Environmental life support systems provide ecosystem goods and services for sustaining human livelihoods. These environmental goods and services are threatened with shrinkage due to increasing demands, over exploitation and biodiversity erosion.

Increasing human population and climate change is a growing challenge and this too is likely to induce significant shifts in further decreases in ecosystem productivity and increase the vulnerability of marginalized communities. These challenges that threaten the very existence of humanity must be addressed by trained human capacity with competence to provide advisory services in areas of sustainable Natural resource management, resolve natural resource use conflicts, conduct research and carry out consultancy on the impacts of management activities on ecological and socio-economic systems in which resources occur and are managed.

The M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Peace is designed to address these challenges and development needs of Kenya, Africa and beyond.

The Master of Science Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Peace equips graduates to contribute to solving significant environmental and development issues, such as the prevention of a global fresh water crisis, the recognition and empowerment of local and indigenous communities, the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems, and the identification and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives, natural resources management, and environmental issues.

In particular, they are able to formulate policies to advance sustainable development at the local, regional and global levels, to facilitate international cooperation in the design of sustainable development and environment policy, and to generate strategies for environmental conflict management. They are also likely to become knowledgeable and well informed advocacy agents in development and environment matters, in favour of more vulnerable groups, and to be promoters of change in their society.

Graduates of the Natural Resource and Peace programme are likely to be employed by national, international and Natural resource development agencies, working in close contact with local organizations, as well as for environmental and policy making institutions.

Programme Objectives

The programme aims to develop graduates with holistic natural resource management skills to address challenges and needs of global development.

The objectives of the programme are to:

i) develop human resource advisory capacity in multidisciplinary domains of natural

resources management.

ii) provide smart and well informed advocacy agents in development

and environmental matters.

iii) produce well informed cadre of professionals for identification of multi-faceted environmental problems with skills to formulate policies and strategies for environmental conflict management.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission should be holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management, with at least second class honours upper division. or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

Applicants with qualifications from other related disciplines, such as Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental science, Range

Ecology or Development studies with a minimum of Upper Second Class Honours from a

recognised institution will be considered. Applicants with Second Class Honours Lower

Division. with relevant working experience in the field of Natural resource management

and sustainable development may be considered.


Course Structure and Duration

The Master of Science in natural resource management and peace programme will extend for a minimum period of eighteen18. months and a maximum period of twenty four24.

months for full time students.

The first twelve12. months of the programme must be spent in the University, while the remaining period will be devoted to independent research.

The Master of science degree in Natural resources and peace will be taken as course work, examination and thesis .The course work, examination and thesis shall consist of a minimum of thirty five35. credit factors of course work which will be distributed over two semesters and fifteen15. credit factors for the thesis to make up the fifty50. credits

needed for graduation.

Candidates who opt for independent thesis research with the guidance of a supervisor shall write and submit a thesis in partial fulfillment for Master of Science in Natural

Resources and Peace. The thesis shall be awarded grade ―P if accepted, or ―F if it is not.

The regulations of the Board of Post Graduate Studies shall apply in the submission and examination of theses.

The candidates will be given an option to select courses from the list of electives. Elective courses can be taken for credit and / or for auditing. The course number shall consist of three digits, the first representing the Masters level of study.The second digit represents the programme study areas:

1 Natural Resources Development,

2 Peace and Conflict


3 Conservation and Development 

4 Environmental Security.

The third digit represents the serial number of the course. The code 700 represent seminar, while 799

represent Thesis. Courses offered in other departments shall retain their respective coding where applicable.All courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources shall be coded NARP.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the MSc in Natural Resources and Peace shall be conducted in

accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University StatuteXXIX


The grading of examination for MSc in Natural Resources and Peace shall be in accordance

with Egerton University Statute XXIX.


Graduation Requirements

To graduate MSc in Natural Resources and Peacet a student shall be required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.

Degree Classification

The MSc in Natural Resources and Peace is not classified