WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,272 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Technology
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Main campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

Biomedical Science is a multidisciplinary programme encompassing areas such as Morphology, Cell Biology, Physiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Biomedical Technology however is that part of the technological field requiring the application of scientific and Biomedical knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of medical, veterinary, industrial and environmental activities.

Many countries in Africa are currently facing a difficult time in the development and application of Bioscientific technologies. This has stemmed primarily from a lack of clear focus and technical proficiency in the identification of deficiencies in industrial development and in the design and implementation of new strategic programmes to meet present and future challenges.

As the economies of most countries become liberalized, modern or conventional medicine is becoming more and more technology – oriented. For example, the term ‘Biotechnology’ has captured public attention and training programmes have been redirected accordingly especially in the industrialized countries where recombinant DNA technology has taken a prominent role in Biosciences. A number of products and services of this technology are already on the market and many more are at various stages of development.

Thus there is a strong need to train people who will have the competence to identify such emerging technologies, be able to apply their expertise in the public and private sectors as well harness their innovativeness to start and manage their own ventures; micro and macro-enterprises.

The B.Sc. programme in Biomedical Science and Technology is unique in offering fundamental knowledge, practical and manipulative skills in Bio-science and Technology as applied to the health care and related industries such as pharmaceutical, diagnostic, food, fermentation and the environment Sector.

It also provides training for careers in other closely related industries such as Biomedical instrumentation, hospital and laboratory services as well as in the management of research facilities. It provides a hands-on approach in addressing critical areas in Biomedicine and Biotechnology.
To achieve these objectives, the programme provides training that is clustered around the following five modules;

Foundation courses in Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences crucial to understanding the applied courses.
Biomedical Science Courses which provide knowledge and skills crucial to understanding Biological and Biomedical principles and applications.
Biomedical Technology Courses which integrate Physical, Mathematical and Biomedical Science to provide training essential to the application and development of Biotechnology products and services.
Bio-instrumentation module which exposes the trainees to operation and maintenance of Biomedical and Medical instruments.
Support courses in the liberal arts and humanities which help to broaden the trainees outlook and perception in business and entrepreneurship.

Specific Objectives
On completion of the programme, it is expected that the graduate should be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas: –
– Clinical diagnosis of human and animal diseases using novel approaches, classical and current esoteric technologies;
– Molecular Biology techniques useful in the development of vaccines and other high value products;
– Cell and tissue culture techniques useful in the over-expression, purification and characterization of recombinant proteins, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies;
– Microbial screening and selection in the production of bioactive compounds;
– Assessment of chemical toxicity and prediction of how chemicals behave in the environment;
– Standardization of water, drugs and food;
– Technologies used in the Pharmaceutical industry;
– Management of research laboratories and health services; and
– Preparedness to pursue advanced studies in relevant areas of Biomedicine, Biotechnology and to satisfy entry requirements for medical degree.


Loading and Duration 0f Study
The programme shall extend over a duration of four academic years each consisting of two semesters of 15 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks of examinations. Students must take all scheduled courses in a given semester and appear for all examinations.

Course Coding
The Course codes used are;
BMED, which stands for Biomedical Science and Technology followed by 3 digits. Digit 1, indicates the study year course is offered or level of the course
Digit 2, indicates nature or sub discipline of the course within the discipline.
Digit 3, indicates serial number for courses in the respective disciplines.
Level 0 Introductory Courses
Level 1 Principles Courses
Level 2 Pathobiology and related courses
Level 3 Applied and paraclinical courses
Level 4 Biotechnology and Bioinstrumentation courses
Level 5 Management and diagnostic Courses
Level 6 Seminars, Research and Industrial attachment.

All Examinations for the programme shall be conducted in accordance to the University Rules and Regulations on Examinations. For units in Industrial Attachment (BMED 362), Research Projects (BMED 461) and Seminar (BMED 462), the students will be assessed while in the field by both field supervisors and departmental lecturers with each group awarding a maximum of 30% for each of the first two and 40% for the seminar. The students will also be required to write a report that will carry a maximum of 30%.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as set out by Egerton University Statutes.
In addition, candidates must have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or its equivalent with a minimum grade as follows:-
Chemistry B or Physical Science B+
Physics B or Physical Science B+
Mathematics C+
Biology B or Biological Science B+
Alternatively, candidates with the following minimum A level passes will be considered.
Chemistry B Biology B
(With Mathematics a Subsidiary Pass).
Physics C or Chemistry B
Biology B With Credit in Physics at O-level.
Mathematics C+

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Biomedical Scientist
– Clinical Scientist
– Forensic Scientist
– Medicinal Chemist
– Microbiologist
– Toxicologist

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $1,272
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,654

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 140,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 182,000
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more that the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

Dr Lelmen K. Elijah
Chair Biochemistry department
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries
School Office
General Enquiries