MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICS (Revised)
Date and time: 
Tue, 2018-07-10 10:56

This is a revised M.Sc. Program that aims at providing sufficient basis for specialization in the various distinct areas of Physics as a subject. It captures the strengths of the Department in terms of expertise and infrastructure. The Department has in the past offered courses, which largely produced M.Sc. graduates with limited specialization scope. Whereas four of the Specialization Groups below have largely existed in a homogenous form, two entirely new Groups of Nuclear and Radiation Physics, and Laser Physics and Spectroscopy respectively have been introduced. Some of the units in the old program have been re-structured or re-packaged while a number of new units have been introduced to cater for stronger specialization. These will help the students to focus early on their areas of specialization in order to reduce the time taken for thesis research. Areas of specialization have been grouped as below for award of specific Masters degree:

Theoretical Physics

Experimental Condensed Matter  Physics

Geo- and Space Physics

Electronics and Instrumentation

Nuclear and Radiation Physics

Laser Physics and Spectroscopy

OBJECTIVES

The program aims to train high-level personnel competent in various disciples of Physics and who are well prepared to meet the various challenges of industrial and human resource development. This is premised on

  • good knowledge and skills in the basic courses of physics;
  • in-depth knowledge of some special areas of physics;
  • provision of basis for further training and education in physics.

 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Common regulations for the Master of Science degree in the University of Nairobi and the School of Physical Sciences shall apply.

  1. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Physics or a related subject from the University of Nairobi or any other Institution recognized by the Senate.
  2.  Holders of a Bachelors degree with a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in Physics or a related subject from the University of Nairobi or any other Institution recognized by the Senate, plus at least two years relevant research/work experience may be considered for admission.
  3. Holders of a Bachelors Pass degree in Physics or a related subject from the University of Nairobi or any other Institution recognized by the Senate, plus at least five years relevant research/work experience may be considered for admission.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS

A candidate may be exempted from some course units and credit transferred from institutions recognized by Senate, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Must have passed in similar units at Masters level;
  2. Request for exemption/credit transfer should be made in writing, on admission, addressed through the Chairman Department of Physics, and Dean, School of Physical Sciences, to
  3. the Director of Board of Postgraduate Studies, and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents including the syllabuses for the relevant courses;
  4. Payment of appropriate exemption fees;
  5. No candidate shall be exempted from or transfer more than one third of the total number of units required in the course.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION

  1. Candidates for the Master of Science degree in the Department shall follow courses of study as laid down in the approved specialization programmes for a period not less than four semesters but not more eight semesters. The first year (part I) of study shall be by coursework and examinations.
  2. A course unit will be defined as comprising 45 contact hours of lectures, tutorials and practicals.
  3. The  candidate  shall  register  for  specified  core  courses  for  the  chosen  area  of specialization together with suitable electives to total a minimum of EIGHT units for the first year (Part I) of study.
  4. The  Second  year  (Part II) of study for Theoretical Physics candidates shall be by coursework and examinations together with a dissertation written on a topical investigation carried out during the second semester. SPH 707 – Project, shall constitute the dissertation (equivalent to two units) that is compulsory while the candidate shall choose three other Double Units depending on areas of specialization.
  5. The Second year (Part II) of study for Experimental Physics candidates, shall be by thesis (equivalent to eight units) based on a research proposal submitted and approved by the end of the first year (Part I). The thesis shall be examined according to University of Nairobi regulations.
Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2028-07-10 10:56