Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology Program Offered at Egerton University

Diploma 3 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Diploma (Accredited by: Egerton University)

About Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology Diploma program.

The course is designed to meet the needs of analytical and industrial chemical laboratories in teaching, research, industrial chemical processes and quality control. The major fields of study shall include basic organic, inorganic and physical chemistry biochemical techniques, instrumental methods of analysis and general industrial processes.

The Department of Chemistryat Egerton University recognized the importance of technical training and launched a Certificate in Science Laboratory Programme. The Department of Chemistry has introduced Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology so as to address the national demand for quality-trained technicians. The programme aims to provide practical experience in modern analytical instrumentation and procedures, graded from basic equipment to the most up-to-date, microprocessor-controlled devices.

The programme also aims at enabling the certificates graduates of Egerton University and those from other institutions to competitively access higher education. At the end of the second year of study the students will go for field/industrial attachment. The field placement will be an opportunity for students to practice and develop the analytical skills through work.

Objectives of Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology

At the end of the programme the graduates should be able to:

  • Carry out modern chemistry laboratory analytical procedures in various research fields like agriculture, biochemistry, medicine, etc.
  • Handle and maintain basic and modern equipments in teaching, research and quality control laboratories.
  • Participate in the general implementation of sustainable scientific and technological developments in teaching, research and quality control.
  • Plan and administer routine analysis and safety regulations in teaching, research and industrial environment.
  • Pursue further education.

Entry requirements for Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology

The minimum entry requirements for the Diploma of Egerton University shall apply as follows:
A mean grade of C of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or KCE/EACE division II or at least one principal pass at EAACE or its equivalent.
Individual minimum score of grade C (KCSE) in each of the following subjects;

  • English or Kiswahili
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and chemistry or physical science
  • Biology or biological sciences

Holders of certificate in Science Laboratory Technology, with a minimum credit pass, from institutions recognised by Egerton University, may be considered for admission.

Egerton University minimum entry requirements for Diploma Programmes

The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they do not in any way, entitle an applicant to a place at Egerton University. 
Applicants must:

  1. Have the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade 'C' passed at one sitting from at least seven subjects drawn from subject groupings as specified by the Kenya
  2. National Examinations Council or equivalent. Provided that candidates with disabilities will be given special consideration with regard to the number of subjects taken at KCSE. OR
  3. Hold a certificate from a recognized institution with a 'Credit' pass or higher or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution in the relevant field of specialization, acceptable to Senate AND
  4. Meet additional or specific entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute offering the Diploma programme.

Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology Course Subjects

The programme is designed to take at least three academic years. A full-time registered student shall complete the course in three calendar years and six calendar years for part-time student. Each academic year shall have three BLOCKS: in April (4weeks), August (4 weeks) and December (4 weeks). At the end of second year there shall be mandatory practical attachment in a relevant scientific laboratory for a period of at least 8 weeks at work place or in a recognised teaching, research institution, or industry. The curriculum is organised in a unity system where one unity is weighted on number of C.F s as follows:

  • One (1) lecture hour per week is equivalent to one credit factor.
  • Two (2) practical hours per week are equivalent to one credit factor.
  • The major training aspects constitute about two-thirds of the curriculum while back-up subjects constitute one-third.
  • The students will be required to pass all courses registered before graduation.
  • The award will be entitled: Diploma in Modern Chemistry Laboratory Technology.

About Egerton University

Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s.

Egerton University has three (3) Campuses and one Campus College.

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