Analytical chemistry is the science of measurement and identification of the chemical compounds that underlie most aspects of modern life and plays a central part within the chemical industry. It also involves the processing and communication of information about the composition and structure of matter.

Its introduction has been occasioned by the large number of graduates in other related disciplines of chemistry who intend to proceed to post-graduate level in analytical chemistry. In addition to the traditional chemistry areas, the course covers research methods, chemical separation and instrumentation and statistics and chemometrics.


Philosophy of the degree Programme

The philosophy of Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree programme is that students are facilitated by various instructional means and conducive environment to acquire advanced analytical chemistry knowledge and skills to enable them to 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. To contribute to the achievement of these aspirations, there is need for the university to offer relevant knowledge and hands-on training in form of practicals, projects and industrial linkages to enhance development of entrepreneurial skills.  

This Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry degree programme responds to the goals of Vision 2030 by offering chemistry knowledge and skills that exploits natural resources to drive the industrialization process. TThe programme has been formatted to comply with the Commission of University Education (CUE) guidelines for academic programmes. 


Objectives of the Programme

The Objectives of the programme shall be to train and equip the students
(i) With knowledge in the operation of a wide range of modern analytical
(ii) To be competent to analyze compounds in diverse matrices.
(iii) In new and emerging analytical methods and also improve on existing ones.


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 comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops and industrial visits for a semester (15 weeks). 

Online learning

The online mode of delivery is given to students admitted in the full time program and shall consist of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, assignments, quizzes, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops using learning management systems (LMS) approved by Senate.  


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 course shall be covered in a minimum of four (4)  semesters equivalent to two (2) academic years to maximum of eight (8) semesters of 15 weeks each.

Course Structure

(i) The course shall be evaluated in terms of units; a course unit being defined as series of 45 one- hour lecture equivalents.  For this purpose one 1-hour lecture is equivalent to one 2-hour tutorial or one 3-hour practical or any combination of these that may be recommended by the School Board and approved by Senate.

 (ii) The course consists of coursework, continuous assessment, written examination and a research project. The continuous assessment shall comprise tests, assignments, practical in certain units and term papers.

 (iii) In the first year of styudy, a candidate shall be required to take 10 course units; 9 of which shall be core and 1 elective.

 (iv) In second year of study a candidate shall undertake a mandatory research and thesis equivalent to eight course units.


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Application to join the programm

Submission of application to join the programme normally opens in April of every year. Students wishing to join the programme should submit their applications through University of Nairobi Online Portal. 


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Schedule of Intakes

Intakes are  in September every calendar year. Registration and admission for qualified applicants commences in August. For more  Information on Registration & Admission please  click here



Admission Requirements

(a) The common regulations for the Masters degrees in the School of Physical Sciences shall apply.

(b) In addition to meeting (a) above, candidates wishing to register for Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry must have any of the following:

(i) A degree of the University of Nairobi of at least an Upper Second Class Honours in Chemistry or equivalent from any other institution recognized by the Senate.


(ii) A lower Second Class honours degree of the University of Nairobi in Chemistry or equivalent from any other institution recognized by the Senate plus at least two years relevant research/work experience


(iii) A pass degree of the University of  Nairobi in Chemistry or equivalent from any other institution recognized by the Senate plus at least five years relevant research/work  experience


Credit Transfer and Exemptions

(i) A candidate may be exempted up to a maximum of one third of the taught courses, provided that these are from institutions recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi.


(ii) Applicants seeking course exemptions shall send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies through the Dean, School of Physical Sciences which should include justification of request, and attach evidence of relevant credentials in support of the request. The application shall be processed only after payment of the prescribed fees.


(iii) Applicants will only be exempted from a unit offered at a level which is equivalent to what is offered by the University of Nairobi.

Career Prospects

Postgraduate students in analytical chemistry will acquire skills that will enable them develop new methods for use of instruments in the analysis of chemical compounds,  The programme produces analytical chemists to work in various sectors of the economy such as Quality Control and Assurance, Standardization, Forensic Analysis and Toxicology, various govenment and non govenmental agencies. Opportunities also exist in the education sector. 

Attachment Opportunities

Student attachment opportunities exist in establishments for students who undertake research to address problems that exist in those establishments.

  Semester 1 - Semester 2  Semester 1 Semester 2   
TUITION 174,000 174,000 174,000 174,000 696,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 5,000 0 5,000 0 10,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000 0 14,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000 0 2,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000 0 4,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 2,250 2,250 9,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 0 5,000 0 10,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500 0 13,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0   0 5,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000 0 2,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0     30,000 30,000
TOTALS 208,750 176,250 203,750 206,250 795,000
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