Electrical engineering expertise is essential for rapid industrialization. Africa lacks adequate number of specialists in the field of electrical engineering in which it has continued to rely heavily on foreign expertise and technology.  As a result, the African Continent has lagged behind in the development of relevant and sustainable solutions to technical problems. In order to realize rapid industrialization, Africa must invest in the development of specialists, in the field of electrical engineering, with adequate technical, managerial, research and innovative skills to undertake responsible roles and analyze, evaluate and provide solutions to practical problems facing the continent. This programme addresses the development of experts in the field of electrical engineering by offering a course leading to award of a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

This programme has specializations which the candidates will be required to choose by selecting the appropriate optional units. The specializations are Power Systems Engineering, Control and Automation Engineering, Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. These specializations are essential for rapid industrialization, which Africa lacks most in the field of electrical engineering.
This programme is designed to produce an electrical engineering professional, who is an innovator and has managerial skills for transforming Africa into an industrialized continent. In addition, the programme is designed to produce graduates with the ability to pursue independent research and scholarly work. The courses offered are tailored to meet the requirements for the industries and institutions for Africa’s long term development for economic growth.

Target Groups
This programme is intended for Engineers with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related fields who wish to study further or expand their range of expertise in Electrical Engineering. In particular, the programme targets the following groups:

  1. Engineers and managers from industry and public sector who wish to expand their range of expertise in Electrical Engineering
  2. Researchers from academic and research institutions and industry intending to carry out research in Electrical Engineering
  3. Individual entrepreneurs who wish to further their studies and improve their technical and innovative skills in Electrical Engineering

Aims and objectives

The aim of this programme is to produce qualified Electrical Engineers with specialized technical, managerial, research and innovative skills and who can demonstrate individual accomplishment of high professional and academic standards.
The following are the programme objectives of the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering:

  1. Enhance the knowledge and design skills in Electrical Engineering through highly specialized advanced training
  2. Develop managerial and leadership skills necessary for managing engineering projects
  3. Develop skills for scientific research through training in research methodology and rigorous research leading to an MSc thesis.
  4. Provide innovative and entrepreneurial skills for development of home-grown solutions to Electrical Engineering problems.

Learning Outcomes

The Graduates from this programme should be able to:

  1. Carry out research and present their findings in scientific conferences and publish in scholarly journals
  2. Manage and execute engineering projects
  3. Analyze complex electrical engineering problems and develop innovative solutions to advanced and complex engineering problems
  4. Initiate and successfully manage an enterprise

Duration and Structure of the Programme

1  The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering shall extend over a minimum period of 24 calendar months and not more than 36 calendar months.
2    The Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering shall be done by course work, examination and thesis.
3    A Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering may be offered in any one of the following specialized areas:
i.    Power Systems Engineering
ii.    Telecommunication Engineering
iii.    Computer Engineering
iv.    Control and Automation Engineering

4    Each candidate shall take twelve (12) units in the first year of study of which four (4) shall be common units, six (6) core units and two (2) elective units in his/her chosen specialised area of study.
5    All the common units and the first two core unit as given in the table in section 8.0 below for each option will be taken during the first semester. The remaining six units will be taken during the second semester.
6    The programs shall be conducted on CreditHours basis. For this purpose 2 lecture hours plus 3 laboratory hours = 3 credit hours Or 2 lecture hours plus 2 tutorial hours = 3 credit hoursfor each unit.
7    A unit is defined as the equivalent of forty five (45) credit hours.
8    The first year of study shall be devoted to course work and examinations.
9    The second year of study shall be devoted to 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.A holder of at least second class Honours, upper division, Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field from a University recognized by the University Senate.
3.A holder of other qualifications recognized by the University Senate as being equivalent to (2) above.
4.In addition to meeting one of the requirements above, shortlisted applicants may be required to sit and pass entry tests.


1    Part I: Written Examinations

1.1    Candidates for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering shall be required to pass all the first year units before continuing to the second year of study.
1.2    Each unit in the first year, except Power System Simulation Lab, shall be examined at the end of the semester in a three (3) hour written examination.
1.3    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).
1.4    The Power System Simulation Lab unit shall be examined on 100% continuous assessment.
1.5    The pass mark for each unit shall be 50%.

2    Supplementary Examinations

2.1    A candidate who fails in at most three (3) units, may, on recommendation of the Board of examiners and with approval of the Senate, be allowed to sit supplementary examinations in this unit at the end of the academic year.
2.2    Upon passing the supplementary examinations, the recorded mark shall be 50% and shall not include continuous assessment marks.

3    Discontinuation

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

4    Part II: Thesis Examinations

4.1    Research project shall be examined by seminar presentation and by assessing project reports in addition to the Thesis.
4.2    The Masters thesis shall be submitted as specified in the common regulations for the Masters Degree.
4.3    Candidates will be examined according to the University regulations.

Common Courses

  • PUE 3101    Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • PUE 3104    Research Methodology and Scientific Writing
  • PAU 3101    History of Africa
  • PAU 3104    Human Rights and Gender

Power Systems Engineering option

  • PUE 3106    Advanced Power System Protection
  • PUE 3107    Power System Analysis and Security
  • PUE 3108    Sustainable Power Generation and Renewable Energy Technologies
  • PUE 3109    Power System Simulation Lab
  • PUE 3110    Energy Economics and Power Markets
  • PUE 3111    Power System Stability and Control


  • PUE 3102    Project Design and Management
  • PUE 3103    Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • PUE 3105    Neural and Fuzzy Systems
  • PUE 3112    Power Electronics and FACT Devices
  • PUE 3113    Power Quality

Telecommunication Engineering option

  • PUE 3120    Advanced Antenna Systems and Radio-wave Propagation
  • PUE 3121    Wireless Communications
  • PUE 3122    Advanced Digital Signal Processing
  • PUE 3123    Telecommunication Network Design and Planning
  • PUE 3124    Advanced Microwave Engineering
  • PUE 3128    Computer Networks and Protocols Design


  • PUE 3102    Project Design and Management
  • PUE 3103    Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • PUE 3105    Neural and Fuzzy Systems
  • PUE 3125    Fibre Optic Communication Systems
  • PUE 3126    Telecommunication Policy and Regulations
  • PUE 3127    Satellite and Radar Communication Systems

Year 2

  • PUE 3200    Research Thesis