WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,004 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Pharmacy
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Pharmacy
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The B.Pharm programme at Mount Kenya University is structured to produce a pharmacist that meets the World Health Organization (W.H.O) stipulated benchmark of the ‘seven star pharmacist’. The course therefore aims to produce graduates who possess the following seven qualities as advocated for by the W.H.O:
– A care-giver – The graduates are comfortable interacting with others and are able to offer health services of the highest quality.
– A decision-maker – Able to exercise appropriate, efficacious and cost effective use of resources.
– A communicator – As a critical interface between the physician and patient, the pharmacist must be knowledgeable and confident while interacting with other health professionals and the public.
– A leader –Leadership involves compassion and empathy as well as the ability to make decisions, communicate, and manage effectively. Leadership and management training is a unique component of the MKU B.Pharm programme.
– A manager – The pharmacist must effectively manage resources (human, physical and fiscal) and information. Management units in the MKU B.Pharm programme constitute almost 10% of the entire programme.
– A life-long-learner – It is no longer possible to learn all one must learn in school in order to practice a career as a pharmacist. The School of Pharmacy at Mount Kenya University recognizes that the concepts, principles and commitment to life-long learning must begin while the future pharmacist is still attending pharmacy school.
– A teacher – The pharmacist has a responsibility to assist with the education and training of future generations of pharmacists. Participating as a teacher not only imparts knowledge to others, it offers an opportunity for the practitioner to gain new knowledge and to fine-tune existing skills. The programme therefore encompasses a learner centered approach to training with class sessions dominated by student presentations and class discussions.


This is a five (5) year intensive programme consisting of two (2) years pre-clinical training followed by three (3) years clinical training.

  1. The duration of the course shall not be less than five academic years.
  2. All units in the BPharm programme shall be compulsory unless the School Board recommends exemption and the University Senate approves.
  3. The academic year in the School of Pharmacy shall be divided into 3 terms, with a minimum of 39 weeks. Each term shall be 13 weeks exclusive of any examinations.
Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African applicants: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $46

Application Guidelines:
**Application forms can be downloaded from or collected from the school campuses/ marketing centres. Duly filled application forms should be addressed to the Registrar – Academic Administration.

The following Documents should be made available:
– Copies of all academic certificates including secondary school certificates, Bachelors, Diplomas & Certificate level transcripts and certificates.
– One (1) recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of national I.D/Passport.

Application fee is as follows:
– a) Kshs 1000 for Certificate, Diploma and under- graduate programs for the East African applicants. USD 50 for the Non-East African Applicants.
– Kshs 2000 for Postgraduate programmes for East African Applicants. USD 100 for Non-East African Applicants.

Application for admission does not guarantee admission into the University for course applied for; this will be subject to fulfilment of all requirements and class size as approved by the University Senate.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Clinical research associate
– Higher education lecturer
– Medical sales representative
– Medical science liaison
– Pharmacologist
– Product/process development scientist
– Regulatory affairs officer
– Research scientist (life sciences)
– Science writer
– Toxicologist

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African applicants: $3,004
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,604

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 330,600
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs 396,720
Students from Countries in the East African  Community (EAC), pay the same amount as Kenyan Students. The six countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

– All international students (Non East African) are to pay additional (statutory fee, quality assurance & tuition fee) of 20% above the normal fee.
– The university fees payment can also be done in easy instalments within the semester. The instalments are as follows: 30% upon registration, 30%- second instalment, 20%-third instalment 20% – fourth instalment.

Relevant Contact

School of Pharmacy
Responsible for School Enquiries
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries
General School Office
General Enquiries