Doctor of Philosophy in Range Management


    To produce professionals equipped with knowledge and skills which enable them to sustainably manage all range ecosystems for increased production of goods and services for the current and future generations through cutting-edge research, graduate training and community outreach.


    1. The degree programme shall consist of research by thesis. 

    2. The common regulations governing Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in the University of Nairobi shall apply. Accordingly the following rules will apply.
    3. The programme shall take a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years.

    Minimum Admission Requirement

    1. The common regulations for admission requirements for PhD in the University of Nairobi shall apply.
      1. To be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy in Range Management, the applicants must be holders of a Master of Science degree in Range Management and related disciplines such as biological sciences, environmental sciences or natural resource management; or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
      2. Holders of Master’s degree in relevant social sciences recommended by the faculty board and approved by senate.

     Exemptions and Credit Transfer

    A candidate may be exempted from some courses and credit transferred from an approved institution subject to the following conditions:

    1. Request for exemption shall be made in writing, on admission to the Academic Registrar, University of Nairobi and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents, including the syllabi for the relevant course(s) done at the same level.
    2. Must have been examined and passed in the relevant units at PhD level.
    3. The University of Nairobi reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through respective departments in order to determine whether the exemption should be granted.
    4. Application for exemption shall be considered only after the payment of an exemption fee, as may be prescribed.
    5. The courses on which such exemptions are sought shall not exceed one third of the total units.

    The programme  aims at producing a brand of professionals who understand the unique needs of both the communities which reside in these lands as well their biophysical, social, economic and political environments.

       Year I    Year 2    Year 3   Total 
    TUITION                    432,000.00                  432,000.00                       432,000.00                1,296,000.00
    ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                       7,000.00                           7,000.00                      21,000.00
    THESIS EXAMINATION                                     -                                      -                           50,000.00                      50,000.00
    REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00                       4,500.00                           4,500.00                      13,500.00
    ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                       1,000.00                           1,000.00                        3,000.00
    CAUTION - (ONCE)                        5,000.00                                    -                                          -                          5,000.00
    MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                       6,500.00                           6,500.00                      19,500.00
    ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                       2,000.00                           2,000.00                        6,000.00
    LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00                       5,000.00                           5,000.00                      15,000.00
    STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                       1,000.00                           1,000.00                        3,000.00
    EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                                     -                                      -                                          -                                       -  
    Grand totals        464,000.00      459,000.00          509,000.00    1,432,000.00
    Philosophy, Rationale

    The philosophy behind the formulation of this doctoral programme is informed by the many unfolding environmental, social, economic and even political changes in global rangelands. All these changes seem to rapidly undermine the existing understanding of the complex interplay between human activities and the rangelands which leads to increased vulnerability of local communities to various environmental shocks including climate change. This further exacerbated by lack of skilled manpower in range  management in most African countries. Majority of range professionals are ill-equipped to handle complex biophysical and socio-cultural issues germane to the rangeland ecosystems. Therefore, need for more specialized manpower in range resource management cannot be over-emphasized if the productivity of these vast tracks of lands is to be enhanced and the much-needed increase in human support capacity, especially for pastoral and agro-pastoral societies realized. The objective of this program is therefore to produce graduates who are highly trained and skilled to seamlessly provide leadership in the transformation of rangelands from liabilities to  assets. The graduates will spearhead the application of appropriate technologies and innovations for sustainable management of range ecosystems, participate in development decisions and play a pivotal role in carrying out sound research that will generate information to guide policy formulations and development decisions at local, regional, national and international arena.


    This curriculum takes full cognizance of the complexity and heterogeneity of rangeland ecosystems and hence is customized to equip the learners with knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for sustainable management of these ecosystems. The curriculum also recognizes the role of tertiary education in unlocking the potential of the ecosystems. It is therefore aims at producing a brand of professionals who understand the unique needs of both the communities which reside in these lands as well their biophysical, social, economic and political environments.

    Mode of Delivery

    The programme will be offered under three modes of delivery: face-to-face; Open, Distance and electronic Learning (ODeL) , Blended learning for students who cannot attend regular University programmes.


    Contacts of support persons

    Prof. Kinuthia Ngugi 


    Contact Chairman, LARMAT at:



    1. Prof. Oliver Vivian Wasonga-Associate Professor, LARMAT

    2. Prof. Moses Nyangito-Professor & current Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi 

    3. Dr. Francis Opiyo-Regional Programme Policy Specialist (EPR) at World Food Programme, Regional Office for Eastern Africa