Master Of Science In Agronomy

Productivity in agricultural sector is rapidly changing with emerging use of innovative technologies. This shift necessitates the education and development of specialists ready to transform agricultural practices using techniques that are more efficient, productive, and profitable and to provide quality food for the world‘s growing population. The MSc training in Crop Production integrates agronomic aspects with plant sciences. The course will play a key role in increasing agricultural productivity and improving food security. The program presents an integrated view of the subject, which emphasizes on scientific principles and techniques, and in addition, includes an overview of agricultural biometrics. The graduate will get the opportunity to broaden their scientific knowledge in crop management and will promote professional development in Agriculture by providing the student with well-founded knowledge and hands-on practical skills.
Agriculture contributes significantly in economic growth and it engages over 70% of Kenya‘s population. However, food security is still an issue with frequent importation of basic food requirements. Harnessing agriculture requires the access to practical innovations that can address the economic utilization of natural resources for agricultural productivity. MSc in Agronomy is designed to produce graduates with understanding and innovations in crop management for adequate production.
Programme Objectives
The programme aims at providing an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the subject matter and also imparts research skills in Agronomy. 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, and advanced training.
Admission Requirements
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 Agriculture or related disciplines, with an upper second class honours and 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 may on the basis of research and academic work show that they are well qualified to undertake post graduate work or by passing qualifying examinations.
Course Structure and Duration
Candidates may qualify for the award of the M.Sc. degree by fulfilling the following requirements: The program shall consist of course work, examinations 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. Normal load for a fulltime student should be 15-18 Credit Factors (CFs) per semester while part-time candidates must register for a minimum of six credit factors per semester. Permission to take a loading outside these ranges should be sought from Chairman of the Department. Under special circumstances a student may be allowed to transfer credits of up to 30% CFs of course work required. This is subject to approval by the Department and the Faculty.
Candidates shall be registered as full time students for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of thirty six (36) months. Part time students shall be registered for a maximum of 48 months, out of which 12 months they must be in residence. In the course coding:-
The acronym ―AGRO‖ refers to the Agronomy as a core discipline. The first digit represents level of training which is 7 for Masters programme. The second digit refers to sub-disciplines within agronomy or crop science as follows:
0: General or Basic Principles
1: Crop Physiology and Environment
2: Crop Improvement and Biotechnology
3: Crop Protection
4: Seed Science and Technology
5: Annual Crops
6: Perennial Crops
7: Pastures and Fodder Crops
8: Interdisciplinary courses.
9: Biometry and Experimentation, Projects, Seminars, Field Visits, Field Attachment.
The third digit refers to courses in the sub-discipline.
Examination Requirements
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University statute XXIX.
Grading system
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statute XXIX.
Graduation requirement
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification
The Master of Science in Agronomy degree programme is not classified.