The sustainable development of Kenya is largely dependent on the balanced development of agriculture, which is the backbone of her economy, and the environment. The breadth and complexity of environmental problems faced today calls for well-focused, interdisciplinary efforts. The mismanagement of land and related resources translates into land degradation, loss of biodiversity and food insecurity, low incomes and standards of living. Master of Science in Soil Science training will lead to the development of required human resource base to address issues related to utilization and management of soil for sustainable agricultural production. Undergraduate students who have completed their studies will have another platform for career development where they specialize in a course that meets specific needs of the society. The Master of Science in Soil Science course prepares students for professional entry into job markets that enable them conduct research in various soils disciplines that address challenges of environmental degradation caused by farming practices and other anthropogenic activities. The high caliber graduates will be equipped to conduct fundamental and applied research that can contribute to finding solutions of problems faced by communities through respective research institutions (both local and international), work with farmers through the national extension programmes, teaching in institutions of higher learning and consultancy in environmental issues.
The overall objective programme of the programme is to train high level manpower in efficient and sustainable management of soil resources to the benefit of current and future generations and impart research skills in the specified fields of study.
The specific objectives are to:
i) Design, operate and maintain soil productivity systems
ii) Develop solutions to management problems that limit the successful production of crops
iii) Address environmental and agricultural problems facing the global community.
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 General 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 can prove, on the basis of research and academic work they have done, that they are well qualified to undertake Post Graduate work by passing Qualifying Examinations. Candidates who meet the minimum entry requirements, in addition, may be required to appear for an oral interview by the Department to determine their suitability for registration.
Course Structure and Duration
Candidates for the Masters Degree shall be registered as full time students for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of thirty six (36) months, and register for a minimum of nine (9) Credit Factors per Semester. Candidates for the Masters Degree shall be registered as part time students for a maximum of forty eight (48) months out of which twelve (12) months must be in residence. The candidates must register for a minimum of six (6) Credit Factors per Semester. Masters Degree by Course Work and Thesis. The M.Sc. Programme will consist of Coursework, Examination and Thesis. Candidates are required to successfully complete at least 30 Credit Factors of their Coursework and, in addition, successfully complete 15 Credit Factors of a Thesis to qualify for the award of the Masters Degree.
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 Master of Science (Soil Science).degree programme is not classified.