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This programme that is suitable for clinicians and life-science graduates pursuing a career in Microbiology and biotechnology. Graduates will able to acquire an understanding of traditional and novel microbiological concepts/techniques, alongside advanced molecular biology and bioinformatics

Programme Courses

Year 1: Semester I

SZL 801: Membrane Dynamics and the Cytosol

SZL 802: Genome Structure and Expression

SZL 810:  Advances and Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology I

SZL 871: Advanced Microbiology                    

SZL 873: Molecular Biology of Microbes                                    

SZL 875: Molecular Virology

SZL 877: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy                                     

SZL 879: Research issues in Molecular Microbiology

Year 1: Semester II

SZL 808: Molecular Biology

SZL 811: Advances and Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology II SZL 812:  Research Project I       

SZL 813: Biostatistics & Bioanalysis  

SZL 872: Systematic Bacteriology 

SZL 874: Microbial Genetics                                                            

SZL 876: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology         

SZL 878: Genomics and Bioinformatics                   

Admission requirements

Candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements as laid down in the University Common Regulations for Master Degree and the School of Graduate Studies’ Common Rules and Regulations of Maseno University.

In addition, candidates must be in possession of, at least, a B.Sc. degree from a University of academic standard acceptable to Maseno University, with second-class honours (Lower Division) in Zoology, or in a related field.  

Programme duration

The duration of the M.Sc. degree-programme shall, normally, be two academic years.

Programme structure

The Masters Degree programme in Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology shall normally consist of coursework, examination and thesis/project, normally extending over a period of two academic years distributed over four semesters of full time/part-time attendance provided that part-time attendance shall not exceed a period of four calendar years from the date of registration. 


The Masters degree in Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology shall consist of a minimum of 14 units, and a maximum of 18 units of coursework, examination and thesis distributed over four semesters as below: