Agricultural economics plays an important role in the understanding of development opportunities in less developed countries and in improving rural livelihoods across the globe. The PhD programme in Agricultural Economics is concerned with improving the economic rationality of decisions made within the agriculture, food, fiber, natural resource, and public sectors of the economy. The training of the candidates in this programme is for scientific advancement and excellence while building the human resource capacities for issues concerning agricultural policy and development. More informed policy makers lead to a better informed public policy process, which is a goal of policy research, extension and teaching. The emphasis in this areas is on the quantitative and qualitative analysis and description of existing policies and alternative options for dealing with policy problems affecting agricultural producers, consumers, policy makers, communities, agribusinesses, and special interest groups. The emphasis is on national policies, but significant opportunities exist to expand analysis at the regional level, including community impacts of changing policies.
The degree is tailored to produce highly skilled applied economists focused on quantitatively-based economic research and analyses of agricultural and policy questions as well as natural resource and environmental issues. These professionals are educated in a manner facilitating their pursuit of productive careers in academia, business, and government service.
i) The common regulations for the Doctorate degree as specified in the Egerton University Statutes shall be applicable.
ii) The programme shall be open to Holders of MSc. in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness Management, Economics, MBA (Thesis) and other related fields from Egerton University or any other university recognized by Egerton University Senate.
iii) Candidates from the related fields who the department deems to be weak in Econometrics and policy issues will be required to undertake remedial courses in
the relevant areas which the Departmental Curriculum Committee shall prescribe as necessary.
iv) Candidates must include a concept note of the proposed research project.
Course Structure and Duration
i) The Doctoral programme shall be completed through research, dissertation and successful oral examination. In case the candidate is deemed weak in some specific area, some remedial courses may be recommended to strengthen the candidate in the specialized area of choice.
ii) Candidates will be required to register for full time programme which shall run for a minimum of 36 months and a period not exceeding 60 months unless with prior approved deferment.
iii) A candidate may be discontinued on failure to demonstrate positive progress for two consecutive quarters unless with prior approved deferment.
iv) The supervision of research, dissertation writing and supervision, submission and examination shall be governed by the Egerton University Regulations as stipulated in the University Statutes and Schedule on Doctoral Degree Programmes.
v) The students are required to follow their own interest and specialization by undertaking an in-depth study and writing a dissertation, which is followed by a viva-voce. Each student works under an academic supervisor from the department and any other person‘s recommended by the Faculty of Agriculture and approved by the Senate.
vi) The Doctorate dissertation will have a coding of AGEC 899 with a total of 45 Credit Factors.
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Economics is not classified.