Development of crop cultivars in agricultural sector is rapidly changing with emerging use of both classical and molecular breeding technologies. This shift necessitates the transformation of education sector and development of breeders ready to transform breeding practices using new techniques that are more efficient and precise to provide quality cultivars for the growing population. The PhD training in Plant Breeding integrates applied genetics and molecular plant sciences. The course will play a key role in improving agricultural productivity and food security. The program emphasizes on scientific principles and techniques of crop improvement with aspects of agricultural biotechnology. The graduates will get the opportunity to broaden their scientific knowledge in crop improvement and will promote professional development of different crop cultivars by providing the student with well-founded knowledge and hands-on practical skills. The increasing demand for food requires that crop scientists keep pace with appropriate technological. It has been documented that plant breeding alone contributes to a very significant increase in crop production. However, this has not been attained in Kenya and other developing countries, because of a shortage of well trained plant breeders. The PhD curriculum in Plant Breeding has been designed to produce competent plant breeders with new technologies. The graduates will be well versed with research and emerging issues/technologies in crop improvement through plant breeding.
The programme aims at providing an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the subject matter and also imparts research skills in Crop Production. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates will be expected to contribute to advancing knowledge, innovations and guide in formulation of policies for crop improvement and conservation of plant genetic resources.
i) The common regulations for the Doctorate degree as specified in the statutes of Egerton University shall be applicable;
ii) In addition, the candidate should have a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences or related disciplines;
iii) Proof of knowledge in or, successful completion of MSc programme from accredited university is required;
iv) A Ph.D. Programme applicant who meets the requirements must submit a Research Project Proposal acceptable to the Department.
40.4 Courses Structure Duration
i) The PhD programme shall be completed through research, thesis and successful oral examinations;
ii) Candidates may register for full-time or part-time doctorate programme;
iii) Fulltime programme shall run for a minimum of 36 consecutive months and a period not exceeding 60 consecutive months, unless with prior approved deferment;
iv) Part-time programme shall run for a period not exceeding 84 consecutive months, unless with prior approved deferment;
v) A candidate may be discontinued on failure to demonstrate positive progress for two consecutive reporting quarters unless with prior approved deferment;
vi) The PhD candidate shall be required to conduct 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.
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 Plant Breedingis not classified.