000.00

  Other charges                   27,000.00

  thesis examinations                   50,000.00

Totals                317,000.00


Grand totals     862,000.00

Exams Regulations



Over the years, the University Senate has been getting special requests from students who for one reason or another, did not do well in their examinations, and who wish to be given special consideration.  Sometimes, this is well after the examination period is over.  These problems include:

  1. Sickness of various types
  2. Absence from the University due to personal problems-funerals, finances, police cases, land cases etc;
  3. Negligence by the student
  4. Problems with various members of staff-in class or outside

Senate has made it ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT IT WILL NOT ENTERTAIN CASES WHICH ARE REPORTED AFTER THE EXAMINATIONS ARE OVER.  The appropriate time to report is BEFORE the examinations and not after.  You are, therefore, reminded that if there is ANY problem which is likely to interfere with the academic programme, it is YOUR responsibility to inform the Dean/Director or the Chairman of your Department in good time of such a problem.  If it is a medical problem of whatsoever nature, the appropriate person to report to is the Chief Medical Officer, University of Nairobi Health Services, who will then inform the Dean’s/Director’s Office in writing. 

Certificates or other documents from your private doctor are NOT acceptable.



In the past, a few students have failed to present themselves for given examinations on account of having misread examination timetables.

As you all know, missing an examination without GOOD cause is a serious offence.  Misreading of examination timetables is not taken to be a good cause for missing examinations, and it is therefore not condonable.

It will, therefore, be appreciated if ALL students would ensure that they read the examination timetables carefully so as to make sure that they report for each examination at the appointed time.

However, in the event of becoming a victim of the above, the student concerned should report the matter immediately to the Academic Registrar, Chairman of the Department and the Dean/Director of the Faculty/School/Institute concerned.  It should be noted that only those cases reported immediately as outlined above will be investigated and a report made thereon to the Senate as may be appropriate.



This is to remind all students that cheating in examinations is a serious matter punishable by expulsion of the offender from the University in accordance with Senate’s Resolution 1913 and 1914 of 12th July 1978.  For those involved in writing dissertation papers and theses, you are also informed that plagiarism is regarded as cheating in examinations and anyone found guilty will be expelled from the University.

It will, therefore, be appreciated if ALL students would ensure that they do not carry any unauthorized materials into the examination rooms including mobile phones.

Students are also reminded that it is a serious examination offence to remove answer books, whether used or unused, from the examination rooms.



This is to remind all University of Nairobi students that in accordance with Senate regulations, no student shall be allowed to sit for end of semester/end of year examinations if he/she has not attended a minimum of ⅔ of the prescribed contact hours for each course of study.

Students are therefore required to take note of this minimum requirement and ensure compliance if they expect to sit for examinations.