The Diploma in Project Planning and Management prepares undergraduate students for careers in project planning and management in both public and private sectors of the economy and also forms the foundation for undergraduate degrees in relevant fields.  It also provides an avenue for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the objectives of Vision 2030 for national development. This programme is highly relevant in all areas of management in organisations as it meets the needs for upcoming managers or those who need specific skills in the management of projects. The programme intends to offer education and training in project planning and management to a broad spectrum of students from the East African region and beyond.

The course will enable the learners to conceive, design and implement development projects in both private and public sectors. It will also enhance management skills in other professional disciplines in initiating and managing projects.  Organizations, both in the public and private sectors are continuously adjusting and seeking ways of becoming more efficient and more effective in the planning and management of projects. The program will ensure that developmental projects are efficiently and effectively implemented by producing competent, qualified and professional workers. This course is in line with the Government of Kenya Vision 2030 which aims at enhancing the political, social and economic development of the country. The programme has been developed around three main themes: Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Control; Project Planning, Design and Implementation and Project Financing.

This programme fills a gap for students who complete the certificate programme and wish to progress to the diploma and undergraduate degrees in the same field. The Diploma programme, therefore, completes the logical progression of training in project planning and management ranging from Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor’s, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy qualifications in Project Planning and Management currently being offered by the Department of Extra Mural studies. The programme will be offered through face to face and open, distance and e-Learning modes (ODeL). The flexibility that comes with ODeL modes will accommodate the special needs of those in full-time employment and increase access to a larger number of students.

Course Objectives

By the end of the programme, the learners will be able to:

  1. Acquire knowledge   for proper management of development projects.
  2. Develop ability to plan and manage development projects.
  3. Apply analytical tools, principles and concepts of project identification, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  4. Attain skills to enhance problem solving and decision-making in a project environment
  5. Attain an academic qualification to enable students pursue further studies in a relevant field.

This programme is offered by the Department of Open Learning under  various modes of study: these are; day classes, evening classes and online classes in the three campuses (Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu)


September, May and January every year


  • Log on to the University of Nairobi Website application link www.application.uonbi.ac.ke.
  • Type and enter or click on the slot written REGISTER to register your email with the University online application system and proceed.
  • Select  the School  as School of Open &Distance Learning  and the  mode of study as ‘distance learning’

           Application Fee

  • Application fee is Ksh. 3,000/- and is non-refundable.  Its payable at the last step of the online application  vie  Mpesa Paybill number or deposit to KCB account or credit card or visa, details which are provided in online application portal as the application is done.


  1.      The course is divided into three semesters of four (4) months.
  2.      The students will take all eleven (11) course units.
  3.       Each course unit will be covered in 45 contact hours of study
  4.       The course will be delivered through lectures and tutorials.
  5.       The course will take one calendar year.
  6.       No candidate will be registered in this course for more than six semesters                                    (equivalent to 2 years).
  7.       The students will be expected to carry out a Research Project which will constitute two                units.
  1. KCSE grade C and above with C- in Maths or Business Studies or Commerce or Accounting or Economics AND C- in English or Kiswahili
  2. KCE/EACE Division II with a Pass in Maths or Business Course & one language
  3. ‘A’ level with at least 2 (two) Subsidiary Passes
  4. KCSE mean grade C- OR KCE/EACE DIV. III with a Professional Certificate* from a recognized Institution

*The certificate must have been undertaken for at least one semester from an institution recognized by the university of Nairobi senate

The course is relevant in all areas of management in organisations as it meets the needs for upcoming managers or those who need specific skills in the management of projects

Semester I - 52,000.00*

Semester II - 38,000.00*

Total - 90,000.00*

* This is an indicative figure. Current Fee structure can be obtained from any of the University of Nairobi Campuses or request can be made via cessp-g3@uonbi.ac.ke

Exam Regulations
    1. The examination will be governed by the general examinations regulations of the University of Nairobi
    2. For the award of the Diploma in Project Planning and Management, a candidate will be required to pass in all prescribed course units taken.
    3. Each course unit shall be examined by a 1 x 2 hour written examination at the end of the semester during which the course was offered.
    4. The written examination shall constitute 70% of the marks in each course unit while course work constitutes 30%
    5. Course work assessment shall comprise assignment and test
    6. The pass mark shall be 40%
    7. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in any unit, with a mark below 40% may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval of Senate, sit for a supplementary examination in the failed paper during the next semester examinations.
    8.  A candidate who fails in the supplementary examination(s) shall be required to repeat the failed units
    9.  A candidate shall only be allowed to repeat a course unit for three semesters.
    10. The project will be marked out of 100%.  The pass mark shall be 40%.  The project will be graded by the appointed supervisor.
    11. A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiner in the project with a mark below 40% may, on the recommendation of the board of examiners and approval of senate, re-submit the project.
    12. A candidate shall be allowed to re-submit the project for a maximum of three semesters.
    13. A candidate shall only be allowed to repeat a maximum of three course units in a semester

Any candidate who fails in more than three units in a semester shall be discontinued