Bachelor of Pharmacy Program Offered at University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree 4 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: University of Nairobi)

About Bachelor of Pharmacy Bachelors Degree program.

A Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy will involve spending time in laboratories, researching and learning about the chemistry used to develop medication. Some of the courses covered by this degree consist of: Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacy Practice.

During courses, students will learn about the fundamentals of pharmaceutical sciences. They will gain knowledge from related fields, such as:

  • Medicine,
  • Chemistry,
  • Biology, and even
  • Ethics.

During the final years of study, the approach will shift from theory towards practice. You will also have to do an individual research project and present your findings.

After graduating a degree in Pharmacy, you'll know everything there is to know about prescription medication, its effects, and how drugs are created. You'll need to develop great communication skills, allowing you to interact with patients, understand their conditions, and recommend the right treatment.
Considering everybody needs pharmacists at some point in their life, the fields you can find yourself in are vast and very diverse. Some of these are: Community, Clinical, Veterinary, Military or Specialty Pharmacy, Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacology, Science Writing, Toxicology, International Institutions with Health Care Professionals.

The School of Pharmacy is located at Kenyatta National Hospital. Pharmacy training in the University of Nairobi was established in 1995. Before that time, it was a Department in the Faculty of Medicine comprising of 4 sections namely; Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmaceutics.

The history of the School of Pharmacy can be traced back from 1974 when the Department of Pharmacy was created. Whereas the clinical departments were situated within Kenyatta National Hospital, the pre-clinical departments were housed at the Chiromo Campus. The School of Pharmacy is currently the only facility offering a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in the country.

Objectives of Bachelor of Pharmacy

Pharmacy is a subject which deals with the techniques of preparing and dispensing drugs. Students attending Pharmacy degrees will learn how different types of drugs affect the human body and mind and how they interact when mixed together.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Pharmacy

MODULE II PROGRAMME (privately sponsored students) in the School Pharmacy shall be governed by the following admission requirements, outlined under each catchment category.


  1. 8.4.4. System of Education (KCSE)

    Applicants must have obtained an average cluster weight of B- in the subjects shown below provided that no subject in this cluster shall have a grade below C+:

    Alternative A Alternative B

    • Chemistry - Biological sciences
    • Biology - Physical sciences
    • Maths/Physics - Mathematics
    •  English/Kiswahili - English/Kiswahili

    ii G.C.E/A-Level

    • The minimum of two Principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary pass or credit pass at 'O' level in physics or Mathematics.


    iii. Diploma in Biological Sciences

    A minimum O level Division II KCE with credit passes in the following:

        • Biology

        • Chemistry

        • Physics/Mathematics


        • Biology/Biological Sciences

        • Physics with Chemistry/Physical Sciences

        • Mathematics


      • A minimum C+ mean grade in KCSE with an average cluster weight of at least 32 points in  relevant subjects as shown in (b) (i) above, in addition to a Credit pass in the following qualifications from the K.M.T.C. Or any other recognised training institution.
        • Diploma in phramacy
        • Holder of any degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nairobi or equivelent qualifications from a recognized university
        • Holders of other qualifications deemed to be equivalent to (i-iv) mentioned above.

      Applicants from non-English speaking countries must sit and pass English assessment examination set and administered by the institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.

      • Pharmaceutical Technology
      • Laboratory Technology

      • Clinical Medicine

      • Radiology

      • Basic and/or Advanced Nursing

      • Public Health/Environment Health

      • Dental sciences

      Bachelor of Pharmacy Course Subjects

      The syllabus of the degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy shall extend over a period of not less that 176 weeks comprising of FOUR LEVELS, each made up of 44 WEEKS, except for special cases approved by the senate on the recommendation of the School of Pharmacy Board and the College Academic Board. All candidates shall enrol for all courses offered in each level except for those they are dully exempted from.

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