Enhancement of knowledge, skills and abilities obtained at the master’s level.
The PhD in Tropical and Infectious Diseases 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 Tropical and Infectious Diseases 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 Tropical and Infectious Diseases programme in the Department of Medical Microbiology 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 Tropical and Infectious Diseases. 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 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 may be required to appear for interview by the Faculty/Institute/School/Centre 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 about 15 pages for consideration by the Faculty/Institute/School/Centre Board concerned.
The draft proposal shall include a brief statement of the problem, research objectives, research questions, hypothesis, literature review, methodology, theoretical framework and a work plan.
Schedule of Intake
Intake for this postgraduate degree programme is done in September of every year. Application is done online through the Online Application System. Click here to apply
For any assistance contact the Secretary, Office of the Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology
Telephone: +254 737 348 848
or pay us a visit at Kenyatta National Hospital Campus, University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Medical Microbiology https://medmicrobiology.uonbi.ac.ke/basic-page/physical-location
Award of Degree
A Candidate who passes in both the coursework and dissertation examinations shall be awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Tropical and Infectious Diseases
Career opportunities include:
- Teaching careers in academia
- Job opportunities in research
- Job opportunities in health care epidemiology
- Job opportunities in public health agencies
- Institutions and industries
- Post-doctoral fellowship/training
- Scientist in research and development
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 -ICR, Kenyatta National Hospital Microbiology Laboratory, National Public Health (NPHL) laboratories, Aga Khan University Hospital among others.
1. Dr. Moses Masika, Lecturer, University of Nairobi
2. Dr. Therese Umuhoza, Research Epidemiologist, East African Health Research Commission
3. Dr. Joyce Nyiro, Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Wellcome Trust
4. Dr. Kisaka M. B. Stevens, Lecturer, The Consortium of Advanced Research Training in Africa
5. Dr. Dustan Achwoka, Program Management Specialist, USAID
Fees and Funding
|YEAR 1||YEAR 2||YEAR 3||TOTALS|
|ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)||7,000.00||7,000.00||7,000.00||21,000.00|
|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|