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

The course in plant pathology aims at training and equipping technical personnel in all matters pertaining to plant disease and their management. Issues on crop protection play a key role in agriculture and in the horticultural industry which is now the fastest growing industry in Kenya.

In-depth studies on the causes of plant diseases, factors that influence plant epidemics and effective management of the diseases will be taught. Training on pesticide efficacy and effects on the environment in relation to risks and proper usage of the chemicals will be given. Host-pathogen relationships, plant disease resistance and biotechnology aspects including biosafety aspects on transgenics and living modified organisms (LMO) will be addressed. The candidate will be taught research methodologies and will be equipped with the necessary tools, for undertaking research. The training will produce competent personnel capable of handling all issues relating to plant diseases and their management and capable of making enlightened decisions in the relevant field.

Objectives of the program are to:

a)      Train qualified personnel in the field of plant pathology who will be competent in identifying and managing plant diseases using environmentally safe procedures.

b)      Equip the candidates with the necessary tools to undertake research in all fields of plant pathology.

c)   Develop competence in pesticide safe handling, usage, disposal, monitoring and evaluation in the environment.

d)      Guide the candidates in carrying out a research project aimed at solving identified problems in plant pathology.

e)      Train the candidates on how to communicate and present their findings in the form of seminars and publications.


(a) The degree program shall consist of coursework, examinations and project.

(b) The course shall cover a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 15 semesters and each semester will be 15 weeks.

(c) Each candidate will be required to take and pass in all the 9 compulsory courses.

(d) A student shall be required to take a minimum of two courses in one semester and a maximum of four.

(e) On successful completion of coursework, each candidate will be required to undertake a research project leading to an examinable project paper. The choice of the project shall be made in consultation with the department and the academic supervisor.
(d) Each course unit shall have a minimum of 45 lecture hours and 15 practicals and shall be covered in one semester.
(g) The project will start at the second semester of study.

Admission Requirements

BSc in Plant Pathology and other related undergraduate degrees

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Application Fees for International Students: $0

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

Graduates of this programme can work in:
– Colleges and universities (research, teaching, and extension)
– Agricultural consulting companies.
– Agrichemical companies
– Seed and plant production companies
– Tissue culture laboratories
– Diagnostic laboratories
– International agricultural research centers
– Botanical gardens and arboreta

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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 of Agriculture Enquiries
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries