Environmental life support systems provide ecosystem goods and services for sustaining
human livelihoods. These environmental goods and services are threatened with
shrinkage due to increasing demands, overexploitation and biodiversity erosion.
Increasing human population and climate change is a growing challenge and this too is
likely to induce significant shifts in further decreases in ecosystem productivity and
increase the vulnerability of marginalized communities. These challenges that threaten
the very existence of humanity must be addressed b y trained human capacity with
competence to provide advisory services in areas of sustainable Natural resource
management, resolve natural resource use conflicts, conduct research and carry out
consultancy on the impacts of management activities on ecological and socio-economic
systems in which resources occur and are managed. The Ph.D. in Natural Resources and
Peace is designed to address these challenges and development needs of Kenya, Africa
The Ph.D Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Peace equips graduates to
contribute to solving significant environmental and development issues, such as the
prevention of a global fresh water crisis, the recognition and empowerment of local and
indigenous communities, the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems,
and the identification and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives,
natural resources management, and environmental issues. In particular, they are able to
formulate policies to advance sustainable development at the local, regional and global
levels, to facilitate international cooperation in the design of sustainable development and
environment policy, and to generate strategies for environmental conflict management.
They are also likely to become knowledgeable and well informed advocacy agents in
development and environment matters, in favour of more vulnerable groups, and to be
promoters of change in their society.
The programme aims to develop graduates with holistic natural resource management
skills to address challenges and needs of global development.
The objectives of the programme are to:
i) develop human resource advisory capacity in multidisciplinary domains of natural
ii) provide smart and well informed advocacy agents in development
iii) produce well informed cadre of professionals for identification of multi-faceted
environmental problems with skills to formulate policies and strategies for
environmental conflict management.
Applicants for admission should be holders of a MSc degree in Natural Resource
Management, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.Applicants with
qualifications from other related disciplines, such as Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental
science, Range Ecology or Development studies from a recognised institution will be
considered. Applicants with Second Class HonoursLower Division. with relevant
working experience in the field of Natural resource management and sustainable
development may be considered.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall be by independent research and thesis. The Ph.D. in Natural
Resource and Peace programme will extend for a minimum period of eighteen36. months
and a maximum period of twenty four72. months. All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D.
degree in Natural Resources and Peace 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 Statutes.
All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy Natural Resources and Peace andshall be
conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University
The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace shall be in accordance
with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate with Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace a student shall be required to
undertake supervised independent research submit a thesis pass an oral examination.
The Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace is not classified.