Master of Science in Natural Resources and Peace


Environmental life support systems provide ecosystem goods and services for sustaining

human livelihoods. These environmental goods and services are threatened with

shrinkage due to increasing demands, overexploitation and biodiversity erosion.

Increasing human population and climate change is a growing challenge and this too is

likely to induce significant shifts in further decreases in ecosystem productivity and

increase the vulnerability of marginalized communities. These challenges that threaten

the very existence of humanity must be addressed by trained human capacity with

competence to provide advisory services in areas of sustainable Natural resource

management, resolve natural resource use conflicts, conduct research and carry out

consultancy on the impacts of management activities on ecological and socio-economic

systems in which resources occur and are managed. The M.Sc. in Natural Resources and

Peace is designed to address these challenges and development needs of Kenya, Africa

and beyond.

The Master of Science Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Peace equips

graduates to contribute to solving significant environmental and development issues, such

as the prevention of a global fresh water crisis, the recognition and empowerment of local

and indigenous communities, the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support

systems, and the identification and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development

initiatives, natural resources management, and environmental issues. In particular, they

are able to formulate policies to advance sustainable development at the local, regional

and global levels, to facilitate international cooperation in the design of sustainable

development and environment policy, and to generate strategies for environmental

conflict management. They are also likely to become knowledgeable and well informed

advocacy agents in development and environment matters, in favour of more vulnerable

groups, and to be promoters of change in their society.

Graduates of the Natural Resource and Peace programme are likely to be employed by

national, international and Natural resource development agencies, working in close

contact with local organizations, as well as for environmental and policy making



Programme Objectives

The programme aims to develop graduates with holistic natural resource management

skills to address challenges and needs of global development.

The objectives of the programme are to:

i) develop human resource advisory capacity in multidisciplinary domains of natural

resources management.

ii) provide smart and well informed advocacy agents in development

and environmental matters.

iii) produce well informed cadre of professionals for identification of multi-faceted

environmental problems with skills to formulate policies and strategies for

environmental conflict management.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission should be holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural

Resource Management, with at least second class honours upper division. or an

equivalent qualification from a recognised institution. Applicants with qualifications from

other related disciplines, such as Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental science, Range

Ecology or Development studies with a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours from a

recognised institution will be considered. Applicants with Second Class Honours Lower

Division. with relevant working experience in the field of Natural resource management

and sustainable development may be considered.


Course Structure and Duration

The Master of Science in natural resource management and peace programme will extend

for a minimum period of eighteen18. months and a maximum period of twenty four24.

months for full time students. The first twelve12. months of the programme must be spent

in the University, while the remaining period will be devoted to independent research.

The Master of science degree in Natural resources and peace will be taken as course

work, examination and thesis .The course work, examination and thesis shall consist of a

minimum of thirty five35. credit factors of course work which will be distributed over

two semesters and fifteen15. credit factors for the thesis to make up the fifty50. credits

needed for graduation.

Candidates who opt for independent thesis research with the guidance of a supervisor

shall write and submit a thesis in partial fulfillment for Master of Science in Natural

Resources and Peace. The thesis shall be awarded grade ―P if accepted, or ―F if it is not.

The regulations of the Board of Post Graduate Studies shall apply in the submission and

examination of theses.

The candidates will be given an option to select courses from the list of electives. Elective

courses can be taken for credit and / or for auditing. The course number shall consist of

three digits, the first representing the Masters level of study.The second digit represents

the programme study areas: 1 Natural Resources Development, 2 Peace and Conflict

Studies, 3 Conservation and Development and 4 Environmental Security. The third digit

represents the serial number of the course. The code 700 represent seminar, while 799

represent Thesis. Courses offered in other departments shall retain their respective coding

where applicable.All courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources shall be

coded NARP.


Examination regulations

All examinations for the MSc in Natural Resources and Peace shall be conducted in

accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University StatuteXXIX



The grading of examination for MSc in Natural Resources and Peace shall be in accordance

with Egerton University Statute XXIX.


Graduation Requirements

To graduate MSc in Natural Resources and Peacet a student shall be required to take and

pass all required courses within the stipulated time.


Degree Classification

The MSc in Natural Resources and Peace is not classified

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