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Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Security Studies

Course Rationale
It has been observed in recent times that insecurity and injustice is not just a local and national issue but also international.  Currently the provision of security and justice is very challenging.  Noteworthy is the putative complicity cases of security actors in conflict as in the case of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Congo, Somalia Conflict, 2007 / 2008  Post Election Violence and the Taliban Afghanistan War.

From the responses of those who are tasked with managing security and justice it has become apparent that the magnitude and complexities go beyond the competencies of those tasked with the management of the above mentioned crisis. It is imperative that universities and other institutions of higher learning be concerned.  

In light of the above, Mount Kenya University has a taken the challenge to train a cadre of personnel with the requisite competencies in the area of justice and security management.

Why study the programme
To expose learners to a variety of Units that cover the broad range of justice and security studies.

Programme Objectives
The objectives of the programme are: -

  1. To help students understand the nature and extent of the complexities of Justice and Security challenges.
  2. Equip learners with knowledge and skills in restitute, distributive and commutative justice.
  3. To expose learners to new models of peace building and conflict management as a way of managing security.
  4. To expose learners to emerging human security threats such as piracy, human trafficking, terrorism

Entry Requirements
The entry requirements set out below must be regarded as minimum requirements which, in no way directly entitle an applicant to a place in the university. The following requirements must be fulfilled: -
a.    A Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade of C+ (C Plus) or its equivalent passed from at least seven subjects as one sitting, drawn from subject clusters as stipulated by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). Or
b.    One of the following combinations of passes in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education or Advanced Certificate Level of the General Certificate of Education.
i.    Two Principals or Advanced Level passes of at least Grade C obtained at the same sitting.
ii.    Two Principals or Advanced Level passes obtained at different sittings provided that both passes are of Grade C or higher. Or
c.    Applicants who have not taken any of the above examinations must produce acceptable documentary evidence of having passed an examination of equivalent standards by a signed statement of attainment from (KNEC) Kenya National Examinational Council.
d.    A diploma in a relevant area with at least C pain at KCSE.
e.    Additional entry requirements as may be specified by respective faculties, schools or departments.

Exemptions and credit transfers
Credit transfers and exemption are possible depending on the qualification of the applicant. The applicant must have attained the pass mark in the subject to be considered for credit transfer/ exemption from an institution recognized by the Senate. The maximum number of credit transfers given must be determined from time to time by the university Senate.


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Application form

Applications can be downloded here , you can also submit your application online here

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