WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Faculty of Arts
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020
Programme Overview

Criminology and Criminal Justice are two inter-related fields of inquiry that address crime and related concerns in the contemporary society. Criminology is an analytical and applied field of study that focuses on the understanding, control and prevention of crime and criminal behavior. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws from study areas such as sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, psychiatry, history, political science and philosophy. It also draws from professions such as law, medicine and social work.

Criminal justice is concerned with the analysis of the structure, function, and linkages of the three agencies of the criminal justice system namely, the police, judiciary, and corrections. Criminal justice further encompasses the intersection of human rights, governance and administration of justice. Criminology and Criminal Justice are of particular relevance due to the high prevalence, new types and changing patterns of crime that require rigorous scientific study for effective control and prevention.

The proposed Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) will contribute to the development of professional skills and expertise in crime control and prevention in the society. This will help to address an power shortages  of highly trained personnel with expertise in the administration of justice.  These professionals will thus fill an important market need. In addition, the program fills the gap between the existing Diploma and Masters programs in Criminology and Social Order in the Department of Sociology and Social Work. In addition to equipping graduates for employment, the proposed curriculum provides a comprehensive basis for Masters Degree in criminology and criminal justice leading to increased work and career opportunities as well as to further research and teaching in the field.

From the internships, dissertations and integrated seminars that the students will be exposed to, it is envisaged that this programme will provide an exhaustive, competent and professional approach to the study of crime and criminal justice. Moreover, the specialization for this course starts at level 11, giving those students an opportunity for in depth and insightful rigorous analysis of the subject matter.

Admission Requirements

1. A candidate must satisfy the prescribed University of Nairobi requirements.
2. Subject to regulation 1 above, a candidate for admission to the Faculty of Arts (hereinafter referred to as “the Faculty”) must have any of the following as minimum qualifications:
i)      KCSE. with a C+ or equivalent
ii)     KCSE. with a C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma (including IB Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.
iii)    KCE./EACE Div. III/ Ordinary GCE or equivalent Plus a Diploma (including IB Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.
iv)    KACE. or EAACE./Advanced GCE Certificate with one principal pass Plus a Diploma (including IB Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.
v)     KACE. or EAACE. certificate with two principal passes or equivalent.
vi)    International Baccalaureate Diploma
vii)   A degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

3. The Faculty board shall obtain a list of recognized institutions from either the Kenya National Examinations Council or Commission for Higher Education.
4.     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

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Application Fees for International Students: $0

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Police officer
– Corrections officer
– Forensic science technician
– Probation and community control officer
– Loss prevention specialist

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

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International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Ephraim Wahome
Dean Faculty of Arts
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries