The purpose of the Ph.D. in Geology is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of geology. A Ph.D. in Geology is a pure science-based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution nationally and internationally at the frontiers of the discipline of specialization.


Original research work that impacts national and international dissemination in publications with scientific revision in the field of geology cutting across the academic, technological, social and cultural progress. 


i. Equip the student with knowledge of carrying out original research work that deserves national and international dissemination in publications. 

ii.Enhance the ability of the student to engage in research that are designed to encourage critical thinking and analysis to geological problems

 iii.  Equip the students with the ability  to formulate testable hypotheses, collect data to test them, and publish their results. 

Course Duration 

The course shall be covered in a minimum of six (6)  semesters equivalent to two (2) academic years and maximum of twelve (12) semesters of 15 weeks each.

Mode of Delivery



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


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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Course Structure 

The candidate shall undertake a mandatory research and thesis in any of the following areas.

  1. Mineralogy and Petrology
  2. Economic Geology and Mineral Resources
  3. Environmental Geology and Management
  4. Engineering Geology
  5. Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resource Management
  6. Petroleum Geology
  7. Marine Geology and Resources
  8. Applied Geochemistry
  9. Applied Geophysics
  10. Seismology
  11. Palynology and Micropalaentology
  12. Mineral Exploration

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

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


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The Common Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the University of Nairobi and in the School of Physical Sciences shall apply.

The following shall be eligible for admission:

A holder of a Master’s Degree in Geology, or its equivalent from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate.

Schedule of intakes 

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Earning a Ph.D. or doctorate degree can offer educational and career opportunities for graduates that can open new doors to a rewarding and fulfilling career and the ability to make a better salary over a lifetime.



Notable Alumini

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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