Doctor of Philosophy in Dryland Resources Management


There is need to provide human resource capacity development in the broad disciplinary

domain of drylands science and management to address emerging challenges in resource

management such as desertification, global climate change, spiralling human and

livestock numbers and run away poverty. The Ph.D. programme in Dryland Science and

Management is designed to produce graduates with sound knowledge and skills for

sustainable utilisation of drylands resources.

The programme is intended to meet the demand for highly trained manpower in areas of

specialisation such as drylands resource ecology and management, integrateddrylands

resource management, and drylands resource mapping and survey techniques. While the

focus of the programme is primarily on drylands ecosystems, students will receive a

broad background in various related subjectsdryland ecology, land uses ecology, systems

ecology, drylands livestock nutrition, shrubland ecology, Philosophy and cosmology of

drylands management among others. Students will study specific areas related to science

such as vegetation management, animal behaviour, rehabilitation and restoration and

recreational resource management.

Various courses in the programme are designed to develop the academic skills of

individuals and to enhance their knowledge in the professional fields related to ecosystem

science and management. Departmental seminars supplement the individual education of

graduate students and serve to relate the most recent research findings applicable to the

discipline. The department welcomes applications from students with diverse educational

backgrounds, experiences and interests. Individually planned graduate programmes assure

a focused, individualized education for each candidate.

Over 80% of Kenya land cover is classified as drylands and holds approximately 25% of

human population. Similarly, this vast area is inhabited by the country‘s wildlife and a

large proportion of livestock. All the above represent a large economic resource that is

largely underutilised. Sustained productivity in these ecosystems is important for

economic and social development of the country. Kenya currently is short of trained

human resource to spearhead the development and effective utilization of these lands in

order to contribute significantly to the national economy. The programme is intended to

produce specialists in integrated dryland management. This programme will provide

trained human resource capacity required in teaching, research, extension, and

conservation and consultancy services.

Programme Objectives

The overall objective of the Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management is to train scientists

and professionals in research and management in natural resources and related fields. The

Ph.D. programme will be offered by coursework and thesis. Departmental seminars will

supplement the individual knowledge of graduate students and serve to relate the most

recent research findings applicable to the discipline. On completion of the training,

graduates should be able to:

i) Create awareness on the importance of Dryland Resources andManagement in

sustainable natural resources management

ii) facilitate increased production and productivity of drylands, manage or establish

drylands based enterprises

iii) apply integrated dryland science concepts in the management of drylands

iv) carryout advanced scientific research on various facets ofDryland Science and


v) develop rural, urban, and institutional landscapes within the ecosystem approach

vi) promote environmental conservation by effecting sound dryland management

practices and policies and

vii) pursue careers in Dryland Science and Management and related disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should be holders of a Masters degree in Dryland Science and Management,

Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Geography, Dryland

Management or related disciplines of Egerton University or any other recognized

institution of higher learning. Where a prospective applicant's credentials are not easily

evaluated, the Department of Natural Resources shall require the applicant to pass an

entry examination, administered both in written and oral form by the department.

Course Structure and Duration

There shall be two modes of study full-time students shall be required to complete their

degree programme within a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years. While

part-time students shall be required to complete their degree programme within a

minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.The courses shall be coded as


The abbreviation DLRM refers to Dryland Science and Management

The first digit, i.e. 7 indicates the level of training.

The second digit represents the disciplinary area in which the course is

offered i.e.

The third digit refers to the serial number of courses in a particular field

Digit Discipline area

0 Foundation courses

1 Ecology

2 Policy

3 Management

4 Methods

A student shall be admitted to doctoral candidacy in Dryland Resources Management

after satisfying all the Egerton University general requirements, passing coursework and

successful thesis proposal defense. Each candidate shall be required to pursue an original

research under the supervision of at least two2. supervisors from related areas of

specialization and a maximum of three.

All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Dryland Science and Management shall be

required to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of

the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton

University Statutes.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Dryland Resources Management shall

be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton

University Statute XXIX.


The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management a student shall be required

to pass all required courses within the stipulated, undertake independent research submit a

thesis and pass oral examination.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management is not classified

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