Master of Arts (In Planning)

Overview

The Master of Arts in Planning Programme aims to train a high caliber of professionally qualified personnel in Urban and Regional Planning. The programme provides planners with the requisite skills and specialized knowledge needed to address numerous challenges associated with rapid urbanization and resource use in Africa. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has been a leading institution for training professional planners in the entire Eastern and Southern African region.

The regulations and syllabus for the degree of Master of Arts in Planning have recently been revised to introduce a new approach in planning and provide flexibility for candidates to pursue the course on a semester basis.

The programme incorporates theoretical foundations of planning and a strong practical and professional training, along with multi-disciplinary knowledge in planning areas, methods of research and analysis and computer application skills. The course is intended for graduates and professionals with relevant educational background and experience who wish to take up planning roles with public, private, voluntary and international agencies working at local, sub-national, national and international levels.

Contacts: Telephone: 020-2319187 ; E-mail:durp@uonbi.ac.ke

Masters of Arts In Planning

The programme is covered in thirty-four (34) course units consisting of lectures, seminars, field work, practical (studio) research project and examinations.

The programme is examined through written examinations, course work, planning studio and research project.

A candidate shall be allowed to take a minimum of three (3) course units and a maximum of nine (9) course units per semester.

The programme shall be covered in a minimum of four (4) semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters.

All courses, seminars, studio, research project and examinations are compulsory. The programme shall proceed from levels one to four:

The Research Project shall constitute four (4) course units while the Rural, Urban and Regional Planning Studio shall constitute two, three and four course units respectively.

COURSE OUTLINE                           

Code                                                                                                                     Hrs

LEVEL 1

BUR 501               Introduction to Planning                                45

BUR 503               Theory of Planning I                         45

BUR 505               Planning Principles and Techniques I        45

BUR 507               Statistical Methods in Planning  45

BUR 509               Socio-Economic Indicators in Planning    45

BUR 511               Management Techniques for Planners I                 45

BUR 513               Rural Planning Studio                     90

BUR 515               Information Technology in Planning        45

 

LEVEL 2

BUR 500               Theory of Planning II                      45

BUR 502               Planning Principles and Techniques II      45

BUR 504               Land Use Determinants I                              45

BUR 506               Planning for Transportation                         45

BUR 508               Planning for Engineering Services             45

BUR 510               Research Methods for Planners I              45

BUR 512               Urban Planning Studio                   135

 

LEVEL 3                                                

BUR 601               Planning Principles and Techniques III    45

BUR 603               Land Use Determinants II                             45

BUR 605               Theory of Resource Use in Planning        45

BUR 607               GIS & Remote Sensing applications in planning   45

BUR 609               Research Methods for Planners II            45

BUR 611               Urban Project Implementation                  45

BUR 613               Environmental Management in Planning               45

BUR 615               Research project I                           45

 

LEVEL 4

BUR 600               Management Techniques for Planners II               45

BUR 602               Regional Planning Studio                              135

BUR 604               Research Project II                          90

 

 

 

 

A holder of a Bachelor's degree, of at least upper second class honors in planning, architecture, land economics, building economics, civil engineering, design, surveying, agriculture, law, economics, geography, sociology, government, anthropology, social work or any other relevant discipline from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate as being of comparable academic status.

A holder of a Bachelor's degree, of lower second class honors in any of the degree categories specified above with a relevant postgraduate diploma or other equivalent qualifications from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate as being of comparable academic status or with at least two (2) years of relevant work experience.

A holder of a pass degree in any of the degree categories specified in above with a credit in a relevant postgraduate diploma or other equivalent qualifications from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate as being of comparative academic status, and at least (5) years of relevant work experience.

Graduates of Urban and Regional Planning can find employment in NGO's, County Governments, Central Governments UN Bodies- UNCRD, UNEP, UN-Habitat, Parastatals – Nairobi County Council (NCC), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), ENNDA, Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning Departments, National Lands Commission (NLC), Regional Development Authority and Water and Sewerage Companies under the Water Act.

MA in Planning-Year 1 (TOTAL of 18 units)  Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           216,000             216,000                 432,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                       7,000
CAUTION - (ONCE)               5,000                       5,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               5,000                       5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               9,000                 9,000                   18,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                       2,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                       1,000
TOTAL           254,750             227,250                 482,000
MA in Planning-Year 2 (TOTAL of 16 units)      
       
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Yearly TOTAL 
TUITION           216,000             216,000                 432,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)               6,500                      -                       6,500
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)               7,000                      -                       7,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)               5,000                      -                       5,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)               2,250                 2,250                     4,500
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)               8,000                 8,000                   16,000
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)               2,000                      -                       2,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)               1,000                      -                       1,000
THESIS EXAMINATION                     -                 30,000                   30,000
TOTAL           248,750             256,250                 505,000
       
Grand TOTAL                     987,000
Exam Regulations

The programme is examined through written examinations, course work, planning studio and research project.

A candidate shall be allowed to take a minimum of three (3) course units and a maximum of nine (9) course units per semester.