Master of Science In Animal Nutrition and Feed Science


1.Equip animal nutritionists with knowledge and skills in nutrition and feed science to enhance sustainable utilization of feed resources and improve animal productivity.

2.Train personnel to undertake academic responsibility in research, consultancy and teaching and promote application of biotechnology in animal nutrition and feed science.




  • 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 a thesis shall be undertaken after successful completion of coursework

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

  • 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

  1. The common regulations for the Master's degree in all faculties shall apply.

  2. The following shall be eligible for admission.

  3. Holders of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualifications from universities or institutions recognized by the senate of the University of Nairobi ;

  4. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

  5. Bachelor of Science with at least Upper Second-Class Honors in Agriculture, Range management, Food Science and Technology or Biochemistry.

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

Holders of a Pass degree or equivalent qualifications as listed in 3 above with either a relevant post-graduate diploma or five years experience.

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 1     YEAR 2     
   Semester 1   Semester 2   Semester 3   Semester 4   Totals 
TUITION    192,000.00    192,000.00  192,000.00   192,000.00     768,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)         7,000.00                      -         7,000.00                     -          14,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)         2,250.00         2,250.00       2,250.00        2,250.00          9,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)         1,000.00                      -         1,000.00                     -            2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)         5,000.00                      -                      -                       -            5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)         6,500.00                      -         6,500.00                     -          13,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)         5,000.00                      -         5,000.00                     -          10,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)         2,000.00                      -         2,000.00                     -            4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)         1,000.00                      -         1,000.00                     -            2,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)         6,000.00         6,000.00                    -                       -          12,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION            30,000.00        30,000.00
Philosophy, Rationale

1. Philosophy of the program

Kenya’s, and generally Africa’s population growth is one of the fastest globally. The question of the future food security for this increasing population is the greatest challenge facing the peoples of Africa and their governments. There is also growing demand for animal protein due to improved standards of living. As population increases, incomes rise and urbanization increases, foods of animal origin will have to be availed either from local production or imported.

Capability of production of animal products is faced by myriad problems that are compounded by need to feed an ever-growing human population. Some of the constraints include competition for land with crops and urban development, competition for same ingredients used as human food for animal feed, competition for space, global warming and need to provide environment control for animal growth and production and ever-changing animal diseases patterns. In the developing world, feed is the biggest constraint to animal production both in terms of availability (quantity) and the quality.

To adequately address these challenges (especially feed resources), there is need for personnel who can appreciate 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, there is need for researchers in this field. High caliber persons need to be trained in this field, hence the need for this programme.

2. Rationale of the Programme

A new “intensive” curriculum in agriculture that incorporates significant animal science content has been developed. The curriculum for bachelor of veterinary medicine degree has also been reviewed. There is need to maintain the popularity of the programme through making inclusion of suitable content and thesis projects that address practical nutritional challenges. The content will incorporate core generic animal production courses and specialized animal nutrition content all focusing on animal science problem identification and solving. The expected result will be a more appropriate and attractive programme that will be completed within stipulated time period

Application Information

Application Procedure;

Online application for Self Sponsored Students can be accessed through; 

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

Intending applicants may obtain requisite information from the:

          Director, Graduate School

          University of Nairobi

          P.O Box 30197,00100,Nairobi,Kenya 

Mode of Delivery

The course shall be offered face-to- face either as full-time or part-time, or through Open, Distance and e-Learning (OdeL) modes of study.

  1. Face-to-Face mode

Candidate shall be required to attend at least 2/3 of the class sessions and related learning activities offered for each of the coursework units in the first year of study before sitting for the respective examinations.  A candidate shall be required to undertake coursework for all courses offered in each semester of the first year of study. On successful completion of the coursework, students shall carry out a supervised research project on a specialized field of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, write and submit a thesis for examination at the end of the study period.

     2. 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;

Phone no; +254 204916024

Contact person; Prof.J.O.Junga

Email address;