There is need to provide human resource capacity development in the broad disciplinary domain of drylands science and management to address emerging challenges in resource management such as desertification, global climate change, spiralling human and livestock numbers and run away poverty.

The Ph.D. programme in Dryland Science and Management is designed to produce graduates with sound knowledge and skills for sustainable utilisation of drylands resources.

The programme is intended to meet the demand for highly trained manpower in areas of specialisation such as drylands resource ecology and management, integrateddrylands resource management, and drylands resource mapping and survey techniques.

While the focus of the programme is primarily on drylands ecosystems, students will receive a broad background in various related subjectsdryland ecology, land uses ecology, systems ecology, drylands livestock nutrition, shrubland ecology, Philosophy and cosmology of drylands management among others. Students will study specific areas related to science such as vegetation management, animal behaviour, rehabilitation and restoration and recreational resource management.

Various courses in the programme are designed to develop the academic skills of individuals and to enhance their knowledge in the professional fields related to ecosystem science and management. Departmental seminars supplement the individual education of graduate students and serve to relate the most recent research findings applicable to the discipline.

The department welcomes applications from students with diverse educational backgrounds, experiences and interests. Individually planned graduate programmes assure a focused, individualized education for each candidate.

Over 80% of Kenya land cover is classified as drylands and holds approximately 25% of human population. Similarly, this vast area is inhabited by the country‘s wildlife and a large proportion of livestock. All the above represent a large economic resource that is largely underutilised. Sustained productivity in these ecosystems is important for economic and social development of the country.

Kenya currently is short of trained human resource to spearhead the development and effective utilization of these lands in order to contribute significantly to the national economy.

The programme is intended to produce specialists in integrated dryland management. This programme will provide

trained human resource capacity required in teaching, research, extension, and conservation and consultancy services.

Programme Objectives

The overall objective of the Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management is to train scientists and professionals in research and management in natural resources and related fields.

The Ph.D. programme will be offered by coursework and thesis. Departmental seminars will supplement the individual knowledge of graduate students and serve to relate the most recent research findings applicable to the discipline. On completion of the training, graduates should be able to:

i) Create awareness on the importance of Dryland Resources andManagement in sustainable natural resources management

ii) facilitate increased production and productivity of drylands, manage or establish drylands based enterprises

iii) apply integrated dryland science concepts in the management of drylands

iv) carryout advanced scientific research on various facets ofDryland Science and Management

v) develop rural, urban, and institutional landscapes within the ecosystem approach

vi) promote environmental conservation by effecting sound dryland management practices and policies and

vii) pursue careers in Dryland Science and Management and related disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should be holders of a Masters degree in Dryland Science and Management, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Geography, Dryland Management or related disciplines of Egerton University or any other recognized institution of higher learning. Where a prospective applicant's credentials are not easily evaluated, the Department of Natural Resources shall require the applicant to pass an entry examination, administered both in written and oral form by the department.

Course Structure and Duration

There shall be two modes of study full-time students shall be required to complete their degree programme within a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years. While part-time students shall be required to complete their degree programme within a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.The courses shall be coded as


 The abbreviation DLRM refers to Dryland Science and Management

 The first digit, i.e. 7 indicates the level of training.

 The second digit represents the disciplinary area in which the course is

offered i.e.

 The third digit refers to the serial number of courses in a particular field

Digit Discipline area

0 Foundation courses

1 Ecology

2 Policy

3 Management

4 Methods

A student shall be admitted to doctoral candidacy in Dryland Resources Management after satisfying all the Egerton University general requirements, passing coursework and successful thesis proposal defense. Each candidate shall be required to pursue an original research under the supervision of at least two2. supervisors from related areas ofspecialization and a maximum of three.

All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Dryland Science and Management 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 in Dryland Resources Management shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton

University Statute XXIX.


The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management shall be in

accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management a student shall be required

to pass all required courses within the stipulated, undertake independent research submit a

thesis and pass oral examination.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Dryland Resources Management is not classified