Soil is vital natural resource as it provides sustenance for flora and fauna. Soil science has long been related to the body of knowledge of the soil environment i.e., its formation and the dynamic processes associated with it, and its application to agronomic practices. The knowledge of soils gained through research has been used by practitioners in such fields as engineering, biology, hydrology and geology. Soil science contributes to solving social issues such as global change, food safety, sustainable agriculture, the country space and biodiversity.The PhD programme in the Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils is covered through research only. The discipline has a promise to produce competent graduates to face future challenges of utilization, conservation and management of the soil resource.Soil science must continue to expand beyond its traditional identification with agriculture as it becomes a full partner in the earth, ecological and environmental sciences. There is need to expand education for soil science students into areas such as waste recycling, soil and water quality, global climate change, soil stability, economic viability, and food security and safety. The PhD programme in soil science fills this gap as it crosses disciplinary boundaries, encompasses ecological principles, quantifies soil diversity and quality, and enhances environmental protection. The PhD programme prepares students for successful professional or academic careers.
The main aim of the programme is to generate skilled manpower in order to exploit, utilize and conserve available resources for sustainable development of Kenya, keeping the process and impact of the globalization in mind and to broaden soil science constituencies beyond traditional agricultural partners. The specific objectives are:
i) To offer quality education and to maintain the highest academic standard in line with the international standards of education
ii) To undertake fundamental and applied research in the relevant field of knowledge e.g. food security, food safety, ecosystem management, sustainability of the biosphere, environmental protection, and the urban environment
iii) To produce capable manpower to contribute to the fulfilment of global demands by equitable participation.
iv) To enhance the fundamental knowledge of soil systems by a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach that is dynamic and process-oriented, e.g., soils as a CO2 sink in global climate change.
i) The entry requirements for a Ph.D. degree programme in soil science is a masters degree in soil science, agricultural sciences or related disciplines of Egerton University or any other Institution of higher learning recognized by Egerton University Senate;
ii) Ph.D. applicant must submit a Research Project Proposal acceptable to the Department.
Course Structure and Duration
i) Full-time students shall be required to complete their degree requirements within a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years and/or as spelt out in the relevant University Statutes.
ii) Part-time students shall be required to complete their degree requirements within a minimum of three years and a maximum of six years and/or as spelt out in the relevant University Statutes.
iii) 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 in those courses to the satisfaction of the Department.
iv) Each candidate shall be required to attend and participate in seminars/workshops/Conferences
v) 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 Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils.
vi) Each candidate shall be required to show evidence of publication of at least one paper from their research work
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 Soil Science is not classified.