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About the course

Diseases, in both animals and humans, are a major contributor to poverty in developing countries. Vector-borne, food-borne and zoonotic parasitic diseases are some of the leading causes of mortality and food insecurity in tropical and sub-tropical countries worldwide, particularly in the sub-Saharan Africa.  An in-depth study of parasites, parasitic diseases as well as disease vectors, at post-graduate level, will facilitate their effective control and eradication.

It is for this reason that the Department of Zoology is offering post-graduate training in Applied Parasitology and Vector Biology.

Programme Courses

Year 1: Semester I

SZL 801: Membrane Dynamics and the Cytosol

SZL 805: Lymphoid System & Immuno-expression

SZL 808: Molecular Biology

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

SZL 813: Biostatistics & Bioanalysis 

SZL 838: Medical Parasitology 

SZL 839: Vector Biology & Identification  

SZL 840: Techniques in Parasitology


Year 1: Semester II

SZL 802: Genome Structure and Expression

SZL 878: Genomics and Bioinformatics 

SZL 811: Advances & Techniques in Cell & Molecular Biology II

SZL 841: Immunology of Parasitic Infections

SZL 842: Genetics of Parasitic organisms and their Vectors

SZL 843: Molecular Biology of Parasites

SZL 844: Epidemiology of Parasitic & Other Vector-borne Diseases

SZL 812: Research Project I

Year 2: Semester I and II

SZL 899 Research/ Thesis

 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 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.