Master Of Science In Animal Genetics And Breeding


The Master of Science in Animal Genetics and Breeding aims at producing personnel with specialized knowledge and skills to perform specialized Animal Genetics and Breeding tasks, conduct research and train future Animal Genetics and Breeding specialists.

  • 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

Minimum admission requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission:

  1. Holders of at least upper second class honours BSc. degree or equivalent in natural and biological sciences, engineering and health sciences or any other related discipline from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi.
  2. Holders of lower-second class honours degree or equivalent in any discipline from the University of Nairobi or any other university recognized by the University of Nairobi senate with additional relevant training or evidence of research or work experience.
  3. Holders of the pass in BSc degree in any of the degree programmes specified in b) above with working experience of at least three years.
  4. Holders of postgraduate diploma from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the senate of the University of Nairobi. Such candidates must satisfy the minimum requirements for admission to a Bachelor’s degree.
  5. An applicant from a non-English speaking country or a country presenting students with low English proficiency will in addition be required to have a proficiency certificate in the English language.

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

  1. A candidate may be exempted from some course units and credit transferred from university or any other equivalent institution recognized by the senate of the University of Nairobi, subject to the following conditions:
  2. Credit transfer shall only apply for course units.
  3. Must have passed similar course unit at Masters Level.
  4. A candidate may be allowed to transfer up to a maximum of one-third of taught units.
  5. Request for credit transfer should be made in writing on admission through the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture to the Academic Registrar and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, transcripts and institution/ university catalogue for the relevant course.
  6. Application for transfer of credit shall be processed only after payment of prescribed fees.


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 

   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

COURSE DURATION: Two (2) years


The programme philosophy is guided by the institution’s need to connect and inspire the Kenyan community, to provide leadership and stewardship and to give hope and faith to the Kenyan society that it can excel in whatever it chooses to do with passion, morals responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism. The training of professionals in this programme is informed by the sustained evidence in support of the important and multidimensional role that nutrition play in human growth and development; productivity, and wellbeing.

Globally, the field has gained greater eminence with the surge in lifestyle-related (non-communicable) diseases as well as increased demand and rationale, for preventive approaches in public health. Training professionals in Applied Human Nutrition makes a vital human resource development contribution in clinical and public health sectors as well as in multiple economic and development sectors.


The current MSc Applied Human Nutrition is a two-year course and is being revised for the first time since its inception in the early 1980s. The programme has been aligned to the regulatory and statutory requirements. The MSc Applied Human Nutrition sector is dynamic, with several changes taking place over the last 5 years, most notably the government’s attempt to harmonize and regulate all Human Nutrition courses at Masters Level.

All institutions training Nutritionists especially offered at the university level in Kenya, now have a regulatory body, the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians (KNDI). The units/courses offered to take into account emerging trends in Human Nutrition, landscaped to address not just malnutrition but also the double and now triple burden of malnutrition. Both prevalence rates of malnutrition, non-communicable diseases (diabetes and cancer alongside infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS) and manmade and natural disasters are on the increase thus have led to a higher demand for appropriately trained nutritionists at the managerial level. Proper, adequate and timely training of Human Nutritionists. The training will lead to ensuring the implementation and success of nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions


At the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate leadership and entrepreneurial skills in applied human nutrition.
  2. Assess community nutritional problems from a multi-disciplinary point of view.
  3. Apply information technology in generating realistic and feasible intervention measures.
  4. Implement investigations in the field of applied nutrition and disseminate findings to the relevant stakeholders.
  5. Develop nutrition policy documents that positively impact Human Nutrition actors.


Application Information

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 of Animal Production


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;

Phone no; +254 204916024

Contact person; Prof.Joyce Maina

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