Masters Programmes

Introduction

The increased demand for food and other agricultural products due to the rapid population growth has created considerable pressure on both available arable land and on the few agricultural scientists available and involved in the development of improved technological packages for crop improvement and production. Consequently, there has to be an increased obligation on institutions of higher learning to produce more high level manpower for the
agricultural sector.

Due to rapid demographic rises characterized by increased population density sometimes exceeding 2000 people/km2 in most highly populated areas, the option of increasing food and fibre in these areas is limited. Alternative cultivable lands left are arid to semi-arid lands (ASALS), which comprise 80% of the land area. Therefore there is a need to train more agricultural scientists involved in the future development of sustainable production technologies
for ASAL.

The M.Sc. programme offered by the Department of Crop, Horticulture and Soils has been tailored to meet this demand for highly trained manpower in the following fields of specialisation that may be selected as options.

  • Crop Production
  • Plant Breeding
  • Crop Protection
  • Dry-land Farming

Objectives

The programme is designed to provide an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the subject matter and also impart research skills in the specified fields of study. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates would be expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to enhance agricultural production in Kenya and elsewhere, through self-employment, research, formal teaching, extension and management.
Admision Regulations

The common university rules and regulations for the Master's degree programmes specified in the Egerton University Statutes will be applicable. Admission shall be offered to holders of a first degree in General Agriculture or related disciplines, with an upper second class honours nd above or equivalent qualification from recognised institutions. In exceptional cases, the senate may also admit to the masters programme, non-holders of upper second class honours degrees, provided such candidates can, on the basis of research and academic work they have done show that they are well qualified to undertake post graduate work by passing qualifying examinations. Candidates who meet the minimum entry requirements specified in 3.2 and 3.3 above in addition may be required to appear for an oral interview by the department concerned to determine their suitability for registration.

Masters Degree Structure

Candidates may qualify for the award of degree of M.Sc. Agronomy by fulfilling the requirements in either of the following alternatives:

Master of Science with Thesis

The programme will consist of course work, examination and thesis. Candidates are required to successfully complete at least 30 credit factors of their course work and in addition successfully complete 15 credit factors of a thesis to qualify for the award of the Masters degree.

Candidates for Masters degree with thesis shall be registered as full time students for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of thirty six (36) months, and register for a minimum of nine (9) credit factors per semester. Candidates for the Masters degree with thesis shall be registered as part time students for a maximum of forty eight (48) months out of which twelve (12) months must be in residence. The candidates must register for a minimum of six (6) credit factors per semester.

Master of Science with Project

The programme will consist of course work, examination and project. Candidates are required to successfully complete at least 40 credit factors of their course work and in addition successfully complete 5 credit factors of a project to qualify for the award of the Masters degree.

Candidates for Masters degree without thesis shall be registered as full time students for a minimum of (nine) 9 months and a maximum of eighteen (18) months and register for a minimum of twelve (12) credit factors per semester. Candidates for the Master degree with project shall be registered as part time students for a maximum of 36 months out of which nine (9) months must be in residence. The candidates must register for a minimum of five (5) credit factors per semester.
NOTE: Only holders of Masters Degree with thesis may proceed to a Ph.D programme.

Examinations

Courses registered for in each semester shall be examined at the end of the semester Course work assessment shall consist of:

  • End of semester written examinations which shall constitute 60% of the total marks for each subject.
  • Continuous assessment based on assignments, practical and such other tests as the regulations of the Department may prescribe constitute 40% of the total marks.
  • Courses which are purely of practical nature and/or seminars shall be assessed entirely by continuous assessment.

Marks obtained in examinations shall be converted into letter grades as follows:

  • A - 70% and above Very good
  • B - 60% to 69% Good
  • C - 50% to 59% Average
  • F - 49% and below Fail
  • I - Incomplete
  • K - Course in progress
  • CT - Credit transfer
  • AU - Audit
  • P - Pass

The passing grade shall be C in all required courses attempted by a candidate. However, the candidate must obtain a B average to be eligible for the award of the degree of MSc in Agronomy.

Submission and Examination of Thesis or Projects

Candidate will be expected to satisfy the Board of Examiners with regard to the thesis or project as stipulated in the University Rules and Regulations.

Course coding

M.SC. AGRONOMY CROP PROTECTION (with thesis)

YEAR 1 - Compulsory Courses

AGRO711 Crop Physiology
MATHS770 Design and Analysis of Agricultural Experiments
AGRO732 Crop Diseases and Disease Control
AGRO736 Crop Pests and Pests Control
AGRO737 Weed Science
AGRO724 Breeding for Pest Resistance
AGRO735 Integrated Pest Management
AGRO771 Proposal writing
AGRO781 Seminars
COMP701 Computer Science
BIOC714 Plant Biochemistry

ELECTIVES (Candidates must take at least 4.0 CF in either Plant Pathology, or Agricultural Entomology sub options)

PLANT PATHOLOGY

AGRO730 Mycology and Bacteriology
AGRO731 Virology & Nematology
AGRO739 Pesticides
HORT707 Plant Cell and Tissue Culture
NARE723 Agroforestry
ENSC700 Pappa

AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY

AGRO733 Insect/mite Morphology, Taxonomy & Physiology
AGRO734 Crop Pest Ecology
AGRO741 Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
NARE723 Agroforestry
ENSC 700 Pappa
HORT707 Plant Cell and Tissue Culture

YEAR 2

AGRO 799 Thesis

M.SC. AGRONOMY (CROP PROTECTION)-(with project)

YEAR 1- COMPULSORY COURSES

COMP701 Computer Science
AGRO711 Crop Physiology
AGRO732 Crop Diseases and Disease Control
MATH770 Design and Analysis of Agricultural Experiments
AGRO736 Crop Pests and Pests Control
AGRO737 Weed Science
AGRO724 Breeding for Pest Resistance
AGRO735 Integrated Pest Management
AGRO771 Proposal writing
BCHM714 Plant Biochemistry

YEAR 2 - COMPULSORY COURSES

AGRO 730 Mycology and Bacteriology
AGRO 731 Virology and Nematology
AGRO 739 Pesticides
AGRO 733 Insect/mite Morphology, Taxonomy and Physiology
AGRO781 Seminars

ELECTIVES (Candidate s MUST take at least 1.0 CF)

HORT707 Plant cell & tissue Culture
AGRO734 Crop Pest Ecology
AGRO741 Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
AGRO790 Independent Studies
NARE723 Agroforestry
ENSC700 Pappa
AGRO798 Project

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