Enhancement of knowledge, skills and abilities obtained at the master’s level.


The PhD in Psychiatry program gears towards independence in scientific and critical thinking with an emphasis on quality research and life-long learning to bring the student to a higher level of competence in Psychiatry with special expertise in an area chosen for the thesis.


The main aim of the programme is to produce high-quality graduates with significant communication, leadership, intellectual skills backed by ethics and social responsibility. This emphasizes on the aspect of integrating knowledge and skills acquired from behavioral, clinical and psychiatric sciences and related technologies.


The PhD in Psychiatry programme in the Department of Psychiatry is by thesis with quarterly submission of progress reports. The minimum duration of the program is three (3) years.

Mode of Delivery

Proposal, progress report and thesis defense is done virtually during the COVID 19 pandemic.

During the study period, candidate participate in seminars, journal clubs and study fellowships.

PhD students, under the supervision of an academic staff and or an expertise as a supervisor, carry out a research thesis project on a selected topic in Psychiatry. Research proposals shall be presented to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee, Faculty Postgraduate  Committee and appropriate ethics committees as may be required by the Faculty.

Admission Requirements

Master of Medicine (Psychiatry). MBCHB

A holder of a Bachelor's and Master's degree from University of Nairobi or an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate

The applicant must be able to produce evidence, to the satisfaction of Senate, of his adequate background in the discipline and capacity to carry out original research.

In addition to producing evidence of eligibility for registration, candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychiatry may be required to appear for interview by the Faculty/School/Department concerned to determine their suitability for registration.

On application a candidate shall in the first instance submit the application form and a draft proposal of approximately 15 pages for consideration by the Faculty/School/Board concerned.

The draft proposal shall include a brief statement of the problem, research objectives, research questions, literature review, methodology, conceptual framework, a work plan and a budget.

Application Information & Schedule of Intake

Intake for this postgraduate degree programme is done in September of every year. Application is done online through the Online Application System. Click here to apply

Contact of Support Person

For any assistance contact the Secretary, Office of the Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Telephone: 0204915052


or pay us a visit at Kenyatta National Hospital Campus, University of Nairobi, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry.


Career Prospects & Attachment Opportunities

Psychiatry consultants.

Psychiatry lecturer

Notable Alumni

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   YEAR 1   YEAR 2   YEAR 3    TOTALS 
TUITION                        756,000.00                    756,000.00                  756,000.00                           2,268,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                             7,000.00                        7,000.00                       7,000.00                                 21,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                                          -                                        -                       50,000.00                                 50,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                             4,500.00                        4,500.00                       4,500.00                                 13,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                             1,000.00                        1,000.00                       1,000.00                                   3,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                             5,000.00                                     -                                       -                                      5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                             6,500.00                        6,500.00                       6,500.00                                 19,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                             2,000.00                        2,000.00                       2,000.00                                   6,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                             5,000.00                        5,000.00                       5,000.00                                 15,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                             1,000.00                        1,000.00                       1,000.00                                   3,000.00
Grand totals           788,000.00        783,000.00      833,000.00            2,404,000.00