Some of the Kenya‘s most pressing environmental problems include loss of biodiversity;
destruction of water catchments; high pressure on energy resources; pollution of
atmosphere, soil and water resources and deterioration of the social environment,
including human settlement and workplace.Given these environmental problems, there is
need to develop professional and research capabilities in all major areas of environment
which are of local, national and regional significance.This will contribute to the resolution
of national environmental issues by producing professionals equipped with knowledge,
awareness, understanding, skills and concern for the environment, so as to incorporate
environmental considerations in all national development strategies and plans.
For many centuries, humans have continued to draw all the support resources from the
environment.In most cases, the by-products of the resources used are dumped in the
environment.In addition, there is lack of sustainable resource use.This has brought about
a myriad of environmental challenges which are of local, regional and global concern.
There is need therefore to train environmental custodians at all levels.This programme is
designed to help students appreciate the concerns for the environment and equip students
with skills for mitigating and/or solving both local and global environmental problems.
Develop Professional and Research capabilities in major areas of environment.Develop
high calibre professionals in various fields in maintaining environmental integrity in
relation to human development as well as produce graduates grounded in their areas of
specialization yet more holistic in their approach to environmental issues
155.3 Admission Requirements
Applicants should be holders of M.Sc in Environmental Science, or related disciplines
from Egerton University or any other recognized University.
Course Structure and Duration
The Ph.Dprogramme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of
72 months All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a
subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for Ph.D in Environmental
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science shall be required
to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of the thesis
shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton University Statute
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Scienceshall be
conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University
The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Environmental Science shall be in accordance with
Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with aPh.D. in Environmental Science a student shall be required to
undertake supervised independent research, submit a thesis and pass an oral examination.
The Ph.D. in Environmental Science is not classified