Productivity in agricultural sector is rapidly changing with emerging use of innovative technologies. This shift necessitates the education and development of specialists ready to transform agricultural practices using techniques that are more efficient, productive, and profitable and to provide quality food for the world‘s growing population. The programme will play a key role in increasing agricultural productivity and improving food security. The program presents an integrated view of the subject, which emphasizes on scientific principles and techniques, and in addition, includes an overview of agricultural biometrics. The graduate will get the opportunity to broaden their scientific knowledge in crop management and will promote professional development in Agriculture by providing the student with well-founded knowledge and hands-on practical skills.
Agriculture contributes significantly in economic growth and it engages over 70% of Kenya‘s population. However, food security is still an issue with frequent importation of basic food requirements. Harnessing agriculture requires the access to practical innovations that can address the economic utilization of natural resources for agricultural productivity. PhD in Agronomy is designed to produce graduates with understanding and innovations in crop management for adequate production.
The programme aims at providing an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the subject matter and also imparts research skills in Agronomy. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates would be expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to enhance agricultural production in Kenya and elsewhere, through self-employment, research, formal teaching, extension and management, and advanced training.
The entry requirements for a Ph.D. Agronomy Degree Programme in the Department of Crops Horticulture and Soil Sciences (CHS) is a MSc Agronomy degree and as specified in the relevant section of University Statutes. A Ph.D. Programme applicant must submit a Research Project Proposal acceptable to the Department.
Course Structure and Duration
Duration of study shall be as spelt out in the relevant sections of the University Statutes.
i) Conduct of Ph.D. study and supervision are as stipulated in the relevant University Statutes;
ii) Ph.D. Programme shall be conducted by Research and Thesis. However, should a given candidate be deficient in certain subjects, he/she shall be required to audit them to the satisfaction of the Department;
iii) Each candidate shall be required to attend and participate in at least six (6) Seminars/Workshops/Conferences;
iv) Each candidate shall be supervised by at least two (2) supervisors from the faculty. At least one of the supervisors shall be a member of the Department of CHS, Agronomy section.
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 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agronomy is not classified.