Universities offering Bachelor of Medicine in Kenya and admission requirements 2024/2025

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Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery is the most marketable university course in Kenya. A number of universities offer the course and below are admission requirements to various universities:

  • Mount Kenya University

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

Admission requirements
Candidates wishing to study for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree shall have met the minimum University entry requirements.

  1. For the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) holders, minimum university admission requirement is C+ (plus) and in addition, an average of B plain in each of the following cluster subjects
    1. 1. Biology
    2. Chemistry
    3. Physics or Mathematics
    4. English or Kiswahili.
  2.  For Kenya advanced Certificate of Education (KACE) holders, a minimum of two principal passes in Biology, Chemistry and subsidiary pass in either Mathematics or Physics.
  3. For International Baccalaureate (IB), a minimum of grade 5 or above in International Baccalaureate
  4. For diploma holders in Medical Sciences, a minimum ‘O’ level Division II pass in K.A.C.E or C+ (plus) mean grade and a credit C+ in cluster subjects in KCSE , in addition to a three year diploma with a minimum of a credit pass from a medical training institution recognized by the Board
  5. Proficiency in English language
  6. For holders of any degree in Biological Sciences or equivalent qualifications from a recognized university subject to passing Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  7. Other qualifications deemed to be equivalent to those in paragraphs (a)-(d) above from institutions recognized by the different institutions’’ Senates
  8. Moi University

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree programme, the candidate must satisfy the common requirements for entry into the University as stipulated in the Joint Admissions Board regulations. In addition, candidates must obtain at least the minimum cut off points for the year as determined from the following cluster drawn from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education structure.

  • Mean Grade of A- at KCSE: A- in Biology and Chemistry; and either Maths or Physics; and either English or Kiswahili- A Weighted Cluster Point of 45 and above is mandatory (using old JAB weighted cluster formula)
  • Minimum of Division I in O’ Level with credit passes in Biology, chemistry ,Maths or Physics and English or Kiswahili and have principal passes in Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths at ‘A’ level
  • Holders of Diplomas, BSc & Masters degrees in related subjects if:
  1. KCSE Graduates, have a Mean Grade of B and B in Biology, Chemistry and either Maths or Physics, and B in either English or Kiswahili.
  2. O’ Level and ‘A’ Level System: O’ Level – Division II with credit passes in Biology, and chemistry, and either Math or Physics and either English or Kiswahili. In A’ Level – Have principal passes in Biology, Chemistry and either Maths/ Physics.
  • O’ level British GCE system: Have at least a B in Biology and Chemistry; and either Maths or Physics and English, additionally at A’ level have at least a B in Biology ,Chemistry and either Maths or Physics
  • University of Nairobi

BACHELOR OF MEDICINE AND BACHELOR OF SURGERY

Kenyan Government Sponsored Students (Regular Programme)

Admission to the University of Nairobi is by the University Senate through the Public Universities Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) whose membership comprises Vice-Chancellors of the Public Universities, Principals of Colleges, Directors of Institutes and Deans of Schools and the academic registrars as secretaries.

The admission is based on the minimum University entry requirements. In addition the applicants should meet the enrolment requirements for the School for the various courses which depend on the KCSE subject cluster as follows:-

Alternative A

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics/Mathematics
  • English/Kiswahili

Alternative B

  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • English/Kiswahili

Self Sponsored Students (Module II Programmmes)

Admission to the Module II programmes is by the University Senate, through the school admissions committee. Admission is based on the set minimum requirements for each program.

(i)             Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E)

Candidates for admission must satisfy the General University of Nairobi admission criteria of a mean grade C+ in

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) with a mandatory B Grade pass in each of the cluster subjects 

a.                   Biology.

b.                  Chemistry.

c.                   Physics or Mathematics.

d.                  English or Kiswahili.

                    OR

(ii)               Advanced Level Certificate:

TWO Principal passes in A LEVEL: one in Biology and the other in Chemistry and at least ONE Subsidiary pass in Physics or Mathematics. Applicants must attach copies of both their O LEVEL and A level transcript.

OR

(iii)             Diploma Holders in Medical Sciences:

A minimum of K.C.E Division II OR C+ (plus) mean grade in K.C.S.E and C+ in the four cluster subjects.

(iv) Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science from a University recognized by Senate

FEE STRUCTURE

MBchB-Year I -36 Weeks   
Course Code Course code   Hours  Unit Cost 
Human anatomy HHA100        630.00          311,111.11
Biochemistry HBC100        225.00          111,111.11
Physiology HMP100        180.00             88,888.89
IT HIT100          45.00             22,222.22
Behavioural Science HCH100        135.00             66,666.67
TOTALS    1,215.00          600,000.00
    
TUITION            600,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                 6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                 5,000.00
CAUTION – (ONCE)                 5,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                 2,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                 4,500.00
ICT SERVICES – (PER YEAR)                 7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                 4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
    
Semester 1            336,000.00
Semester 2            300,000.00
Total-Year 1 MBchB Fees             636,000.00
    
MBchB-Year 2-36 Weeks   
Course Code Course   Hours  Unit Cost 
Medical Physiology HMP200        315.00          155,555.56
Biochemistry HBC200        270.00          133,333.33
Microbiology HMM200          90.00             44,444.44
Immunology HHP202          45.00             22,222.22
Medical Law and Ethics HHP200          45.00             22,222.22
Pharmacology HCP200        135.00             66,666.67
Community Health HCH200        315.00          155,555.56
TOTALS    1,215.00          600,000.00
    
TUITION            600,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                 6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                 7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                 2,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                 4,500.00
ICT SERVICES – (PER YEAR)                 7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                 4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
    
Semester 1            333,000.00
Semester 2            300,000.00
Total-Year 2 MBchB Fees             633,000.00
    
MBchB-Year 3-36 Weeks   
Course Code Course   Hours  Unit Cost 
Medical Microbiology II HMM300        270.00          112,500.00
Anatomic Pathology I HHP300          90.00             37,500.00
Clinical Pharmacology II HCP300        360.00          150,000.00
General Surgery I HSU300        270.00          112,500.00
Junior Clerkship (Int Med.,Obs&Gynae.,Paedri&Surg HME300        180.00             75,000.00
Haematology & Blood transfusion HHP301        135.00             56,250.00
Clinical Chemistry I HHP303        135.00             56,250.00
TOTALS    1,440.00          600,000.00
    
TUITION            600,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                 6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                 7,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                 2,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                 4,500.00
ICT SERVICES – (PER YEAR)                 7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                 4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
    
Semester 1            333,000.00
Semester 2            300,000.00
Total-Year 3 MBchB Fees             633,000.00
    
MBchB-Year 4-36 Weeks   
Course Code Course   Hours  Unit Cost 
Internal Medicine I HME400        180.00             75,000.00
General Surgery II HSU400        180.00             75,000.00
Psychiatry I HPS400        225.00             93,750.00
Diagnostic Imaging I HDR400          45.00             18,750.00
Anatomic Pathology II HHP400        180.00             75,000.00
Orthopaedic Surgery I HOS400        180.00             75,000.00
Haematology and Blood Transfusion II HHP401        180.00             75,000.00
Immunology II HHP402          90.00             37,500.00
Ophthalmology I HSU403          45.00             18,750.00
Clinical Chemistry II HHP403          90.00             37,500.00
Otolaryngology I HSU404          45.00             18,750.00
TOTALS    1,440.00          600,000.00
    
    
TUITION            600,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                 6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               11,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                 2,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                 4,500.00
ICT SERVICES – (PER YEAR)                 7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                 4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
    
Semester 1            337,000.00
Semester 2            300,000.00
Total-Year 4 MBchB Fees             637,000.00
    
MBchB-Year 5-36 Weeks   
Course Code Course   Hours  Unit Cost 
Obstetrics and Gynaecology HOG500        495.00          173,684.21
Paediatrics and Child Health HPD500        495.00          173,684.21
Community Health II HCH500        495.00          173,684.21
Elective Term        225.00             78,947.37
TOTALS    1,710.00          600,000.00
    
    
TUITION            600,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                 6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                 4,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                 2,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                 4,500.00
ICT SERVICES – (PER YEAR)                 7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                 4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
    
Semester 1            330,000.00
Semester 2            300,000.00
Total-Year 5 MBchB Fees             630,000.00
    
MBchB-Year 6-36 Weeks Course   Hours  Unit Cost 
Internal Medicine II HME600        360.00          150,000.00
General Surgery III HSU600        315.00          131,250.00
Psychaitry II HPS600          45.00             18,750.00
Diagnostic Imaging II HDR600          90.00             37,500.00
Orthopaedic Surgery II HOS600        270.00          112,500.00
Dermatology HME601          45.00             18,750.00
Ophthalmology II HSU603          45.00             18,750.00
Otolaryngology II HSU604          45.00             18,750.00
Forensic Medicine HHP604          45.00             18,750.00
Anaesthesia HSU605          90.00             37,500.00
Dentistry HSU606          90.00             37,500.00
TOTALS    1,440.00          600,000.00
    
TUITION            600,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                 6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               11,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                 2,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                 4,500.00
ICT SERVICES – (PER YEAR)                 7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                 4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                 1,000.00
    
Semester 1            337,000.00
Semester 2            300,000.00
Total-Year 6 MBchB Fees             637,000.00
    
Grand totals         3,806,000.00
  • Kenyatta University

BACHELOR OF MEDICINE AND BACHELOR OF SURGERY

Entry Requirements
a) Candidates shall have met the minimum University and School of Medicine entry requirements.
b) Candidates shall have obtained a mean grade of at least C+ at K.C.S.E. and passed the subject clusters indicated or 2 principal passes at A level or their equivalents:

i.Alternative A
Biology B
Chemistry B
Mathematics or Physics B
English or Kiswahili B

ii.Alternative B
Biological Sciences B
Physical Sciences B
Mathematics B
English or Kiswahili B

OR

c) Candidates shall have obtained two principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and a subsidiary pass in Physics or Mathematics.

OR
d) Holders of a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery from a recognized Medical Training Institution and must be registered as Clinical Officers.
e) The candidate must have attained the minimum University entry requirements of C+ at KCSE division II at O level.
OR
f) Holders of a Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences, Zoology, Botany, Biology, Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy, Clinical Medicine.

Duration and Programme of Study
• The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree programme (MBChB) is a full time programme to take six academic years of three trimesters each.
• All the courses in the programme are core and must be successfully completed by the student before graduation. A course is designated as one or more units of study.
• Each clinical course shall comprise the contact hours indicated against it. These will comprise of lectures, practicals, rotations and clinical instruction, field courses and combined community health attachments where applicable. A unit shall be defined as 35 contact hours.

  • Kenya Methodist University

BACHELOR OF MEDICINE AND BACHELOR OF SURGERY

Minimum admission requirements

1. K.C.S.E. B (plain) and in addition at least grade B in Mathematics,

Biology, Chemistry and English.

OR

2. Advanced Level Holders: A minimum of 2 Principal Passes in Biology and

Chemistry, and a subsidiary pass in either Mathematics or Physics or

equivalent

OR

3. Diploma in Medical/Health Sciences holders: A minimum “0” level Divi-

sion II pass or C+ (plus) Mean Grade and credit pass C+ (plus) in the

cluster subjects in K.C.S.E. in addition to at least a credit pass in the sub-

sequent professional qualifications from a recognized medical training

institution or equivalent

OR

4. Holders of any degree in Biological Sciences or Equivalent qualifications

from a recognized University. In addition they should have attained a

minimum of C+ (plus) in Chemistry in K.C.S.E or equivalent

  • JKUAT

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB.ChB) – 6 years

Minimum entry requirements

All candidates must satisfy the common requirements for entry to university. In addition:
i. KCSE holders: an average of B+ plus in the 4 cluster subjects shown below provided that no subject in the cluster shall be below B plain
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics/ mathematics
• English/ Kiswahili

ii. Advanced level holders: a minimum of 2 principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and one subsidiary pass in Physics/Maths. In addition to a Credit pass in English

iii. Diploma in Clinical Medicine : a minimum “O” level Division 11 or C+ plus mean grade and Credit pass C+ in the cluster subjects in KCSE in addition to a Credit pass in the professional qualification from a recognized Medical Training Institution

iv. Holders of any degree in the biological sciences from JKUAT or an equivalent qualification from a university recognized by JKUAT

Transfer of Credits

Applicants seeking transfer of credits for similar courses taken from institutions recognized by the university senate may:
a) Send a formal application seeking transfer of credits , justification of the request and attach evidence of the credentials which will support such request
b) Apply for transfer of credits which is processed only after payment of the prescribed exemption fee.

  • The Aga Khan University

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Eligibility Criteria

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) holders: Minimum university admission requirement is C+. Additionally, applicants should possess an aggregate grade of B plain in the following cluster of subjects: Biology, Chemis​try, Physics or Mathematics; and English or Kiswahili. OR

Advanced level certificate holders: Minimum entry requirements include Principal passes of C in Biology and Chemistry, along with at least a subsidiary pass in either Mathematics or Physics. OR

International Baccalaureate (IB): Grade 5 and above in the cluster subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics. OR 

Diploma in Medical Sciences: A minimum “O” level division II Pass or C+ (plus) Mean grade and credit pass C+ in the cluster subjects (English or Kiswahili, Mathematics or Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in KCSE in addition to a three-year diploma with a minimum of a credit pass from a medical training institution recognized by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. OR

Undergraduate Degree: Holders of a Biological undergraduate degree or equivalent qualifications from a recognized University.

  • Maseno University

Bachelor of Medicine  and Bachelor of Surgery, with IT (MBCHB)

KCSE Minimum Mean Grade B+

 Alternative A:

B (plain)  Biology B (plain)  Chemistry
B (plain)  Mathematics/Physics
B (plain)  English/Kiswahili

Alternative B:

B+ Biological Sciences
B+ Physical Sciences
B (plain)  Mathematics/Physics
B (plain)  English/Kiswahili

 B. Sc. (Medical Biochemistry, with IT)

KCSE Mean Grade C+

B (Plain) in biology , Chemistry, C+ Mathematics/Physics, c+ English/Kiswahili OR be a holder of KCE Division II OR be a holder of KACE with two (2) principal passes in Biology and Chemistry and subsidiary pass in Mathematics of Physics. Or have a diploma in Applied Sciences with at lease a credit pass in relevant Science subjects from an Institution recognized by the University Senate