WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Medicine
Campus:Kenyatta National Hospital Campus
Application Deadline: 9 October 2020
Programme Overview

Ophthalmologists are the only physicians medically trained to manage the complete range of eye and vision care. They can prescribe glasses and contact lenses, dispense medications, diagnose and treat eye conditions and diseases, and perform surgeries.


Course Design
The design of this curriculum is student centred and problem based.  The courses are as much as possible integrated, community oriented and systematically arranged.

Course Structure
The duration of the Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology course shall be three academic years.

The structure of this curriculum is based on three levels of knowledge, which spiral from one to the other:

The first level of basic sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, optics, pharmacology, pathology and microbiology related to the eye) is required for understanding the later courses in the programme.

The next level is applied pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, community eye health and research methodology which lead to the level of clinical ophthalmology. This final level comprises mostly surgical and clinical courses during which the practical aspects of the programme are undertaken to bring out the skills required.  This structure provides for a systematic integration of theory and practice. It should be noted that levels referred to are levels of knowledge and do not necessarily correspond to a particular term or academic year of study.

In order to achieve the above objectives, the course shall be divided into two parts:

a)    Part I:  In Part I of the course basic visual sciences will be taught through formal lectures and tutorials.  The students will be expected to familiarise themselves with basic diagnostic techniques, using various ophthalmic equipment.  They will be in charge of clerking patients and assisting in various surgical procedures.  They will also be expected to perform a certain number of minor surgical cases by themselves and assist in other major surgical procedures.  A booklet indicating various procedures to be covered  will be given to every student.

b)    Part II:  In Part II of the course the trainees will be expected to have a good theoretical background of the clinical and surgical ophthalmology, which will be taught in lectures, tutorial and seminars.  This part of the course will however stress on clinical work in the wards, in regular consultants clinics and supervised outreach activities.  The students will be expected to perform a number of extra-ocular and intra-ocular operations.  A booklet indicating various procedures to be covered will be given to every student.  The student will be expected to implement self-directed learning, by developing a self-responsible attitude towards clinical work both in the wards and in the clinics.  They will also be expected to teach their juniors including undergraduate medical students and paramedical trainees.

c)     Elective Terms:  Every student shall spend an elective term period of 8 weeks each during the 2nd and 3rd year of the course.  This period is meant to expose the student to community ophthalmology and give him/her an insight into the function of a provincial ophthalmologist in performing, organising and supervising ophthalmic clinical services.  It will also give the student an opportunity to observe and learn the administrative pattern involved in community ophthalmology.

d)    Research Project: During the 2nd and 3rd academic year students shall carry out individual research on a selected topic in ophthalmology under the guidance of at least two supervisors appointed by the department and present the same as a written thesis after approval by the department. Research proposals shall be presented to the department and an appropriate ethics committee as required by the Faculty of Medicine. The written thesis shall be presented not later than three months prior to the final examinations.

e)    Outreach activities: Throughout the course the students will be expected to fully participate in the various outreach activities organized by the department for the purpose of enhancing clinical skills and exposure to community ophthalmology.

During the implementation of this programme the student will act as the centrepiece around which all activities will revolve.  To make this possible problem based learning will be used as the main strategy.  A multifaceted approach that encourages active self-directed learning will be adopted.  This will use appropriate combination of the following learning experiences (e.g.): small group tutorials, lectures, case presentations, assignments (e.g. Journal Club meetings), supervised clinical and surgical exposure and self-directed learning. This will enable the student to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate for the medical and surgical management of patients.

Admission Requirements

The regulations for the Masters Degree in the University of Nairobi and the Faculty of Medicine shall apply.
Candidates eligible for admission into the Master of Medicine in Ophthalmology programme shall have the following qualifications and characteristics:
i)      Recognized MBCHB degree or its equivalent
ii)     Successfully completed internship
iii)    Must have stereoscopic vision
iv)    Registrable with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board of Kenya
In addition to provision of evidence of eligibility for admission, candidates may be required by the faculty to appear for an interview to determine their suitability for admission.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $49

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for this programme include:
– Optometrist
– Surgeon
– Hospital doctor
– Anaesthetist
– Orthoptist
– Clinical radiologist

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

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International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

Prof. M'imunya Machoki James
Principal College of Health Sciences
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries