Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, being unicellular, multicellular and acellular. Microbial biotechnology is the manipulation of microorganisms at the genetic and molecular level to generate useful products. The programme of Master of Science in Botany (Microbiology and Biotechnology) of Tharaka University focuses on broadening learners knowledge and understanding of the current technologies and processes in the Micro-Biotech industry, including approaches being applied to further advance the discovery and design of new and highly innovative products. It also aims to provide industrially relevant expertise in bioprocess technology and the design and management of industrial products which are components of the economic pillar of the Kenya Government Vision 2030. This programme will therefore produce learners with demonstrable skills in product development within the biotech and agricultural industry. In addition, it will emphasise skills in experimental design, problem solving and interpretation of data. Learners will develop analytical and technical skills required for experimental research and/or the exploitation of scientific discovery in industry, depending their chosen project. In addition, learners will be able to identify and appropriately manage the professional, ethical and wider social aspects and also improve their communication skills, independent thinking and develop creative solutions to the problems of mankind.

At the completion of the training in Master of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology the learner is expected to:

  • Be vastly knowledgeable about the connection between microbiology and biotechnology.
  • Gain understanding of the use of biotechnology and microorganisms as an effective tool of enhancing human development through application in industry.

The common rules and regulations for all Master’s degree programmes specified in Tharaka University Statutes shall apply.

(a) Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Microbiology and Biotechnology will be required to have at least upper second class honours bachelors’ degree or its equivalent in Biological Sciences, Agriculture or related fields from Tharaka University or any other recognised University.

(b) In exceptional cases, non-holders of upper second class honours degree may be admitted, provided such candidates can, on the basis of research and academic work they have done, show that they are well qualified to undertake a postgraduate work by passing qualifying examinations.

The course shall be administered by coursework, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework, consisting of lectures and seminars. In addition, students will be required to take at least one relevant optional unit as indicated. Practicals and fieldwork will be included as appropriate. During the second year of study, students will carry out a research and write a thesis in specific areas of interest, under the guidance of the University approved supervisor(s). The programme shall extend for a minimum period of 18 months and a maximum of 36 months for full time students and a maximum of 48 months for part time students. FIRST YEAR: The candidate will take all core course units prescribed and the relevant optional units as indicated. Optional units will be selected according to the student’s area of research interest. SECOND YEAR: Research and thesis.

Full Time  Ksh-130,000/= per year science based

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