There is need to provide human resource capacity development in the broad disciplinary
domain of drylands science and management to address emerging challenges in resource
management such as desertification, global climate change, spiralling human and
livestock numbers and run away poverty. The Ph.D. programme in Dryland Science and
Management is designed to produce graduates with sound knowledge and skills for
sustainable utilisation of drylands resources.
The programme is intended to meet the demand for highly trained manpower in areas of
specialisation such as drylands resource ecology and management, integrateddrylands
resource management, and drylands resource mapping and survey techniques. While the
focus of the programme is primarily on drylands ecosystems, students will receive a
broad background in various related subjectsdryland ecology, land uses ecology, systems
ecology, drylands livestock nutrition, shrubland ecology, Philosophy and cosmology of
drylands management among others. Students will study specific areas related to science
such as vegetation management, animal behaviour, rehabilitation and restoration and
recreational resource management.
Various courses in the programme are designed to develop the academic skills of
individuals and to enhance their knowledge in the professional fields related to ecosystem
science and management. Departmental seminars supplement the individual education of
graduate students and serve to relate the most recent research findings applicable to the
discipline. The department welcomes applications from students with diverse educational
backgrounds, experiences and interests. Individually planned graduate programmes assure
a focused, individualized education for each candidate.
Over 80% of Kenya land cover is classified as drylands and holds approximately 25% of
human population. Similarly, this vast area is inhabited by the country‘s wildlife and a
large proportion of livestock. All the above represent a large economic resource that is
largely underutilised. Sustained productivity in these ecosystems is important for
economic and social development of the country. Kenya currently is short of trained
human resource to spearhead the development and effective utilization of these lands in
order to contribute significantly to the national economy. The programme is intended to
produce specialists in integrated dryland management. This programme will provide
trained human resource capacity required in teaching, research, extension, and
conservation and consultancy services.
The overall objective of the Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management is to train scientists
and professionals in research and management in natural resources and related fields. The
Ph.D. programme will be offered by coursework and thesis. Departmental seminars will
supplement the individual knowledge of graduate students and serve to relate the most
recent research findings applicable to the discipline. On completion of the training,
graduates should be able to:
i) Create awareness on the importance of Dryland Resources andManagement in
sustainable natural resources management
ii) facilitate increased production and productivity of drylands, manage or establish
drylands based enterprises
iii) apply integrated dryland science concepts in the management of drylands
iv) carryout advanced scientific research on various facets ofDryland Science and
v) develop rural, urban, and institutional landscapes within the ecosystem approach
vi) promote environmental conservation by effecting sound dryland management
practices and policies and
vii) pursue careers in Dryland Science and Management and related disciplines.
Applicants should be holders of a Masters degree in Dryland Science and Management,
Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Geography, Dryland
Management or related disciplines of Egerton University or any other recognized
institution of higher learning. Where a prospective applicant's credentials are not easily
evaluated, the Department of Natural Resources shall require the applicant to pass an
entry examination, administered both in written and oral form by the department.
Course Structure and Duration
There shall be two modes of study full-time students shall be required to complete their
degree programme within a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years. While
part-time students shall be required to complete their degree programme within a
minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.The courses shall be coded as
The abbreviation DLRM refers to Dryland Science and Management
The first digit, i.e. 7 indicates the level of training.
The second digit represents the disciplinary area in which the course is
The third digit refers to the serial number of courses in a particular field
Digit Discipline area
0 Foundation courses
A student shall be admitted to doctoral candidacy in Dryland Resources Management
after satisfying all the Egerton University general requirements, passing coursework and
successful thesis proposal defense. Each candidate shall be required to pursue an original
research under the supervision of at least two2. supervisors from related areas of
specialization and a maximum of three.
All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Dryland Science and Management 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
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Dryland Resources Management shall
be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton
University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management shall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with a Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management a student shall be required
to pass all required courses within the stipulated, undertake independent research submit a
thesis and pass oral examination.
The Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management is not classified