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KWTRP-PU Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods.

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This Diploma is a unique learning program whose aim is to equip recent graduates with theoretical and practical knowledge of the philosophy and practice of research so as to enhance their transition to a research career or further postgraduate training. The course covers all types of health research from basic biomedical research to social science and health system research and provides an opportunity for the students to develop a deep appreciation of the various elements of research through attachment in a highly active research environment.

The students are physically located at the KWTRP facilities in Kilifi and Nairobi but are registered with Pwani University, Kilifi. The course consists of taught sessions, a research project and self-directed learning through participation in scientific meetings including seminars, and journal clubs. Each student is allocated to a researcher for both mentorship and supervision selected on the basis of having submitted a plan for a structured training in a particular research area. The three components run concurrently to enable the students complete the course within eight months (Sept - April) and graduate within the same year (Normally between August - October depending in the University graduation schedule. Studentship start date is 1st Sept 2017.

Assessment is through a written course and submission of a project report. Those who pass the assessment are issued with certificates during the Pwani University graduation ceremony.

All cost for the training including registration and tuition fees are catered for by KWTRP. In addition the students receive a stipend to help them meet their accommodation and other living expenses.

Recruitment procedure

We have established a rigorous recruitment process, and plan to fund about 15 students every year based at both KWTRP sites in Kilifi and Nairobi. Recruitment is in two stages: First, applications are invited from anyone who completed their undergraduate training in the previous two years or will have completed by the start of the course. 100-150 applicants are selected to attend a Research Careers Day in Nairobi. The Careers Day involves talks and discussions on the research activities at KWTRP and PU and research as a career followed by a written exam which forms the basis for the second round of shortlisting. Subsequently, the top scoring candidates are invited for a face-to-face interview at either the Nairobi or Kilifi KWTRP offices depending on the student's preferred project.

Please note: only successful candidates are contacted.

Application procedure

All application should be done online. Applicants will be required to register and after that login using the email address and password they used for registration in order to access the application form.  If you need further information please email us at . Emails directed to other addresses may be missed and go unanswered.


Available Postgraduate Diploma Projects

Please note that the listed positions WILL BE CLOSED on the closing date. This means the applications must be submitted BEFORE the closing date.
Closing date Reference Number Title Location Country Supervisor
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/JNokes/Coronavirus Phylogenetics of human coronaviruses in coastal Kenya Kilifi Kenya Prof James Nokes and Dr Charles Agoti
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/AAgweyu/Morbidity-Mortality Understanding morbidity and mortality among hospitalized children aged above 5 years. Nairobi Kenya Dr Ambrose Agweyu and Prof Mike English
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/BTsofa/HS at dispensary Examining health system resilience at dispensary level: documenting chronic shocks faced by in-charges, how they respond, and the implications for continued health centre functioning Kilifi Kenya Dr Benjamin Tsofa, Dr Edwine Barasa and Prof Sassy Molyneux
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/CAgoti/Rotavirus Rotavirus vaccine use and effectiveness in Africa and the influence of strain variation Kilifi Kenya Dr Charles Agoti and Dr Ifedayo Adetifa
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/JJemutai/Systematic review Systematic Review of Costs to Families of Treatment for Malnutrition in Children in LMICs Kilifi Kenya Dr Julie Jemutai and Prof Jay Berkley
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/JNjunge/Biomarkers Identifying host faecal biomarkers predictive of stunting using Liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry Kilifi Kenya Dr James Njunge, Dr Nelson Kibinge and Dr Rosie Crane
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/JNokes/rhinoviruses Phylogenetics of human rhinoviruses in coastal Kenya Kilifi Kenya Prof James Nokes and Dr Charles Agoti
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/KMuraya/Socioeconomic Understanding socioeconomic, cultural, and ethical factors contributing to post-hospital discharge mortality Nairobi Kenya Dr Kelly Muraya and Prof Jay Berkley
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/MKapulu/Kinetics Kinetics of gametocyte expression in individuals undergoing controlled human malaria infection Kilifi Kenya Dr Melissa Kapulu and Prof Philip Bejon
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/SAtkinson/Iron in the brain Iron in the brain: iron homeostasis in cerebral malaria and bacterial meningitis Kilifi Kenya Dr Sarah Atkinson and Dr Abdi Abdirahman
05 Apr 2017 PGD3/SMolyneux/HS at health centre Examining health system resilience at health centre level: documenting chronic shocks faced by in-charges, how they respond, and the implications for continued health centre functioning Kilifi Kenya Prof Sassy Molyneux, Dr Benjamin Tsofa and Dr Edwine Barasa