Kenya’s Top 10 Most Demanding Courses
These are the top ten most demanding courses in Kenya right now:
Architecture is without a doubt one of the most difficult courses in Kenya.
To be honest, despite being extremely rewarding, it is not a course for everyone.
You’ll be doing a lot of math (geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and calculus), science (mostly physics), a little computer science (3D modeling and the like), and other things.
In short, architecture is difficult, and students must study extremely hard. You must also have exceptional artistic ability as well as mathematical proficiency.
Engineering is also regarded as one of the most difficult courses in Kenya, and indeed, one of the most difficult courses in the world!
What makes engineering so difficult is that the course prepares you to solve complex real-world problems.
As a result, the training entails tackling some extremely complex situations as assignments and as part of the regular coursework.
Unsurprisingly, the pass rate in engineering programs at all levels—certificate, diploma, and degree—has historically been extremely low.
On the brighter side, engineering provides limitless career opportunities.
Medicine and surgery
Isn’t this obvious?
It’s safe to say that medicine courses, particularly at the degree level, are A students’ strong suit!
Not only will you have to work hard, but it will also take you 7-8 years to complete an MBCHMB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) course and about 3 years to graduate with a diploma in clinical medicine from KMTC.
On the plus side, medicine pays extremely well—it ranks among the highest-paying courses in Kenya.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to make a positive, long-term impact on humanity. Isn’t that wonderful?
It is difficult to major in actuarial science.
That’s because it’s yet another course that necessitates exceptional math skills—remember, risk is measured using mathematical models, probability, and a great deal of statistics.
In short, you must be focused and willing to put in the hours to pass this course (best pursued at the degree level).
Unfortunately, the demand for actuarial scientists has slowed in recent years, and you may find yourself ‘tarmacking’ for a while or working in a different field!
Biochemistry is a laboratory-based science discipline that combines chemistry and biology.
As a result, this course favors students who have previously excelled in the sciences.
Biology, molecular function, genetics, disease mechanisms, and other topics are covered in depth.
Needless to say, a lot of effort goes into thoroughly understanding these areas.
Economics While there is some math involved in this course, the dozens of economic theories that you must master are what make it difficult for some students.
It would be clearly unfair to compare to Kenya’s traditionally demanding courses such as medicine and engineering.
Nonetheless, for some students, memorizing the various economic principles is a difficult nut to crack, and they drop out at some point.
A career in the bar is extremely prestigious, but it will not be easy…..
As a legal student, you should expect to put in long, hard hours of study.
But why is law so difficult when there is no intensive math or science to learn here?
The primary reason why some students fail to complete a law degree is the basic structure: you must read a large number of law books and learn how to apply everything in various situations.
Not only that, but in order to practice, you must pass bar entrance examinations at the Kenya School of Law.
If you read the news, you may be aware that up to 90% of first-time candidates fail these exams, which is attributed to poor study habits and a lack of time.
According to some studies, more than 10% of students admitted to pharmacy programs do not complete their studies.
And it’s easy to see why, with topics like pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, and pharmacotherapy on the course outline.
The BPharm (Bachelor of Pharmacy) degree course is also longer than ‘normal’ degrees, taking at least 5 academic years (of 3 semesters each) to complete.
Bottom-line? To graduate as a pharmacy student, you’ll need the patience of a saint and the hard work of honey bees.
Statistics and Math
Despite the fact that it opens doors to a plethora of opportunities, studying statistics (Bsc. in Statistics) or math (BSc in Mathematics) is notoriously difficult, unless you’re a’maths-warm’ student.
For some reason, the courses in Kenyan universities are frequently combined with computer science (Mathematics as a major and Computer Science as a minor).
Students generally struggle with units like programming, calculus, scientific computing, vector analysis, classical mechanics, artificial intelligence, algebra, operations research, and so on.
Prepare to give it your all.
You may also have a difficult time if you are ill-prepared to handle the specialized coursework required of those training to work in veterinary medicine.
One of the reasons for the rigorous education is that animals, like humans, have a complex biological system that you must fully comprehend.
If you want to become an exotic animal specialist, your training will be even more difficult.
The good news is that once you graduate, you will be spoiled for choice – there are numerous opportunities available in areas such as veterinary practice, research, teaching, NGOs, and more.