MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HORTICULTURE
The common regulations for the Master’s degree of the University of Embu and Faculty of Agriculture shall apply.
1. A holder of a degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Horticulture, Botany and Zoology, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, or related plant science degree or Bachelor of Education in Science with Botany and Zoology option and
any other relevant subject from the University of Embu or any other institution recognized by Senate.
2. Holders of a degree with at least Lower Second Class Honours in any of the degrees specified in (1) above with two years of relevant experience or a postgraduate diploma in (1) above or equivalent qualification from the University of Embu or any other institution
recognised by Senate.
3. Holders of a pass degree in disciplines specified in (1) above and a postgraduate diploma or its equivalent from the University of Embu or any other institution recognized by the senate.
4. Holders of a pass degree in the disciplines specified in (1) above with at least five years relevant work experience
Duration of Study
Two academic years
Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program will:
(i) Enable graduates to acquire in depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills in horticultural crop production
(ii) Build the capacity of graduates to formulate a research problem, design and execute scientific research project and reporting and communication in horticulture to stakeholders
(iii) Enable graduates to acquire entrepreneurial skills for use in creating employment opportunities
Postgraduates in the field of Horticulture can pursue doctoral studies or work in industry, research institutions, and universities at the national and international level.
A student is required to attend at least two-thirds of class attendance to be allowed to sit the final examination.
Duration and Pattern of the Course
i) The minimum duration of the Master of Science in Horticulture course shall be at least TWO academic years (18 months) from the date of registration.
ii) No candidate for the degree of Master of Science shall be registered as a full-time student for more than four (4) academic years or as a part-time student for more than five (5) academic years without submitting his thesis, except by permission of the University.
iii) Master of Science course in Horticulture shall be by course work, examination and thesis.
iv) Each unit shall comprise lectures which shall include tutorials, discussions and practicals. In addition, the students will be required to attend/present Departmental seminars.
v) In the second-year students will undertake research, seminar presentation (at least two seminars on their research work) and thesis writing.
vi) That the departmental regulations for thesis shall apply.
Courses/Unit Distribution for MSc in Horticulture
Year I: Semester I
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Contact Hours|
|ACS 600||Biometrics for Agricultural Sciences||45|
|ACS 601||Advanced Plant Physiology and Metabolism||45|
|ACS 602||Crop Biotechnology and Improvement||45|
|ACS 604||Seed Science and Technology||45|
|ACP 612||Research Methods and Scientific Communication||45|
|ACH 604||Advanced Vegetable Production|
Year I : Semester II
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Contact Hours|
|ACS 603||Crop Pest Management||45|
|ACS 605||Plant Nutrition and Soil fertility||45|
|ACP 610||Agricultural Entrepreneurship||45|
|ACH 605||Advanced Fruit Production and Beverage Crops||45|
|ACH 606||Post-Harvest Physiology and Phytosanitary Standards||45|
Requirements for graduation
To be considered for the Award of a Master of Science degree in Horticulture
a) A candidate must have been admitted into the program and taken all required units.
b) A candidate must undertake a research project, submit a written thesis and pass all respective examinations.
Award of Degree
Candidates who satisfy the examiners in all written and thesis examinations shall be awarded a Master of Science in Horticulture