The breadth and scope of knowledge needed for crop protection sales and advice grows every year. New products, new techniques and the way that crop protection fits with other farm and crop management activities all add to the skills needed by those involved in sales and advice for Crop Protection. The MSc crop protection program trains to manage a wide variety of plant problems which are detrimental to agricultural production. The graduate gets opportunity to broaden their scientific knowledge in crop protection as they gain efficient and effective technologies for the sustainable management of crop pests and other areas of crop protection.
Agriculture which is the main economic activity in Kenya is often faced with the major challenge of reducing crop losses from diseases, pests and weeds while safeguarding the environment. This has resulted in a large proportion of crop production expenses going to crop protection activities. The M.Sc. Crop Protection Program has been designed to help meet the great demand for scientific expertise, in developing and applying appropriate crop protection practices to enhance crop production, crop quality and environmental protection.
The programme aims to develop graduates with proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving skills through the scientific methods and also evolve complete professionals with an interdisciplinary vision of phytosanitary problems within a global perspective. Both fundamental and applied aspects of crop protection are focused on plant-insect, plant-pathogen and crop-weed relationships. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates would be expected to apply the technical knowledge and skills acquired to enhance agricultural production and be competitive professional in Kenya and elsewhere through self-employment, research, formal teaching, private enterprises and government agencies concerned with pest control, crop protection and environmental protection.
The common university rules and regulations for the Master's degree programmes specified in the Egerton University Statutes will be applicable.
Admission shall be offered to holders of a first degree in General Agriculture or related disciplines, with an upper second class honours and above or equivalent qualification from recognised institutions. In exceptional cases, the senate may admit non-holders of upper second class honours degrees to the masters programme, provided such candidates can show that they are well qualified to undertake post graduate work, on the basis of research and academic work they have done.
Course Structure and Duration
Candidates may qualify for the award of the respective M.Sc degree of by fulfilling the following requirements. The programmes will consist of course work, examination and thesis.Candidates are required to successfully complete at least 30 credit factors of their course work and in addition successfully complete 15 credit factors of a thesis to qualify for the award of the Masters degree. However, this program may subscribe to more than the stipulated minimum of 30CFs of course work depending on the combination of courses studied.
Candidates for M.SC Crop Protection degree shall be registered as full time students for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of thirty six (36) months, and register for a minimum of nine (9) credit factors per semester. In the course coding: The acronym ―AGRO‖ refers to the Agronomy as a core discipline. The first digit represents level of training which is 7 for Masters programme. The second digit refers to sub-disciplines within agronomy or crop science as follows:
0: General or Basic Principles
1: Crop Physiology and Environment
2: Crop Improvement and Biotechnology
3: Crop Protection
4: Seed Science and Technology
5: Annual Crops
6: Perennial Crops
7: Pastures and Fodder Crops
8: Interdisciplinary courses.
9: Biometry and Experimentation, Projects, Seminars, Field Visits, Field Attachment.
The third digit refers to courses in the sub-discipline.
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 Master of Science in Crop Protection degree programme is not classified.