The course is designed to meet the needs of analytical and industrial chemical laboratories in teaching, research, industrial chemical processes and quality control. The major fields of study shall include basic organic, inorganic and physical chemistry biochemical techniques, instrumental methods of analysis and general industrial processes.
The Department of Chemistryat Egerton University recognized the importance of technical training and launched a Certificate in Science Laboratory Programme. The Department of Chemistry has introduced Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology so as to address the national demand for quality-trained technicians. The programme aims to provide practical experience in modern analytical instrumentation and procedures, graded from basic equipment to the most up-to-date, microprocessor-controlled devices.
The programme also aims at enabling the certificates graduates of Egerton University and those from other institutions to competitively access higher education. At the end of the second year of study the students will go for field/industrial attachment. The field placement will be an opportunity for students to practice and develop the analytical skills through work.
At the end of the programme the graduates should be able to:
The minimum entry requirements for the Diploma of Egerton University shall apply as follows:
A mean grade of C of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or KCE/EACE division II or at least one principal pass at EAACE or its equivalent.
Individual minimum score of grade C (KCSE) in each of the following subjects;
Holders of certificate in Science Laboratory Technology, with a minimum credit pass, from institutions recognised by Egerton University, may be considered for admission.
Egerton University minimum entry requirements for Diploma Programmes
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they do not in any way, entitle an applicant to a place at Egerton University.
The programme is designed to take at least three academic years. A full-time registered student shall complete the course in three calendar years and six calendar years for part-time student. Each academic year shall have three BLOCKS: in April (4weeks), August (4 weeks) and December (4 weeks). At the end of second year there shall be mandatory practical attachment in a relevant scientific laboratory for a period of at least 8 weeks at work place or in a recognised teaching, research institution, or industry. The curriculum is organised in a unity system where one unity is weighted on number of C.F s as follows: