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1.0 Rationale

Kenya as a developing society is undergoing drastic social, psychological, economic, political, and Educational changes. The challenges arising from these changes require psychological support systems in all sectors of the country. The Bachelor of Psychology programme is expected to provide personnel who can effectively manage such challenges and other emerging social challenges and together bring about a mentally healthy, productive, and cohesive nation through a proactive approach.

2.0 Programme Objectives

This programme aims at producing graduates who have adequate competencies (theory and practice) for: -

  1. Providing counselling and psychological care.
  2. Providing training on various theories and applications of psychology.
  3. Providing services in psychological assessment and interventions.
  4. Identifying and managing emerging issues in mental health.
  5. Organising, administering and managing counselling and psychological support systems.
  6. Comprehending the theories and skills of psychological counselling.
  7. Employing the theories of counselling in psychological interventions.
  8. Providing therapeutic interventions.
  9. Applying the knowledge, skills, and competencies in psychology.


3.0 Programme Learning Outcomes

The graduate will be able to use acquired knowledge and skills and attitudes to:-

  1. Build human capacity in academic and critical thinking.
  2. Identify, analyse and interpret issues in community development
  3. Identify and manage community development projects and programmes
  4. Incorporate  information  technology  in resource allocation and networking
  5. Carry out Research and Innovation and be able to undertake further studies.

4.0 Admission Requirements

The regulations for the admission to the Masters degree Programme as specified in the Egerton University Statute shall apply. In addition, applicants for the Master of Science degree in Community Studies and Extension shall be required to have at least upper second class honours bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Human Ecology Extension, Community Development or related qualifications from recognised institutions. In exceptional cases, holders of lower class honour may be admitted if they have at least two years of relevant experience..

5.0 Course Structure and Duration

  1. Full-time  candidates  for   the  Masters’ degree shall be registered for a minimum of eighteen (18) months and maximum of thirty-six (36) months.
  2. Part-time candidates for the Master’s Degree shall complete their programme in a period between  thirty (30) and forty- eight (48) months. Candidates must successfully complete thirty (30) Credit Factors of coursework, four (4) credit factors   of  practicum  and  in  addition successfully complete a Masters Thesis of fifteen (15) CFs.
  3. The Masters degree in COSE shall have two options:
    • Community Resource   Mapping   and Management.
    • Family Ecology
  4. The programme shall be undertaken by Coursework, Examinations and Thesis. The coursework shall constitute a minimum of 30 CFs of which 21 CFs will be from compulsory courses and 9 CFs from elective courses. Thesis will constitute 15 CF. The student shall also undertake a practicum for a period of eight (8) weeks.

Course Coding
COSE denotes: Co for Community, S for Studies and E for Extension. The three digits used for coding indicate the following: The first digit is the level of study. The second digit is the sub-discipline whereby. The third digit is the level of the course within a sub-discipline
1- Core courses
2- Community Resource Mapping and Management
3- Family Ecology

5.0 Examination Regulations

All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute 36.

6.0 Grading System

The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute 36

7.0 Graduation Requirements

To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

8.0 Degree Classification

To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.


    COSE 710 Extension in Community Development 30 30 3.0
    COSE 711 Advances in Community Mobilisation 30 303.0
    COSE 714 Theories of Family Development 45 03.0
    COSE 715 Approaches to Community Change 45 0 3.0
    EDCI 701 Quantitative Research Methods 45 0 3.0
    One elective 45 0 3.0
    TOTAL 24030 18.0

    EAPE 707 Data Management in Educational Research 45 0 3.0
    EDCI 702 Qualitative Research Methods 45 0 3.0
    COSE 713 Seminars in Community Studies 45 0 3.0
    Two Electives 90 0 6.0
    COSE 716 Practicum (End of Year 1) 0 120 4.0
    TOTAL 210 180 18.0

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    Option 1: Community Resource Mapping and Management

    COSE 721 Critical Issues in Food Production and Security 45 0 3.0
    COSE 722 Community Resource and Networking 45 0 3.0
    COSE 723 Gender and Development 45 0 3.0
    COSE 724 Social Entrepreneurship 450 3.0
    COSE 725 Comparative Project Planning and Management 45 0 3.0
    COSE 726 Appropriate Technology 45 0 3.0
    AGEC 730 Agricultural Policy Analysis 45 0 3.0

  • Option 2: Family Ecology

    COSE 731 Family in Changing Society 30 30 3.0
    COSE 732 Youth and Development 45 0 3.0
    COSE 733 Family Economic Behaviour and Policy 45 0 3.0
    COSE 734 Family Laws and Policies 45 0 3.0
    COSE 735 Family Violence and Conflict Management 45 0 3.0
    COSE 736 Contemporary Issues in Family Therapy and Counselling 45 0 3.0
    COSE 725 Comparative Project Planning and Management 45 0 3.0


    COSE 799 Thesis 0 450 15.0

11.0 Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for all courses is provided regularly by the Directorate of Examination and Timetabling at the beginning of each semester.