The dairy industry profession involves the production of high quality milk and milk products at a profit. Liberalization of the milk based industry in Kenya has attracted on-farm processing. On-farm processing reduces post-harvest losses and produces milk products of higher quality as milk is processed shortly after harvesting. For these entrepreneurs to succeed there is need for graduates with knowledge of milk production at farm level and dairy plant processing operations management.
The aim of this course is to provide an appropriate depth of knowledge and skills in subjects related to the dairy industry for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dairy Technology and Management. In addition the graduates will have developed managerial and financial management skills. This course is designed to produce a graduate qualified to advice on milk production at farm level, to work in milk processing industries at production and managerial capacities, to teach, to carry out research and extension in governmental and non-governmental institutions, to venture into entrepreneurship in the food industry and to pursue higher education.
Candidates shall meet Egerton University general admission criteria. In addition to meeting the prevailing minimum University requirements, the candidate must have a minimum score combination of three of the following subjects; Physics: B-, Chemistry: B- and Biology: B- or Physical Science: B and Biological Science: B. Alternative admission will be offered to candidates with a minimum credit Diploma in Dairy and/or Food Science and/or Technology or equivalent from an institution recognized by Egerton University Senate.
Course Structure and Duration
The course duration shall be four years for full time students. A TOTAL of 185.5 credit factors of prescribed courses will be covered. Each academic year will consist of two semesters of fifteen teaching weeks each. Diploma holders may transfer up to 30% credits to the undergraduate programme under guidelines specified by the Senate.
Coding of degree courses will be DATM representing Dairy Technology and Management followed by a three digit figure. The first digit represents the year in which
the course is offered. The second digit represents the nature of the course within the code discipline, thus;
4=Food Commodity Technology,
5=Dairy Commodity Technology,
The third digit represents the serial number of the course within that discipline.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.