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

The Bachelor of Arts programme in the Department of Literature guides students to respond sensitively to a wealth pool of literature that uses oral and written modes of transmission, exists in poetic, dramatic and prose genres and traverses regional and national cultures. In the process, students acquire tools to evaluate literature, discover the language literature uses, learn skills for staging and performing drama.


In line with the Faculty of Arts requirements, the minimum period needed for a candidate to study and qualify for the award of a BA degree is seven semesters; the maximum period allowed is sixteen semesters. The Faculty of Arts regulations concerning course loading, intermission of studies and payment of fees will apply.

Admission Requirements
  1. The common regulations of the Bachelors Degree of the University of Nairobi shall be applicable. Subject to the above, a candidate must have any of the following minimum qualifications:
  2. Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) certificate with a minimum aggregate of C+ and a minimum of C+ in English or minimum grade of B in an English language bridging course offered at the University of Nairobi with at least a C- in the subject at KCSE.
  3. KCSE with a mean grade of C Plain or equivalent plus a Diploma in a relevant field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  4. K.C.S.E. with a mean grade C- or equivalent Plus a Certificate and a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  5. Kenya Certificate of Education/East African Certificate of Education (K.C.E./EA.C.E) Div. III/ Ordinary GCE or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.
  6. Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or East African Advanced Certificate of Education (E.A.A.C.E) )/ Advanced GCE certificate with a minimum of two principal passes and a minimum of a credit pass in English in Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE).
  7. K.A.C.E. or E.A.A.C.E/ Advanced GCE Certificate with one principal pass Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.
  8. A Diploma from an institution recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi and a minimum aggregate of C at KCSE level or O-level, Division III.

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

  1. Qualifications deemed to be equivalent to any of the above.
  2.  International Baccalaureate Diploma.
  3. A degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

The Department of Literature shall be guided by the Faculty of Arts list of recognized institutions from either the Kenya National Examinations Council or Commission for Higher Education.

  1. A student must also satisfy requirements set from time to time by the Department of Literature.
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:
– English teacher
– Publishing assistant
– Editorial assistant
– Copywriter
– Social media manager
– Copy editor.

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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