MSc. Biotechnology

The duration of the Master of Science in Biotechnology shall be at least two academic years (18 months) and a maximum of 36 months from the date of registration. For part-time students the course shall last for at least 24 months and a maximum of 48 months from the date of registration. The Master of Science in Biotechnology shall be done by Course work, examination and thesis. In the first year of study, a student will be required to take 5 core units, a compulsory seminar and 5 elective units. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework and examinations. The second year of study shall be devoted to research project for a thesis.

Areas of specialization

Students taking a Master of Science in Biotechnology shall follow any one of the options:
(i)   Phytobiotechnology Option
(ii)  Animal Biotechnology Option
(iii) Microbial Biotechnology Option
NB: Not all specialized areas listed above maybe offered in anyone year.

Admission Requirements
1.1    The common Regulations for all master degrees in the University shall apply.
1.2    The common regulations for all master degrees in the Institute for Biotechnology Research shall apply.
2.0    The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Science degree in Biotechnology
2.1.1    A holder of at least B.Sc Second Class Honors (upper division) in Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology and Horticulture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
2.1.2    A holder of at least B.Sc Second Class Honors (upper division) in Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology and Horticulture or an equivalent qualification of an Institution recognized by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Senate as comparable academic status.
2.1.3    In exceptional cases a holder of a second Class Honors (Lower Division) degree in the subjects areas listed in 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 provided the candidate has at least 2 years research experience as evidenced by relevant publications.

Year 1

  • IBR 3100 Research methodology
  • IBR 3101 Bioinformatics
  • IBR 3102 Molecular Biotechnology
  • IBR 3104 Biopolicy, Biosafety and Bioethics
  • IBR 3116 Bacterial Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • IBR 3119 Seminars and Report Writing

ELECTIVE UNITS

Phytobiotechnology Option

  • IBR 3103 Nucleic Acids and Proteins
  • IBR 3120 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • IBR 3105 Advanced Plant Physiology
  • IBR 3106 Plant Micropropagation
  • IBR 3107 Genetic Transformation of plants
  • IBR 3108 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • IBR 3115 Bioreactors
  • IBR 3117 Business Skills for Biotechnologists

Animal Biotechnology Option

  • IBR 3103 Nucleic Acids and Proteins
  • IBR 3120 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • IBR 3108 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • IBR 3109 Animal Biotechnology and Tissue Engineering
  • IBR 3110 Biocatalysis and Protein engineering
  • IBR 3111 Advanced Developmental Biology
  • IBR 3117 Business Skills for Biotechnologists
  • IBR 3118 Molecular Immunology

Microbial Biotechnology Option

  • IBR 3103 Nucleic Acids and Proteins
  • IBR 3120 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • IBR 3108 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • IBR 3112 Advanced Microbial Physiology
  • IBR 3113 Microbial Biotechnology
  • IBR 3110 Biocatalysis and Protein engineering
  • IBR 3114 Bioprocess Engineering
  • IBR 3115 Bioreactors
  • IBR 3117 Business Skills for Biotechnologists
  • IBR 3118 Molecular Immunology