Master Of Science In Animal Genetics And Breeding

Overview

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 the human population. The envisaged increase in population and improvement in living standards will increase the 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.

Therefore the objectives of this programme are to:

1.1 Equip geneticists and animal breeders with knowledge and skills in animal genetics and breeding to

enhance sustainable management of animal genetic resources.

1.2 Train manpower to undertake academic responsibility in research, consultancies and teaching in animal genetics and breeding.

1.3 Train manpower to document and conserve animal biodiversity and apply biotechnology in livestock improvement.

  • Structure

  • The programme shall run over a minimum four and a maximum of ten semesters of fifteen weeks each.

  • The programme shall be by coursework, examination and thesis. The research work for the thesis shall be undertaken after successful completion of coursework

  • Students shall be required to take all the prescribed courses.

  • 4.4 Students shall be required to take a minimum of three courses and a maximum of seven courses in a semester.

  • Schedules of Intake:

  • The intakes for both Undergraduates and postgraduates students is scheduled for September every year.

  • For more information on schedules of intake use this link:onlineapp@students.uonbi.ac.ke

The common regulations for the Masters degrees of the University of Nairobi and Faculty of Agriculture shall apply.

The following shall be eligible for admission:

Holders of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi of equivalent qualifications from Universities or institutions recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi;

a) Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

b) Bachelor of Science with at least Upper Second-Class Honors in Agriculture,Range Management,Food Science and Technology, Wildlife or Zoology.

Holders of Lower Second-class Honors Degree with at least two years relevant experience;

Holders of Pass degree or equivalent qualifications as listed above with either or relevant post-graduate or five years experience.

 

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 

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ANIMAL GENETICS AND BREEDING (J86)
   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

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

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 Master of 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.

Application Information

Online application for Self Sponsored Students can be accessed through;

http://applications.uonbi.ac.ke 

or from our satellite campuses and extra-mural centers countrywide.

Enquires relating to specific courses may also be made to the Head of the Department concerned or by visiting the University of Nairobi website 

www.uonbi.ac.ke

Intending applicants may obtain requisite information from the:

          Director, Graduate School

          University of Nairobi

          P.O Box 30197,00100,Nairobi,Kenya 

          www.gs.uonbi.ac.ke

Mode of Delivery

The Msc Programme is offered in two modes, namely:

    1. Face to Face Sessions

This will 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.

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

The Open, Distance and E-Learning programme will 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

This is combination of traditional, face-to-face learning and online digital learning

Contacts of support persons

Chairman, Department of Animal Production

Email Address; aniprod@uonbi.ac.ke.

Phone no; +254 204916024

Contact person; Prof.J.O.Junga

Email address; joseph.junga@uonbi.ac.ke