Enhancement of knowledge, skills and abilities obtained at the master’s level.


The PhD in Immunology program gears towards independence in scientific and critical thinking with an emphasis on quality research and life-long learning to bring the student to a higher level of competence in Immunology with special expertise in an area chosen for the thesis.


The main aim of the programme is to produce high-quality graduates with significant communication, leadership, intellectual skills backed by ethics and social responsibility. This emphasizes on the aspect of integrating knowledge and skills acquired from medical/biological sciences and related technologies.

The PhD in Immunology programme in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology is by thesis with quarterly submission of progress reports. The minimum duration of the program is three (3) years.

Mode of Delivery

Proposal, progress report and thesis defense is done virtually during the COVID 19 pandemic.

During the study period, candidate participate in seminars, journal clubs and study fellowships.

PhD students, under the supervision of an academic staff and or an expertise as a supervisor, carry out a research thesis project on a selected topic in Immunology. Research proposals shall be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee, Postgraduate School of Medicine Committee and appropriate ethics committees as may be required by the Faculty.

A holder of a Bachelor's and Master's degree from University of Nairobi or an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate

The applicant must be able to produce evidence, to the satisfaction of Senate, of his adequate background in the discipline and capacity to carry out original research.

In addition to producing evidence of eligibility for registration, candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Immunology may be required to appear for interview by the Faculty/School/Department concerned to determine their suitability for registration.

On application a candidate shall in the first instance submit the application form and a draft proposal of approximately 15 pages for consideration by the Faculty/School/Board concerned.

The draft proposal shall include a brief statement of the problem, research objectives, research questions, literature review, methodology, conceptual framework, a work plan and a budget.

Schedule of Intake

Application is on a rolling basis and  is done online through the Online Application System. Click here to apply.

Contact Details

For any assistance contact the Secretary, Office of the Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, UoN

Telephone: +254 737 348 848


or pay us a visit at Kenyatta National Hospital Campus, University of Nairobi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. Click here to see the physical location.

Immunologists study the foundations of cellular biology and an in depth analysis of the immune system in all organisms. Immunology has applications in various disciplines in medicine such as oncology, bacteriology, rheumatology, virology and transplant medicine among others. Immunologists work in laboratories where they conduct scientific experiments and interpret the results. 

Career opportunities include:

  • Teaching careers in academia
  • Job opportunities in research
  • Job opportunities in public health agencies
  • Institutions and industries
  • Post-doctoral fellowship/training
  • Scientist in research and development
  • Clinical Research Hospitals

Attachment opportunities

Students have the opportunity to train and work as interns in well equipped laboratories such as Molecular Laboratory at University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Disease (UNITID), KAVI -Institute of Clinical Research, Kenyatta National Hospital, National Public Health (NPHL) laboratories, Aga Khan University Hospital among others.

Notable Alumni

1. Dr. David Githanga, Paediatric Cardiologist, Nairobi Hospital


TUITION 432,000.00 432,000.00 432,000.00 1,296,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000.00 7,000.00 7,000.00 21,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION - - 50,000.00 50,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 4,500.00 4,500.00 4,500.00 13,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 3,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000.00 - - 5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500.00 6,500.00 6,500.00 19,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 6,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000.00 5,000.00 5,000.00 15,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 3,000.00
GRAND TOTALS 464,000.00 459,000.00 509,000.00 1,432,000.00