The philosophical outlook of this program is premised on the need to produce skillful and morally upright graduates in the field of Diplomacy and International Studies who provide leadership and stewardship in their service to the Kenyan society and humanity in general.


The rationale of this programme is to ensure a comprehensive scope and in-depth analysis regarding international issues. 


The Diploma in International Studies will: 

  1. Expose students to the overall framework of international Studies
  2. Acquaint students with the key issues and approaches in international Studies
  3. Acquaint students with new developments in international Studies.

Course Outline

Admission requirements: 

The common admission regulations governing diploma courses in the University of Nairobi shall apply. The entry requirements for the Ordinary Diploma in International Studies shall be: 

  1. KCSE Mean Grade C and C plain in English; or
  2. KCSE mean grade C- and C plain in English and certificate course in any field from a recognized post -secondary institution; or
  3. KCE Division III and a certificate in any field from a recognized post- secondary institution; or
  4. KCE 1 principal pass, or University degree in any field from a recognized institution; or 
  5. Equivalents of the above qualifications

Intake is done in January and September only

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

  1. The common regulations for credit transfer and exemptions of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  2. A student shall be allowed to seek credit transfer or exemptions for up to one-third of the total taught courses units provided that they are equivalent to those offered by the University of Nairobi and were taken at an equivalent level of study from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  3. A student seeking credit transfer or exemptions shall send a formal application to the Chair of the Department, justifying the request, and attaching relevant supporting documents.
  4. Grades for transferred course units shall be entered in the student's transcript while the exempted course units shall be entered as 'exempt'.
  5. Credit transfers in case of students who are in exchange program shall be applicable only to specific Memoranda of Understanding or Agreements signed in advance between the University of Nairobi and the collaborating universities/institutions for joint programs.


Classes run during the evening hours only on a full-time basis.

Mode of delivery

This program will use a blended learning approach of delivery involving both face to face mode and Open, Distance and E-Learning (ODel) Mode



To apply for the course you are interested in visit this link below for more information.



Contact of support person

Dr. Maluki    Chair DDIS- Email. director-idis@uonbi.ac.ke


Studying International Studies at the Department of Diplomacy and International Studies will prepare students for careers in various fields that include:

  1. Foreign service
  2. Diplomatic missions
  3. International Organizations e.g. United Nations, African Union, East African Community, World Bank etc. 
  4. International Non-Governmental Organizations e.g. Human rights Watch, Amnesty International
  5. Government Security agencies
  6. International Humanitarian agencies e.g. International committee of the Red Cross.
  7. Educational Institutions: University teach and research
  8. Private sector: International Business.


Apart from using the university career office, our experienced academics staff will advice and guide our students on how to expose themselves by developing applicable skills and once the student identifies an internship opportunity, the Chair DDIS will provide a recommendation letter.

  Semester 1
Tuition 71,000
Examination(PER UNIT @ 1000) 1,000
Caution FEE(Once) 5,000
ICT Services/Year 7,000
Medical FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500
Activity- (PER YEAR ) 2,000
Student Organisation( Per Year ) 1,000
Registration (Per Semester @2250) 4,500
Library( Per Year ) 4,000
Total 103,000
  Semester 2
Tuition - 4 Units @ 19,286 66,000
Examination (PER UNIT@ 1,000) 4,000
Total  70,000
Exam Regulations
  1. The examination will be governed by the Senate approved examination regulations of the University of Nairobi for the time being in force
  2. For the award of the Diploma in International Studies, a candidate will be required to pass in all the prescribed units taken
  3. Each course unit shall be examined by a two-hour written examination at the end of the semester during which the course was offered
  4. The written examinations shall constitute 70%
  5. Course work assessment shall comprise assignments and continuous assessment tests
  6. The pass mark shall be 40%
  7. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in any unit with a mark between 31% and 39% may sit supplementary examinations in the failed course at the next regularly scheduled university examination sitting.
  8. A candidate who fails in the supplementary examinations shall be required to repeat the course
  9. A candidate who fails after repeating a course shall be discontinued
  10. The maximum score for supplementary examinations shall be 40%
  11. A candidate who fails with a mark of 30% or lower shall be discontinued