MASTER OF ARTS IN ARMED CONFLICT AND PEACE STUDIES

Overview

 INTRODUCTION

Background
This programme aims at exposing students to a wide scope and advanced knowledge in conflict and peace
research.

Philosophy of the Programme
This programme is predicated on a multilayered approach to understanding conflict and the varied
mechanisms of realizing peace.

 Rationale of the Programme
The programme was set up due the general desire by learners to develop a deep understanding of the
subject of Armed Conflict and Peace and consequently create a pool of professionals armed with
knowledge and skills to tackle conflicts and entrench peace in many parts of the world.

 Goal of the Programme
This programme aims to encourage the acquisition of armed conflict and peace knowledge that is
underpinned by critical analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.
1.5 Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme
i. Demonstrate analytical and logical knowledge on issues of conflict and peace
ii. Develop capability to create and disseminate knowledge in Conflict and Peace Studies

Exemption from One or More Course Units

A person admitted to the postgraduate diploma programme may, on acceptable grounds, apply for exemption from one or more course units, provided that no person shall be exempted from more than 30% of the total number of course units that he/she shall be required to take in order to graduate.

Applicants who meet the following criteria may apply for exemption:

i)      A person who has followed the prescribed course of instruction in the relevant course unit(s) and passed the applicable examination(s) for the semester or semesters in question at the University of Nairobi;

ii)     A person who has followed a course of instruction in a subject which subsumes the current content of the relevant course unit or course units, and passed the applicable examination or examinations in respect of the whole subject or subjects at the University of Nairobi;

iii)    A person who has followed the prescribed course of instruction in the relevant course unit or course units, and passed the applicable examination or examinations with a minimum mark of 50% in each unit taken at any other university recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi;

iv)    A person who has followed a course of instruction in a subject which subsumes the current content of the relevant course unit or units, and passed the applicable examination or examinations with a minimum mark of 50% in respect of the unit or units taken at any other university recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi.

Examination Regulations

Final University of Nairobi examinations shall be given at the end of every semester in each taught course unit; and each final examination shall be in the form of a three-hour written examination paper.

Where a semester-long project paper is required, work on the project paper shall be started and completed during the final semester of the postgraduate diploma programme. The project paper shall be graded as though it were 2 taught course units without coursework; and consequently the paper shall contribute 100% of the marks awarded in those course units.

To be awarded the postgraduate diploma, a candidate must pass all specialized, core and elective course units taken, as well as the Project Paper where applicable.

All examinations shall be governed by the following rules:

i)      Each course unit shall be graded over 100.

ii)     The written final examination shall account for 60% of all the marks in   each course unit, while continuous assessment tests shall account for 40%; but the Project Paper or “Independent research” paper shall be graded over 100%, as there shall be no continuous assessment test associated with them.

iii)    In every course unit taken, the pass mark shall be 50%, which shall be arrived at by adding the overall continuous coursework grade obtained in that course to the final end-of-semester grade.

iv)    A candidate who fails in any examination in a specialized, core, or elective course unit taken at the end of a semester may re-sit that examination when it is next given during scheduled end-of-semester examinations, and should he/she once again fail, may re-sit the examination one more time when it is next scheduled as part of the University’s regular end-of-semester examinations calendar, provided that he/she shall pay such fees as may be prescribed by the University in respect of such examination. There shall be no special or supplementary examinations between or during semesters.

v)     A candidate who fails in any examination in an elective course unit may, at his/her own discretion, register in an alternative elective course unit, in lieu of re-sitting an examination in which he/she failed once or more than once; provided that he/she shall pay such registration and other fees as may be prescribed by the University in respect of such examination.

In the event that a candidate re-sits the final examination in any course unit, the final grade shall be based entirely on the marks obtained in the final written examination, which shall be graded over 100 marks; and the continuous coursework marks pertaining to that course unit shall not be considered.

Each candidate’s cumulative performance in the course of the postgraduate diploma programme, as well as his/her overall performance shall be summarized in an average score over 100, and a letter reflecting current University practice.

A student who, for good cause supported with authenticated documentary evidence, fails to sit or complete an end-of-semester examination may be allowed to sit for the paper(s) concerned when the examination is next scheduled, without paying additional fees.

 Minimum Admission Requirements
A candidate must have the following minimum qualifications:
(a) Bachelors degree of the University of Nairobi with at least a Lower Second Class or equivalent
qualifications from institutions recognised by the University of Nairobi Senate.
(b) A Pass Bachelor’s degree plus a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant field.

Regulations for Credit Transfers
The common regulations governing the transfer of credits in the Faculty of Arts shall apply
A candidate from a recognized University, or any other equivalent institution recognized by the University of
Nairobi senate, shall be allowed to transfer credits from his/her University if those credits are deemed
relevant and meet the required minimum contact hours.
Where a candidate wishes to be exempted from any course unit, he/she shall follow the procedure set out
below: -
(i) The candidate shall send a formal application for exemption to the Academic Registrar through
the Dean of Arts, justifying his/her request and attaching evidence of the credentials, which
would support such a request.
(ii) The candidate shall undertake to submit himself/herself to an exemption examination set and
administered by the Faculty of Arts, and approved by the Senate. In any such examination the
pass mark shall be 50%.
(iii) A candidate who has to take an exemption examination shall be required to pay to the
University an exemption fee as may be prescribed from time to time by the Faculty.
(iv) An exemption examination shall be assessed within three weeks of its taking place, and the
Faculty Board shall make its recommendation to the Senate. The Academic Registrar shall
communicate to the candidate the Senate’s decision.
(v) The Faculty may, for reasons of exceptional academic merit, recommend to Senate the
exemption of an applicant from a core course or an elective course without being subjected to
an exemption examination.

TUITION                 27,000.00  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                    1,000.00  
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                    6,500.00  
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                    7,000.00  
CAUTION - (ONCE)                    5,000.00  
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     5,000.00  
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                    2,000.00  
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                    2,250.00  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                    1,000.00  
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                    1,000.00  
THESIS EXAMINATION                 30,000.00  
     Semester totals 
Sem1  2 units                                       85,750.00
   3 units                                    113,750.00
   4 units                                    141,750.00
     Semester totals 
Sem2 ,3,5 or 6  1 unit                                       30,250.00
   2 units                                       58,250.00
   3 units                                       86,250.00
   4 units                                    114,250.00
     Semester totals 
Sem4, 7, or 10  1 unit                                       52,750.00
   2 units                                       80,750.00
   3 units                                    108,750.00
   4 units                                    136,750.00
Project =4units    
Project in sems 4 or 7                                     166,750.00
Other sems                                     144,250.00
     
SUMMARY OF TOTAL FEES    
Sem1  4 units                                    141,750.00
Sem2  4 units                                    114,250.00
Sem3  4 units                                    114,250.00
Sem4  PROJECT                                    166,750.00
Totals                     537,000.00