University of Nairobi

University of Nairobi (UoN)


  • Masters Program
  • Duration : 2 years

Course Overview

Accelerated land degradation and desertification through soil erosion, depletion of soil fertility, overstocking, deforestation and poor management of water resources are issues of great concern. The Master of Science in Land and Water Management was launched in 1986 to meet the need for training and research in strategies for enhancing productivity and sustainability of land and water resources. However, since its inception, the programme has never been revised and updated to meet the current and emerging challenges in land resources and environmental management.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1.      Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with at least an Upper Second Class Honours in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Range Management, Wildlife Management, Forestry, Environmental Science, Animal Science, Biological and Natural Sciences or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by Senate.

2.      Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with Lower Second Class Honours in any of the areas specified in (1) above, but with at least two years relevant research work experience evidenced by publications, or a postgraduate diploma in any of the areas listed in (1) above or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by Senate.

3.      Holders of a relevant Bachelor of Science degree with a pass plus a post-graduate diploma in any field related to land and water management may be considered.

Course Objectives

The MSc in Land and Water Management programme aims to produce professionals equipped with practical skills, which will enable them to undertake the following:

i) Carry out, extension, teaching, research or consultancy in land resources and environment management.

ii) Enhance land productivity by using appropriate and sustainable agricultural production technologies.

iii) Manage water resources for agricultural production and agro-industries at farm and watershed levels.

iv) Carry out research on land and water management technologies and innovations.

v) Contribute to the development, implementation and enforcement of relevant policies relating to natural

resources management.

Course Program


Soil-Water-Plant Relations

Global Warming and Agriculture

Water Resources Develop. & Mgt

Nutrient Cycling, Modeling and Mgt

Irrigation and Drainage

Project Planning and Management

Soil and Water Conservation

Land Degradation & Rehabilitation

Watershed Management

Remote Sensing and GIS

Biometrics for Agricultural Sciences

Research Methods and Scientific Communication

Soil Survey, Classification and Land Evaluation

Thesis (equivalent to 8 course units)

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