Directorate of Graduate Studies

Directorate of Graduate Studies


The Directorate of Graduate Studies (then School of Postgraduate Studies) in Mount Kenya University was established in 2011 to coordinate matters pertaining to postgraduate training at the University. Since its establishment, the postgraduate students’ enrolment has continuously increased over the years.

Graduate Programmes

The Directorate of graduate Studies coordinates about 85 postgraduate programmes spread across the following Schools; School of Education, School of Business & Economics, School of Social Sciences, School of Computing & Informatics, Medical School, School of Clinical Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Pure & Applied Sciences, School of Engineering Energy and the Built Environment, and School of Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Management.

Our Graduates to date

  • PhD 51
  • Masters 4438


Mount Kenya University was among five Kenyan University that were selected for the DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship programme East Africa 2019-2021. The scholarships are for programmes in the School of Nursing and the School of Public health. In this regard, the University was awarded 24 scholarships for the years 2019-2021 amounting to about 6 million Kenya shillings in tuition fees. In the academic year 2019/2020, the University welcomed the first cohort which includes two international students, one from Rwanda and the other one from Kigali. The call for the 2020/2021 is out. A third cohort (2021/2022) is expected in 2021 respectively

The postgraduate Centre

In 2019 the University put up an ultra-modern postgraduate training centre at Nairobi campus. The centre has a library with latest editions of research textbooks, an e-learning section with statistical software to aid in data analysis and a zoom room with infrastructure that will allow our postgraduate students and especially those in the diaspora to interact with their supervisors via web technologies. The use of this facility and interphase will save time and costs associated with travelling and also make it possible for the diaspora students to interact with their peers through live video feeds.

 Quality assurance

University uses the originality checker (Turnitin) software licence which allows members of staff and students to subject their work to similarity index check before publishing and ensure that it conforms to the University’s anti-plagiarism policy set levels. All theses and projects which are submitted to the Directorate of Graduate Studies are subjected to an originality check before they are dispatched out for examination. This ensures adherence to acceptable levels of originality as per the University’s anti-plagiarism policy. This has greatly enhanced the quality of publications from our members of staff and postgraduate students alike. In addition to check of originality, the University in 2018 established the office of the editorial officer to ensure the quality of students’ proposals and theses with respect to editing and formatting.