Master in Clinical Chemistry


Clinical Chemistry also known as Chemical Pathology or Clinical Biochemistry is the study of the chemical and metabolic basis of diseases. It is a sub-speciality of pathology that comprises the study of metabolic processes in relation to their physiological and pathological changes in man and animals.  Clinical Chemistry applies the techniques of analytical chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology to obtain diagnostic and prognostic information about patients, as well as investigate the evolution of disease and response to therapy.  It is a discipline that is inseparable from modern medicine and has implication in fundamental clinical and pathophysiological research.


The Master of Science in clinical chemistry of the University of Nairobi is designed to train internationally recognised clinical chemists through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilisation of acquired knowledge. The University of Nairobi will strive to produce highly trained personnel to provide health care services.


The mandate of the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Health is to promote and improve the health status of all Kenyans by providing curative, preventive and rehabilitative health care services.  Appropriate curative services can only be achieved if properly coordinated diagnostic services run by well-trained personnel who are available and accessible.

Laboratory medicine particularly clinical chemistry is becoming sophisticated by the day with invention of equipment aimed at improving clinical laboratory turnaround time, self-testing and quality outcomes. Development of highly trained staff and bequeathing clinical laboratory workers with skills to respond to emerging dynamics in testing is paramount in patient management. Further, the demand for establishment of quality control, sustained prototyping and innovations in thematic area of clinical chemistry calls for a well-trained personnel


  1. Equip candidates with skills and ability to offer specialized Clinical Chemistry diagnostic laboratory services.
  2. Develop personnel who can effectively manage laboratory personnel, equipment and reagents, and apply quality assurance programs relevant to clinical chemistry.
  3. Develop personnel to undertake academic responsibility in research and teaching. 


Mode of Delivery 

1. Face-to-face Mode

The main teaching mode using didactic sessions, lectures, tutorials, seminars, supervised hands-on training, case presentations and case reviews.

2. Web-based platforms

Additional content for self-directed learning will be provided through e-learning platforms, video conferencing and web content.

3. Blended Mode

This combines online learning with synchronous, asynchronous and face-to-face methods.

4. Logbook

A logbook will be kept which will record all the laboratory rotations and evaluations/ assessments performed by the student during the year. Case presentations, seminars and journal club presentations shall also be documented.


Contact of Support Person

For any assistance contact the Secretary, Office of the Chair, Department of Human Pathology 

Telephone: 0204915048


or pay us a visit at Kenyatta National Hospital Campus, University of Nairobi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Human Pathology.

The course shall run over a minimum period of four (4) semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters of 15 weeks each.

The course shall be by coursework and project

  • A course unit shall be defined as a total of sixty 960) contact hours of lectures, practicals or demonstrations and seminars, separately taken or in a combination.
  • Students shall be required to take a total of fifteen courses and a research project
  • The research project shall be the equivalent of eight course units.

The common regulations for Master’s degree in all Faculties of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

Holders of a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB), Veterinary Medicine (BVM), Dental Surgery (BDS), Pharmacy (B.Pharm) degree of University of Nairobi or another University recognized by the Senate.

Holders of the following degrees, at upper second class honours, of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualifications from a University recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi:-

i. BSc. in Biochemistry

ii. BSc. In Medical Laboratory  Science and Technology

iii. BSc. In Biomedical Laboratory Technology

iv. BSc in Physiology

v. BSc. In Medical Laboratory  Science

2.  Regulation for Credit Transfer

  • A candidate may be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one third of the taught units.
  • Applicants seeking transfer of credits shall send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate studies, through the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and seeking transfer of credit, giving justification for the request and attach evidence of credentials which would support such a request.
  • Application for transfer of credit will be processed only after payment.
  • Applicants will only be allowed to transfer a unit which is equivalent and/or at the same level with that offered by the University of Nairobi.

3. Application Information 

Application is done online through the Online Application System. Click here to apply

4. Schedule of Intake 

September of every year.

Attachment Opportunity 

Research and Laboratory attachments in the department laboratories 


Career Prospective 

  • Working in a Clinical Chemistry Laboratory and Biomedical laboratory 
  • Research in Clinical Chemistry 
  • Teaching careers in academia
  • Institutions and industries
  • Post-doctoral fellowship/training
  • Scientist in research and development

Notable Alumni 

  1. Kibet Kiptim - Lab in charge,  Clinical Chemistry Laboratory, KNH
  2. Deborah Mogi- Chief Technologist,  Clinical Chemistry Laboratory,  UON
   YEAR 1   YEAR 2   TOTALS 
TUITION                   384,000.00              384,000.00              768,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        5,000.00                                -                     5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                   6,500.00                13,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                   7,000.00                14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00                   4,500.00                   9,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                   2,000.00                   4,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00                   5,000.00                10,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                   1,000.00                   2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                        5,000.00                                -                     5,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                   1,000.00                   2,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                                     -                  30,000.00                30,000.00
Grand totals       421,000.00   441,000.00   862,000.00