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.
The programme is designed to train and produce skilled limnologists needed for limnological research consultancy, extension and teaching in academic, public and private institutions. Further, the course will produce limnologists able to provide advice and/or guidance on matters related to the utilization and management of inland aquatic systems. In the long term perspective, an important goal shall be to produce a cadre of qualified scientists to tackle the multitude of challenging problems of tropical limnology especially in African lakes, rivers and wetlands.
The common rules and regulations for all Masters degree programmes specified in Egerton University Statute shall apply Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Limnology will be required to have at least upper second class honours bachelors‘ degree or its equivalent in Biological sciences, Aquatic science or related fields from Egerton University or any other recognised university.In exceptional cases, non- holders of upper second class honours degrees may be admitted, provided such candidates can, on the basis of research and academic work they have done, show that they are well qualified to undertake a postgraduate work by passing qualifying examinations.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall be administered by course work, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to course work, consisting of lectures and seminars. In addition, students will be required to take at least one optional course. Practicals and field work will be included as appropriate. During the second year students will carry out a research and write a thesis in a specific area of interest, under the guidance of the university approved supervisor(s)
The programme shall extend for a minimum period of 18 months and maximum of 36 months for full time students and a maximum of 48 months for part time students.
The course codes used are:
LIMN stands for ―LIMNOLOGY followed by 3 digits.
Digit 1 Indicates the year the course is offered or level of the course.
Digit 2, Indicates the nature or sub-discipline of the course within the discipline and shall be interpreted according to the following levels:
Level 0 - Introductory courses
Level 1 - Physical and chemical courses
Level 4 - Pollution and toxicological courses
Level 5 - Seminars, Research, Field Attachment and Visits
Digit 3, s the serial number of individual courses within a particular sub-discipline within the discipline.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in 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 Limnology degree is classified in accordance with Egerton
University Statute XXIX.