Civil Engineering problems in Africa are unique and require specific solutions. The current training modules are adopted from the developed world and do not address the local problem. The problems range from environmental, transportation, structural, construction, and water conservation among others. The program is intended to produce personnel with suitable qualification and/or professional skills who will be able to address specific fields of Civil Engineering by use of local resources, knowledge and innovations for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG`s). The program is designed to help candidates develop the ability to pursue independent research, scholarly work and innovations that have practical applications.

Objectives of the Programme
The objectives of the program are:

  1. To enhance  skills for effective and sustainable development and implementation of engineering systems.
  2. Broaden the career potential of individuals through training and research and innovation.
  3. Develop a broad, multi-disciplinary and integrative approach for solutions of engineering problems.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be able to;

  1. Identify engineering problems and carry out feasibility studies.
  2. Conceptualize engineering designs that responsive to local needs and conditions
  3. Develop solutions based on local knowledge and materials
  4. Offer appropriate engineering solutions that are cost effective.
  5. Demonstrate Creativity, Innovativeness and entrepreneurship in engineering.

Duration of the Programme

The Master of Science course in Civil Engineering shall extend over a minimum period of eighteen (18) months and not more than thirty six (36) months.

Structure of the Programme

  1. The Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering shall be done by course work, examination and thesis.
  2. The  Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering may be offered in any one of the following specialized areas:
    • Environmental, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
  3. A candidate shall take eight (8) core course units and at least two (2) elective course units with a thesis, as well as participate in seminars. Not all electives will be.
  4. A unit is defined as the equivalent of at least forty  (40) 1 hour lectures. For this purpose 2 hours of tutorial and 3 hours of laboratory work is taken to be equivalent to one lecture hour.
  5. Each candidate shall take ten (10) units in his chosen area of study.
  6. The first year of study shall be devoted to course work and examinations.
  7. The second year of study shall be devoted to carrying out of research, participating in seminars, and presentation of thesis.

Admission Requirements

An applicant should satisfy any of the following requirements:
1. The common regulations for all MSc. Degrees in the Pan African University/ JKUAT shall apply.
2. Hold a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours of a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or related engineering discipline from a recognized university
3. Any other qualification considered to be equivalent to (2 above) by the PAU and JKUAT senate.
4. In addition to meeting one of the requirements above, shortlisted applicants may be required to sit and pass entry tests.


1 Part I Examinations

1.1 Candidates for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering shall be required to pass all the first year units.
1.2 Each course unit in the first year, except Design units, Inter-disciplinary design project unit and Research Methodology unit, shall be examined at the end of the semester in a three (3) hour written examination paper.
1.3 Design units, Inter-disciplinary design project unit and Research Methodology unit, shall be examined by oral presentation, and by assessing project reports, class tests and assignments.
1.4 The written examinations shall constitute 70% of the overall mark in each course, the other 30% shall be made up of continuous assessment (comprising tests, assignments and laboratory work).
1.5 The pass mark for each course unit shall be 50%.

Supplementary Examinations

1.6 A candidate who fails in one(1) or two (2) or three (3) units may, on recommendation of the Board of examiners and with approval of the Senate, be allowed to sit supplementary examinations in the failed unit(s) within a period of three months after the end of the examinations. Supplementary in Inter-disciplinary design project unit or seminar unit will be done within four (4) weeks during the supplementary exam period.
1.7 The maximum mark for any supplementary examinations shall be 50% and shall not include continuous assessment.


1.8 A candidate who fails in more than three (3) course units in the regular examination shall be discontinued.
1.9 A candidate who fails in any of the supplementary units shall be discontinued.

2 Part II Examinations

2.1 Thesis research project shall be examined by seminar presentation and by assessing project reports, participation in seminars, attitude & cooperation, in addition to the Thesis. Students are required to attend at least six (6) seminars during the second year of study. These seminars are organized by students themselves.
In addition, the Department or program coordinator will endevour to organize a broad range of seminars which will be realized by means of invited speakers, excursions to relevant places and projects, project and theme discussions, site and/or company visits, etc. Students are required to participate actively in the organized seminars.
2.2 The Master’s thesis shall be submitted as specified in the common regulations for the Masters Degree.
2.3 Candidates will be examined according to the University Regulations.

Course Distribution

Core Courses

  1. PUC 3101: Project Management
  2. PUC 3102: Development (Business) Economics
  3. PAU 3102: Research Methodology
  4. PUC 3103: Statistical and Probabilistic Models
  5. PAU 3103: History of Africa
  6. PUC 3104: Human Rights and Gender

Environmental and ASAL Engineering Option

  • PUC 3104: ASAL Management
  • PUC 3105: Water harvesting and conservation in ASAL
  • PUC 3106: Inter-disciplinary design project
  • PUC 3107: Irrigation and drainage Engineering


  • PUC 3108: Environmental  Conservation and Impact Assessment
  • PUC 3109: Solid Waste Management
  • PUC 3110: Natural Disaster Management
  • PUC 3111: Environmental  Law
  • PUC 3112: Exploration of natural resources
  • PUC 3113: Environmental Pollution and Monitoring

Structural Engineering Option

  • PUC 3122: Finite Element Method
  • PUC 3106: Inter-disciplinary design project
  • PUC 3123: Analysis and Design of Composite Structures
  • PUC 3124: Experimental Methods in Structural Engineering


  • PUC 3125: Construction Materials
  • PUC 3126: Theory of plates and shells
  • PUC 3127: Dynamics of structures
  • PUC 3128: Labour Based Technology in Structural Works
  • PUC 3129: Earthquake Engineering
  • PUC 3130: Fire safety design
  • PUC 3131: Bridge Design and Evaluation
  • PUC 3132: Port and harbor engineering

Year 2

  • PUC 3200: THESIS