WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,388 /year
Applications Begin:July 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Medical Biochemistry
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Biomedical Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline:
Programme Overview

Biochemistry is a subject in life sciences that aims at imparting on understanding the Molecular Basis of life in plant and animal health. It is a multi-disciplinary subject that focuses on structure and function of molecules as well as their interplay to create the phenomenon of life. The subject particularly looks at how molecular interplay is translated into metabolisms, energy transduction, defense and physical responses for purposes of health, growth and development.

The Molecular basis of the ongoing struggle between higher organisms and disease is aptly captured in subjects like Medical Biochemistry, Biochemistry of microorganisms, parasitology and tumors as well as Cell and Molecular Immunology. Strategies designed to control disease and improve health for all are adequately addressed in the areas of pharmacology, pharmacognosy, environmental and nutrition Biochemistry.

These areas of specialization form part of recent advances in biochemistry and are covered in this programme. This is in line with the vision which is endeavor to be a world class centre of excellence in training, research and innovation and mission which is commitment to offering quality training and research on recent advances in Biochemistry and Biotechnology to both graduates and undergraduates focused towards meeting the needs of the ever changing world.

The degree programme will provide students with basic knowledge in Research Methodologies and computer skills and foundation courses. The Students will acquire practical skills and theoretical understanding of various aspects of Medical, Nutritional and Environmental biochemistry. Other areas included in the programme are Cell and Molecular Immunology, Industrial and Biochemical Pharmacology and Parasitology.
These courses are designed to expose students to a wider perspective of the application of Biochemistry in health.

1 The students will be able to describe basic principles of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
2 They will be equipped with practical skills on recent advances on methodologies and practice in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
3 The students will acquire adequate Computer and Research Methodology skills necessary for computing and presenting biological data.

Kenya and other developing countries need to develop its scientific base in order to find effective and logically relevant solutions to problems of in the fields of health, industrial development and environmental protection. Biochemistry has advanced to include areas such as Cell and Molecular Immunology, Biochemical Pharmacology, Molecular Parasitology, Medical and Nutritional Biochemistry.

All these areas are currently playing a significant role in research directed towards provision of better medicine and health for all. Medical Biochemistry therefore remains an essential discipline and continues to play a catalytic role. Courses addressing the areas mentioned are part of this programme, making it unique among other similar programmes in the country.

Consequently students graduating from this programme are qualified to work in local and international institutions engaged in multi-disciplinary life sciences research and teaching. Others will be able to develop careers in production, quality assurance and technical sales in the pharmaceutical sector, cosmetics industries, hospital diagnostics and environmental health protection departments. The institutions and companies form an important part of Kenya’s production and health services sectors


First Year
– Communication skills
– Mathematics for science
– Structure of Biomolecules
– The Cell and external environment
– Laboratory safety and Procedures
– Atomic structure
– Physical chemistry I
– Proteins and enzymes I
– Developmental studies and social ethics
– Chemical bonding and structure
– Basic Metabolism I
– Organic chemistry I
– Medical physiology
– Histology and cytology
– Genetics and cytogenetics

Second Year
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms I
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation I
– Cell and Molecular Biology
– Principles of Laboratory Management and Quality Systems
– S&P Block Elements
– Physical Chemistry I
– Introduction to Computer and Data Processing
– Organic Chemistry II
– Nuclear Chemistry and Radio chemistry
– General Pathology
– Molecular Pharmacology
– Diseases of Connective Tissue and Bone
– Introduction to Programming

Third Year
– Basic Metabolism II
– Basic Metabolism III
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation II
– Protein and Enzymes II
– Biostatistics and Research Methodology
– Medical Entomology
– Medical Biotechnology I
– Biochemistry of Microorganisms II
– Biochemical Endocrinology
– Cell and Molecular Immunology I
– Biochemical Pharmacology I
– Medical Pathogens
– Pharmacognosy
– Clinical Biochemistry I
– Food Toxicology

Fourth Year
– Entrepreneurship Skills
– Biochemical Techniques and Instrumentation III
– Nutritional Biochemistry
– Introduction to Bioinformatics
– Principles of Tissue Culture
– Medical Biotechnology II
– Epidemiology
– Research Project (2 Units)
– Biochemical Pharmacology II
– Cell and Molecular Immunology II
– Biochemistry of Tumours
– Medical Parasitology
– Medical Industrial Biochemistry
– Therapeutic proteins
– Principles of Forensic Biochemistry

Admission Requirements

Students wishing to study Medical Biochemistry must satisfy the minimum University requirements and Faculty/School entry requirements. A student to be admitted must satisfy any of the following minimum requirements;
1.1 Must have passed Biology or Biological Sciences and chemistry in KCSE at a minimum grade of C+. In addition a student must have passed either mathematics or physics/Physical Science with a minimum grade of C. A student who has not attained the said grade in mathematics or physics or physical science must undertake and pass the respective bridging course in an institution recognized by the university senate in order to be considered for the degree programme.
1.2 have a minimum of 2 principal passes in biology and chemistry subjects in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) or equivalent,
1.3 have a diploma in relevant science subjects and with at least a Contact pass from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.4 have a diploma in Applied Sciences with at least a Contact pass in relevant science subjects from an Institution recognized by the University Senate,
1.5 have any other qualifications accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to 1.1 to 1.4. Students who hold any of the qualifications 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 above may at the discretion of the Faculty/School 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.
1.6 Students who join first year of study in the Bachelor of Science general programme, must take Chemistry and Biological science courses and other prescribed courses in biochemistry to be eligible for Medical Biochemistry in second year. The students must obtain an average of B in the relevant first year units and admission is subject to availability of facilities and its at the discretion of the department.

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.
Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East Africa Community Students: $1,388
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,666

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs152,806
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs183,367
**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

Prof. Daniel W Kariuki
Dean School of Biomedical Sciences
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries