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Higher Doctorate Degrees

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Those eligible for the award of a Higher Doctorate of the University of Nairobi must among other requirements be holders of the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Medicine degree of the University of Nairobi or the Doctor of Philosophy degree from any other recognized university of at least five years standing.

The Common Regulations for Higher Doctorates of the University of Nairobi other than Honorary Degrees are set out in the University Calendar. The Higher Doctorate, the regulations stipulate, shall only be awarded for the original published work such as would give a candidate authoritative international standing in his/her particular field of research.

The application must be based wholly or substantially on original work of distinction carried out by the candidate. The term ‘‘published’’ shall mean printed in a referred journal, book or monograph which shall have been made available to the public.

The submitted works by the candidate is assessed by an Evaluation Panel comprising;


  • Chairman of Senate


  • Deputy Vice- Chancellors
  • Principal of the relevant College
  • Dean of the relevant Faculty
  • Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies
  • Three Senior University Scholars- one of whom shall be from the relevant discipline and appointed by the Senate
  • Not more than three members may be co-opted by Senate where appropriate


  • Academic Registrar

A thesis for the Higher Doctorate degree shall be defended before a public audience provided that while members of the public shall be free to ask the candidate questions relevant to the subject of his/her thesis, only the Panel Examiners, shall participate in the final assessment of the thesis and the candidate’s performance in defense of the same.

To date, the University of Nairobi has awarded 6 Higher Doctorate Degrees.


September 14, 2018









September 4, 2015







December 6, 2013



Citation on Professor David Musyimi Ndetei on his conferment of the Degree Of Doctor Of Science (DSC) of the University of Nairobi









October 23, 2013



Citation on Prof. Geoffrey Moriaso Ole Maloiy on his conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science of the University of Nairobi.









October 17, 2008




Citation on Prof. John Onyango Kokwaro on his conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Science of the University of Nairobi