WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Master of Science in Crop Rotation
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:Faculty of Agriculture
Campus:Upper Kabete Campus
Application Deadline: 9 October 2020
Programme Overview

The objectives are to enable students to:
– Acquire knowledge and skills to offer advisory services in all matters related to crop and environmental protection.
– Design and execute research programmes aimed at solving crop and environmental protection problems.
– Collect, analyse, interpret and present data in crop and environmental protection experiments.
– Acquire competence in pesticide safe handling, usage, disposal and monitoring their fate in the   Environment.
– Manage crop and environmental protection issues including integrated pest and disease management   (IPDM) and other environmentally safe procedures.
– To acquire entrepreneurial skills for use in creating employment opportunities


The programme will be offered as full time, part time and through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) for students who cannot attend regular University programmes.

– The degree program shall consist of coursework, examinations and thesis.
– The course shall cover a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 6 semesters and each semester will be 15 weeks.
– Each candidate will be required to take and pass all courses.
– Each candidate will be required to undertake a research project leading to an examinable thesis. The choice of the thesis research topic shall be made in consultation with the department and the academic supervisor.
– Each course unit shall have 45 hours covered in one semester.

Part time
– As in 4.1 above in addition to the following:
– The course shall cover a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters and each semester will be 15 weeks.
– A student shall be required to take a minimum of two and a maximum of four courses in one semester.

Open and Distance e-Learning
– The mode of delivery of the Masters programme will be through open and distance learning modes involving largely home and/ or office-based media:
– Written self instructional study modules issued at registration time
– Study course materials like booklets
– Relevant literature iii. Interactive devices and self tests
– Mediated technical learning materials for example:
*Audio visual
*e-learning materials
– Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations.
– Support study centers at the University of Nairobi
– Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi.
– Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi.
– Orientation (immediately after registration):
*Orientation in ODL delivery.
*Study, reading and computer skills.
*Time management and techniques of handling assignments.
*Mentorship, guidance and counseling.
*Emphasis is on satellite centers that serve as a link between the University and the student in the following manner: registration, collecting reading materials, collecting results and programmes, examination information, posting timetable and holding meetings.

– Duration and the course load of the programmes.
The Open and Distance Learning programme will run for a minimum of 4 semesters of 15 weeks each and a maximum of 8 semesters of 15 weeks each.

There will be three semesters per academic year. Therefore, the minimum calendar years for completion of the programme shall be 2 years and a maximum of 4 years.

The minimum course load per semester will be 2 course units studied through the 15 weeks. Each course unit in the programme has a loading of a minimum of 45 hours. The thesis shall be equivalent to 8 course units.

Admission Requirements

**The common regulations governing Master’s degree in the University of Nairobi and the Faculty of Agriculture shall apply.
**Each Applicant should be:
– A holder of a degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Botany and Zoology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Horticulture or related plant science degree or Bachelor of Education in Science with botany and Zoology option and any other relevant subject from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate.
– A holder of a degree with at least Lower Second Class Honours in any of the disciplines specified in 2.1 above with two years of relevant experience or a postgraduate diploma in 2.1 above or equivalent from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate.
– A holder of a pass degree in the disciplines specified 2.1 above with at least five years work experience in agricultural related field.

A candidate may be exempted from some course units and credits transferred from institutions approved by University of Nairobi Senate subject to the following conditions:
– Must have passed in similar course units at postgraduate Masters level or equivalent.
– The applicant can only transfer up to a maximum of one third of the course units.
– The applicant must request for exemption in writing on admission through the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture to the Director of the Board of Postgraduate Studies.
– The application for credit transfer must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, including the institution’s syllabus for the relevant courses and academic transcripts.
– The applicant must pay the appropriate exemption fees as determined by the University

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $28
Application Fees for International Students: $49

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Plant breeder/geneticis
– Crop scientist
– Crop production planning manager
– Seed production operations manager
– Crop manager
– Crop consultant
– Independent grower / farm owner
– Landscape designers
– Commercial greenhouse managers
– Field or lab researcher
– Crop analyst
– Agricultural crop farm manager
– Crop nutrients risk consultant
– Research scientist
– Integrated pest management specialist
– Nursery and garden center managers

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

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**This programme will be completed after a duration of 2 years, with fees per year as follows:
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International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

Faculty of Agriculture Office
Responsible for Faculty Enquiries
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries