WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$636 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Dairy Technology
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Agricultture
Campus:Njoro Campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

The liberalization of the milk based industry in Kenya has greatly attracted entrepreneurship in the dairy industry. While many large milk producers are increasingly turning to processing milk on the farm, there are many entrepreneurs who will depend on out-growers. These entrepreneurs require diploma holders with in-depth knowledge of milk processing.

Programme Objective
Dairy technology involves handling, processing and preservation of milk and its products. This course is designed to impart skills in the application of biological, chemical, biochemical, physical and engineering sciences in processing and preservation of milk and milk products; the course takes a practical based approach to the activities from raw milk reception to delivery of the packaged milk product at the retailshop.

Due to the current job scarcity, the course includes subjects that are not professional, but add to one‘s entrepreneurship ability. The objective of this course is to provide the trainee with sufficient knowledge and skills for a diploma in Dairy Technology.


Course Structure and Duration
The course duration shall be three years, each consisting of two semesters of fifteen teaching weeks. Coding of Dairy Technology diploma courses offered by the Dairy and Food Science and Technology Department is represented by DAST followed by a four digit figure. The first digit all being 0, indicates it is a diploma course. The second digit represents the year in which the course is offered to diploma students. The third digit represents the nature of the course within the code discipline, thus;
4=Food Commodity Technology,
5=Dairy Commodity Technology,
7=Attachment and
8= Research.
The fourth digit represents the serial number of the course within that discipline.

Examination Regulations
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with the Diploma in Dairy Technology, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

Degree Classification
The Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Admission Requirements

Candidates shall meet Egerton University Diploma general admission criteria. In addition to meeting the prevailing minimum University Diploma requirements, the candidate must have scored a minimum of C- in any three of the following subjects; physics, chemistry, physical science and biological science.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $9

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to produce a diploma graduate qualified to work in milk processing industries in production and managerial capacities; to venture into entrepreneurship in the food industry; to teach; and to pursue further education in food related disciplines.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $636
Tuition Fees for International Students: $827

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 70,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 91,000
EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more that the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Alexander Kahi.
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries