University of Nairobi Admission Requirements for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses



Below are admission requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi has diversified academic programmes and specializations for post graduate courses in sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences and the arts. Through self-sponsored programmes, 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 University of Nairobi, read the content below.

Admission Criteria

  • 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 Senate. Persons with lower qualifications but with publications and postgraduate diplomas after Bachelors’ degrees are also considered for admission.
  • Postgraduate Diploma & Certficates: Applicants for Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates should have a minimum of a pass degree.
  • Doctor of Philosphy 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 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 full-time or part-time basis or even by distance learning.


The fees vary from one programme to another and also by the mode of study.
The current fees for Local and International students is available from the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies 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 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, Board of Postgraduate Studies,
P.O. Box 30197 00100   GPO, NAIROBI
Telephone Number: 318262 Ext. 28267
Fax Number : 243626
E-mail : [email protected]