In response and pursuant to public and private sectors needs for trained personnel with specialization in particular fields of Geology, the Department of Geology has restructured its M.Sc. Programme and grouped the course units into suitable specializations.


The department of Geology being in the education sector equips learners with desired values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and competencies essential for productive employment and entrepreneurship. 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, the department of Geology offers 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 Geology degree programme responds to the goals of Vision 2030 by offering knowledge and skills that exploits natural resources. 


The objectives of this programme therefore are to:

  • Provide specialized training to make students adequately competent in their fields of specialization.
  • Train geological manpower in the fields that are commensurate with the country’s needs to cope with the contemporary challenges

Areas of Specialization under this programme include:-

  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


Duration of Studentship 

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


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). 


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.

The online teaching is given to the  students and consist of comprehensive coverage of the syllabus through lectures, assignments, quizzes, tutorials, practicals, seminars, workshops using platforms like  eClass, SOMAS, Microsoft teams & Google meet, learning management systems (LMS) approved by Senate.  

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The programme lasts for a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of twelve semesters and is offered by coursework, examination and research project.  Coursework consists of lectures, tutorials practicals and seminars.

There are 12 areas of specialization from which a candidate selects one.  Candidates are required to take twelve course units.  Two of these are core course units taken by candidates from all areas of specialization.  Six are compulsory units in a chosen area of specialization and four are taken from among the elective courses in the same area of specialization.

In the first three semesters, candidates embark on coursework for which they are examined at the end of each semester

Candidates submit their research project proposals for approval by the Department at the end of the third semester.

 In the fourth semester, candidates embark on their research projects and submit dissertations which are examined at the end of that semester.

Coursework is weighted twelve units and research project four course units making a total sixteen course units for the entire programme.

Each course unit is assigned forty-five contact hours.

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Admission Requirements

Candidates must fulfill the general University regulations governing Master of Science programmes and those of the Faculty of Science.

Holders of the following qualifications will be eligible;

  1. A B.Sc. degree in Geology with at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from a recognized University or equivalent.
  2. A. B.Sc. degree in Geology with a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from a recognized University or equivalent with two years relevant post qualification experience.  In addition, the applicant must have shown strong evidence of research through publications.
  3. Holders of a pass degree and a postgraduate Diploma from the University of Nairobi or other Institutions recognized by Senate.
  4. Holders of a pass degree from the University of Nairobi or other Institutions recognized by Senate with at least five years relevant post qualification experience.

Candidates who wish to specialize in Applied Geophysics of Seismology, besides being B.Sc. Graduates in Geology, should have studied Physics and Mathematics to at least second year level of the University of Nairobi B.Sc. programme or equivalent.

Schedule of Intakes 

Application to join the programme normally commences April. Students wishing to join the programme should submit their applications through University of Nairobi Online Application Portal. Click here for further information.

Registration and admission for qualified applicants commences in August and commencement of studies in September. Information on registration can be found here

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Through credit transfer, a candidate may be exempted from not more than one third of the total number of course units taken.  Transfer of credit(s) for course units to be transferred must meet the following requirements:

A request for exemption must be made in writing to the Dean, Faculty of Science, soon after admission.  Then the candidate must provide supporting documents from the relevant institutions including syllabuses of the courses done.  These documents  must be officially endorsed by his/her previous institution.

The candidate must pay appropriate exemption fees.

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1. Government  ministries  like

  • Ministry of Environment and Mineral resources 
  • Ministry of Energy 
  • Ministry ofWater and Irrigation 
  • Ministry of Agriculture 
  • Ministry of Roads and Public works 
  • Ministry of Lands and settlement 

2. Parastatal bodies like

  1. Post secondary teaching institutions 
  2. Mining companies e.g. Magadi soda
  3. Geothermal energy development companies 
  4. Petroleum exploration companies 
  5. Development Authorities -KVDA<TARDA 

3. Private firms like :-

  1. Groundwater exploration firms 
  2. Oil exploration firms 
  3. Engineering Firms 
  4. Mining Companies 


Career/Employment Opportunities

The employers of geologists includes:-


    • Ministry of  Environment  and  Natural Resources.
    • Ministry of Energy.
    • Ministry of Water Development.
    • Ministry of Agriculture.
    • Ministry of Public Works and Housing.
    • Ministry of Lands and Settlement


    • Groundwater exploration firms.
    • Oil Exploration firms.
    • Engineering firms.
    • Mining companies


  • Engineering Geologists
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geochemist
  • Oceanographers
  • Seismologists
  • Paleontologists
  • Petroleum geologists


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Contacts of support Persons

For more information please contact: 

Dr. Josphat K. Mulwa, Senior Lecturer, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.


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Master of Science-Geology (16 units) Semester 1 - 4UNITS Semester 2 - 4UNITS Semester 1 - 4UNITS Semester 2 - 4UNITS  
TUITION 174,000 174,000 174,000 174,000 696,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 16,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 2,250 2,250 2,250 2,250 9,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000 0 2,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 0 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 0 6,500 0 13,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 0 2,000 0 4,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 0 5,000 0 10,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 0 7,000 0 14,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 0 1,000 0 2,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0 0   30,000 30,000
Total- Geology  207,750 180,250 202,750 210,250 801,000
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