Training in the Department of Agricultural Engineering is in three major levels starting with Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering at the lowest. The masters‟ level of training is the intermediate level and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree is the highest level of training. The Doctor of Philosophy degree level of training aims at equipping postgraduates with the highest skills and knowledge in disciplines of agricultural engineering.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in various disciplines of Agricultural Engineering shall represent the attainment of a high level of scholarship and achievement in independent research. It is conceptualized and designed to produce personnel with the highest level of training, who are expected to contribute towards the goal of realising the full potential of professionals in Agricultural Engineering.
The general objective of this program is to equip graduates with the highest level of research training, which is essential for effective performance of advanced research, teaching and management in agricultural industry. On completion of training, graduates should be able to do the following in best way possible:
i) Promote awareness of the importance of agricultural engineering disciplines in the economy
ii) Manage or establish agricultural engineering enterprises.
iii) Integrate agricultural engineering activities within the farming enterprises
iv) Carry out advanced scientific research on the various disciplines of agricultural engineering
v) Promote environmental conservation by effecting sound practices and policies.
vi) Pursue careers in agricultural engineering and related disciplines
The applicants should be holders of a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering or disciplines of Agricultural Engineering of Egerton University or from any other institution recognized by Egerton University senate. Where prospective applicants‟ credentials are not easily evaluated, the Department of Agricultural Engineering shall require the applicant to take and pass an entry examination written, oral or both. The
applicant shall be required to submit to the Department of Agricultural Engineering a Research Proposal for review with the application.
There shall be two categories of registration:
i) Full-time students: These students shall be required to complete their degree requirement within a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years.
ii) Part-time students: These students shall be required to complete their degree requirements within a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.
An applicant shall be admitted to doctoral candidacy in Agricultural Engineering fields after satisfying all Egerton University general requirements, including passing the research proposal defence.
Course Structure and Duration
The PhD programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 75 months. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the fields of Agricultural Engineering shall be offered through independent research and thesis. However, should a given candidate be deficient in certain subjects, the candidate shall be required to audit them to the satisfaction of the department. At least TWO (2) supervisors from related areas of specialization shall guide each candidate. At least ONE of the supervisors shall be a member of the Department of Agricultural Engineering. Each candidate shall be required to present at least THREE (3) study progress seminars at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology.
All candidates enrolled for the doctoral degree in the fields of Agricultural Engineering shall be required to conduct independent supervised research leading to writing of a thesis. All Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the Examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statutes number XXIX.
The grading of Examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statutes number XXIX.
To graduate with a PhD in Agricultural Engineering, a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
The PhD in Agricultural Engineering is not classified in accordance with Egerton University statutes number XXIX.