Academic Programmes

 

Bachelor of Science in Applied Aquatic Science

Programme Objectives
The programme will endeavour to promote interaction between students and laymen, researchers, consultants and policy makers through short-term courses, workshops and symposia in aquatic sciences. The graduates of this programme will be able to engage in self-employment as fishermen, fish farmers, aquaculturists, water quality consultants, and can also be employed as fisheries officers/managers, policy makers and environmental health officers. In addition, the graduates can be employed as researchers or lecturers in freshwater/marine institutes and universities, government ministries and in other private and non-governmental organizations. The main objectives of the programme are to:
i) equip the graduates with adequate practical and theoretical knowledge which they can use to create awareness in sustainable use of aquatic resources and provide practical solutions to aquatic resources problems.
ii) train graduates who are able to interpret and implement policies related to aquatic resources conservation, utilization and management.
iii) prepare graduates for the societal and scientific challenges in aquatic sciences and for self-employment in aquaculture, consultancy, inter alia.
Admission Requirements
All candidates admitted to the degree programme of Bachelor of Science in Water Science and Fisheries must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations;
In addition, candidates MUST have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum grade indicated in each of the following subjects;
Biology B- or Biological Science B
Chemistry B- or Physical Science B
Mathematics C+
Geography B-
Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted;
Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in Biological Sciences passed with a credit or above or their equivalent. Such cases will be treated on individual merit;
Transfer of credit factors from the diploma programme or their equivalent may be considered and in such a case a credit transfer a maximum of 30% of the curricular would be allowed for those who qualify based on the guidelines stipulated by the Senate.

Bachelor of Science

Programme Objectives
The Programme aims to provide a broad background in Biological sciences through classroom, laboratory and field experience in the major areas of biological sciences. Undergraduates majoring in Botany and zoology are given a broad background in plant and animal sciences. Majors as professionals in biological sciences are prepared for advanced study in Botany, zoology and other biological fields as well as teaching and research. The department also offers service Courses to students from other departments. The main objectives of the programme are;
i) To equip the students with adequate practical and theoretical knowledge in biological sciences.
ii) To prepare students for advanced study in Botany, zoology and other biological fields and applied sciences.
iii) To train graduates who are able to teach, do research and handle biological engagement in private and public enterprises.
Admission Requirements
All candidates admitted to the degree Programme of Bachelor of Science must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements stipulated in the common university entrance regulations.
In addition, candidates MUST have passed the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with a minimum grade indicated in each of the following subjects:
Biology B-
OR
Biological Science B
Chemistry B- or Physical Science B
Mathematics C+ Geography B-
Those holding qualifications equivalent to the above from institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate may also be admitted.
Admission may be offered to outstanding diploma holders in Biological Sciences passed with a credit or above or their equivalent. Such cases will be treated on individual merit.
Transfer of Credit Factors from the diploma Programme or their equivalent may be considered and in such a case a credit transfer of a maximum of 30% of the curricular would be allowed for those who qualify based on the guidelines stipulated in the Egerton University Statute
Course Structure and Duration
The Bachelor of Science degree shall normally take a full time student four academic years each with two 17-week semesters and eight years for part time students. Each semester will comprise of fifteen (15) and two (2) weeks of teaching and examination respectively, during which full time students will register for a minimum of 18 CFs per semester and part time students for nine CFs per semester. The students will do courses from three subject combinations from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geography and Biochemistry in both 1st and 2nd year of study. Subsequently the students will choose either one (1) or two (2) subjects for 3rd and 4th year of study leading to a 3:3:2:2 or 3:3:1:1 Programme

Masters Programmes

Joint Degree Master Programme in Limnology and Wetland Management

Programme Objectives
The aim of the LWM Programme is to provide students and professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute, directly or indirectly, to conservation and wise use, and management of water resources for the benefit of the society. The graduates are equipped to work as lecturers, researchers and advisors in policy matters in freshwater research institutions, universities, consultancy firms, government ministries and lead agencies, private and non-governmental organizations. In addition LWM is geared to produce graduates able to engage in self-employment in water sector; aquaculture, fishermen, consultants among others. The graduates of LWM will;
i) Develop the capacity to carry out scientific and technical research and assessment of environmental issues.
ii) Acquire knowledge to analyse and assess environmental systems and problems.
iii) Be able to propose sustainable solutions to water and related ecosystem problems.
iv) Contribute to the development of policies and strategies for environmental and water resources planning.
To provide scientists and water engineers with knowledge and understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic and wetland ecosystems, their management and wise use, and interact with stakeholders, managers and policy makers for the development of best practices. After completion of the programme the graduates will be able to;-
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, chemical and biological process of water systems and socio-economic concepts underlying the functioning and exploitation of aquatic and wetlands systems, and of the complex inter-relationship between protection and wise use of the water resources.
2. Describe the rationale for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach for the sustainable management of water resources.
3. Develop critical thinking, judgements and communication skills through analysing designing and communicating (reports and oral) scientific and technological approaches, concepts and interventions to address environmental problems of freshwater and wetlands systems and their resources.
Admission Requirements
Admission to the programme is as stipulated in Part 2 of the Education and Examination Regulations 2012 for Joint degree Master programme in Limnology and Wetland Management (Annex 1)
Course Structure and Duration
The joint degree MSc. programme in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) will consists of taught part of about 50 weeks followed by an individual Research project of 6-8 months. The taught part will be carried out in Austria, Kenya and The Netherlands. The Research project component will be carried out at one of the partner institution as stipulated in part 6 of the Cooperation Agreement (Annex 2). The programme follows a modular structure, with each module lasting for at least 3 weeks, though it varies depending on the subject. An Examination week is scheduled after second module in which preceding modules are examined in each partnering institution. The Research component will consists of development and defense of research proposal; implementation of the proposed research and, thesis preparation and defense. On successful completion of the programme, the graduates will receive a Joint Degree MSc in Limnology and Wetland Management from the three partner institutions.
Programme duration is 18 months: 12 Months (50 weeks) taught part and 6 months Research Project.
The emphasis of different didactical methods; lectures, practical‘s, field work, group work, reports preparation and presentations, consultancy based skills, data acquisition and management and research proposal development and execution skills integrated in LWM programme will greatly improve the quality of learning, and professional skills development.

Master of Science in Plant Pathology

Admission Requirements
The common rules and regulations for all Masters degree programmes specified in Egerton University Statute shall apply.
(a) Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Plant pathology will be required to have at least upper second class honor’s bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in Biological Sciences, Agriculture or related fields from Egerton University or any other recognised University.
(b) In exceptional cases, non-holders of upper second class honor’s degree may be admitted, provided such candidates can, on the basis of research and academic work they have done, show that they are well qualified to undertake a postgraduate work by passing qualifying examinations.

Course Structure and Duration
The course shall be administered by coursework, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework, consisting of lectures and seminars. In addition, students will be required to take at least one relevant optional unit as indicated. Practicals and fieldwork will be included as appropriate. During the second year of study, students will carry out a research and write a thesis in a specific area of interest, under the guidance of the University approved supervisor(s).
The Programme shall extend for a minimum period of 18 months and maximum of 36 months for full time students and a maximum of 48 months for part time students.

Master of Science in Medical Parasitology

Admission Requirements
The common rules and regulations for all Master’s degree Programme specified in Egerton University Statute shall apply.
Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Medical Parasitology will be required to have at least upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in Biological Sciences, Public Health, Human Medicine, Biomedical Sciences or their equivalent from Egerton University or any other recognized University. (b)In exceptional cases, the students who are non-holders of upper second class honours degree will be admitted, provided such candidate can, on the basis on research and academic work they have done (e.g. Higher National Diploma Holders, Medical Laboratory Technologists), show that they are well qualified to undertake postgraduate work by passing qualifying examinations of prescribed undergraduate course(s).
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall be administered by course work, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework. All the first year courses are core and compulsory and consist of lectures and seminars and field trip reports. Practicals will be included as appropriate. Field work will be assessed by practicals while in the field.
During the second year students will carry out research and write a thesis in a specific area of interest, under the guidance of the university approved supervisor(s). A special report will be submitted by the supervisor at the field or area of attachment i.e. referral hospital or medical research institution having clinical facilities.
The programme shall extend for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 48 months for part time students.

Master of Science in Limnology

Programme Objectives
The programme is designed to train and produce skilled limnologists needed for limnological research consultancy, extension and teaching in academic, public and private institutions. Further, the course will produce limnologists able to provide advice and/or guidance on matters related to the utilization and management of inland aquatic systems. In the long term perspective, an important goal shall be to produce a cadre of qualified scientists to tackle the multitude of challenging problems of tropical limnology especially in African lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Admission Requirements

The common rules and regulations for all Masters degree programmes specified in Egerton University Statute shall apply Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Limnology will be required to have at least upper second class honours bachelors‘degree or its equivalent in Biological sciences, Aquatic science or related fields from Egerton University or any other recognised university. In exceptional cases, non- holders of upper second class honours degrees may be admitted, provided such candidates can, on the basis of research and academic work they have done, show that they are well qualified to undertake a postgraduate work by passing qualifying examinations.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall be administered by course work, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to course work, consisting of lectures and seminars. In addition, students will be required to take at least one optional course. Practicals and field work will be included as appropriate. During the second year students will carry out a research and write a thesis in a specific area of interest, under the guidance of the university approved supervisor(s)
The programme shall extend for a minimum period of 18 months and maximum of 36 months for full time students and a maximum of 48 months for part time students.

PhD Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology

Programme Objectives
The programme is designed to train and produce skilled plant pathologists needed to preserve plant health, preserve the environment, invent new ways to control plant diseases and ensure adequate food supply. Further, the course will produce plant pathologists able to provide consultancy, extension and teaching in academic institutions. In the long term perspective, an important goal shall be to produce a cadre of qualified scientists to tackle the multitude challenging problems of sustainable food production worldwide.
Admission Requirements
Applicants should be holders of MSc in Plant Pathology, or related disciplines from Egerton University or any other recognized University.
Course Structure and Duration
The PhD programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72 months. All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for PhD in Plant Pathology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Parasitology

Programme Objectives
The programme is designed to produce competitive Medical Parasitologists, professional scientists, lecturers, consultants and researchers in the field of Medical Parasitology. The course will provide skills to deal with current and potential tropical diseases and control strategies using current research methodologies.
Admission Requirements
Applicants should be holders of MSc in Medical Parasitology, or related disciplines from Egerton University or any other recognized University.
Course Structure and Duration
The PhD programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72 months All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for PhD in Medical Parasitology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Limnology

Programme Objectives
Develop Professional and Research capabilities in major areas of limnology. Develop high calibre professionals needed for limnological research consultancy, extension and teaching in academic, public and private institutions in relation to human development as well as produce graduates grounded in their areas of specialization yet more holistic in their approach to limnological issues.
Admission Requirements
Applicants should be holders of MSc in Limnological Science, or related disciplines from Egerton University or any other recognized University.
Course Structure and Duration
The PhD programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72 months. All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for PhD in Limnology.