The Master of Climate Change Adaptation (MCCA) programme of the University of Nairobi seeks to improve the science and practice of climate change and adaptation. It explores the fundamental changes caused by anthropogenic and natural activities that influence the alteration of the living earth’s environment.


The observed annual rainfall anomalies of the climate change models indicate possible increases in precipitation in East Africa, contrasted with reduced precipitation for southern Africa in the next 100 years. While for East Africa an increase in rainfall as projected would be welcome, it will be accompanied by an increase of extremely wet events, from the current 5% to about 20%, which could seriously disrupt food production systems and infrastructure.

For these reasons targeted research and advocacy on the systemic challenges and solutions to the variability associated with the changing climate and the 'implementation gap’ facing countries in sub-Saharan Africa is required. Innovative thinking about civil service motivation and reform and work to unlock the existing capabilities within and financing for existing institutions who will play a key role in reducing vulnerability and ensuring the security of and equitable access to natural resource assets is needed.

Support is required to ensure that the climate change response in Africa moves beyond merely inclusion, towards empowerment of vulnerable groups through (and for) effective climate change adaptation, through for example by targeting work with women’s groups, farming cooperatives, rural development, or economic empowerment initiatives.



There are three modes of delivery in this programme namely;

  1. Module I - this has a face-to-face delivery and is done from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  2. Module III - this has an open and distance learning mode where modules are given to students to  read/study.
  3. Blended  that combines face to face and online. The online mode of delivery consists of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, assignments, quizzes, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops using online learning platforms like eclass, SOMAS, Mitihani , Microsoft teams,Google meet, Zoom, Big blue button, the Student Management Information System (SMIS),  University of Nairobi Learning Management Systems.


For queries kindly contact

Prof. Ouma Gilbert O.


Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation

Telephone +254(0)204914305/4307

New intakes come in during September at the start of the academic year. However, admission is continuous and one can apply at any time to enter into the Masters or PhD programme in the Institute. Applications are processed as and when received.

The mode of delivery of the  programme will be offered through fulltime (face-to-face) mode.

Currently, due to COVID 19 restrictions,  courses are delivered online to ensure that learning is not interupted. The course has 3 semesters, two for learning and one for the collection of data. Students have the option of either Thesis or Project for their final study.


Intake is done in the month of September every calendar year. For more information, please visit this link


Applicant will be required to upload;

  • A photocopy of their Bachelors certificate duly certified as a true copy of the original by the issuing institution.
  • A photocopy of their transcripts indicating annual performance also duly certified as true copies of the original.
  • latest copy of their CV.
  • KCSE certificate

The common regulations for the Masters degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

The following shall be eligible for the registration for the Masters degree

 i) Holder of at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in non-classified degrees from a recognized university

ii) A holder of lower second class with at least two years of relevant work experience after graduation

iii) Holder of a pass degree with at least three years of relevant work experience after graduation


Applicants will apply at the University of Nairobi online portal

Graduates of this programme will find employment in national government ministries, private sector enterprises, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations organizations. They will also be green business and technology entrepreneurs.

The institute has structured the attachement opportunities in two ways

i) The Administration office circulates fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students regularly

ii) The Institute accepts interns to support the service delivery functions

Master of Climate Change and ADAPTATION-12 units Semester 1 - 4UNITS Semester 2 - 4UNITS 4UNITS  
TUITION 174,000 174,000 348,000 696,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 7,000 7,000 4,000 18,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000 14,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 4,500 9,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000 2,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500 13,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 0 5,000 10,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000 4,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0   30,000 30,000
TOTALS 210,750 183,250 409,000 803,000
Exam Regulations

Written Examinations
1.1 The common regulations governing the examinations of Masters Degree shall apply to all courses.
1.2 Candidates shall take written examinations at end of each semester.
1.3 The end of semester examination shall constitute 70% of total marks whereas continuous assessment tests shall account for 30%.
1.4 The end semester examination shall be of three hours.
1.5 The pass mark shall be 50%. Grading shall be based on the following scale:
Class Mark (%)
A 70-100
B 60-69
C 50-59
D 0-49
1.6 A candidate who fails to obtain pass mark in any course may be allowed to take supplementary examination in the failed paper.
1.7 A candidate shall only be permitted to take supplementary examination in a maximum of two course units.
1.8 A candidate who fails in more than two papers, in one academic year, may on recommendation of ICCA Board, be discontinued by Senate.
1.9 A pass obtained by supplementary examination shall be recorded as 50%.
1.10 A candidate who fails in the supplementary examination or fails to complete the course work in the prescribed time shall, on recommendation of the Board of ECS and approval of the Senate, be discontinued.
1.11 There shall be a special examination where a candidate fails to take scheduled examination provided there are satisfactory reasons.

 Examination of Thesis
2.1 The thesis shall, on submission, be examined by three internal examiners from ECS and one external examiner. The candidate shall present themselves for oral examination and defend the research findings before a ECS panel of examiners constituted by the Director of ECS and approval by the Board of Postgraduate Studies
2.2 The pass for the thesis shall be 50%.
2.3 A candidate who fails in the thesis may, on recommendation of ECS Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to resubmit the thesis for examination within the stipulated period.
2.4 A pass obtained in the re-submission of the thesis shall be recorded as 50%.
2.5 A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark in the thesis at the re-submission shall, on recommendation of ECS Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued.

Examination of Research Project
3.1 Candidates shall be required to submit Research Projects for examination at least three weeks before end of semester in which they are to be examined.
3.2 The Research Project shall be examined by three internal examiners, and the ECS appointed external examiner for the year and subjected to oral defence by a panel constituted by the Director of ECS.
3.3 The pass mark for the Research Project shall be 50%.
3.4 A candidate who fails in the Research Project may, on recommendation of ECS Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to re-submit the project for examination, within the stipulated period.
3.5 A pass obtained in the re-submission of a Research Project shall be recorded as 50%.
3.6 A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark in the Research Project at the second –re-submission shall, on recommendation of ECS Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued.

Special course unit ICCA 608 Examination
The course unit ICCA 608: Critical Debates in Global Climate Change and Adaptation shall be examined by the Institute through grading of assignments out of seventy percent (70%

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