Department of Physics
We are part of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences and offer units to students in Bachelor of Science (Telecommunication and Information technology), Bachelor of Science (General) and Bachelor of Education (Science). The latter is offered under School of Education. Our students combine Physics units with units offered by Mathematics and Chemistry Departments.
We have active lecturer-lecturer linkages with the following international universities and research institutes: University of Free State (SA), University of South Africa (SA), University of Leeds (UK), Shivaji University (India), South Africa Astronomical Observatory(SA), Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Germany), Siegen University (Germany), University of Leipzig (Germany), University of Aachen (Germany), Hirosaki university (Japan). The linkages have seen our postgraduate students benefit from scholarships while our lecturers have benefited from staff-exchange visits. There are opportunities for you to benefit from these links through staff/student exchange and joint research activities.
Specialty and Branding
To enhance physics graduates career prospects in today's competitive and changing job market, we revise our courses regularly. We offer both pure and applied physics courses where in the third and fourth year of study you will have an opportunity to select an area of specialization including Astronomy and Astrophysics, Electronics and Instrumentation, Environmental Physics, Geophysics, Materials Science and Theoretical/Pure Physics.
Undergraduate courses offered
- B.Sc. (TIT)
- B.Sc. (General)
- B.Ed. (Science)
The Department has four undergraduate laboratories and a research laboratory managed by highly trained and experienced technical staff. The main equipment available for experimental Physics research include the Dynamic Mechanical Analyses (DMA), Vacuum Coating Unit and its accessories, NaI (TI) gamma ray spectrometer, Water Cherenkov Counter and its accessories, Antenna Trainer and Satellite communication trainer kits, magnetometer for geophysical measurements, optical spectrometer and computing facilities among others. The Department also has an active group in theoretical atomic collisions Physics.
Physicists are in high demand and the careers open to them are diverse. The opportunities available include:
- Higher degrees in M.Sc. (Physics), M. Sc. (Electronics and Instrumentation) as well as Ph. D. (Physics) to prepare our graduates to work as researcher scientists, in academia and in Physics Education
- Government Departments, including Materials Laboratory in the ministries of Transport and Communications, Public Works, Energy, Environment and Natural Resource
- Government Agencies such as the Kenya Bureau of Standards and radiation monitoring agencies
- Non-governmental organization and private companies such as Oil and minerals exploration and mining Companies, telecommunication companies
- Above all, our physics graduates are equipped with various analytical and practical skills which allow them to adapt easily to other related fields.
News and Events Physics Dept.
Call for applications is now open.
Deadline for submission: 15th June 2020 at 5:00 pm (East Africa time; UTC+3)
The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. RSIF focuses on transformative technologies that have a far-reaching positive impact on society. It is funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea and facilitated by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.
RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF also supports the strengthening of research and innovation ecosystems at the African Host Universities by providing funding through competitive grants.
RSIF supports training, research and innovation in five PASET Priority Thematic Areas: (1) ICT including big data and artificial intelligence, (2) Food security and agri-business, (3) Minerals, mining and materials engineering, (4) Energy including renewables and (5) Climate change.
- Call for Applications-RSIF Press Release
- RSIF Third Call PhD Scholarship 2020 (ENGLISH)
- RSIF Third Call PhD Scholarship 2020 (FRENCH)
Areas of specialization
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Electronics and instrumentation
- Environmental and Radiation physics
- Material Science
- Theoretical Physics
The staff and postgraduate students are actively involved in research in the following areas:
- Molecular dynamics of Polymeric Materials.
- The study of electron and positron scattering with atoms and ions using distorted wave method.
- Microprocessor based multifunction signal systems.
- Electrical and opto-electric properties of organic thin films.
- Numerical simulation of fluid flow in a dual porosity geothermal systems.
- Assessment of human exposure to natural radiation in different parts of the country and development of composite materials for radiation protection
- Monte-Carlo (GEANT4) simulations
Funded research projects
- Design of an electromagnetic field pulses based profiler technology for cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring by Dr. L. Ochoo and Dr. R.L Nyenge (Vice Chancellor grant 2017)
- Effects of exchange and absorption potential on the distorted wave calculations for electron impact excitation of autoionizing states of Alkali atoms by Dr. C. S. Singh (Vice Chancellor grant 2017)