WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,635 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biological Science
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

This program is one of the Alternative Degree Programs offered to self-sponsored students. Biotechnology is a group of technologies with wide and diverse applications in Medicine, Industry, Agriculture, Pharmaceutical concerns, Public health, Geological explorations, Biodiversity and Bioenergetics. Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular biology and Biochemistry are important building blocks for Biotechnology.


In each year of study, a student will be required to take all the twelve (12) units. In addition each student will be required to take three (3) University units and one (1) Faculty unit in the first year, and one (1) University unit in the fourth year of study. In the first and second year, students are introduced to introductory courses in Biotechnology and other prerequisite subjects. In the final year of the study, students may conduct a research project in their respective specialized areas. They are equipped with skills in data collection, analysis, synthesis and report writing. At the end of their fourth year they must undertake an industrial attachment.

In the third year of study, a student can major in either
– Microbial Biotechnology
– Phytobiotechnology
– Medical Biotechnology

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to study Biotechnology must satisfy the minimum University requirement and Faculty of Science entry requirements. A student to be admitted must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements;
Must have passed Biology or Biological Sciences in the K.C.S.E. at a minimum grade of C+. In addition, a student must have passed in any two subjects from the following alternatives:
Alternative A
Chemistry C-
Physics C-
Mathematics C-

Alternative B
Physical Science C-
Mathematics C-
Geography/Agriculture C-
Have a minimum of 2 principal passes in science subjects in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE), one of which must be Biology Or Have a diploma in relevant subjects with at least a credit pass from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
Have a Higher National Diploma with a credit pass in a Biotechnology related subject from an Institution recognized by the University senate,
Have any other qualifications accepted by the University senate as equivalent. Students who hold a relevant diploma may at the discretion of the Faculty of Science be admitted directly to the second year of the course in which case they may complete their course in a minimum of three academic years and a maximum of five academic years. Those a relevant Higher Nationall Diploma may at the discretion of the Faculty of Science be admitted directly to the 3rd year of the course in which case they may complete their course in a minimum of two academic years and a maximum of four academic years.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $14
Application Fees for International Students: $45

How to Apply
Application Requirements for qualified students:
– A dully filled registration form – to be obtained from the offices/website upon payment of non-refundable fee.
– Two passport size photos.
– Copies of relevant certificates

Application Procedure
Applications for the courses are on official application forms.
1. click to download JKUAT IT Department application form. or obtain a hand-copy from the office.
2. Pay a non-refundable application fee as follows:
– Certificates: Kshs500
– Diplomas: 1000
– Degrees: Kshs1,500
– Masters: 1,500

Bank Account Numbers:
– Standard Chartered Bank Account number 0108023434900
– Barclays Bank Account Number 0775001216
– Co-operative Bank of Kenya Account Number 01129098952900
– National Bank Account Number 0100359580600
– Equity Bank Account Number 0090291251426

3. Proceed on with filling the application form, ensuring all mandatory fields are filled, attach photocopies of required certificates and submit when done.
– You will be required to present certified copies of the relevant certificates, Result slips, National Identity Card, Birth Certificate for verifications when reporting.
– IT Department will call or send an SMS to request successful candidates to pick An official admission letter.
Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Agricultural Engineer
– Animal Scientist
– Biochemist and Biophysicist
– Biomedical Engineer
– Epidemiologist
– Food Scientist and Technologist
– Microbiologist
– Soil and Plant Scientist

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,635
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,962

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs180,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs216,000
**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.
NOTE: The tuition fees charged, may vary from programme to programme and from time to time, with foreign students paying 20% more that the Kenyan students.:

Relevant Contact

School of Biological Sciences Office
For School Enquiries
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries