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Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry program

University of Nairobi

Masters Program 2 Years

Course Details

Course Overview

 Clinical Chemistry or Chemical Pathology is a sub-speciality of pathology that comprises the study of metabolic processes in relation to their physiological changes in man and animals. For this study, the Clinical Chemist applies the techniques of analytical chemistry and biochemistry to obtain diagnostic and prognostic information about patients, and to investigate the evolution of disease and response to therapy. It is a discipline which is inseparable from modern medicine, and is implicated in fundamental clinical and pathophysiological research.

Many medical laboratories in the Eastern and Southern African region, including Kenya, are understaffed in the field of clinical chemistry.

The Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry course at the University of Nairobi aims to train medical and science graduates in the principles and practice of Clinical Chemistry. This will therefore develop individuals who are highly competent in the tools for diagnosing of diseases and thereby assist clinicians in effective diagnosis, treatment and follow up of patients.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The following shall be eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry programme at the University of Nairobi



  1. Holders of a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB.), Veterinary Medicine (MVM), Dental Surgery (BDS), Pharmacy (BPharm.) degree of the University of Nairobi or another University recognised by University of Nairobi Senate.



  2. Holders of the following degrees, at upper second class honours, of the University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualifications from a University recognised by the Senate of the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Technologist and Bachelor of Science in Anatomy.


Credit Transfer


A master of Science candidate may be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one third of the taught units.


Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry applicants seeking transfer credits shall send a formal application to the Director, Board of post-graduate studies, through the Dean, Faculty of Medicine in the University of Nairobi, seeking transfer of credits, 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.

Course Objectives

Equip the Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry candidates with skills and ability to offer specialized Clinical Chemistry diagnostic laboratory services.

Develop personnel who can effectively manage laboratory personnel, equipment and reagents, and implant quality assurance programs relevant to clinical chemistry.


Develop personnel to undertake academic responsibility in research and teaching.

Course Program

The Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry course at the University of Nairobi shall run over a minimum period of 4 semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters of 15 weeks each.

The Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry course at the University of Nairobi shall be by coursework and project.


A course unit shall be defined as a total of 60 contact hours of lectures, practicals or demonstrations and seminars, separately taken or in a combination.


Master of Science 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.




Course Outline


Part I Courses


Cell Biology and Physiology, Analytical Techniques and Instrumentation I, Analytical Techniques and Instrumentation II, Endocrinology, Clinical Enzymology, Clinical Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Chemometrics, Laboratory Management, Epidemiology.


Part II Courses


Clinical Pathology, Paediatric and Geriatric Biochemistry, Diagnostic Clinical Chemistry, Research Project.

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