Modern livestock production face new challenges and opportunities of sustaining food production and farmers‘ income, food safety, biodiversity, and conservation of common resources. Environmentalists, consumers and public authorities are concerned about the negative impacts that animal production could have on the environment and are pressurising farmers to comply with a series of new restrictive regulations. The MSc programme in Livestock Production Systems is to develop systems thinking in analysing and designing sustainable livestock production for wide practical farming circumstances. The graduates of this programme are highly trained management scientists for the livestock industry at farm enterprise, training, research, extension and policy making.
Masters of Science Degree in Livestock Production Systems is a programme to build capacity in integration of scientific, technological and management approaches with holistic analytical skills for addressing biological, ecological and socio-economic constraints and opportunities in livestock production and development. It is designed to explore sustainable management options in response to emerging concerns of environmentalists, consumers and public authorities about the negative impacts of animal production on the environment. With the concerns increasing, farmers are under pressure to adapt management strategies compliant with a series of new restrictive regulations. The programme consists of coursework, research and a thesis. The coursework covers environmental physiology, animal welfare and agro-biodiversity, sustainable management of livestock feeds and genetic resources, and statistical techniques for modelling livestock production systems. There is exposure to techniques for environmental impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation of extension service delivery.
The MSc Livestock Production Systems programme equips graduates with scientific and technological knowledge with holistic analytical skills for explaining, exploring and predicting the productivity and adaptive capacity of livestock production systems. The graduates are trained and educated to become self-directed analysts and decision-makers to sufficiently advise on, analyse and design sustainable livestock systems, for wide practical farming circumstances.
i) The common regulations for the Master's degree in all faculties as specified in statutes of Egerton University shall be applicable;
ii) The programme shall be open to holders of BSc degree with an upper second class or an equivalent grade in: Animal Production, Agriculture, Agricultural education and extension, Environmental science, Range Management, and Veterinary Medicine. Other acceptable degree programmes are those deemed relevant by the Department of Animal Sciences from institutions recognised by the Egerton University Senate;
iii) A candidate with lower second class and relevant experience and scientific publications in refereed journals may be recommended for admission. In certain situations, the candidate may be required to take some prescribed undergraduate courses in which a pass with a B grade shall be a requirement for granting admission.
Course Structure and Duration
i) The programme shall extend for a period of not less than 18 months and not more than 36 months from the date of registration;
ii) The programme consists of course work, research and a thesis;
iii) The minimum load requirement for a qualifying candidate is a total of 45 credit factors, of which 15 are from thesis and the rest coursework;
iv) One credit factor shall constitute 15 lecture hours or 30 practical hours.
Each candidate will be required to pursue an original research under the supervision of a member of Egerton University academic staff and any other person recommended by the Faculty of Agriculture and approved by the Senate. The supervision of research, thesis writing, submission and examination shall be governed by the Egerton University Regulations as stipulated in the University statutes and Schedule on Masters Degree Programme.
The courses are coded as follows: the code ANSC refers to the Department of Animal Sciences, the first digit 7 represents the MSc degree programme; the second digit represents the different subject matter or specialisation area as follows:
1. Foundational courses
2. Nutrition specialisation
3. Breeding and Genetics specialisation
4. Livestock Production Systems specialisation
Thesis when followed with 9 (ANSC 799).
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statute XXIX.
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Master of Science in Livestock Production Systems degree programme is not classified.