The contribution of the livestock sector to the national economy and rural livelihood is significant. However, the development of this important sector has not kept pace with the growth of human population. The envisaged increase in population and improvement in living standards will increase demand for animal products. To meet the increased demand for these products, it is important that natural resources in livestock production be utilized efficiently and sustainably in the different ecological zones. Furthermore, there have been marked advances in science and technology that need to be communicated to the end users. In addition, globalization of the livestock industry demands that professionals be primed to operate under this environment.

Rationale of the Programme

There is increasing national and regional demands for specialized Animal Genetics and Breeding specialists and the need for developing a pool of specialized persons who are qualified to conduct Animal Genetics and Breeding training in the universities as well as carry out research in this field. This Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Genetics and Breeding programme will meet this need by equipping the graduates with specialized knowledge and competencies in Animal Genetics and Breeding with ability to perform specialized Animal Genetics and Breeding tasks, conduct scientific research, write scientific publications/reports and teach Animal Genetics and Breeding.


The course shall be offered face to face either as full time or part time/blended learning, or through open Distance and e-learning (ODeL) modes:

  1. Face to Face Mode

This shall be through a variety of course delivery techniques such as lectures, tutorials, lecture discussions, class presentations, case studies, demonstrations, fieldwork, videos, student lecturer consultations, supervised independent research, group projects, or any combination of these. The contents shall be delivered from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm during week days.

  1. Open, Distance and E-Learning (ODeL) Mode

The Open, Distance and E-Learning programme shall run for two (2) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each. This module is largely home and or office-based and includes:

  1. Written self-instructional study modules including
    1. Course study materials e.g. booklets
    2. Relevant literature
    3. Interactive devices and self-tests
  2. Face to face introductory tutorials.
  3. Mediated technical learning materials for example: Audio visual; E-Iearning.
  4. Support study centres at the University of Nairobi.
    1. Access to information through computers at the University of Nairobi and other resource centres.
    2. Use of libraries at the University of Nairobi and other institutions.
  1. Blended Learning/ Part-time Mode

This shall involve combination of traditional, face-to-face learning and online digital learning, use of tutorials and practical’s offered on part-time basis.

Careers Prospects/Opportunities

-Research institutes like KARLO,ILRI,ICIPE as researchers

-In the Universities as Lecturers in Animal Genetics and Breeding

-In the middle colleges as tutors

-In research institutions as researchers 

-In Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)

-In the national museums of Kenya as researchers

-In the Kenya Wildlife Service as researchers

Attachment Opportunities 

-Research institutes like KARLO,ILRI,ICIPE 

In Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)

-In the national museums of Kenya 


   Year I    Year 2    Year 3   Total 
TUITION                396,000.00             396,000.00               396,000.00               1,188,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                     7,000.00                  7,000.00                   7,000.00                     21,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                                  -                                 -                   50,000.00                     50,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                     4,500.00                  4,500.00                   4,500.00                     13,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                     1,000.00                  1,000.00                   1,000.00                        3,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                     5,000.00                               -                                  -                          5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                     6,500.00                  6,500.00                   6,500.00                     19,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                     2,000.00                  2,000.00                   2,000.00                        6,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                     5,000.00                  5,000.00                   5,000.00                     15,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                     1,000.00                  1,000.00                   1,000.00                        3,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                                  -                                 -                                  -                                       -  
Grand totals     428,000.00   423,000.00    473,000.00   1,324,000.00