Course Details
Course Structure
Entry Requirements
Course Details


The National Diploma in Architecture shall be a full time programme with duration of two (2) academic years. Each academic year shall consist of two (2) semesters and a period for industrial training. Each semester shall consist of seventeen (17) weeks; Fifteen (15) weeks of teaching and continuous assessment, Two (2) weeks of Practical, and pen and Paper examination. Industrial training shall be a core module and will take a period of at least (10) weeks.


(a) A learner scoring at least 2.00 GPs in all the modules of the programme shall be awarded a National Diploma in Architecture by the National Examinations Board. (b) A learner who has scored less than 2.00 GPs in some modules in the first year may proceed to second year but will not be awarded the certificate until he has scored at least 2.00 GPs in all the modules. (c) A learner shall be provided with a statement of results by the National Examinations Board indicating the grades obtained in each module irrespective of the grades obtained.


Each Semester shall contain a maximum of Ten Modules or assessment units including project work.

Duration Semesters Semester Duration
2 (Years) 4 Semesters full time 17 Weeks Each 15 weeks(Teaching), 2 Weeks (Practical)


The NDCE will be assessed by an authorised National Examinations Board; and the following guidelines shall be considered: (a) At the end of each semester a learner should have completed a project or an Expert Assignment. (b) The project work shall be assessed out of 100% (c) Each module shall be assessed out of 100 marks as follows: • Continuous Assessment 40% • Final Examination 60% (d) Continuous assessment shall consist of: • Laboratory or practical work • Tests • Assignments to consist of; (i) Written Questions to be answered from home (ii) Reports from attended industrial visits, documentaries, and presentations by professionals.
Course Structure


The NDCE is based on a semester system. During each semester, a core project or assignment is accomplished. Being competence- based, NDCE relies heavily on core assignments. This starts with an expert example or assignment of the whole task and then modules are undertaken. The core assignments and expert examples have preparatory assignments that prepare the student for the module and relate the module to the core task. Each module contains sub-modules, each of which includes a practical assignment that will help the student to learn how to perform the core task. The modules undertaken during a given semester are aimed at providing: • applied theory • technical and general skills • professional attitude


1) Designing of Simple Structures, producing and interpreting drawings 2) Supervising construction and maintenance of buildings. 3) Supervising construction and maintenance of roads. 4) estimating, measuring, costing and tendering for / quantity of materials and a. works. 5) Preparing reports, budgets and plans. 6) Ensuring safety, health, welfare and security of workers and plants.
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Year One
  1. Engineering Mathematics I
  2. Computer Applications
  3. Communication Skills & Humanities
  4. Engineering Drawing
  5. Construction Technology I
  6. Engineering Materials and Concrete tech
  7. Engineering Surveying I
  8. Studio I
  9. Real life project I
  1. Engineering Mathematics II
  2. Construction Technology II
  3. Engineering Mechanics
  4. Carpentry, Joinery and Welding
  5. Quantity Surveying
  6. Studio II
  7. Real Life Project II
  8. Industrial Training I
Year Two
  1. Engineering Mathematics III
  2. Strength of Materials
  3. Engineering Surveying II
  4. Computer Aided Design
  5. Building Science
  6. Building Laws and Regulations
  7. Specifications
  8. Studio III (Real Life Design Project I)
  1. Kiswahili
  2. Entrepreneurship Skills
  3. Site Organization & Management
  4. Elementary Design of Structures Building Services
  5. Estimating and Tendering
  6. Studio IV (Real Life Design Project II)
  7. Industrial training II
Entry Requirements


A candidate shall be eligible for admission to the National Diploma in Civil Engineering on meeting any of the following minimum qualifications:


At least One Principal Pass in either Physics or Mathematics obtained at the same sitting of the Advanced Level Examinations or its equivalent. For purposes of computing entry points, the advanced level subjects shall be classified as follows: Essential – Physics and Mathematics x3 Relevant - Chemistry, Economics, Technical Drawing, Metalwork or Woodwork x2 Desirable – General Paper, any other Technical Subject x 1 Others – Any other subject x 0.5


2.1 At least a National or Advanced Certificate from a recognised Institution in; (a) block laying and concrete practice, (b) carpentry and joinery (c) plumbing (d) painting and decoration (e) any other engineering field as will be approved by the Joint Admissions Board of Ministry of education and sports.
A Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science disciplines from a recognised institution


This Section contains the professional profile for the National Diploma in Civil Engineering (NDCE) 1. Central Government ministries such as, Ministry of Works and Transport. 2. Local Government districts. 3. Government corporations such as National Water and Sewerage Corporation, National Environmental Management Authority, etc. 4. Contractors such as Roko Construction Ltd, Zimwe Construction Ltd, etc. 5. Consultants e.g. Kyambogo Engineering Services. 6. Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such as Adventist Relief Association, etc. 7. International organisations such as World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and World Food Program (WFP). 8. Self employment or self created job