Overview

This program offers training in the new cutting edge biotechnology techniques. These techniques can be exploited to solve the human, animal and plant health as well as environmental problems that continuously put the world under pressure of diseases, pollution and food insecurity.

Current trends in biotechnology offer an important solution to most of these problems in a multidisciplinary approach. The aim of this program is to train holistic graduates who are able to assume leadership roles in the pursuit of knowledge through quality biotechnology research, consultancy and community service.

Philosophy of the programme

The Center for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, University of Nairobi is guided by the
institutions philosophy which is to provide quality education and training through creation,
preservation, integration, transmission, and utilization of knowledge and need to unite
Kenyans. The center endeavors to provide excellent training and research leadership and does
so passionately with a sense of moral responsibility.

The Rationale of the Programme

The Master of Science in Biotechnology degree programme responds to the question
of the relevance of the degree to market, societal, economic, and environmental demands. The
rationale arises from the need for integration of new molecular biology and biotechnology
techniques and approaches, provide research-informed courses that contribute to national
development and goals of Vision 2030, and to conform to the University education curriculum
guidelines set by Commission for University Education.

Objectives/Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme
At the end of this programme, the learner should be able to:

  • Employ the fundamentals of disciplines that form biotechnology such as biology, computer applications, and mathematics and research methods.
  • Apply modern biotechnological tools and related techniques in solving real-world biological challenges and improve quality of life.
  • Illustrate the ability to carry out quality applied and basic research in a multidisciplinary platform.
  • Evaluate and critique studies in related fields and assess tools for research.
  • Design biosafety guidelines for genetically modified organisms and recombinant DNA products for the benefit of society.

The Programme Structure and Duration

  • The MSc. in Biotechnology shall consist of a total of at least 20 course units each of at least 60 hours.
  • Of the 20 units required to complete the degree program, the candidate shall take ten (10 core) and two (2) elective units in the first year.  In the second year, the student will undertake a compulsory research project equivalent to 8 course units, which must be within the area of specialty.
  • The course shall be covered in a minimum of 4 semesters of 15 weeks each and a maximum of 10 semesters of 15 weeks each.
Photo: CEBIB MSc Academic Calendar

Admission Requirements

  1. Common regulations for the Master’s degree in the University of Nairobi.
  2. Holders of a degree from the University of Nairobi of at least Upper Second Class in Science, Engineering, Agriculture or equivalent qualification from a University recognized by Senate.
  3. Holders of a degree of the University of Nairobi in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Dentistry or equivalent qualification from a University recognized by the Senate.
  4. Holders of Lower Second Class degree in areas specified in (ii) plus at least two years relevant research/work experience may be considered for admission.
  5. Holders of Lower Second Class degree in areas specified in (ii) plus a Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant disciplines.
  6. Holders of a Pass degree in areas specified in (ii) plus a Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant disciplines or at least three years relevant research/work experience may be considered for admission.

Schedule of Intakes

The Centre admits once a year during the September intake. Admissions for subsequent September intake are processed on a rolling basis - throughout the academic year.

 

Application Information

To apply for the programme's upcoming September intake, please register and submit your application via the link https://application.uonbi.ac.ke/ 

 

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

  • Face-to-face Method

The student and lecturers will physically be present in classes at the Centre. This mode will ensure close interaction between the lecturer and the learners as well as among the learners. The method of instructions shall consist of lectures, class presentations, seminars, practicals and group discussions or any combination of these.

  • Blended Learning

Students will be exposed to Blended Learning mode via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face mode. For this mode, face-to-face tuition will be conducted during residential training. Additionally, the learner support services including academic and teaching will be conducted using multi-media approaches and during limited face-to-face learning.

  • Open, Distance Learning  and e-Learning (ODeL)

The programme will be partly completed at the Centre through e-learning and the use of multi-media approaches. The research project can be undertaken at the collaborating institutions

Career Prospects/Opportunities

  • Academic Institutions
  • Research Institutions
  • Industry
  • Public and private sector
  • International organisations
  • Entrepreneurship

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Attachment Opportunities

CEBIB has well-equipped state-of-the-art research laboratories that support cutting-edge research activities. The labs have the capacity to accomodate the postgraduate students research projects leading to thesis submission and research publications. CEBIB students may also be attached to collaborating institutions for funded research projects. The Centre offers three(3) attachment/internship for students with biotechnology or related backgrounds for a period of 3 months

 

Contacts of Support person:

Dr. George O. Obiero

Director, Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

University of Nairobi

P.O.BOX 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

Email: george.obiero@uonbi.ac.ke/ cebib@uonbi.ac.ke

Tel: +254-(0)-20-4914107

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOTECHNOLOGY(I560) YEAR 1    
YEAR 1 Semester 1  Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 174,000 174,000 348,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 0 5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 0 5,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
Total 208,750 176,250 385,000
       
       
YEAR 2 Semester 1 Semester 2 TOTALS
TUITION 174,000 174,000 348,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 0 5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 0 5,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0 30,000 30,000
Total 203,750 206,250 410,000
       
Grand Total     795,000
Exam Regulations

Written Examinations

  • Each taught course unit shall be examined by a three-hour written examination at the end of the semester.
  • The complete assessment of a taught course unit shall consist of continuous assessment tests, practical assignments, and a written examination.
  • A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark (50%) in any course unit may, on the recommendation of the Board of CEBIB and approval by Senate, be allowed to sit supplementary examinations for up to a third of the total course units. The candidate will be allowed to sit supplementary examinations for failed units once.
  • A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark (50%) in any course unit in the supplementary examinations may, on the recommendation of the Board of CEBIB and approval by Senate, be allowed to re-sit or re-take a third of the total course units. The candidate will be allowed to sit supplementary examinations for failed units once.
  • A candidate who fails more than a third of the courses or fails  in the re-sit or re-take or fails to complete the course in the prescribed time shall on the recommendation of the Board of CEBIB and approval by Senate, be discontinued.
  • A pass obtained by supplementary examination, re-sitting or re-taking a course unit shall be recorded as 50%.

Thesis Assessment

All Common regulation of University of Nairobi regarding examination of research projects/ Thesis/Dissertation Assessment shall apply.

Moderation of Examinations

All examinations shall be moderated through an internal and external examiner as provided by the University of Nairobi’s guidelines.

 

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