The philosophy of the programme is anchored on the need to impart knowledge, skills and attitudes in the biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, social, behavioural and clinical sciences that will enhance the provision of pharmaceutical care at the patient level. Pharmaceutical services in recent years have expanded significantly beyond medicine preparation and distribution. These evolutionary changes are characterized by greater involvement of pharmacists in medicine-related decision making and patient care. To continuously improve patient care, there is a need to optimize the use of medication to enhance health and prevent diseases by producing clinical pharmacy specialists. It is, therefore, important to keep the training of clinical pharmacists relevant and hence the need to review the curriculum to incorporate the changing trends. The philosophy of patient-centred care is the current trend in pharmacy practice globally.


The World Health Organization through the concept of pharmaceutical care recognizes a pharmacist as an integral member of the patient care team. The discipline of Clinical Pharmacy is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medicines in patients, through the application of specialized skills and knowledge. This is in line with the current Kenyan constitution where every Kenyan has a right to the highest attainable health standards. Devolvement of health care to the counties where specialized healthcare services are inadequate adds to the urgent need for these calibres of professionals.

Before a decision to revise the current curriculum was made, several meetings were held between the stakeholders and the Department of pharmacy staff.

The programme has incorporated all the content that is essential to meet the market requirements. The graduates of this programme will be adequately equipped with knowledge and skills to handle the pharmaceutical care challenges in society to enhance the quality and quantity of life. The overall effect will be a healthy nation where the citizens will be more productive and healthier.


The  programme shall run over a minimum of four  semesters and a maximum of ten semesters of  fifteen  weeks each.


Face-to-Face Mode

Lectures, seminars, discussions, tutorials, guided practical experiments and demonstrations. clinical work, clinical teachings & tutorials, practical demonstrations, teachings in skills laboratory, on-call duties, clinical case discussions, journal clubs, case reports, seminars, multimedia resources. Most of the learning will be participatory.

Open, Distance and E-Learning Mode

Home and/or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional electronic and online self-study materials, such as; written self-instructional study modules, online interactive devices and self-tests, cloud-based content, videos of lectures mediated technical learning materials e.g. audiovisual and e- learning materials

Blended Learning Mode

A combination of face-to-face and online learning approaches.

The common regulations for the Master of Pharmacy degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply. A candidate applying for admission into the programme must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Holder of Bachelor of Pharmacy degree of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent degree from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  • Must be registered by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Kenya or an equivalent regulatory body in their respective country and be in the retention list.
  • An international candidate shall be required to obtain a temporary practice license from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Kenya.
  • The candidate should have worked in a relevant field for at least one year after registration by their regulatory body.
  • Pass an entry examination conducted by the department hosting the programme.
  • Must possess valid evidence of indemnity cover for the entire period of clinical training.
  • Foreign candidates from non-English speaking countries must show evidence of proficiency in English language from a recognized institution.


The Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy Programme aims at imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes in the biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, social, behavioral and clinical sciences that will enhance the provision of pharmaceutical care at patient level.

   Year 1 -7units   Year 2-6units   Year 3-3units   Totals 
TUITION              345,000.00              300,000.00                   300,000.00                   945,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                   6,500.00                   6,500.00                        6,500.00                      19,500.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                   5,000.00                                -                                       -                          5,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                   7,000.00                   7,000.00                        7,000.00                      21,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                   7,000.00                   6,000.00                        3,000.00                      16,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                   2,000.00                   2,000.00                        2,000.00                        6,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                   5,000.00                   5,000.00                        5,000.00                      15,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                   1,000.00                   1,000.00                        1,000.00                        3,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                   4,500.00                   4,500.00                        4,500.00                      13,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                   1,000.00                   1,000.00                        1,000.00                        3,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                                -                          30,000.00                      30,000.00
Grand totals   384,000.00   333,000.00       360,000.00    1,077,000.00

  Written Examinations

The common regulations for the Masters degrees in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

University examinations will be held at the end of each academic year of the study.

Candidates enrolled for the degree shall be required to take examinations and pass in all course units by end of the each year before being allowed to proceed to the   following   year of study.


  • No candidate shall be allowed to sit for the examination in a course unless he/she has attended at least two-thirds of the prescribed instructional hours.
  • A candidate who fails to attain at least two-thirds attendance of the prescribed contact hours of the course may, on recommendation of the School Board of examiners and approval of Senate, be allowed to repeat the course.
  • ​​​​​​​Candidates shall be required to develop a proposal for their research work by the end of third trimester of second year of their study.
  •   ​​​All the core course units will each be examined by: a 1x 3 hour written examination paper and a 1 x 0.25 hour oral examination except Clinical Pharmacy and Patient Health Assessment and the elective course which will be examined by: a 1 x 3 hour written examination paper and a 1 x 1 hour practical examination.
  • ​​​​​​​The electives will each be examined by a 1x3 hour written examination paper and a 1x1 hour clinical competence assessment.
  • ​​​​​​​Clinical competence assessment shall be in form of objective structured clinical examination.
  • ​​​​​​​Continuous assessment shall consist of written assessments, term papers, seminar presentations, clinical/practical exercises, assignments and other tests as may be given in each course.
  • ​​​​​​​ The final examination in each course shall constitute 60% of the total marks while the course work shall constitute 40%. 
  •            ​​​A candidate who fails in one third of the subjects in a year may, on recommendation of School Board and approval by Senate, be allowed to take supplementary examination in the failed course once within a period not shorter than one month and not longer than three months after the release of examination results.
  • The pass mark obtained after a supplementary examination shall be recorded as 50%.
  • A candidate who fails in a supplementary examination shall, on recommendation of School Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued.
  • ​​​​​​​A candidate who fails to complete the   programme within the prescribed period or fails in supplementary examination shall, on recommendation of the School Board of examiners and approval of Senate, be discontinued.


      1.    Examination of Dissertation
      2.   The common regulations for examination of dissertation in University of Nairobi shall apply.


      1. The dissertation shall be examined out of 100% and marks distributed as 80% for the written and 20% for the oral examination.



      1.    Written dissertation shall be examined by two internal examiners appointed by the Department, one of whom shall not have supervised the candidate and an external examiner.