WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,851 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Materials Engineering
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

The first two years will be devoted to equipping the students with a strong scientific basis in engineering principles. Thereafter, they will gradually be introduced to marine related professional courses. In the fourth year candidates can opt for naval architecture or marine systems engineering. There will be one internal attachment during which the students will learn some regimental and survival skills.

This will be followed by attachment to a marine related industry before finally going off to sea in a ship for a designated period of time. All practical attachment sessions will be formally supervised and will fulfill the requirements for the award of the engineering degree, while also meeting the minimum requirements for the certification as an officer of the watch upon graduation.

At the end of the five (5) year programme, the graduate will be able to:
(i) design and construct ship hulls;
(ii) select and design various machinery and systems in the shipping industry and;
(iii) operate and maintain machinery and systems in the shipping industry and;
(iv) design and use other shipping related structures on- and off-shore and;
(v) Work in management positions in government and maritime industry.

The programme is designed to meet the minimum requirements for accreditation by Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA). Additionally, the course content and the structure take into consideration the requirements of the Engineers Registration Board of Kenya (ERB). The curriculum takes cognizance of the needs of the immediate hinterland of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.


Course Units:
Year 1
First Semester
– Engineering Drawing I
– Algebra
– Calculus I
– Applied Geometry
– Physics for Engineers I
– Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
– Communication Skills
– Introduction to Computer Science

Second Semester

– Machine Elements
– Workshop Processes & Practice I
– Introduction to Material Science
– Engineering Drawing II
– Calculus II
– Organic Chemistry for Engineers
– Physics for Engineers II
– Development Studies
Year 2
First Semester
– Engineering Materials I
– Introduction to Naval Architecture
– Workshop Processes & Practice II
– Computer Aided Drawing
– Engineering Mechanics
– Calculus III
– Linear and Boolean Algebra
– Computer Programming I

Second Semester

– Introduction to Engineering Design
– Naval Architecture I
– Fluid Mechanics I
– Engineering Thermodynamics I
– Mechanics of Machines I
– Workshop Processes & Practice III
– Differential Equations
– Computer Programming for Engineers
– Practical Attachment I                        8 Weeks

Year 3
First Semester
– Introduction to Ship Technology
– Mechanics of Machines II
– Electrical Circuit Analysis
– Fluid Mechanics II
– Engineering Thermodynamics II
– Solid and Structural Mechanics I
– Statistics
– Calculus IV

Second Semester

– Marine Engineering Design I
– Marine Engineering Technology
– Marine Surveying
– Fluid Mechanics III
– Solid and Structural Mechanics II
– Gear Mechanisms
– Introduction to Electrical Machines
– Marine Engineering Knowledge
 – Practical Attachment II                8 Weeks

Year 4
First Semester
Core Units
– Electronics
– Signal and Communication
– Marine Engineering Design II
– Industrial Hydraulics
– Solid and Structural Mechanics III
– Control Engineering I
– Numerical Analysis
Naval Architecture (Any One)
– Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
– Offshore Engineering
– Soil Mechanics
– Engineering Materials II
Marine Systems Engineering (Any One)
– Fluid Flow Machinery

Second Semester

Core Units
– Marine Engines I
– Industrial Management I
– Marine Environment Protection
– Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
– Digital Electronics & Microprocessor
– Control Engineering II
– Computational Fluid Dynamics
Naval Architecture (Any one)
– Foundation Engineering
– Marine Structural Design I
– Solid and Structural Mechanics IV
Marine Systems Engineering (Any one)
– Marine Transportation
– Practical Attachment III            8 Weeks

Year 5
First Semester
Core Units
– Final Year Project I
– Industrial Management II
– Industrial and Maritime Law
– Mechanics of Machines III
– Pneumatic and Electro-hydraulics
– Vibrations I
– Measurement and Instrumentation
Naval Architecture (Any one)
– Naval Architecture II
– Marine Structural Design II
Marine Systems Engineering (Any one)
– Advanced Electrical Machines

Second Semester

Core Units
– Industrial Management III
– Public Health Engineering
– Final Year Project II
– Power Plants
– Marine Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
– Power Supply in Ships
– Marine Engines II
Naval Architecture (Any one)
– Oceanography
– Naval Architecture III
– Experimental Stress Analysis
– Operations Research
Marine Systems Engineering (Any one)
– Operations Research
– Vibrations II
– Sea time                                  24 Weeks

Admission Requirements

The following are the Requirements for admission into the degree programme:
KCSE Mean grade B- (minus) and mean grade for the total score in the four JAB cluster subjects of at least B (plain) and the following minimum grades in the individual luster subjects: Mathematics C+, Physics C+, Chemistry C+, Geography or Biology, or 2nd group III, or any group IV.

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

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– Field Manager
– Construction Manager/Site Manager
– Project Engineer

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,851
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,221

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs203,742
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs244,490
**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

Dr Hiram M. Ndiritu
Dean, School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries