Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science



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.

Programme Objectives

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


Thesis Examination

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


Examination regulations

All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Scienceshall be

conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University

Statute XXIX.


The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Environmental Science shall be in accordance with

Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science is not classified