The Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and practical training in disease causation, diagnosis and treatment of microorganisms significant in public health.
Apart from focusing on understanding the biology, pathology, immunology, diagnosis, control and management of infectious diseases, the curriculum incorporates training in various methods of diagnosis including genomics and molecular techniques to explore disease pathogenesis. The course also equips students with skills and ability to teach and carry out research in the field of microbiology.
The field of Medical Microbiology aims at diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the spread of infection in hospitals and the community. Although the course is laboratory-based,it makes a major contribution to clinical infection management
The programme is a two year full time course with first year of study devoted entirely to course work in which students are required to take all courses offered in that year in form of lectures, practicals, tutorials and seminars. In the second year of study, students do course work during the first term, and conduct an individual research project during the second and third term. During this period, the candidate participate in seminars and journal clubs.
Bacteriology, Medical Mycology, Virology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Medical Parasitology, Medical Entomology.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research Methods and Computer applications, Attachment / Practicum, Research Project
Mode of Delivery
The programme is delivered through face-to-face mode that includes:
- Didactic lectures
- Case studies/presentations
- Practical demonstrations in specialized laboratories
- Journal articles review
Students, under a supervisor's guidance, carry out a research project on a selected topic in Medical Microbiology. Research proposals shall be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee and appropriate ethics committees as may be required by the Faculty.
The common regulations for the Master's degree in the Faculty of Medicine and those of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
Candidates eligible for admission into the Master of Science degree in Medical Microbiology shall have the following minimum qualifications:
- Holders of a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree, Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine degree, Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree, Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree and Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Nairobi, or any other institution recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi as being of comparable academic status.
- Holders of Bachelor of Science upper second class degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University of Nairobi senate.
- Holders of Bachelor of Science lower second class degree in Biomedical Sciences with at least three years working experience in a relevant field of microbiology or with a postgraduate diploma in Microbiology.
- In addition to provision of evidence of eligibility for admission, candidates may be required by the Faculty to appear for interview to determine their suitability for admission.
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 and Immunology
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 and Immunology. Click here to see the physical location.
Award of Degree
A Candidate who passes in both the coursework and dissertation examinations shall be awarded the Degree of Master of Science in Medical Microbiology
Career opportunities include:
- Teaching careers in academia
- Job opportunities in research
- Institutions and industries
- Post-doctoral fellowship/training
- Scientist in research and development
- Clinical Microbiologists in hospital
Students have the opportunity to train and work as interns in well equiped 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. Esto Bahizire, MD, PhD - Director of the Centre for Tropic and Global Health, Catholic University of Bakavu
2. Dr. Anne Maina, MD - Lecturer, University of Nairobi
3. Dr. Lucy Macharia, PhD - Post Doc, University of Cape Town
4. Dr. Jean Claude Semuto Ngabonziza, PhD - Rwanda Biomedical Center
5. Bramuel Kisuya, Lecturer, Egerton University
Fees and Funding