Overview

The Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering is the most recent addition to the School of Engineering, at the University of Nairobi.  The Department was started as a program under the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the year 2014 which led to the admission of the first cohort of students in 2015.

The Petroleum Engineering undergraduate program is primarily concerned with the training on how to engage in economic extraction of oil and gas natural resources from the earth. Producing oil and gas is accomplished through the exploration, design, drilling and operation of wells and well systems, and the integrated management of the underground reservoirs in which the resources are found. A minor emphasis of the petroleum engineering program at the University of Nairobi will be the study of transportation of crude and refined petroleum products as well as downstream activities such as storage and distribution of petroleum products.

The curriculum is tailored to give the students a solid scientific foundation from the start, where in the first year of study, courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer programming are taught, as well as other courses in the humanities such as communication skills, philosophy and HIV/AIDS. These courses are common to other disciplines of engineering.

The second and third year of the program are used to prepare the students in the engineering sciences such as Geology, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Mechanics of Machines, Systems and Controls, Engineering Communication as well as Mathematics.

In the Fourth and Fifth years of study, the students study specialized courses in reservoir engineering, well drilling technology, the evaluation of petroleum formations and production systems, and production enhancement. In these senior years, students also are expected to study broad subjects such as engineering management. In the final year of study, students work on an engineering project that could be experimental or design-based and this exposes them to the design process from concept to the final product, emphasizing effective communication and presentation skills.

Admission Requirements for BSc Petroleum Engineering

Candidates shall be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Engineering in the following categories.

 

KCSE Candidates

The basic admission requirement shall be the minimum requirement set for entry into Public Universities which is a mean grade of at least C+ in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). In addition, candidates shall have obtained at least C+ in each of the four cluster subjects from any of the following alternative clusters. However, a cut-off grade higher than C+ in each cluster subject shall be preferred if limitations of the number of places available for each degree programme versus the number of qualified candidates so demand. The said cut-off grades shall be determined and implemented by the School Board.

 

Alternative A:

Physics

Chemistry

Mathematics

Biology or Geography or any Group IV Subject

 

Alternative B:

Physical Sciences

Biological Sciences

Mathematics

Geography or any Group IV Subject

 

Group IV Subjects:

Home Science Building Construction

Art and Design Power Mechanics

Agriculture Electricity

Woodwork Drawing and Design

Metalwork Aviation Technology

 

A-Level Candidates

A-level candidates with 2 principals in Mathematics and Physics and a subsidiary level pass in Chemistry with Credit pass in English at O level

 

KNEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or Equivalent

Candidates with Higher National Diploma in the following broad areas of study:

  1. Agricultural Engineering

  2. Civil engineering

  3. Electrical engineering

  4. Mechanical engineering

  5. Geospatial Engineering

  6. Any other approved subject area.

 

Ordinary KNEC Diploma or equivalent (with credit pass)

  1. Agricultural Engineering

  2. Civil engineering

  3. Electrical engineering

  4. Mechanical engineering

  5. Geospatial Engineering

  6. Any other approved subject area.

Diploma from Science/Technical Teacher Training Colleges

Candidates with a Diploma in Mathematics and Physics from recognized teacher training colleges.

B.Sc/B.Ed (Science) degrees from Universities or any other relevant degrees

Candidates with a Bachelor of Science in Geology/geological petro-science and chemistry or Education degree in Physics and Mathematics from recognized institutions or any other relevant degree from a recognized institution.

Fees Structure for Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

 

Year 1

 

 

Semester I

 

 

Semester II

 

 

Total

Registration

3,000

 

3,000

Tuition Fees

125,000

125,000

250,000

Examinations

5,000

 

5,000

ID Card

1,000

 

1,000

Student organisation

1,000

-

1,000

Medical Fee

5,000

-

5,000

Activity Fee

2,000

-

2,000

Library Fee

4,000

-

4,000

Computer Laboratory

5,000

-

5,000

Caution (one off)

5,000

-

5,000

Laboratory

12,000

 

5,000

Total (Kes)

168,000

125,000

293,000

 

 

 

 

Year 2

Semester I

Semester II

Total

 

Registration

3,000

3,000

 

Tuition Fees

125,000

125,000

250,000

 

Examinations

5,000

 

5,000

 

ID Card

1,000

          •  

1,000

 

Student organisation

1,000

-

1,000

 

Medical Fee

5,000

-

5,000

 

Activity Fee

2,000

-

2,000

 

Library Fee

4,000

-

4,000

 

Computer Laboratory

5,000

-

5,000

 

Laboratory

5000,

 

5,000

 

Total (Kes)

156,000

125,000

281,000

 

               

 

 

 

 

Year 3

Semester I

Semester II

Total

Registration

3,000

 

3,000

Tuition Fees

125,000

125,000

250,000

Examinations

5,000

 

5,000

ID Card

1,000

 

1,000

Student organisation

1,000

-

1,000

Medical Fee

5,000

-

5,000

Activity Fee

2,000

-

2,000

Library Fee

4,000

-

4,000

Computer Laboratory

Field Assignment

5,000

24,000

-

5,000

24,000

Laboratory

5000,

 

5,000

Total (Kes)

180,000

125,000

305,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

Semester I

Semester II

Total

 

Registration

3,000

3,000

 

Tuition Fees

125,000

125,000

250,000

 

Examinations

5,000

 

5,000

 

ID Card

1,000

 

1,000

 

Student organisation

1,000

-

1,000

 

Medical Fee

5,000

-

5,000

 

Activity Fee

2,000

-

2,000

 

Library Fee

4,000

-

4,000

 

Laboratory

5000,

 

5,000

 

Total (Kes)

151,000

125,000

276,000

 

               

 

 

 

 

Year 5

Semester I

Semester II

Total

 

Registration

3,000

3,000

 

Tuition Fees

125,000

125,000

250,000

 

Examinations

5,000

 

    5,000

 

ID Card

1,000

 

1,000

 

Student organisation

1,000

-

1,000

 

Medical Fee

5,000

-

5,000

 

Activity Fee

2,000

-

2,000

 

Library Fee

4,000

-

4,000

 

Computer Laboratory

5,000

-

5,000

 

Laboratory

5,000

 

5,000

 

Project

5,000

 

5,000

 

Total (Kes)

161,000

125,000

286,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

Summary of Fees for the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum engineering program

Tuition fees                                            Kes 1,250,000/-

Field Assignment                          Kes      48,000/-

Final year project                          Kes      50,000/-   

Administration fees                       Kes    200,000/-

Total (over five years)                  Kes 1,783,000/-

 

Fees are Kes 250,000 p.a for East African students

 

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