Keeping plants healthy requires an understanding of the organisms and agents that cause disease, their management as well as how plants grow and are affected by disease. The courses to be offered in this programme include Mycology, Bacteriology, Nematology, Virology, and abiotic plant disease causal agents. Kenya‘s economy being agriculture-based requires more trained plant pathologists to deal with the problem of perennial food deficits and to realize the vision 2030. It is in pursuit of this, that this programme will endeavour to produce graduates able to work in agricultural consulting firms, agrichemical companies, seed and plant product companies, plant disease diagnostic laboratories, Botanical gardens and arboreta, Biotechnology firms, Forestry Departments, public policy organizations and serve in private practice. In addition, the graduates can also be engaged in research and teaching in Colleges and Universities, National/International Agricultural research institutes, Ministry of Agriculture and in other private and non-governmental organizations.
The programme is designed to train and produce skilled plant pathologists needed to preserve plant health, preserve the environment, invent new ways to control plant diseases and ensure adequate food supply. Further, the course will produce plant pathologists able to provide consultancy, extension and teaching in academic institutions. In the long term perspective, an important goal shall be to produce a cadre of qualified scientists to tackle the multitude challenging problems of sustainable food production worldwide.
Applicants should be holders of M.Sc in Plant Pathology, 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 Plant Pathology.
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology 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.
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for PhD in Plant Pathology shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a PhD in Plant Pathology a student shall be required to undertake independent research, submit a written thesis and pass an oral thesis examination.
The PhD in Plant Pathology is not classified