Master Of Science In Livestock Production Systems


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 human population. The envisaged increase in population and improvement in living standards will increase the demand for animal products. To meet the increased demand, it is important that natural resources in livestock production be utilized efficiently and sustainably in the different ecological zones. 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 atmosphere.

Therefore, the objectives of this programme are to:

  • Equip production system analysts with knowledge and skills in livestock systems analysis to help integrate components of production systems for sustainable use of resources and improved livestock productivity
  • Train personnel to undertake academic responsibility in research, consultancy and teaching in livestock production systems
  • Equip the analysts with the ability to document, evaluate and monitor production systems.
  • 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

Minimum Admission Requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission:

    1. 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;
    1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
    2. Bachelor of Science with at least Upper Second-Class Honours in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agro-ecosystems, Range Management, Food Science and Technology, Fisheries, Wildlife management or Zoology.
    1. Holders of Lower Second-class Honours degree with at least two years relevant experience
    2. Holders of Pass degree or equivalent qualifications as listed above with either a relevant post-graduate diploma or five years’ experience.

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

  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 in similar course units at the Master’s level or equivalent.
  2. Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall send a formal application to the the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as the case may be, giving justification for the request, and attaching officially endorsed supporting credentials.
  3. Candidates may be allowed to transfer up to one-third of the taught units.
  4. Application for transfer of credit shall be processed after payment of the prescribed non-refundable fees.
  5. The credit transfer shall only be valid for theory courses that shall have been attended and passed within the last five years.


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)                          -                             -                             -                               -  
Philosophy, Rationale

COURSE DURATION: Two (2) years


The philosophy of this programme is anchored on the need to train professionals to tackle the emerging issues in the agricultural sector. The question of food security for the fast-growing population is the greatest challenge facing the peoples of Africa and their governments. There is also a growing urge for improved standards of living, especially on-demand for quality food that comprises a large proportion of animal protein.


There is an increasing national and regional demand for specialized Livestock Production Systems Analysts. There is, therefore, a need to develop a pool of such persons, who are qualified to conduct Livestock Production Systems training in the universities as well as to research in this field.

This programme will meet this need by equipping the graduates with specialized knowledge and competencies in Livestock Production Systems to perform specialized Livestock Production Systems analyses, conduct scientific research, write scientific publications/reports and teach Livestock Production Systems.


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

  1. Identify, evaluate problem-solving strategies, and resolve problems that occur in the field of livestock production systems.
  2. Design livestock production systems research, analyze data and facilitate knowledge-based decisions.
  3. Integrate information and apply appropriate livestock production analyses to develop workable and profitable concepts for livestock enterprise.


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

Face-to-Face Mode

Lectures, tutorials, lecture discussions, class presentations, case studies, demonstrations, fieldwork, videos, student lecturer consultations, supervised independent research, group projects.

Open, Distance and E-Learning Mode

Home and/or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional electronic and online self-study materials, such as; written self-instructional study modules, online interactive devices and self-tests, cloud-based content, videos of lectures mediated technical learning materials e.g. audiovisual and e-learning materials.

Blended Learning Mode

A combination of face-to-face and online learning approaches.


Contacts of support persons

Chairman, Department of Animal Production

Email Address;

Phone no; +254 204916024

Contact person; Prof.J.O.Junga

Email address;