WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Master of Arts in History
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Faculty of Arts
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: 9 October 2020
Programme Overview
Exams Regulations

Final University of Nairobi examinations shall be given at the end of every semester in each taught course unit; each final examination shall be in the form of a three-hour written examination paper.

Where a semester-long project paper is required, work on the project paper shall be started and completed during the final semester of the postgraduate diploma programme. The project paper shall be graded as though it were 2 taught course units without coursework, and consequently, the paper shall contribute 100% of the marks awarded in those course units.

To be awarded the postgraduate diploma, a candidate must pass all specialized, core and elective course units taken, as well as the Project Paper where applicable.

All examinations shall be governed by the following rules:

i)      Each course unit shall be graded over 100.

ii)     The written final examination shall account for 60% of all the marks in each course unit, while continuous assessment tests shall account for 40%; but the Project Paper or “Independent research” paper shall be graded over 100%, as there shall be no continuous assessment test associated with them.

iii)    In every course unit taken, the pass mark shall be 50%, which shall be arrived at by adding the overall continuous coursework grade obtained in that course to the final end-of-semester grade.

iv)    A candidate who fails in any examination in a specialized, core, or elective course unit taken at the end of a semester may re-sit that examination when it is next given during scheduled end-of-semester examinations, and should he/she once again fail, may re-sit the examination one more time when it is next scheduled as part of the University’s regular end-of-semester examinations calendar, provided that he/she shall pay such fees as may be prescribed by the University in respect of such examination. There shall be no special or supplementary examinations between or during semesters.

v)     A candidate who fails in any examination in an elective course unit may, at his/her own discretion, register in an alternative elective course unit, in lieu of re-sitting an examination in which he/she failed once or more than once; provided that he/she shall pay such registration and other fees as may be prescribed by the University in respect of such examination.

In the event that a candidate re-sits the final examination in any course unit, the final grade shall be based entirely on the marks obtained in the final written examination, which shall be graded over 100 marks; and the continuous coursework marks pertaining to that course unit shall not be considered.

Each candidate’s cumulative performance in the course of the postgraduate diploma programme, as well as his/her overall performance,  shall be summarized in an average score over 100, and a letter reflecting current University practice.

A student who, for good cause supported with authenticated documentary evidence, fails to sit or complete an end-of-semester examination may be allowed to sit for the paper(s) concerned when the examination is next scheduled, without paying additional fees.


Course Modules
CHS 511 Research MethodsCHS 512 Advanced Historiography Of Kenya

CHS 517 Critical Philosophy Of History

CHS 513 Urban Origins In Africa Up To 1900

CHS 514 History Of African Cities And Towns Since 1900

CHS 516 Demography And History In Africa

CHS 518 Speculative Philosophy Of History

CHS 519 The Nile Civilizations

CHS 520 African Political Processes

CHS 521 Early Civilizations Of Sub Saharan Africa

CHS 522 History And Economic Theory In Africa And The Developing World

CHS 523 Comparative Historical Studies In Labour Movements In Africa, Asia And Latin America

CHS 524 Meso And South American Civilizations

CHS 525 North Africa

CHS 526 Themes In World Prehistory

CHS 527 Eastern Africa History

CHS 528 Eastern African History

CHS 529 Topics In Gender Studies

CHS 530 Development Of Trade Unionism In Europe And North America

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this programme should have a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours Degree in the relevant discipline from the University of Nairobi or Equivalent qualification from Institutions recognized by Senate. Persons with lower qualifications but with publications and postgraduate diplomas after Bachelors’ degrees are also considered for admission.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $49

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:
– Librarian.
– Journalist.
– Research Assistant.
– Historian.
– Archivist – Court Houses.
– Documentation Specialist.
– Manager – National Parks & Historic Sites.
– Library Systems Analyst.

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

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**This programme will be completed after a duration of 2 years, with fees per year as follows:
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International Students pay 25% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

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