Philosophy of the Programme

The philosophy of the programme is to foster excellence in academic freedom, professionalism and integrity through quality scholarly teaching, training and research in Statistics.

Rationale of the Programme

The PhD Mathematical Statistics programme has been reviewed in line with the Commission for University Education (CUE) guidelines and also to take into account recent developments in Data Science worldwide.

Goal of the Programme

The goal of the programme is to equip students with good knowledge of fundamental principles of statistical theory and methodology; to impart the necessary knowledge in statistical computing for analyzing (large) data sets; and skills in statistical methods necessary in making evidence-based decisions.

Language(s) Used: The language used in teaching is English

Modes of Delivery:

  • Face-Face Mode: The programme will be delivered through a variety of face-to-face methods such as lectures, tutorials, laboratory or field-based practical lessons, demonstrations, individual or group assignments, and presentations.

  • Virtual/Online: This shall consist of written self-instructional study modules e.g. study course materials, relevant literature and interactive devices, and self-tests. Face-to-face introductory tutorials. Mediated technical learning materials such as audio-visual and e-Learning.

Intakes: The programme intake is in September of every year click the link below for more information on the application procedure University of Nairobi online Application Click this link to apply  



The Chairman,

Department of Mathematics.

P.O.Box 30197-00100

Telephone: 020 4914143 / 020 4914148



Registration is governed by the common regulation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the school of Mathematics.

supervised thesis research in a chosen area of study for a minimum period of six (6) semesters,

quarterly progress reports to Graduate School to confirm the progress of research work.


Applicants must satisfy the University's general admission criteria for Doctor of Philosophy Degree programmes.

The following shall be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy

Holders of first degree in or its equivalent from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate

Holders Master’s degree in or its equivalent from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate



Attachment Opportunities

Students can be attached but not limited to the following

  • Government parastatals

  • Research institutions

  • Non-governmental organizations

  • Financial institutions

  • Consultancy firms

Career Prospects/Opportunities

  • Statistician

  • Actuary

  • Machine learning Engineer

  • Data scientist

  • Data analyst

  • Research analyst

  • Researcher

  • Data engineer

  • Academia

Notable Alumni

  1. Thomas Achia, Center for Disease control and prevention, Nairobi, Kenya
TUITION 396,000 396,000 396,000 1,188,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 7,000 7,000 21,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0 0 50,000 50,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 4,500 4,500 4,500 13,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 6,500 6,500 19,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 2,000 2,000 6,000
LIBRARY FEES - PER ANNUAL 5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 0 0 0 0
Grand TOTALS 428,000 423,000 473,000 1,324,000
Exam Regulations

Exam Regulations

Common regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy in all faculties shall be applicable.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree shall be carried out by research as recommended by the School of Mathematics Board and the Board of Postgraduate Studies and approved by Senate.

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