1.  To produce professionals equipped with knowledge and skills to strategically plan, direct and execute animal nutrition research, perform training and do community outreach and development for the benefit of society

2. Apply concepts and principles of animal nutrition.

3. Develop innovative technologies and approaches in animal nutrition that will enhance livestock productivity.

4.  Identify knowledge gaps in the field of animal nutrition.

5.    Develpo human capacity to undertake academic responsibility in research, consultancies and teaching in animal nutrition.    Generate and conserve knowledge in animal nutrition.





1  Minimum admission requirements

The common regulations for admission requirements for PhD in the University of Nairobi shall apply.

1.1    Holders of a Master of Science degree in animal nutrition and feed science.

1.2    Holders of a Master of Science degree in a nutrition-related discipline.

1.3    Holders of a Master of Science degree in an agricultural or biological-related discipline or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by the Senate.

1.4    Holders of any other Master’s degree in other relevant disciplines recommended by the faculty board and approved by Senate.

2.2   Exemptions and Credit Transfer

There will be no credit transfers for this programme



Intakes are in September every calendar year. Registration and admission for qualified applicants commences in August. For more  Information on Registration & Admission please  click here 


Careers Prospects/Opportunities 

-Research institutes like KARLO,ILRI,ICIPE,UNIVERSITIES

-Private sector like feed formulating firms like Unga farm care,Pembe millers etc

-In the Universities as Lecturers in Animal Nutrition

-In the middle colleges as tutors

-In research institutions as researchers 

-In Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)

Attachment Opportunities 

-Research institutes like KARLO,ILRI,ICIPE,UNIVERSITIES

-Private sector like feed formulating firms like Unga farm care,Pembe millers etc

   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
Philosophy, Rationale

Philosophy of the programme

The philosophy of the programme is aligned with that of the mission of University of Nairobi, which is to connect and inspire the Kenyan community, to provide leadership and stewardship and to give hope and faith to Kenyan society. The programme provides high-quality training in the area of animal nutrition through guidance on creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge and skills in the field. It is intended that the knowledge gained through the training will enhance livestock productivity thus improving food security.

 Rationale of the programme

1. Needs assessment/market survey/situation analysis

There is a growing demand for foods of animal origin rise as a result of improved standards of living due to rising incomes, population increases and urbanization. This demand will have to be met either from local production or through importation. The capability of increased production of animal products is faced with myriad problems. Some of the constraints include competition for land with crops and urban development, competition for the same ingredients used as human food for animal feed, competition for space, global warming and the need to provide environmental control for animal growth and production and ever-changing animal disease patterns. In the developing world, feed is the biggest constraint to animal production both in terms of availability (quantity) and quality.

To adequately address these challenges (especially feed resources), there is a need for personnel who who are knowledgeable on the basic nutrient needs of domestic animals, the source of these nutrients and the practical aspects of combining these sources to maximize productivity. In addition, high-calibre researchers are needed to develop new technology to improve the efficiency of the use of current feed resources taking into consideration the current climate change and search for alternative nutrient sources to reduce competition with humans. To improve livestock productivity while taking into consideration the prevailing changes in climate, there is a need to build knowledge and understanding in the area of basic animal nutrition and current and emerging feed resources. This programme aims at training and equipping professionals in animal nutrition of national, regional and international repute with appropriate scientific knowledge and skills required to implement sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies and practices aimed at securing livelihoods.

A PhD in Animal Nutrition curriculum with coursework enables the learner to conduct suitable thesis projects that address practical production challenges. The coursework will incorporate core research methods in animal science and specialized animal nutrition content focusing on animal science-related problem identification and solving. The expected result will be a more appropriate and attractive programme that will be completed within the stipulated period.

2. Justification of the need for the programme

The programme intends to train personnel who appreciate the whole spectrum of animal nutrient needs for productivity and the sources of these nutrients in a changing environment. The personnel will not only understand the spectrum but will identify issues that constrain the nutrient supply chain and also be involved in the development of solutions. There is need to adequately address the current challenges, in an encompassing appreciation of the whole livestock production chain to create knowledge and analytic capacity for correct decision-making and satisfactory and profitable livestock production. The professionals from this programme will guide and facilitate proper animal nutrition using available feed resources for efficient and sustainable production of different livestock species in the different ecological zones through the utilization of the latest knowledge and research.

The programme consistent with current government strategies including Vision 2030 and its Medium Term Plans  (MTPs), the Big Four Agenda and the sector-wide agricultural sector development strategies that have been developed to enable the achievement of national development objectives.

3     Stakeholders involvement

This programme is a result of various consultations among stakeholders. The review was necessitated by the need to have a market and industry-responsive curricula. A consultative online forum was held to receive and incorporate input from the stakeholders. The categories of stakeholders invited to give input included the Kenya Veterinary Association, Animal Production Society of Kenya, National Agricultural Research Systems, and alumni of the department of Animal Production teaching in Universities in Canada, Korea, USA, International companies dealing with livestock Nutrition among others. The key stakeholder observation was that to reduce the burden of importing foods of animal origin, there was the need to improve research capacity; education and production of the needed products, there was need universities need respond to this challenge. The emphasis was laid on the importance of a curriculum that addresses statutory, regulatory and market needs. The programme focuses on increasing land and animal productivity, addresses competition between feed and food, and contributes to environmental sustainability under the stresses of climate change.

Application Information


Online student Application Manual

How to apply

Before continuing please read the University of Nairobi admission requirements

Please ensure that you meet the admission requirements before applying.

  • It is in your best interest to complete your own application. The University of Nairobi does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at own risk.
  • The closing dates are non-negotiable. It is your responsibility to ensure you apply before the applicable deadline!
  • It is of utmost importance that you provide your correct personal email, Mobile Number, postal addresses and Next of Kin contacts to enable the University of Nairobi to contact with you directly.

You will only be able to submit your online application once you have:

  • Completed the full online application form, AND
  • Uploaded all the necessary scanned supporting documents in .pdf format, AND
  • Either paid the application fee by any of the provided means.
  • If you have not successfully paid by either means, your form has not been submitted.

Once your application has been successfully submitted after you have clicked VERIFY and APPLY:

  • You will no longer be able to do any further editing of your application via the Online Application system.
  • You will be informed by SMS and Email what your allocated reference number is.
  • You will also be sent other important procedures describing how to check your progress and application results on your Email.


The online application system provides the facility for an applicant to disclose his/her disability status. Applicants are encouraged to make use of this facility to disclose their disability status at this point in the application process. Such a disclosure will in no way prejudice an application. Disclosing your disability status enables the University of Nairobi to better anticipate the needs arising from these disabilities.



Step 1: Access from your computer

Step 2: Profile Registration – For first time applicants, create a personal profile by clicking on “Click Here to Register Button” to proceed to fill the all the required information

Note: All details marked with a red asterisk are mandatory and you will be required to provide them before you proceed and you must read and accept the terms and conditions before submitting yourdetails.

Upon completion, an email will be sent to you (email provided during registration) requiring you to log in into your email account and activate your account together with your username and password.

This will allow you to log into your account to manage your profile and track the progress of your application. To create your account please click on the Register button otherwise enter your username and password to log in to your account.


To apply for a University programme you will be required to complete your profile. These include your Personal details, Contact information, Education background, Work experience and Referees. You will also be required to upload scanned copies of your certificates, transcripts and passport photo.



Only when your profile is complete can you apply for the programme you wish to undertake. Go to “Click here to apply” menu option on the Dashboard where you will select your programme from the intakes that are open at the time of making the application. Then click on “Apply for intake” Button

Once you click you will be lead to the form below where you select the preferred type of degree

 You will also be able to view the entry requirements for the programme to see if you meet the requirements before making the application.

On selection of the degree programme types e.g Certificate & Diploma, Undergraduate/Bachelors,

Masters/Postgraduate Diplomas or PhD you intent to apply for, you will get a list of all the preferred programme as shown below

available programmes in that category. Click on ‘Apply for this Programme’ Button alongside the

Payment of Application Fees

 If satisfied and wish to proceed you will be directed to the payment section where you pay the application fees. The system supports online payment using Master and Visa cards, Mpesa and payment through the bank. In each case the system will issue an applicant reference number which should be used as the account no when making the payment.


Pay the required amount through your mobile phone by M-PESA following the instructions below:

  1. Go to M-PESA on your phone.
  2. Select Lipa na M-PESA option
  3. Select Pay Bill option.
  4. Enter Business no.
  5. Enter your Reference number as sent to your mobilephone
  6. Enter the Amount you intend to pay.
  7. Enter your M-PESA PIN and Send

N/B. Only make the payment if you have been allocated an application reference number sent to your phone or email


You can also pay using a VISA debit or credit card by choosing the VISA option as shown

Select VISA option

Enter the card number, Expiry date and the security code, then click on the ‘Pay’ Button

NOTE: You will be notified on successful payment process. You can print the payment report generated after the process.



  1. Visit any Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) branch
  2. Obtain a cash deposit slip
  3. Enter the branch as University Way
  4. Enter Account number 1177475707
  5. Enter Account Name University of Nairobi (CESSP)
  6. Quote the application reference number as sent to your mobile phone
  7. Enter amount being paid eg. (KES3,000.00)
  8. Deposit your money
  9. Log in to your online application account to confirm that the payment has been processed


The Online application system provides a mechanism for applicants to track the progress of admission process at any given time, and also download the admission letter and joining instructions.

All this can be done from the applicant’s portal account by click of a button.


The applicant may request for a change course in the following instances:-

  1. They did not meet the admission criteria for the programme applied and therefore have not been shortlisted.
  2. They wish to change the course applied for.
  3. The applicant is not eligible for the course they have applied for.

To apply for the change of course the applicant may write a letter to the Academic Registrar, requesting for “Change of Applied Course” Quoting their Application Reference Number and indicating clearly the new course they wish to change to. This letter may be emailed to reg- or

 There is no additional cost to a request for Change of Course.

Contacts of support persons

Prof.J.G. Maina or

TELEPHONE: 020 4916024

Mode of Delivery


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.

2  Open, distance and e-learning mode

The programme will be offered using a multi-media approach that includes self-instructional print and electronic study materials. The ODeL mode of delivery shall apply to the taught course units, except the Graduate Seminars.

3  Blended learning mode

This  shall  involve  the  combination  of  traditional,  e-learning  and  online  digital  learning, asynchronous lectures, use of tutorials and practicals.

Contacts of support persons

The Chairman 

Department of Animal Production 

Prof.J.G. Maina or

TELEPHONE: 020 4916024