The goal of this programme is to produce professionals equipped with knowledge and skills to strategically plan, direct and execute livestock production systems research, training, community outreach and development for the benefit of society.

 Expected learning outcomes

At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

1.  Apply concepts and principles of sustainable livestock production systems.

2.  Develop innovative technologies and approaches that enhance livestock productivity.

3.  Identify knowledge gaps and train in gap detection in livestock production systems

4.  Train human resources to undertake academic responsibility in research, consultancies and teaching in livestock production systems.

5.  Generate and conserve knowledge in livestock production systems.





Minimum admission requirements

1 The common regulations for admission requirements for PhD in the University of

Nairobi shall apply.

2 Holders of Master  of Science  degree in  LivestocProduction  Systems,  Animal

Nutrition or Animal Breeding.

3 Holders of Master of Science degree in Agricultural Related Disciplines, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences or Natural Resource Management or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by the Senate.

4 Holders  of  any  other  Master’s  degree  recommended  by  the  Faculty  Academic

Committee and approved by Senate.

2  Exemptions and credit transfer

The common regulations for the transfer of credit of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

1 Applicants may be exempted from some courses and credits transferred from institutions recognized by the University of Nairobi senate. The candidate must have passed similar course units at the Doctoral level or equivalent.

2 Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall send a formal application to the Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Academic Affairs, through the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, giving justification for the request, and attaching officially endorsed supporting credentials.

3 Application for transfer of credit shall be processed after payment of the prescribed non- refundable fees.

4 The credit transfer shall be valid for only theory courses that shall have been attended and passed within the last five years.




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 

Career 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 Livestock Production Systems (LPS)

-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

There is need to connect and inspire the Kenyan community provide leadership and stewardship of livestock resources, and give convict   Kenyan livestock keepers to excel in management decisions and practices that yield demanded quantities and quality of livestock products and direct their delivery where required. In doing this, livestock production systems doctoral graduates will engender the principle of a shared national commitment to create a well-nourished society that is responsive to community needs, social development and sustainable and efficient use of natural resources in different ecological zones. Thus, reliable and useful ethics, knowledge and skills will be learnt and used to guide future livestock production programmes, interventions and empowerment of livestock farming communities for enhanced food security situation and national development.

Rationale of the programme

1  Needs assessment/market survey/situation analysis

Africa’s population growth is the fastest globally. Food security for this population is the greatest challenge facing the people of Africa and their governments. There is also a growing urge for improved standards of living, especially in demand for quality food that comprises a large proportion of animal protein. Affluence is on the increase. Elsewhere in the world, a rise in affluence is associated with an increase in the consumption of animal products. As incomes rise, foods of animal origin must be made available locally or imported. Currently, Africa is a net importer of livestock products. It is well documented that for every 1% increase in income, 2% more is spent on food of animal origin. Therefore, the demand for animal products has been increasing and will continue to increase in the foreseeable future. Consequently, the need for persons with the critical ability to identify key challenges and find solutions that enable the planning of livestock production systems to meet the demand.

To improve rural livelihoods and environmental security, there is a need to build knowledge and understanding of livestock production systems and underlying political, economic and socio- ecological processes. Specifically, there is a greater need to integrate crop and livestock into crop- livestock systems to enhance circular economy, nutrient recycling, product quality and agricultural sustainability; and reduce production costs.  This curriculum aims at training and equipping professionals in livestock production systems 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 LPS curriculum is developed to enhance the popularity of the programme by introducing coursework to enable the students to take up their thesis projects that address practical production challenges. The content incorporates core research methods in animal science and specialized livestock production systems focusing on animal science problem identification and solving.

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