The Doctor of Philosophy in Translation is a research-based program that provides advanced training in translation studies. The program helps the candidate in understanding of fundamental and advanced issues in linguistics and translation, enables him or her to communicate their knowledge with excellent oral and written skills, and motivates them to take the lead in research and development in their field of expertise.


The proposed PhD in translation is intended to respond to the situation outlined in the philosophy of this course by providing students who wish to undertake doctoral studies in translation, with an opportunity to delve into the theoretical and practical depths of translation in which they have research interest. The course also gives such students an opportunity to acquire necessary competences and to advance their research and practical skills.

The common regulations governing admissions into PhD programmes at the University of Nairobi shall apply.               

    1. In addition, applicants must be holders of a Master of Arts in Translation degree from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
    2. In addition to the requirements in (i) above, the applicant must have high level proficiency in English and one or more of the following languages: French, Kiswahili, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and German. Candidates with local African languages shall be able to use them for research and as additional languages in their practice.
    3. To ascertain proficiency in the applicant’s working languages, pre-qualified candidates shall sit and pass an entrance examination.
Course Work - 6units      
TUITION                              40,000.00    
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                                 1,000.00    
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                                 5,000.00    
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                                 6,500.00    
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                                 7,000.00    
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                                 2,250.00    
CAUTION - (ONCE)                                 5,000.00    
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                                 1,000.00    
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                                 2,000.00    
THESIS EXAMINATION                              50,000.00    
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                                 1,000.00    
total units=6      
Sem1  1unit                        70,750.00  
   2 units                     111,750.00  
   3 units                     152,750.00  
Sem2  1unit                        43,250.00  
   2 units                        84,250.00  
   3 units                     125,250.00  
Sem2  1unit                        65,750.00  
   2 units                     106,750.00  
   3 units                     147,750.00  
1  Semester 1   3 Units                           152,750.00
   Semester 2   3 Units                           125,250.00
Totals                              278,000.00
2  Tuition fees                             240,000.00
   Others charges                               27,000.00
Totals                              267,000.00
3  Tuition fees                             240,000.00
   Other charges                               27,000.00
   thesis examinations                               50,000.00
Totals                              317,000.00
Grand totals                              862,000.00