MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY

Overview

Industrial Chemistry is the branch of chemistry, which applies physical and chemical processes towards the transformation of natural materials and their derivatives to products that are of benefit to humanity. Science and technology drives industrialization and hence economic growth. It is therefore important to develop graduates capable of translating chemical knowledge and skills into industrial development.

In addition to the traditional chemistry areas, the course covers research methods, material science, waste management, project management and total quality management.

 

 Philosophy of the Degree Programme

The philosophy of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry degree programme is that students are facilitated by various instructional means and conducive environment to acquire advanced  industrial chemistry knowledge and skills to enable them succeed in their careers and 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.  

 
The Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry degree programme responds to the goals of Vision 2030 by offering industrial chemistry knowledge and skills that can be applied in the exploitation of natural resources to drive the industrialization process. The 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 skills to understand develop and modify industrial technologies and
therefore promote industrial development.
(ii) With knowledge in transforming the chemical and allied industry through
their involvement in research and development, policy and business
decision-making.
(iii) To be competent in academia, research and consultancy.

 

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

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

 Face-to-Face

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.  
 

Blended

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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Duration

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 study, 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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Registration and admission of qualified applicants commences in August and class begin in September. Information on registration can be found 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 Industrial Chemistry must have any of the following:

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

(ii) A lower Second Class Honours Degree of the University of Nairobi in Industrial 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 Industrial 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

An industrial or chemist designs, runs, troubleshoots and improves the processes of chemical and material production on an industrial scale. Graduates find employment in the chemical and allied industries, Research Scientist, research institues such as Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, that  work in the areas of improvement of manufacturing processes and developmment of novel manufacturing processes. They also find employment in the education sector.

Attachment Opportunities

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

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY (I605)          
  YEAR 1   YEAR 2   TOTALS
  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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