The school of medicine in the University of Nairobi has been the top most medical school in the republic of Kenya since its establishment in the year 1967. The school (medicine) has been excellent in Kenya in both teaching and research and it has trained many undergraduate since it was formed. The school of medicine is under the college of health sciences in the University of Nairobi alongside other medical courses such as nursing, medical laboratory, pharmacy, public health and dental sciences. This school is located in Chiromo campus of the university of nairobi.
Since university of Nairobi is the best university that offers a degree in medicine (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), many students who pass their final examinations after form four (KCSE) complete for admission for this course under the sponsorship of government through the Kenya university and colleges placement services (KUCPS). Due to limited vacancies and high competition for the chance, only few students are selected by the government to study medicine while majority are left out. Those who have ambition of becoming doctors after being left out can still join the course (medicine) through the privately sponsored students program if their parents are able to pay for the tution fees as long as they attain the minimum admission requirement.
The admission intake in the school of medicine is usually done in September and October every year and then the students report on January the following year. The undergraduate programmes which are offered at the school of medicine in the university include;
- Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBchB).
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (B.Sc. Biochemistry).
- Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and Technology (Bsc.M.L.S.T).
The biochemistry has various options and they include medical biochemistry, nutrition biochemistry and molecular biology and biotechnology. The admission requirement for medicine and biochemistry is the same while that one of medical laboratory is different. The minimum admission requirement for MBchB and B.Sc. Biochemistry include;
- KCSE C+ (plus) in eight subjects taken at the same sitting with good passes in alternative A (biology, chemistry, physics/mathematics, English/Kiswahili) or alternative B (biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, English/Kiswahili). or
- Advance level certificate: two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry, and at least one subsidiary pass in mathematics or physics or
- Diploma holders in medical sciences: a minimum KCE division II or C+ in KCSE in addition to a Credit pass in proffesional qualifications form a recognized medical training institution; or • Any degree in biological sciences from a recognized university. • Masters in medical based sciences of the University of Nairobi in the following: biochemistry, physiology, public health, human anatomy and microbiology.
- Ph.D in any of the following fields; medical sciences, biological sciences and physical sciences. The minimum admission requirements for one to pursue Bsc.M.L.S.T are:
- C+ in KCSE or equivalent and with at least a C+ (KCSE) in biology, chemistry and mathematics or physics; or • KCSE minigrade of C (plain) or KCE (O’level) division II plus a diploma in medical laboratory technology, clinical medicine, nursing sciences, dental sciences, pharmaceutical technology or related discipline from a recognised institution that is recognised by the university of Nairobi.
For more information pertaining the admission criteria in the school of medicine in the University of Nairobi, you can contact dean, school of medicine, Box 19676, Nairobi. Their telephone number is 2726300, extension number 43769, fax 2725102 or email address email@example.com.