Translation and interpretation are communication strategies of transferring meaning from a source language to an equivalent language. Translation however, is from a written aspect whereas interpretation is oral. Due to increased global interaction among speakers of different languages, translation and interpretation have become indispensible in socio-economic and political international transactions.

It is this growing need for interpretation and translation that this programme seeks to meet.


The changing trends in the world today that have made the world a global village have presented a challenge to the universities to train personnel to bridge the gap between cultures and languages. Any time there has been an intersection of two cultures and languages, the need for translation and interpretation arises. Any time one culture produces a written text, translators serve as the bridge that allows literate members of one culture to be exposed to the written material of the other.<<Read More>>



Entry Requirements

  • The Common regulations for all Masters degrees in the University shall apply.
  • The general requirements for all Masters degrees in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) shall apply.
  • The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Arts of in the Department:

A holder of at least Upper Second Class honors Bachelors degree with English/or Linguistics.


  • The Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and the Master of Arts in English and Linguistics shall extend over a period of 18 months.
  • Both courses will be taught according to the following patterns.
    • Option A: Coursework, examination and project
    • Option B: Coursework, Examination and Thesis.
  • In the first year all students will take 8 units (in addition to the School Unit), 4 of which will be core and 4 electives.
  • In the second year, students taking option (A) will take four (4) units in the first semester two (2) of which will be core and two (2) electives. In the second semester, they will carry out research and write a project equivalent to 4 units.
  • Students following option 'B' will carry out their research, write and submit a thesis.


Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics

Masters in English and Linguistics


General studies in English language and linguistics are core in any university for they lead to careers in diverse fields. The market for grammarians and linguists has continued to broaden to areas such as teaching, lexicography, translation, media and language and speech therapy among others. There is a shift in the job market that includes shifts within the industrial, cultural and social paradigms that encourages consumers to look for information and skills that satisfy their linguistic goals.
The Department seeks to redefine the role of linguists in academics and language-related fields. It trains professionals in the English language and linguistics better suited to meet the challenges that linguistic diversity poses for the Kenyan academia and the society at large, today and in the future.

The Department of English and Linguistics, one of the oldest and well-established departments in the country, believes that there is a dire need to train people who are well-grounded in English grammar and all areas of linguistics. English grammar is the foundation upon which all the language skills are anchored. It is important to master English grammar now that it is the medium of instruction right from mid -primary to the tertiary level. In linguistics, special attention is given to African languages because many of the theories in this area are designed with Western languages in mind and thus they do account for a lot of the linguistic phenomena evident in African languages. It is, therefore, imperative that we investigate other languages, especially African ones, with a view to accumulating relevant data and subsequently developing relevant theories.
There is a paucity of well-trained grammarians and linguists in the market and our graduates would be employed as consultants in language matters, curriculum developers, material developers, policy makers, teachers, tutors, lecturers, researchers, lexicographers, translators and media personnel among others.


  1. To train experts in grammar and all areas of linguistics
  2. To research on African languages and others
  3. To create a data bank of African linguistic phenomena in all components of language

Admission Requirements

  1. The common regulations for all doctorate degrees of Kenyatta University shall apply.
  2. The common regulations of the Department of English and Linguistics shall apply.
  3. Those eligible for registration for Doctor of Philosophy in English and Linguistics shall be holders of a Master's degree in English and /or linguistics or equivalent qualifications from any other University recognized by the senate of Kenyatta University.

Duration and Pattern of the Programme
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in linguistics should take a duration of three years. It shall take the form of Research and Thesis.

Upon fulfilling all the requirements, candidates shall be awarded a PhD in linguistics of Kenyatta University.




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