Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture

Applications of biotechnology in agriculture: bioremediation, crop stress tolerance to biotic and abiotic factors, crop quality and nutrition; gene revolution and crop production; industrial and pharmaceutical products. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) structure and function, gene expression, translation, transcription. Ribonucleic acid (RNA) structure, synthesis and processing; Recombinant DNA technology; Molecular techniques for gene cloning, enzymes used in gene cloning and characterization; cell and tissue culture; genetic engineering, transformation overview; Social and ethical issues in biotechnology, biotechnology policies. Mating systems and breeding methods of field and horticultural crops; male sterility; incompatibility, clones; marker assisted breeding and genetic modification; breeding for disease and pest resistance; tissue culture and polyploidization; breeding major field and horticultural crops; multi-location testing and variety release; breeding rights and their regulations in breeding major field and horticultural crops.

The common regulations for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

  1. Holders of a Master’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy Crop Protection, Plant Pathology, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, and related plant sciences from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate
  1.  The applicant must be able to produce evidence of adequate academic background in the discipline and capacity to carry out original research by submitting a research concept note on the proposed topic of study.
  2. The concept note shall include a title, name of the candidate, introduction, and brief statement of the problem, research objectives, and research hypothesis, brief literature review, summary of proposed methodology, expected outputs, work plan, budget and key references.

Horticultural flower and vegetable production chains,
exports companies/limited
Researcher
Quality control manager
Quality standards control agencies
Ministry of Agriculture
Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
Landscaping services
Ornamentals and arboreta
Fruit production
Garden and lawns management
Greenhouse and Lathe house management
Teacher/Lecturer
National and international research organizations

 

Item

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

TOTAL

1

Registration

4,500

4,500

4,500

9,000

2

Tuition (KES 25,000/ unit)

200,000

225,000

175,000

600,000

3

Examination

6,000

-

 

6,000

4

Thesis Supervision

100,000

100,000

100,000

300,000

5

Thesis Examination

-

-

50,000

50,000

6

Laboratory and field fee

132,000

132,000

132,000

396,000

7

ICT services

7,000

7,000

7,000

21,000

8

Library

5,000

5,000

5,000

15,000

9

ID Card

1,000

1,000

1,000

3,000

10

Caution money (Refundable)

5,000

-

-

5,000

11

Medical fee

6,500

6,500

6,500

19,500

12

Activity Fee

2,000

2,000

2,000

6,000

13

Student organization

1,000

1,000

1,000

3,000

 

Total

470,000

484,000

484,000

1,438,000

 

Application Information
Mode of Delivery

The PhD degree programme in Horticulture is delivered through face-to-face, blended learning and Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODeL) modes of delivery. The ODeL mode of delivery shall only apply for the taught course units, except the Graduate seminars. The main modes of instruction will be via face-to-face and electronic interactions as lectures, seminars and guided research. The blended learning mode of delivery combines face-to-face and online learning approaches.

Contacts of Support Persons

Prof. Jane Ambuko

Cell phone +254-722-676458

e-mail:jane.ambuko@uonbi.ac.ke 

 

James Muthomi

Cell phone +254 722984179;

e-mail: james_wanjohi@yahoo.com, james.muthomi@uonbi.ac.ke