Master Of Science In Plant Pathology


Rationale
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.
Programme Objectives
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.
Admission Requirements
The common rules and regulations for all Masters degree programmes specified in Egerton University Statute shall apply.
(a) Candidates intending to register for the degree of Master of Science in Plant pathology will be required to have at least upper second class honours bachelors degree or its equivalent in Biological Sciences, Agriculture or related fields from Egerton University or any other recognised University.
(b) In exceptional cases, non-holders of upper second class honours degree 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 course shall be administered by coursework, examination and thesis. The first year of study shall be devoted to coursework, consisting of lectures and seminars. In addition, students will be required to take at least one relevant optional unit as indicated. Practicals and fieldwork will be included as appropriate. During the second year of study, students will carry out a research and write a thesis in a specific areas 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:
BOTA stands for ―BOTANY‖ followed by 3 digits.
Digit 1, indicates the year of study or level of the course
Digit 2, indicates the nature of sub-discipline of the course within the discipline
Level 0 - Introductory courses
Level 1 - Advanced courses
Digit 3, indicates the serial number of individual courses within a particular sub-discipline within the discipline.
Examination Regulations
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute 34 (5).
Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Graduation Requirements
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree Classification
The Master of Science in Plant Pathology degree is classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
Summary of Courses
First Year
The candidate will take all core course units prescribed and the relevant optional units as indicated. Optional units will be selected according to the student‘s area of research interest.
Second Year
BOTA 799 Research and Thesis