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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PLANT BREEDING program

University of Nairobi

Masters Program 2 YEARS

Course Details

Course Overview

Minimum Entry Requirements

1.      Holders of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours from the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification from another institution recognized by the Senate.


2.      Holders of a Bachelor’s degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours in Environmental Science, Botany and Zoology, Forestry and Education with Botany option from the University of Nairobi or an equivalent qualification from another institution recognized by the Senate.


3.      Holders of a degree with at least Lower Second Class Honours in any of the degrees specified in


1 and 2 with at least three years’ relevant experience as evidenced by research publications, or relevant postgraduate diploma or an equivalent qualification from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate may be considered for admission.


4.      Holders of a pass Bachelor’s degree in discipline specified in 1 and 2 and a postgraduate


diploma in the relevant areas.

Course Objectives

To produce graduates with ability to identify research imperatives in plant breeding, design and execute plant breeding research projects aimed at solving the problems within a changing agricultural environment. At the same time, the training is to update the plant breeders with the latest developments in the field of crop improvement and genomic studies.


To train highly skilled plant breeders who will help optimize the country’s ability to attain food security and better nutrition while improving agriculture-based incomes from improved product(s).


 

Course Program

Compulsory Courses


Biometry and Computing


Molecular Genetics


Population Genetics


Advanced Plant Breeding


Quantitative Genetics


Breeding East Africa Crops


Breeding for Disease & Pest Resistance


Cytogenetics


Breeding for Disease & Pest Resistance


Research Methods & Graduate Seminars


Specialization Courses


Speciality A: Crop Improvement


Biodiversity and Agro forestry Resources in Agric. Prod.


 Seed Science and Technology


Disease and Pest Management


Mutation Breeding


Speciality B: Functional Genomic Studies


Advanced Plant Physiology


Biotechnology


Plant Biochemistry


Crop Quality


Project


Research Project

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