Top 10 Hardest Courses To Study In Kenya


It is completely absurd to refer to any course as “easy” in the university. That notwithstanding, some courses are more complex than others in terms of content and time. But, you can actually glide through any of them as long as you are ready to work extremely hard. Yes, you can have a handle on any of the hardest courses but with huge effort and hard work. Below are Top 10 Courses Kenyan students find complex, demanding, and hard.

Economics And Statistics:

It may sound absurd, but surprisingly, this is one of the hardest courses to study in Kenya. It consists of huge computations that includes calculus, financial accounting, economics statistics, mathematics for economics, and other theoretical courses. The most striking thing here is that people are most-likely to underrate economics. It is good you know that taking on this course could be more challenging than any thing else you’ve done in a long time.

1. Medicine And Surgery


Studying Medicine and Surgery in Kenya takes six or more years of hard study. The most significant impediment however, is the requirement for admission; one needs over all grade A or at least C including mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, and English. It is usually unlikely that all those who got so many A’s will be admitted, even though they have met the requirement. As may be expected, Medicine and Surgery require great study, sacrifice, and absolute effort to get through. In terms of content, it is like learning four different languages all at once. It is a long process that will surely make study take precedence over your social life. Of course that would explain why doctors make the most out of the little time they have for social activities.

2. Telecommunication and Information Engineering


This is one of the hardest courses you can study in Kenya. It takes a longer time, and also demands absolute diligence and hard work. In Kenya, Telecommunication and Information Engineering is ranked one of the most challenging courses since only the bright students take it on and excel. You have to pass through an extremely large number of other tough courses to come up at the other side. If you hardly read, going for this course may be unfavorable.

3. Pharmacy

Eva Manjani, left, and Roopa Raju, both first year pharmacy students hand fill capsules at the dosage forms lab in the Pharmacy/Biology Building.

I’m sure you are not puzzled seeing pharmacy on this list. Just like Medicine and Surgery, it takes six to eight years pharmacist education program to become a pharmacist in Kenya. You have to deal with pharmaceutical science in the first four years and clinicals afterwards. Pharmacy requires huge dedication and hundred percent effort. It is hard knowing you can’t just skip lectures for any reason. You must study assiduously or be embarrassed in exams.

4. Aeronautical Engineering


Succeeding in achieving the minimum entry requirements will not guarantee you an offer of a place to study Aeronautical Engineering in Kenya. Aeronautical Engineering comprises the representation, creation, maintenance and discarding of aircraft, aeronautical products, equipment, systems and associated services used in the aviation industry. Aeronautical engineers need to be prepared by undergoing a good programme education and training that confers professionalism in the core areas of aeronautical engineering & science, mathematics, and Information & Computer Technology (ICT). You also need to acquire a good knowledge in other engineering disciplines such as mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering. The requirements are also an indication of how tough it can get, and include average grade C in Kenya Certificates of Secondary School (KCSE). It requires an extra effort to excel as it demands extreme thoroughness.

5. Mathematics and Computer Science



Mathematics and Computer Science is a joint degree that requires students to have a combination of mathematical reasoning with a huge understanding of computing. This course without doubt, is among the hardest courses to study in any Kenyan university. Of course even when the components of the courses are studied separately, it can rock a student’s life to the core not to think of when they are both put into one. Students who want to take on this course must work hard enough both to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of their subject, and to become familiar with the mathematics of application in areas where computers can solve otherwise intractable problems.

The students must have a practical understanding of the use of computers and a greater understanding of the limits on the use of computers in their own subject. In Kenya, it takes at least four years to complete this course depending on the school you choose to take it in. Though the timing seems short, but the volume of work the students get to embrace within the seemingly short time is what makes it even harder. Numerous courses are usually compressed into one semester which students must embrace. Also, students spend most of their school years acquiring a firm grounding in the core topics from both subjects (mathematics and Computer science) before students will then be free to choose options from a wide range of Mathematics and Computer Science subjects.