The programme specifically aims to:
- enable the student to develop expertise in new venture creation and management
- enhance corporate entrepreneurship in mature enterprises
- inculcate into the student the culture of creativity, innovation, and innovations management
- enable the student to develop competency in development and management of SMEs
- develop and enhance competency in research and consultancy on SMEs
Course structure and Duration
4.1 The programme consists of 12 taught course units that constitute Part 1 while a project Part II.
4.2 The minimum duration for the programme shall be 4 semesters, while the maximum duration shall be 10 semesters, and will involve coursework, examinations and the research project.
4.3 A candidate shall be allowed to take a maximum of 6 course units and a minimum of 2 course units per semester.
4.4 Each course unit shall be taught for 45 contact hours.
4.5 There will be 8 core course units which shall be taken by all candidates.
4.6 In addition to the core course units, candidates will be required to take 3 specialization course units in a chosen thematic area, and 1 elective course unit. Specialization course units allow a student to concentrate in their chosen thematic area, while elective course units provide options for additional knowledge in other areas of interest, not necessarily in their chosen thematic area.
4.7 Electives may be chosen from the list of elective course units in any area of study, or from specialization course units from a different thematic area, that would now count as electives.
4.8 Course units can only be taken after the necessary prerequisites have been successfully completed.
4.9 After completing Part I (all the taught course units – 8 core course units, 3 specialization course units, and 1 elective course unit), candidates will carry out research and produce a project (Part II). Part II shall commence in the semester immediately succeeding successful completion of Part I. Once the project is started it must be completed within the semester, or duration of six course units, with the maximum duration equivalent to the minimum load of two course units per semester.
3.1 Applicants who have completed equivalent Masters course units at other Senate recognized universities may, with the approval of the Senate, be allowed to transfer credits up to one third (four) course units into their program. Students desiring to receive credit for any prior course units done will need to make a formal request, which includes:
a) A list of the University of Nairobi course units for which the student is interested in getting credit;
b) Official transcripts, indicating courses that may be equivalent and;
c) Description and syllabus/outlines for the courses previously taken and passed. In addition there may be an exemption examination.
3.2 All those seeking to transfer credits will be required to pay an appropriate fee.
Part I: Taught Course
- In each semester, candidates will be required to take a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of six (6) examination papers inclusive of supplementary examinations.
- All candidates shall be required to take and pass a total of fifteen (15) examination papers before being allowed to proceed to do a Research Project.
- Each course shall be examined through a two-hour written examination paper at the end of each semester.
- The final written examination shall account for fifty percent (50%) of the marks in each course, while continuous assessment shall account for the remaining fifty percent (50%).
- The pass mark for each course shall be fifty percent (50%).
- Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in any course unit may on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate be allowed to take supplementary examinations.
- A pass obtained in the supplementary examinations shall be recorded as 50% in the candidate’s academic record.
- A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in supplementary examination shall be subject to the following on recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate:-
- Discontinued if the failed course is a core course, or
- Allowed to change to another specialization option if the failed course is a specialization course, or
- Allowed to take another elective if the failed course is an elective course.
Conditions (ii) and (iii) shall only apply provided the stipulated maximum period of 12 semesters is not exceeded; otherwise the candidate shall be deregistered.
Part II: Research Project
- Candidates shall be required to submit supervised research project for examination at least three weeks before end of semester in which it is to be examined.
- For purposes of examination regulations, the Research Project shall be considered to be equivalent to five (5) courses.
- The pass mark for the Research Project shall be fifty percent (50%)
- A candidate, who fails in the research project may on the recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to re-submit the project for examination, up to two times within the stipulated period of 12 semesters.
- A pass obtained in the re-submission of a research project shall be recorded as 50% in the candidate’s academic record.
- Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the second re-submission of the research project or fails to complete their study within the stipulated period of 12 semesters shall on recommendation of the School Board of Examiners and approval by senate be discontinued.