Philosophy of the Programme
The philosophy behind the Master of Arts in Valuation and Property Management programme is to develop an inclusive understanding of the land and property sector and produce highly trained and motivated postgraduate students prepared to solve the problems of a demanding property industry. The problems often faced in the land and property sector include but are not limited to land governance challenges, determination of investment value and risk analysis of property development projects, advanced natural resources and equipment, plant and machinery valuation, application of technology in real estate, and ethical issues in real estate. As the population grows the country continues to grapple with these challenges and therefore there is a need to develop human capital to efficiently manage the land and property resource for sustainable development.
Mode of Delivery
The programme will adopt face -to –face mode of instruction using various techniques which include didactic lectures, case studies, seminar and class presentations and field trips
Open, Distance, e-Learning (ODeL) Mode and Online learning
The open, distance and electronic mode of learning will be offered using a multi-media approach that includes self-instructional print, prepared modules and electronic study materials. Online teaching using available online platforms such as Googlemeet, zoom, teams, cisco webex etc will be used.
The blended learning mode of delivery combines face-to-face and online learning approaches.
Course Duration and Structure
- The programme covers a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 6 semesters of 15 weeks each. The programme will be offered mainly through course work, written examination and a research project, comprising 16 taught course units, and the research project shall comprise 5 units.
- The programme shall take a minimum of two (2) academic years and a maximum of three (3) academic years.
- The programme shall consist of Eleven (11) taught course units in the first year, and Five (5) course units in second year plus a research project.
- Each course unit shall comprise 45 contact lecture hours.
- A research project shall be equivalent to five (5) course units
The Common Regulations for the Master’s Degree of the University of Nairobi shall be applicable. The following shall be eligible for admission into the degree of Master of Arts in Valuation and Property Management:
- Holders of at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Real Estate or Land Economics from the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualification from a university recognized by the Senate.
- Holders of at least an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Building Economics, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Agriculture, Commerce, Economics, Finance and Business Administration from the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualification from a university recognized by the Senate
- Holders of Lower Second Class Honours Degree from the University of Nairobi, or its equivalent from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate in areas specified in (1&2) above plus two years of work, research or teaching experience in Valuation, Land administration, Building maintenance, Property and Facilities Management or related field.
- Holders of Lower Second Class Honours or a Pass Degree in areas specified in (1 & 2) above with a Post-Graduate Diploma from the University of Nairobi, in the relevant area, or its equivalent from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
- Holders of a Pass Degree in areas specified in (1&2) above plus five years’ experience in the relevant area.
Regulations for Credit Transfers
- An applicant shall be allowed to transfer or be exempted in no more than one-third of the total of taught courses. Common regulations of the University of Nairobi for transfer or exemptions shall apply.
- The point of entry into the programme for candidates shall be approved by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Built Environment and Design and shall be based on the qualifications of the candidate.
- An applicant seeking exemption shall apply through the Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment and Design to the Academic Registrar, indicating the course units and supported by relevant documents.
- Application for exemptions shall be considered only after an applicant has paid an 8 exemption fee.
MA in Valuation and Property Management
Fees and Funding
|Year||No. of Units||Annual Fees (Kshs)|
|Other Charges (Kshs)|
|2||Registration (per sem)||2250|
|6||ID Card( p.a)||1000|
|9||Examination Course work( per unit)||1000|
|10||Examination of Research Project||30,000|
NOTE: Foreign students to add 25% on all items payable in USD Supplementary examination fee is kshs. 1000 per unit
- The common examination regulations of the University of Nairobi shall apply. The University of Nairobi guidelines for student progression section 2.2(a) on examinations shall also apply. In addition:
- Examination for each course shall be held in the semester in which the course is taught.
- A candidate shall be required to pass in all the prescribed course units.
- Each course unit shall be examined by continuous assessment and a 1 x 3 hour written examination paper.
- The pass mark shall be fifty per cent (50%) on each paper
- Continuous Assessment Tests shall constitute forty per cent (40%) while the written examination shall constitute sixty per cent (60%) of the total marks in each course unit. Continuous assessment marks shall be attained from grades achieved within the semester's term papers, written tests, oral presentations, field assignments, or any combination of these in each course.
- A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in less than three (3) courses in the academic year in which they are taken may on the recommendation of the Faculty
- Examiners Committee and approval by Senate be allowed to sit supplementary examinations once only and will not proceed to the following year of study before passing the failed courses.
- The pass mark obtained after supplementary examinations shall be recorded as fifty per cent (50%)
- A candidate who fails supplementary examinations in any course unit shall be discontinued.
Examination of Research Project
- No candidate shall be allowed to undertake the research project before passing all the prescribed coursework.
- Candidates shall submit their chosen research topics through their appointed supervisors for approval by the Department.
- A research project shall be examined at the end of the final semester. A candidate shall be required to submit, with the approval of their supervisors, a duly completed research project for grading.
- The research project shall be equivalent to five-course units.
- The pass mark for a research project shall be fifty (50%) per cent
- The research project shall be examined by two internal examiners appointed by the Department, both of whom shall not have supervised the candidate and an external examiner. The examiner's reports will be marked out of 80% of the total research project marks.
- Each candidate shall be required to give an oral presentation to a Departmental Committee of Examiners comprising internal examiners, an external examiner (if present), one academic member of staff and the Chief Examination Officer of the Department as the Chair. They will mark the candidate out of twenty per cent (20%) of the total research project marks.
- The candidate will be expected to obtain a pass mark in both examination reports and the oral examination, respectively.
- A candidate who fails in the research project shall, on the recommendation of the Faculty Examiners Committee and approval by the Senate, be allowed to re-submit the project for examination once only but within the stipulated maximum duration of the course.
- The marks from passed resubmission shall be recorded as fifty per cent (50%).
- A candidate who fails in the re-submission shall be discontinued.