Goal of the Program

The overall goal of this program is to develop human resource with technical expertise in Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology for effective diagnosis, control, innovative research and training on diseases of terrestrial and aquatic animals.

  1. The program shall be by coursework and project. The project shall be undertaken after coursework.
  2. The course work shall comprise of lectures, practicals, demonstrations and seminars, while the project shall involve individual research in a specified areas and writing up of a thesis.
  3. For course work, students shall be required to take ten (10) course units, nine (9) compulsory and one (1) elective.
  4. The taught courses constitute part one (I) of the program while the research project constitutes part two (II).
  5. A course unit shall be defined as a total of sixty (60) contact hours of lectures, case studies, practicals or demonstrations and seminars, separately taken or in a combination.

Minimum Admission Requirements

The common regulations for the Masters degree in all faculties of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

1. Those eligible for admission into the program shall be holders of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi or a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi:-

2. Candidates who have obtained degrees from other Universities approved by Senate as being equivalent to one of the degrees stated above.

3. In addition to producing evidence of eligibility for registration, candidates for the Masters degree program may be required to appear for interviews or entry examinations by the Faculty to determine their suitability for registration.



Credit Transfer

The credit transfer shall be applicable for candidates from universities or institutions recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi. The number of hours, content and grading of course(s) for which credit transfer is sought shall be similar to the degree courses offered at the University of Nairobi.


A candidate may be exempted up to a maximum of one third of taught units provided that these are from institutions recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi.

  1. The request for exemption should be made in writing to the Director, Graduate School through the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
  2. The application must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents.
  3. The candidate shall pay the appropriate exemption fee as determined by the University of Nairobi.


Teaching in University and  tertiary institutions

Laboratory diagnosis of animal diseases

Consultancies and establish laboratory enterprises in Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology.

   YEAR 1     YEAR 2     
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Semester 3   Semester 4   Totals 
TUITION                      174,000.00                 174,000.00               174,000.00              174,000.00                  696,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                           7,000.00                                  -                     7,000.00                                -                      14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                           2,250.00                     2,250.00                   2,250.00                   2,250.00                      9,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                           1,000.00                                  -                     1,000.00                                -                        2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                           5,000.00                                  -                                  -                                  -                        5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                           6,500.00                                  -                     6,500.00                                -                      13,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                           5,000.00                                  -                     5,000.00                                -                      10,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                           2,000.00                                  -                     2,000.00                                -                        4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                           1,000.00                                  -                     1,000.00                                -                        2,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                           6,000.00                     6,000.00                                -                                  -                      12,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                      30,000.00                    30,000.00
Grand totals         209,750.00     182,250.00    198,750.00   206,250.00      797,000.00
Philosophy, Rationale

Philosophy of the Program

Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology program will provide world-class quality university education and training that will enable the learner to create, preserve, integrate and transmit knowledge and skills to meet the needs of the Kenyan people and global community at large.

Rationale of the Program

Kenya's Vision 2030 aspires to develop a globally competitive and adaptive human resource to meet needs of all the sectors, including Livestock and Fisheries Development sub-sector. This program is therefore geared towards building capacity of personnel in this subsector who can use Science, Technology and Innovation to conduct research for development to address socio-economic challenges. In addition, many middle level colleges as well as universities have opened up and are inadequately staffed to deliver on their mandates. The personnel trained in this program will fill-in this gap.


During the revision of this curriculum, an integrated stakeholders input was sought from students, farmers, research institutions, tertiary colleges, relevant Government ministries, county governments, international and regional organizations, universities including but not limited to Sokoine University of Agriculture, Makerere University and University of Zambia. Other institutions included, but are not limited to Kenya Wildlife Services, Directorate of Veterinary Services, National Museums of Kenya and National Environmental Management Authority, among others. Benchmarking with other local and international institutions/universities offering similar programs was carried out. 

Contacts of support persons



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