Master of Science in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology

    Overview

    The programme aims at training highly skilled plant breeders and biotechnologists who will help optimise the country’s ability to attain food security and better nutrition while improving agriculture-based incomes from improved products and maintaining the natural resource base.

    1. Expected Learning Outcomes of the programme
    1. Identify and address research imperatives in plant breeding and biotechnology
    2. Design and execute research projects aimed at solving problems within a changing agricultural environment
    3. Apply skills and knowledge acquired to solve plant physiological associated problems to increase yield
    4. Critique conventional and biotechnological methods in plant improvement and apply suitable combinations for their research study
    5. Apply effective communication in dissemination of research findings

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    Minimum Admission Requirements

    The following shall be eligible for admission:

        1. Holders of at least upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in agricultural, biological and environmental sciences from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
        2. Holders of at least lower second class Honours degree or equivalent in agricultural, biological and environmental sciences from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate with an additional two (2) years of relevant experience or a postgraduate diploma in common admission regulations or equivalent from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by senate.
        3. Holders of a pass degree or equivalent in agricultural, biological and environmental sciences from a university recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate and with at least five (5) years relevant experience.
        4. Holders of a pass degree in agricultural, biological and environmental sciences and a relevant postgraduate diploma.

    Credit Transfer

        1. A candidate may be exempted from taking some course units and be allowed to transfer credits of the same up to a maximum of one-third of the taught units provided that these are from institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
        2. A candidate seeking transfer of credit or course exemption shall send a formal application to the Academic Registrar, through the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, justifying and supporting the request. The supporting documents shall include an official transcript indicating courses that may be equivalent and descriptions and syllabi/ outlines of the courses in which the applicant is seeking transfers of credit or an exemption.
        3. Transfer of credits shall be processed only after payment of the prescribed non-refundable fees.

    Application for admission to Master programmes

    Visit: https://application.uonbi.ac.ke/

     

    Researcher in plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology
    Plant breeder for crop varieties and landraces
    Molecular characterization and DNA mapping
    Non-Governmental Organizations
    Entrepreneurial self-employment in agricultural production
    National and international research organizations
    Lecturers in tertiary technical and academic institutions

    Item

    Year 1

    Year 2

    TOTAL

    Registration

    4,500

    4,500

    9,000

    Tuition (KES 20,000/ unit)

    260,000

    160,000

    420,000

    Examination

    13,000

    -

    13,000

    Thesis Supervision

    -

    100,000

    100,000

    Thesis Examination

    -

    30,000

    30,000

    Laboratory and field fee

    124,000

    124,000

    248,000

    ICT services

    7,000

    7,000

    14,000

    Library

    5,000

    5,000

    10,000

    ID Card

    1,000

    1,000

    2,000

    Caution money (Refundable)

    5,000

    -

    5,000

    Medical fee

    6,500

    6,500

    13,000

    Activity Fee

    2,000

    2,000

    4,000

    Student organization

    1,000

    1,000

    2,000

    Total

    429,000

    441,000

    870,000

     

     

    ADDITIONAL CHARGES (KSH)

    1. Convocation                                                                      - 1,000
    2. Late registration                                                                 - 1,000
    3. Retention of registration*                                                  - 2,250/ semester
    4. Extension of studentship                                       -           10,000/ semester
    5. Remark of examination                                                     - 1,000/ paper
    6. Issuance of transcripts                                                       - 500
    7. Appeal                                                                               - 1,000
    8. Replacement of lost ID card                                              - 500
    9. Thesis processing                                                               - 8,000
    10. Extension of Correction period                                          - 2,000 per month
    11. Extension of revision period                                              - 3,000 per month
    12. Extension of supervision   period                                     - 6,000
    13. Examination of revised thesis                                            - 9,000
    14. Hire of academic dress                                                      - 4,000

     

    *For students who defer, or temporarily withdraw from their studies

    Guidelines for research money for the MSc degree is approximately KES 200,000 but the actual cost will depend on the type of research.

    Philosophy, Rationale

    COURSE DURATION: Two (2) years

    PHILOSOPHY

    The programme is set to contribute to the sustainable development goals by reducing poverty levels, hunger and quality education by providing plant improvement solutions through education and leadership skills as well as linking the program to the industry. The programme is also set to address the economic and social pillars of Kenya Vision 2030, anchored on foundations of plant breeding and biotechnology by educating and providing stewardship to stakeholders in research and development to improve livelihoods and take moral responsibility for Kenya and its neighbours.

    RATIONALE

    Agriculture is the backbone of developing countries contributing above 25% of the national gross domestic product but there is still high malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, effects of climate change, biotic/ abiotic stresses and others affecting production. Although many new varieties have been developed over time in Kenya and the region, new challenges arise that need the development of new cultivars/ varieties. In addition, newer, faster and higher precision methods are being developed and applied to reduce the time taken to develop superior lines.

    There is therefore a need to improve on content for the current programme to respond to emerging national and global issues in plant breeding that will contribute to addressing food security, poverty, effects of climate change and other sustainable development goals. The programme will also contribute to the national, regional and international development goals like Vision 2030, Big 4 Agenda, African Union Vision 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to develop human capacity by training researchers of national agricultural research systems (NARS), international research organizations, trainers for tertiary institutions and policymakers for the government.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

    1. Apply effective communication in the dissemination of research findings
    2. Apply appropriate research methodologies in data acquisition, analysis, packaging and presentation of research data.
    3. Identify and address research imperatives in plant improvement and link it to business/ industry-related solutions.
    4. Design and execute research projects aimed at solving problems within a changing agricultural environment
    5. Apply skills and knowledge acquired to solve plant physiological associated stresses to increase yield.
    6. Critique conventional and biotechnological methods in plant improvement and apply suitable methods to their research.

     

    Application Information
    Mode of Delivery

    Face-to-Face Mode

    Lectures, seminars, discussions, tutorials, guided practical experiments and demonstrations.

    Open, Distance and E-Learning Mode

    Home and/ or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional electronic and online self-study materials, such as; written self-instructional study modules, online interactive devices and self-tests, cloud-based content, videos of lectures mediated technical learning materials e.g. audiovisual and e-learning materials

    Blended Learning Mode

    A combination of face-to-face and online learning approaches.

    Contacts of Support Persons

    Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection

    Contacts: +254 20 4916020; e-mail: dept-pscp@uonbi.ac.ke