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

  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 ;

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Bachelor of Science with at least Upper Second-Class Honours in Agriculture, Range management, Wildlife, Zoology and Agricultural economics.

Holders of Lower Second-class Honours 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

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

1. Philosophy

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


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

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 M.Sc. Livestock Production Systems programme is offered in three modes of study.

    1. Face-to-Face mode

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:

i.    Written self-instructional study modules including

a.         Course study materials e.g. booklets

b.         Relevant literature

c.         Interactive devices and self-tests

ii.   Face to face introductory tutorials.

iii.  Mediated technical learning materials for example: Audio visual; E-learning.

iv.  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;