Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management


Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management


Kenya has experienced drastic changes in the business environment over the past decade.  The competition in the market has increased with the advent of liberalization.  Organizations, both in the public and private sectors have had to adjust and seek ways of becoming more efficient and more effective in the provision of goods and services.  There is a need therefore to develop both the function and profession of purchasing and supply.  Organizations need to improve their strategic and tactical thinking so that they can be able to remove waste and create value in their operations.  To accomplish this, these organizations will require personnel with holistic perceptions of the chain of activities in order to function effectively at any particular point in it.  There has been a growing demand from the potential students who have been inquiring about the course at the Centre.


Formerly, The Extra-Mural Department has been offering a three months certificate course in Purchasing and Supplies management.  However, many students who have wished to further their studies in the field have to go to training organizations which offered the diploma level certificate, though they would have preferred to train with the University of Nairobi.  It is out of this demand that the department wish to offer the course.


Purchasing and Supplies management is a multi disciplinary course and therefore it borrows heavily from fields like marketing and management.

2. Mode of Delivery

The course will be offered by face to face mode in all Extra-Mural centres of the University of Nairobi.  Later the course will be offered through the distance learning mode.

Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management


The Diploma in Purchasing & Supplies Management aims at:-

  • Giving skills and knowledge for the candidates to manage activities in any organization, and describe the process of the Purchasing and Supply chain management.
  • Training individuals who wish to pursue a career in purchasing and Supplies management
  • Enabling individuals who could not join public universities due to lack of space and time to have access to University education.


Email Address: dept-mgtsci@uonbi.ac.ke 

Chairman: Dr. Thomas O. Ombati 

Tel: 020-491-9013


Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management

    1. The course is divided into two (2) semesters of six (6) months.
    2. The students will take all 14 course units.
    3. Each course unit will be covered in 45 contact hours of study
    4. The course will be delivered through in 45 contact hours of study
    5. The course will take one calendar year
    6. No candidate will be registered in this course for more than six semesters (equivalent to 3 years)
    7. The students will be expected to carry out a Research Project which will constitute two units.

Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management


The following shall be the minimum entry requirements for the diploma in Purchasing & Supplies Management

  1. KCSE Mean Grade C or above with C- in Mathematics or Commerce or Economics, or Accounts and C- in English or Kiswahili or a bridging course grade C- in English or Kiswahili or Mathematics from a recognized institution


2. KCE Div II or above with a pass in Mathematics or Commerce, or Accounts and a pass in English or Kiswahili.


3. ‘A’ Level Certificate with at least one principal pass


4. The applicant must have a minimum Div. III or KCSE C-plus professional

Certificate from recognized Institutions for example Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), National Polytechnics, Bandari College, Kenya Medical Training Centre (KMTC), Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).  Kenya Accounts & Secretarial Examination Board (KASNEB), School of Professional Studies, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Kenya Institute of Bankers, Kenya Co-operative College, Pitman Secretarial Level 1, University of Nairobi Extra-Mural Courses, or any other relevant certificate that the University may recognize.


5. A University first degree and above in any field from a recognized University.


6. P1, SI Certificate

Career and Internships. 

Students pursuing a Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management have very many job opportunities. 

The available career options include : 

Supply Chain Manager
Procurement Manager
Purchasing Manager
Sourcing Manager
Operations management
New product development
Supply management analyst
Warehouse Clerk
Data Analyst
Inventory control
Procurement Specialist
Marketing manager at accor
Procurement officer  
Production Manager
Quality control


Notable Alumni 

 ARWA, Edwin Omondi
 INGANGA, Julius Murenga
 MOHAMMED, A. Sumeiyah 
 ABDO, Fatuma Ali
 ACHIENG, Dorothy Owiti
 ADHIAMBO, Marveline
 ATIENO, Melisa Brenda
 ERICK, Phanuel Nyairo
 GESORA, Seth Momaya
 HASSAN, Abdikadir Abdi
 KAMAU, Consolata Njeri
 KAVOI, Anne Kavuu
 KAVOSI, Edith
 KIVUNGO, Moses Mutua
 KYALO, Jedidah Mutio
 LUMUMBA, Jane Francisca
 MAINGI, Bradon Kimathi
 MARGARET, Jacqueline Mukami
 MARIAL, Matur Dongrin Kachuol
 MBUGUA, Simon Ndungu
 MOHAMED, Umulkher
 MOLU, Ahmed Wario
 MUKUNDI, Faith Otuni
 MUTHONI, Leah Wanja

TUITION                                144,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                                     6,500.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                                  14,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                                     2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                                     5,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                                     4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                                     1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                                     1,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                                     7,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                                     4,000.00
Total-DSM                 189,000.00