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

Objectives of the course
– Produce Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons with requisite skills and competencies in the overall care of the patient with general thoracic, cardiac and/or peripheral vascular problems.
– Produce Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons with the skills to translate research findings into clinical practice


The training programme will be completed in a minimum of 5 academic years and maximum of 10 academic years.

The first two years shall be common to all Masters’ Programmes within the department of surgery.

The course shall consist of 236 units of 60 hours each over 15 terms of 12 weeks each

All courses units shall be compulsory

The degree programme shall be offered full time in two parts;

Part one (years one and two) shall consist of the following courses:

Year one: Surgical Anatomy, Surgical Physiology, Principles of Surgery, Surgical Pathology, and Surgery, log book, Research methods, Biostatistics Epidemiology

Year Two: Principles and Practice of Surgery including applied molecular biology, and rotations in general surgery (6 months) orthopaedic and trauma surgery (3months), ICU and critical care (3 months).

Part two (years three, four and five), will consist of the following courses; Clinical Practice In Thoracic and Cardiovascular Carcinogenesis, Imaging and Oncology, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Endoscopy, and a Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery log book.

All taught course units covered will consist of lectures, clinical work, clinical teachings, seminars, conferences, demonstrations, tutorials, teaching in a surgical skills laboratory, log book, dissertation and on call duties.

To complete all courses as stipulated candidates will be expected to achieve a minimum of 60 contact hours a week.

The dissertation shall be agreed upon between the candidate and the department.  The writing of the dissertation shall be during the part two of the programme.

The Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery logbook shall contain a chronological list of all diagnostic and operative procedures completed during training.

A candidate may in special circumstances be discontinued from the programme;

On medical grounds if the senate shall find him/her unfit to continue.

If he/she does not meet the requirements specified in the documents below

Manual on code of conduct of Medical Ethics published by the Medical practitioners and Dentists Board in Kenya

Public Officers Ethics Act, 2003, Part III, general Code of Conduct and Ethics

A candidate exceeding the prescribed maximum duration of the course without valid reason shall be discontinued.

Admission Requirements

**Common Regulations for the Master of Medicine Degree in the  University of Nairobi shall apply.
**Candidates eligible for admission into the course shall fulfil the following conditions;
– Hold a basic medical degree i.e. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) of the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognised by Senate.
– Posses evidence of registration or eligibility to be licensed by Medical Practitioner’s and Dentists Board in Kenya for purposes of training.  Must also show evidence of retention on the list of the Medical Practitioner’s and Dentists Board
– Possess a certificate of good conduct from the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board or any equivalent authority from the country of origin.
– Show proficiency in use of the English language.
– Obtain a valid professional indemnity cover during the full period of training.

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:
– Public Health Worker
– Medical Teacher
– Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner
– Medical/ Pharmaceutical Researcher

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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