Doctorate Programmes




The PhD study programme in the Department of Animal Sciences is designed with the knowledge that scientific research is a prerequisite for sustainable economic development and that impact of research on the society is of importance.

Therefore, the education and training of PhD candidates is for scientific advancement and excellence while building human resource for innovative scientific research, critical analysis and contributions to future solutions to issues of concern in the livestock industry.


The rapid changes in the livestock industry at all levels from production to processing and the consumer awareness possess serious challenges. In addition, the scope of animal production has expanded over the years creating the need for the University to respond to these challenges. In order to address these challenges continuous improvement in the curriculum in the area of livestock production has become necessary. A PhD programme in Animal Science is geared towards developing a highly knowledgeable and skilled professional in generating innovations, application of principles and new technologies in the livestock production especially in the chosen area of specialisation.

The PhD research project may be; laboratory-based, field or modelling studies at the level of systems and ecosystems, population, individual organism, organ, cell DNA. Areas of specialisations include animal nutrition, breeding and genetics, livestock production systems, animal physiology, preventive veterinary medicine and quantitative epidemiology.


The candidates successfully completing all the requirements of doctoral degree of Egerton University are mentored to be skilled professionals with the capacity to provide innovative and quality leadership in areas such as teaching and training, research, formulation of development strategies, or advisory and consultancy services in private and public livestock sectors.
Admission And Course Details

The common regulations for the Doctorate degree as specified in the statutes of Egerton University shall be applicable. The course shall be open to holders of MSc degree with thesis and with at least B grade or equivalent pass in the relevant subjects from Egerton University or any other University recognized by Egerton University Senate.

Candidates holding Masters Degree and not meeting requirement 2 above and where the research project accounted for less than a third of the total weighting of the programme shall be required to register for mandatory remedial courses in the relevant area which the Departmental Curriculum Committee shall prescribe as deemed necessary.

Candidate must include a brief outline of the proposed research project.

Structure and Duration of the Course

Doctorate programme shall be completed through research, thesis and successful oral examinations and sometimes postgraduate courses may be recommended to strengthen the candidate in specialised area of choice. Candidates may register for full-time or part-time doctorate programme. Full time programme shall run for a minimum of 36 consecutive months and a period not exceeding 60 consecutive months, unless with prior approved deferment. Part-time programme shall run for a period not exceeding 84 consecutive months, unless with prior approved deferment.

A candidate may be discontinued on failure to demonstrate positive progress for two consecutive reporting quarters unless with prior approved deferment.

Research Thesis and Examination

Each candidate shall be required to pursue an original research under the supervision of Egerton University academic staff and any other person(s) recommended by the Faculty of Agriculture and approved by the Senate. The supervision of research, thesis writing, submission and examination shall be governed by the Egerton University Regulations as stipulated in the University Statutes and Schedule on Doctorate Degree Programmes.

Doctorate thesis shall have a coding of ANSC 899 with a total of 45 Credit Factor.


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