Life has changed more in the past two centuries than in all the previously recorded span of human history. In one way or another, all these changes involve chemistry, the study of the composition, properties and transformations of matter. Chemistry is the science that contributes most to the widest range of activities of modern life, from microelectronics to medicine and from foods to fuels. There is need for a better educated work-force to cope with the increasingly complex demands of a rapidly changing society. Chemistry is deeply involved in both the changes that take place in nature and profound social changes. In addition, chemistry is central to the current revolution in all sciences. No educated person today can understand the modern world without a basic knowledge of chemistry

At the end of this course, the graduates should be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge and understanding and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environment within a broader (or multidisplinary) context related to chemical sciences.
  • Integrate knowledge, handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information taking into consideration ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
  • Conduct of advanced laboratory procedures and use of instrumentation in synthesis and analytical work.
  • Plan and carry out experiments independently and self criticize the evaluation of experimental procedures and outcomes.
  • Use an understanding of the limits of accuracy in experimental data to inform the planning of future work.
  • Communicate knowledge of chemistry both orally and in writing, including research reports to specialist and non-specialist audience clearly and unambiguously.
  • Continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed and take responsibility for their own career development.

The common regulations for all Master degrees in Tharaka University  shall apply. The following shall be eligible for enrolment for the Master of Science in Chemistry. A holder of a B. Sc. degree with at least second-class honours upper division in Chemistry either as a single subject or as one of the main subjects studied at B.Sc. level. A holder of a Bachelor of Education degree who has studied chemistry as a major subject and has attained at least a second class honours.

The Master’s Programme in Chemistry will last for a minimum of 18 months, a maximum of 36 months and will be offered by course work, examination, and thesis. The candidate will be expected to give at least two seminars in his/her area of research. Areas of specialization: Analytical Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; and Theoretical Chemistry.


During the first year of study, the Master of Science candidate will take FOURTEEN courses TEN of which are compulsory. The remaining FOUR courses will be chosen from the intended area of specialization. Students who intend to specialize in Theoretical Chemistry must take CHEM 826 – Advanced Quantum Chemistry and one more course from other areas. During the second year of study, a M.Sc. (Chemistry) candidate will carry out an approved Research Project in one of the areas of Specialization, under supervision of an academic staff. At the end of the research Project, the candidate will be required to submit a thesis, which will be examined according to the common University regulations. The mode of delivery shall be full-time and part-time.

Full Time  Ksh-130,000/=,

per year science- based.

per Semester


Applications should be on official forms available at Tharaka University  in Gatunga; Non-refundable fee of KES 2,000 for postgraduate courses degree, and diploma programmes and KES 1,000 for certificate courses to be deposited in the following accounts:

Bank Name        Account Name:   Branch       Account Tharaka University


Co-operative      Fees   Collection  

Bank                     Account                 Chuka       0112972400000

Equity Bank        Fees   Collection   Chuka      021 0277753588


KCB Bank           Fees   Collection   Chuka       1240985967


How to Apply?

Reach out admission Office via 0721839583 or 0703684570