Mount Kenya University School Of Medicine

Last Updated on September 9, 2022 by Alvina Ibe

MKU’s programmes across the various disciplines have been ranked among the best in Kenya and the East African region.specifically, the University’s Medical School has firmly established itself as a leader in the training of
medical personnel. The Annual Inspection of East African Medical and Dental Schools, which is conducted by
health technical experts from the Medical and Dental Practitioners Boards / Councils from the East African
Community (EAC) partner states, has ranked MKU at the top.

The inspection focuses on quality of academic programmes, human resource, student affairs, infrastructure,
monitoring and evaluation of programmes, research and innovation and general compliance with set guidelines.

Welcome to Mount Kenya University Medical School, the first private chartered University to offer Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MKU Medical School.
We focus on training well rounded skilled, knowledgeable, both locals & internationally market oriented health professions in the following disciplines:

  1. Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MBChB
  2. Bachelor of Science in Dental Technology
  3. Bachelor of Science in Oral Health
  4. Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  5. Ph.D in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  6. Diploma in Medical laboratory Science
  7. Diploma in Community Oral Health
  8. Diploma in Dental Technology
  9. Options for Masters and Ph.D – Immunology, Haematology & Blood transfusion, Microbiology, Urology, Molecular Biology, Histology & Cytology, Parasitology & Entomology, Clinical Chemistry

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme

About the programme
The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) programme has been granted provisional accreditation by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.
The School will train doctors and will impart appropriate theoretical, research and practical knowledge, skills and attitudes that are responsive to the health needs of the Kenyan society. The programme covers pre-clinical which include; Human Anatomy, Medical Physiology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Behavioural Sciences and Ethics, Community Health, Pathology and clinical areas; Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Reproductive Health, Mental Health, Child Health and Paediatrics, Orthopedic Surgery

Vision of the programme
To be a role model of excellence in science and technology, education and training in Africa.
Mission of the programme
To contribute to the society by provision of accessible and innovative quality medical education that promotes excellence in scholarship, research and equitable service to the communities.


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

Course Duration

The duration of the course shall not be less than six academic years and not more than twelve years.

  1.  All units in the M.B,Ch.B., programme shall be compulsory unless the School Board recommends exemption and senate approves.
  2. The academic year in the School of Medicine shall be divided into 3 terms, with a minimum of 44 weeks. Each term shall be 14 or 15 weeks exclusive of any examinations.

Regulatory Body
Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board

MBCHB curriculum development and approval

The MBCHB curriculum underwent all the relevant levels of approval:-

  • Stakeholders participation
  • Curriculum review policy
  • Curriculum review committee
  • Senate approval
  • Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board
  • Commission for University Education
  • East Africa Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board

Welcome to School of Clinical Medicine

The school of Clinical Medicine is housed in the College of Health Sciences. It comprises of three departments namely; Forensic MedicineClinical Sciences and Health Records Management which offer a wide range of courses from Certificate, Diploma, Bachelors and Masters Levels.

While there are challenges ahead, we also have great opportunities. With the University’s improvement of the laboratories, teaching facilities, and collaboration with other institutions of higher learning and research institutions, the graduate from Mount Kenya University will stand tall among the rest. The school has the facilities and highly qualified and dedicated faculty to impart critical skills to hundreds of Clinical Medicine graduates at all levels of training and those pursuing Health Records Management. This will prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in the future of health care provision. Besides acquiring the knowledge to allow them move into the labour market confidently, our students are exposed to community service, research and extracurricular activities.

The school has enhanced its curricula over time to enable the graduates to acquire excellent theoretical and hands-on clinical training which equips our graduates with the relevant knowledge and clinical skills to cope with the dynamic field of medical practice. The curricula are reviewed regularly to ensure that the graduates are skilled, culturally competent health care professionals and researchers with an emphasis on curative as well as preventive medicine. Together, we will make a real difference in the healthcare provision to the Kenyan population and beyond.

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