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, overexploitation 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 b y 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 Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace is designed to address these challenges and development needs of Kenya, Africa and beyond.

The Ph.D 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.

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 MSc degree in Natural Resource Management, 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 from a recognised institution will be considered. Applicants with Second Class HonoursLower Division. with relevant working experience in the field of Natural resource management and sustainable development may be considered.

Course Structure and Duration

The programme shall be by independent research and thesis. The Ph.D. in Natural Resource and Peace programme will extend for a minimum period of eighteen36. months and a maximum period of twenty four72. months. All candidates enrolled for the in Natural Resources and Peace shall be required to conduct independent research,leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of the thesis shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton University Statutes.

Examination regulations

All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy Natural Resources and Peace and shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University

Statute XXIX.


The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace a student shall be required to

undertake supervised independent research submit a thesis pass an oral examination.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Peace is not classified.