Doctor of Philosophy in Limnology

Rationale
The courses to be taught in this programme will address the interrelationships between the physical, chemical and biological aspects of aquatic systems, including land-water interactions. Over the past decade, questions related to surveillance and utilisation of aquatic resources, have frequently been raised in local and international fora. Conservation of aquatic ecosystems in Kenya has been hampered by lack of knowledge on how these systems function and this programme endeavours to fill this gap which has been existing for a long time. Studies in Limnology have not received much attention in eastern Africa. This is unfortunate owing to the intimacy existing between fresh water ecosystems and the human community. It is because of this that the programme will endeavour to produce graduates able to engage in self-employment as fishermen, fish farmers, aquaculturists, water quality consultants, and can also be employed as fisheries officers/managers, policy makers and environmental health officers. In addition, the graduates can be employed as researchers or lecturers in freshwater research institutes, universities, consultancy firms, Ministry of water and in other private and non-governmental organizations.
Programme Objectives
Develop Professional and Research capabilities in major areas of limnology. Develop high calibre professionals needed for limnological research consultancy, extension and teaching in academic, public and private institutions in relation to human development as well as produce graduates grounded in their areas of specialization yet more holistic in their approach to limnological issues.
Admission Requirements
Applicants should be holders of M.Sc in Limnological Science, or related disciplines from Egerton University or any other recognized University.
Course Structure and Duration
The Ph.D programme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of 72 months All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for Ph.D in Limnology.
Thesis Examination
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Limnological Science shall be required to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Examination regulations
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Limnology shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Grading
The grading of examination for PhD in Limnology shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a PhD in Limnology a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a written thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
Degree Classification
The PhD in Limnology is not classified