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BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (COUNSELING) program

University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree Program

Course Details

Course Overview

Social, economic, cultural and political transformations rapidly taking place in Kenya and this sub-region in general are causing a variety of social and psychological problems. As a result, there is increasing need for the services of well trained counselors and counseling psychologist to address these problems due to this the University of Nairobi has set up a course to curb this problem.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1.      KCSE with a C+ or equivalent or KCSE with a C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma (including IB Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized  post- secondary institution.


2.      KCE/EACE Div. III/ Ordinary GCE or equivalent Plus a Diploma (including IB Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.


3.      KACE or EAACE./ Advanced GCE Certificate with one principal pass Plus a Diploma (including IB Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized postsecondary institution, KACE or EAACE certificate with two principal passes or equivalent.


4.      International Baccalaureate Diploma or a degree from a recognized University or equivalent.


5.      A Diploma course shall be required to have covered at least 3 course units of 45 contact hours each over a minimum period of 2 semesters of 15 weeks or 270 contact hours.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the programme are:


i) To understand and appreciate the role of politics in human life.


ii) To equip students with skills of understanding and conducting research on politics, political processes and political systems globally.


iii) To acquire appropriate skills that can enable students to effectively participate and contribute to political development in the country.

Course Program

Course Outline


Year 1


Introduction to Psychology


History and Systems of Psychology


Psychology of Learning, Motivation and Emotion


Psychology of Human Development


Year 2


Biopsychology


Social Psychology


Personality Psychology


Cognitive Psychology


Research Methods in Psychology


Basic Statistics


Human Sexuality


Psychology of Ageing


Psychology of Adjustment


Abnormal Psychology


Psychology of Exceptional Persons


Psychology of Parenting


Year 3


Health Psychology


Addictive Disorders


Organizational Psychology


Behaviour Modification


Deviant Behaviour


Stress Management


Vocational Guidance


Therapeutic Techniques in Counselling


Theories of Counselling


Psychological Testing


Fundamentals of Counselling


The Counselling Relationship


Year 4


Research Project (2 Units)


Counselling of the Youth


Group Counselling


Community Counselling


Cross-Cultural Counselling


Post-Traumatic Stress Counselling


Practicum, (2 Units)


Counselling Terminally Ill Patients


Family, Marital & Sex Counseling


Counselling Families of Persons with Special Needs


Counselling Persons with Alcohol and Substance Abuse Problems


Counselling Outcomes, Issues, and Ethics

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