Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD) Chemistry


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  in Chemistry covers the traditional branches of chemistry namely organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. It also has courses from other branches of chemistry such as analytical chemistry and industrial chemistry. It seeks to explain factors that course reactions to occur, how they occur and their adverse and non adverse effects on our well being.


Philosophy of the Degree Programme

The philosophy of PhD in  Chemistry degree programme is that learners are facilitated by various instructional means and conducive environment to acquire advanced level chemistry knowledge and skills to enable them succeed in their careers and to make local and global contributions in chemistry and related fields. 

 Rationale of the Degree Programme

The expected role of the education sector is to equip learners with desired values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and competencies essential for productive employment. Vision 2030 has set wealth creation as one of its goals and targets the exploitation of available natural resources to spur development in agriculture, energy, water and health among other economic sectors.

Students are equiped with skills to be able to identify and solve problems facing humanity in addition to inculcating a culture of inovation and discovery. To contribute to the achievement of these aspirations, the the university to offers relevant knowledge and hands-on training in form of practicals, projects and industrial linkages to enhance development of entrepreneurial research skills.


The Objectives of the programme shall be to train and equip the students with;  

  1. Knowledge in analytical, environmental, industrial, material science, drug development among others.
  2. Competence in developing creative research and also synthesis of novel inorganic and organic compounds.
  3. Skill to synthesize and characterize organic and inorganic compounds
  4. Knowledge in extraction, separation, purification and characterization of compounds from different natural resources
  5. In-depth knowledge of molecular structure, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics of transformation of the various chemical processes, materials and surfaces.
  6. Skills to apply current research and technology to detect chemical and biological analytes in a variety of contexts including environmental testing, biological probing and medical diagnostics
  7. Skills to derive useful information and expression for practical application of equilibria of processes and kinetics of various chemical interaction.


Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The mode of delivery shall be either face-to-face and/or online and blended.


The face-to-face mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of seminars, workshops and consultations with supervisors

Online learning

The online mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of seminars, workshops and consultations with supervisors.  


This mode combines the face to face leaning and online learning delivery methods.

Currently due to Covid 19 containment measures, all programmes are offered online through various Learning Management Platforms approved by the University of Nairobi Senate.


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The program is for a duration of  minimum three (3) academic years and maximum seven (7) academic years.

Course Structure

The candidate shall undertake a mandatory research and thesis..

The course shall be evaluated by grading of thesis followed by oral defense of the same.

The Guidelines on Postgraduate Supervision can be accessed on our website while the Research
Notebook is available at the University Bookstore.



Attachment opportunities exist in establishments for students who undertake research that seeks to address problems faced by those establishments


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Schedule of Intakes

Admission to the programme is open throughout the academic year. 

Admission Requirements

A Masters degree in a relevant field from a university recognised by Commission of Higher Education.

The common regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Physical Sciences shall apply. One is expected to complete the preparation of the PhD proposal, have it approved by the Graduate School before full admission is granted.


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Career opportunities for graduates of this programme include employment in tertiary institutions, various government agencies, the chemical and allied industries, research scientists in a wide variety or research institutes, as managers in various chemical & Allied Industries and also employment in various local and international non governmental organizations

TUITION 360,000 360,000 360,000 1,080,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 7,000 7,000 21,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0 0 50,000 50,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 4,500 4,500 4,500 13,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 6,500 6,500 19,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 2,000 2,000 6,000
LIBRARY FEES - PER ANNUAL 5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 0 0 0 0
Grand TOTALS 392,000 387,000 437,000 1,216,000
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