Overview of Programme:
This programme about developing a cadre of human resource with broad understanding of
disease aetiologies, processes, and skills to establish how the latter impact on body structures and
functions. To cater for various causes of disease and different host responses and subsequently,
different diagnostic methods, this program has eight options namely:

                     (i) Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology

                     (ii) Bacteriology,

                     (iii) Veterinary Pathology,

                     (iv) Fish Science,

                     (v) Immunology,

                     (vi) Mycology,

                     (vii) Parasitology, and

                     (viii) Virology

Structure of the Programme

The programme is offered either as face to face and/or blended mode where lectures are
delivered online and practical is provided face to face.
The program comprises part I and II.
Part I is offered in Year 1, semesters one and two, and consists of ten (10) taught course units of
which nine (9) are compulsory and one (1) is elective. Each course has 60 contact hours.
Part II takes the rest six semesters. It is undertaken after successful completion of coursework
and entails development of a research project proposal, implementation of the research project,
and writing and submission of thesis for examination.


Intakes are  in September every calendar year. Registration and admission for qualified applicants commences in August. For more  Information on Registration & Admission please  click here



The common regulations for the degree of Masters of Science in all faculties of the University of Nairobi shall apply. In addition, the candidate is expected hold any of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi or a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi

Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology AND Veterinary Pathology options

  1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
  2. Bachelor of Animal Health
  3. Bachelor of Animal science

Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology and Parasitology options

  1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
  2. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  3. Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  4. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  5. Holders the following classified degrees, at upper second class honors, of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualification from a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi
  • General Bachelor of Science degree, where Zoology was taken
  • BSc. in Biology
  • BSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • BSc. in Biomedical Sciences and Laboratory Technology
  • BSc. in Food Science and Technology
  1. Holders of the above classified degrees, at lower second class honors, of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualification from a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi and at least 3 years research/ work experience
  2. Holders of the above classified degrees, at pass level, of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualification from a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi and post graduate diploma in relevant areas

Fish Science Option

  1. Holders of the following classified degrees, at upper second class honors, of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualification from a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi
  • BSc. in Wildlife and Fisheries
  • BSc. in Biomedical Sciences and Laboratory Technology
  • BSc. in Agriculture
  • BSc. in Food Science and Technology
  • BSc. in Range Management
  • BSc. in Animal Health
  • BSc. in Animal Production
  1. General Bachelor of Science degree, where Zoology was taken and passed

Careers Prospects
Graduates of this program will work in their areas of specialization as follows:
             1. Support technical experts and consultants in health of terrestrial and aquatic animals
             2. Researchers and early career professionals in local and international research institutions
             3. Diagnosticians in terrestrial and aquatic animal disease investigation laboratories
             4. Tutorial fellows and assistant lecturers in world class universities and other institutions of
                  higher learning
             5. Mentors and supervisors of undergraduate students projects in public and private universities
             6. Authors of book chapters, teaching modules, journal articles and other scholarly literature

            7.Support enforcement of biosafety and biosecurity regulations to meet local and
                 international market standards
            8. Competitive candidate for PhD scholarships in Veterinary Pathology, microbiology,
                Parasitology, fish science and related areas of specialization

   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, Rationale
To feed the over nine billion world population estimated by 2050, we will need 60% more food
than there is today. However, this may not be achieved anytime soon because diseases pose a
serious threat to livestock and aquaculture production in Kenya and beyond, leading to low
productivity and trade limitations. This calls for all the practitioners in livestock and aquaculture
production value chains to enhance their competencies in providing practical solutions. Using
various teaching and learning activities majorly, lectures, practical, demonstrations and seminars,
the graduates of this program are expected to:

      a) Identify and characterize bacteria, fungi and viruses of terrestrial and aquatic animals
      b) Identify and characterize microbial, parasitic and other diseases of veterinary and medical
       c) Explain the interaction between fish breeding, production and its aquatic environment
           and its impact on fish health; and how fish survives in its aquatic environment
       d) Apply diagnostic skills to undertake laboratory diagnosis and advise on prevention and
           control of animal and human diseases
       e) Apply knowledge and skills acquired to support research, teaching in tertiary institutions
           and pursue doctor of philosophy studies in respective disciplines

Application Information

                                               University of Nairobi

                                       Online student Application Manual

How to apply

Before continuing please read the University of Nairobi admission requirements

Please ensure that you meet the admission requirements before applying.

  • It is in your best interest to complete your own application. The University of Nairobi does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at own risk.
  • The closing dates are non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to ensure you apply before the applicable deadline!
  • It is of utmost importance that you provide your correct personal email, Mobile Number, postal addresses and Next of Kin contacts to enable the University of Nairobi to contact with you directly.

You will only be able to submit your online application once you have:

  • Completed the full online application form, AND
  • Uploaded all the necessary scanned supporting documents in .pdf format, AND
  • Either paid the application fee by any of the provided means.
  • If you have not successfully paid by either means, your form has not been submitted.

Once your application has been successfully submitted after you have clicked VERIFY and APPLY:

  • You will no longer be able to do any further editing of your application via the Online Application system.
  • You will be informed by SMS and Email what your allocated reference number is.
  • You will also be sent other important procedures describing how to check your progress and application results on your Email.


The online application system provides the facility for an applicant to disclose his/her disability status. Applicants are encouraged to make use of this facility to disclose their disability status at this point in the application process. Such a disclosure will in no way prejudice an application. Disclosing your disability status enables the University of Nairobi to better anticipate the needs arising from these disabilities.


Step 1: Access from your computer

Step 2: Profile Registration – For first time applicants, create a personal profile by clicking on “Click Here to Register Button” to proceed to fill the all the required information

Note: All details marked with a red asterisk are mandatory and you will be required to provide them before you proceed and you must read and accept the terms and conditions before submitting yourdetails.

Upon completion, an email will be sent to you (email provided during registration) requiring you to log in into your email account and activate your account together with your username and password.

This will allow you to log into your account to manage your profile and track the progress of your application. To create your account please click on the Register button otherwise enter your username and password to log in to your account.


To apply for a University programme you will be required to complete your profile. These include your Personal details, Contact information, Education background, Work experience and Referees. You will also be required to upload scanned copies of your certificates, transcripts and passport photo.



Only when your profile is complete can you apply for the programme you wish to undertake. Go to “Click here to apply” menu option on the Dashboard where you will select your programme from the intakes that are open at the time of making the application. Then click on “Apply for intake” Button

Once you click you will be lead to the form below where you select the preferred type of degree

 You will also be able to view the entry requirements for the programme to see if you meet the requirements before making the application.

On selection of the degree programme types e.g Certificate & Diploma, Undergraduate/Bachelors,

Masters/Postgraduate Diplomas or PhD you intent to apply for, you will get a list of all the preferred programme as shown below

available programmes in that category. Click on ‘Apply for this Programme’ Button alongside the

Payment of Application Fees

 If satisfied and wish to proceed you will be directed to the payment section where you pay the application fees. The system supports online payment using Master and Visa cards, Mpesa and payment through the bank. In each case the system will issue an applicant reference number which should be used as the account no when making the payment.


Pay the required amount through your mobile phone by M-PESA following the instructions below:

  1. Go to M-PESA on your phone.
  2. Select Lipa na M-PESA option
  3. Select Pay Bill option.
  4. Enter Business no.
  5. Enter your Reference number as sent to your mobilephone
  6. Enter the Amount you intend to pay.
  7. Enter your M-PESA PIN and Send

N/B. Only make the payment if you have been allocated an application reference number sent to your phone or email


You can also pay using a VISA debit or credit card by choosing the VISA option as shown

Select VISA option

Enter the card number, Expiry date and the security code, then click on the ‘Pay’ Button

NOTE: You will be notified on successful payment process. You can print the payment report generated after the process.



  1. Visit any Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) branch
  2. Obtain a cash deposit slip
  3. Enter the branch as University Way
  4. Enter Account number 1177475707
  5. Enter Account Name University of Nairobi (CESSP)
  6. Quote the application reference number as sent to your mobile phone
  7. Enter amount being paid eg. (KES3,000.00)
  8. Deposit your money
  9. Log in to your online application account to confirm that the payment has been processed


The Online application system provides a mechanism for applicants to track the progress of admission process at any given time, and also download the admission letter and joining instructions.

All this can be done from the applicant’s portal account by click of a button.


The applicant may request for a change course in the following instances:-

  1. They did not meet the admission criteria for the programme applied and therefore have not been shortlisted.
  2. They wish to change the course applied for.
  3. The applicant is not eligible for the course they have applied for.

To apply for the change of course the applicant may write a letter to the Academic Registrar, requesting for “Change of Applied Course” Quoting their Application Reference Number and indicating clearly the new course they wish to change to. This letter may be emailed to reg- or

 There is no additional cost to a request for Change of Course.

Contacts of support persons

Contacts of support persons



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