Master of Science in Dryland Resources Management


Qualifiedhuman resource in drylands science and management to address emerging

challenges in such areas as desertification, global climate change, spiralling human and

livestock numbers, run away poverty is necessary now than before. The programme MSc

in Dryland Resources Management is designed to produce graduates with sound

knowledge and skills for sustainable utilisation of drylands resources, a fundamental

flagship project of Kenya Vision 2030 and that of the millennium development goals


The programme is intended to addresses the demand for highly trained manpower in each

area as drylands resource ecology and management, integrateddrylands resource

management, and drylands resource mapping and survey techniques. While the focus of

this programme is primarily on dryland ecosystems, students will also be trained in

related aspects such as dryland ecology; land uses ecology; systems ecology; drylands

livestock nutrition; human ecology; shrubland ecology; Philosophy and cosmology of

drylands management among others. Students will study specific areas related to

vegetation management, animal behaviour, rehabilitation and restoration of drylands and

recreational resource management. The program will produce graduates of international

repute who will work in public, private and international organisations.

Various courses in the programme are designed to develop and enhance the academic

skills and knowledge in the fields of ecosystem science and management. Departmental

seminars are mandatory to expose and equip graduate students with the most recent

research findings applicable to the discipline. This programme will assure a focused,

individualized education for candidates with diverse educational backgrounds,

experiences and interests.

The Chemeron Dryland Research Training and Ecotourism Centre will serve as an

important training facility for this programme. This programme will provide trained

human resource capacity required in teaching, research, extension, and conservation and

consultancy services.

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.

154.2 Programme Objectives

The overall aim of the MSc in Dryland Resources Management is to train scientists and

professionals in research and management in natural resources and related fields. On

completionof the programme the grauands should be able to : spearhead scientific

exploitation of resources in drylands, initiate and manage drylands based enterprises,

apply integrated dryland science concepts in the management of drylands.conduct

innovative research in the various facets of Dryland Science and Management, publicise

the importance of Dryland Resources and Management in sustainable natural resources

management, develop rural, urban, and institutional landscapes within the concept of

ecosystem approach, promote environmental conservation by effecting sound dryland

management practices and policies and pursue advanced studies and global careers paths

in Dryland Science and Management and related disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission should be holders of a Bachelors degree in Natural Resource

Management, Geography, Environmental Science or related disciplines with a minimum

of a Second Class Honours degree from Egerton University or any other recognised by

Egerton University senate.Candidates with a Second Class Honours Lower Division

degree may be considered if they have two years relevant working experience. Where the

applicant does not meet the above criteria or is deficient he/she will be required to

audit/or take and pass some selected courses at undergraduate level.

Course Structure and Duration

This programme will take a minimum period of 18 months and a maximum of 36 months

of fulltime study, of which the first twelve months will be spent on coursework at the

University.The rest of the period will be devoted to research and thesis write-up.All

courses offered in this programme shall be coded DLRMDryland Resources

Management. The courses are coded as follows:

a. The first digit indicates the level of training,

b. The second digit represents the discipline area in which the course is offered i.e.

Digit Discipline area

0 Foundation Courses

1 Ecology

2 Policy

3 Management

4 Methods

c. The third digit refers to the serial number of courses in a particular field

The cross-listed courses shall retain their respective coding.At least forty five45. credit

factorsCF. of graduate work are required for the award of the degree of Master of Science

in Dryland Resources Management.Of this 15 CF. is for thesis, and at least 30 CF. for

course work.

Students may audit courses not included in the regular programme.However, no credit

factors are earned for such courses.This is mainly to cover deficiencies in the student‘s

area of specialisation.―AU grade will be awarded.

Each candidate must take a minimum of 3 C.F.s from the list of elective courses.

Candidates are free to select more Credit Factors to strengthen and broaden their

knowledge, but must first meet the compulsory requirements for graduation.Each

candidate shall conduct independent research, with the guidance of a supervisor, write

and submit a thesis in partial fulfilment for Master of Science Degree in Dryland

Resources Management.The thesis shall be awarded grade ―P if accepted, or ―F if it is

not.Egerton University regulations as stipulated in the university Statutes shall apply in

the submission and examination of theses.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the MSc in Dryland Resources Management shall be conducted in

accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University StatuteXXIX


The grading of examination for MSc in Dryland Resources Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate MSc in Dryland Resources Management a student shall be required to take

and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.

Degree Classification

The MSc in Dryland Resources Management is not classified