Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning

Course Structure

This Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning shall run for four (4) academic years and shall be a full-time programme with eight (8) semesters


SEMESTER 1      

  1. CMJ 1100-1 Communication Skills
  2. ZOO 1100-1 HIV/AIDS and Other Lifestyle Diseases
  3. URP 1103-1 Planning Theory and Principles
  4. URP 1104-1 History of Urban and Regional Planning
  5. URP 1105-1 Introduction to Technical Drawing
  6. URP 1106-1 Settlement and Urban Morphogenesis
  7. ENS 1102-1 Principles of Environment and Development   


  1. URP 1207-1 Planning Techniques  
  2. MAT 1200-1 Quantitative Skills
  3. URP 1208-1 Principles of Sociology
  4. URP 1209-1 Population dynamics and Planning
  5. URP 1210-1 Studio- Presentation Techniques
  6. URP 1211-1 Planning for Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation    
  7. COM 1200-1 Computer and Information Literacy



  1. PEG 2100-1 Critical Thinking
  2. URP 2112-1 Waste Management
  3. ENS 2100-1 Environmental Skills    
  4. URP 2113-1 Site and Neighborhood Planning
  5. URP 2114-1 Rural Planning
  6. URP 2115-1 Statistics for planners
  7. URP 2116-1 Development control


  1. URP 2217-1 Urban Planning principles and techniques
  2. URP 2218-1 Principles of Environmental Planning & Management
  3. URP 2219-1 Resource use planning
  4. ENS 2205-1 Land Use and the Environment
  5. URP 2220-1 Planning for Disaster Management
  6. URP 2221-1 Participatory and Collaboration in Planning   
  7. URP 2222-1 Rural Planning Studio 
  8. URP 2223-1 Attachment and Professional Practice I

Course Structure



  1. URP 3124-1 Remote sensing     
  2. URP 3125-1 Introduction to Surveying
  3. URP 3126-1 Cartographic Techniques
  4. URP 3127-1 Planning for Infrastructure and Utilities
  5. URP 3128-1 Urban Planning Theory
  6. URP 3129-1 Research Methodology
  7. URP 3130-1 Computer Aided Design


  1. URP 3231-1 Water Resources Planning and Management
  2. URP 3232-1 Land Use Planning and Valuation
  3. URP 3233-1 GIS applications
  4. URP 3234-1 Urban Planning Studio
  5. BES 3233-1 Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit
  6. URP 3235-1 Planning Law and Enforcement
  7. BBM 3200-1 Entrepreneurship Skills
  8. URP 3236-1 Attachment and Professional Practice II



  1. URP 4137-1 Planning for Recreation Facilities and Open Spaces
  2. URP 4138-1 Regional Planning principles and techniques
  3. URP 4139-1 Regional Planning Studio
  4. URP 4140-1 Management Principles and Techniques
  5. URP 4141-1 Housing Planning and Management
  6. URP 4142-1 Transportation and Traffic Planning
  7. URP 4143-1 Research Project

 Semester II        

  1. URP 4244-1 Action planning
  2. URP 4245-1 Planning And conservation of Heritage Sites
  3. URP 4246-1 Project Planning, Implementation and Management
  4. URP 4247-1 Planning Practice and Professional Ethics
  5. URP 4248-1 Spatial Organization in Planning
  6. URP 4249-1 Conflict Management and Resolution

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum general university admission requirements into the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, applicants must have obtained:

  • A mean grade of C+ (C Plus) at KCSE. In addition, the candidate must have scored at least a Grade B (Minus) in at least three of their subjects in Geography, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Economics, Fine Art, Agriculture, Biology, English, Business Studies, History, Religious studies and Computer Science


  • ‘A’ level school leaver with a minimum of division three in the Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) with at least credit passes in the subjects listed above and two principal passes in high school;


  • Those who have not directly qualified for a direct entry for a degree course at high school, but have attained a Diploma in environmental studies/Architecture/Engineering/Building and Construction from a recognized institution;


  • Those who attained the minimum B- mean KCSE grade, did not qualify on subject requirements, but have upgraded in relevant subjects listed in (a) above from a recognised institution.

In addition,

  • Applicants who are Diploma holders in Environmental studies/ Architecture/Engineering/Building and Construction from a recognized institution and have attained a distinction shall be eligible to join the course in Year II.
  • Applicants who are holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) or Advanced Diploma in environmental studies/Architecture/Engineering/Building and Construction will join the BACHELOR OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING course in Year III but will do core course in planning and all studios


Graduates from programs in this department will be employed in both the public and private sector as

  • Physical Planners, Spatial Analysts,
  • Land-use planners,
  • Urban planners,
  • Project managers
  • Among other professionals in national and county governments.

The national urban development authority NEMA will find skills of spatial planners crucial for development control to ensure sustainable development. Other opportunities for work exist in private consultancy after professional registration and licensing by the PPRB.

Fee Structure and Funding

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