Qualifiedhuman resource in drylands science and management to address emerging
challenges in such areas as desertification, global climate change, spiralling human and
livestock numbers, run away poverty is necessary now than before. The programme MSc
in Dryland Resources Management is designed to produce graduates with sound
knowledge and skills for sustainable utilisation of drylands resources, a fundamental
flagship project of Kenya Vision 2030 and that of the millennium development goals
The programme is intended to addresses the demand for highly trained manpower in each
area as drylands resource ecology and management, integrateddrylands resource
management, and drylands resource mapping and survey techniques. While the focus of
this programme is primarily on dryland ecosystems, students will also be trained in
related aspects such as dryland ecology; land uses ecology; systems ecology; drylands
livestock nutrition; human ecology; shrubland ecology; Philosophy and cosmology of
drylands management among others. Students will study specific areas related to
vegetation management, animal behaviour, rehabilitation and restoration of drylands and
recreational resource management. The program will produce graduates of international
repute who will work in public, private and international organisations.
Various courses in the programme are designed to develop and enhance the academic
skills and knowledge in the fields of ecosystem science and management. Departmental
seminars are mandatory to expose and equip graduate students with the most recent
research findings applicable to the discipline. This programme will assure a focused,
individualized education for candidates with diverse educational backgrounds,
experiences and interests.
The Chemeron Dryland Research Training and Ecotourism Centre will serve as an
important training facility for this programme. This programme will provide trained
human resource capacity required in teaching, research, extension, and conservation and
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.
154.2 Programme Objectives
The overall aim of the MSc in Dryland Resources Management is to train scientists and
professionals in research and management in natural resources and related fields. On
completionof the programme the grauands should be able to : spearhead scientific
exploitation of resources in drylands, initiate and manage drylands based enterprises,
apply integrated dryland science concepts in the management of drylands.conduct
innovative research in the various facets of Dryland Science and Management, publicise
the importance of Dryland Resources and Management in sustainable natural resources
management, develop rural, urban, and institutional landscapes within the concept of
ecosystem approach, promote environmental conservation by effecting sound dryland
management practices and policies and pursue advanced studies and global careers paths
in Dryland Science and Management and related disciplines.
Applicants for admission should be holders of a Bachelors degree in Natural Resource
Management, Geography, Environmental Science or related disciplines with a minimum
of a Second Class Honours degree from Egerton University or any other recognised by
Egerton University senate.Candidates with a Second Class Honours Lower Division
degree may be considered if they have two years relevant working experience. Where the
applicant does not meet the above criteria or is deficient he/she will be required to
audit/or take and pass some selected courses at undergraduate level.
Course Structure and Duration
This programme will take a minimum period of 18 months and a maximum of 36 months
of fulltime study, of which the first twelve months will be spent on coursework at the
University.The rest of the period will be devoted to research and thesis write-up.All
courses offered in this programme shall be coded DLRMDryland Resources
Management. The courses are coded as follows:
a. The first digit indicates the level of training,
b. The second digit represents the discipline area in which the course is offered i.e.
Digit Discipline area
0 Foundation Courses
c. The third digit refers to the serial number of courses in a particular field
The cross-listed courses shall retain their respective coding.At least forty five45. credit
factorsCF. of graduate work are required for the award of the degree of Master of Science
in Dryland Resources Management.Of this 15 CF. is for thesis, and at least 30 CF. for
Students may audit courses not included in the regular programme.However, no credit
factors are earned for such courses.This is mainly to cover deficiencies in the student‘s
area of specialisation.―AU‖ grade will be awarded.
Each candidate must take a minimum of 3 C.F.s from the list of elective courses.
Candidates are free to select more Credit Factors to strengthen and broaden their
knowledge, but must first meet the compulsory requirements for graduation.Each
candidate shall conduct independent research, with the guidance of a supervisor, write
and submit a thesis in partial fulfilment for Master of Science Degree in Dryland
Resources Management.The thesis shall be awarded grade ―P‖ if accepted, or ―F‖ if it is
not.Egerton University regulations as stipulated in the university Statutes shall apply in
the submission and examination of theses.
All examinations for the MSc in Dryland Resources Management shall be conducted in
accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University StatuteXXIX
The grading of examination for MSc in Dryland Resources Management shall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate MSc in Dryland Resources Management a student shall be required to take
and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The MSc in Dryland Resources Management is not classified