Master of Science in Range Management

Overview

Skilled manpower trained at the post-graduate level in rangeland resource management is limited in most African countries.  The majority of the rangeland resource managers in the region have been trained abroad where training is not appropriate for the African set up where the mode of production is largely labour-intensive, low capital subsistence pastoralism.  Trained skilled manpower is expected to act as a catalyst for enhancing the productivity and human support capacity for pastoral systems in the region.

  • Students shall be required to take eight core courses and at least three elective courses to make a total of eleven courses.
  • Students shall be required to take a minimum of two courses and a maximum of five courses each semester.
  • The programme shall take a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters of 15 weeks each.
  • The common regulations governing Masters Degrees in all faculties of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  • The degree programme shall consist of course work, examinations and a project.
  • The research project shall be regarded as equivalent to four-course units
  1. The common regulations governing Masters Degrees in all faculties of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  2. Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with at least an Upper Second Class Honours in Range Management, Wildlife Management, Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Animal Science, or an equivalent qualification form an institution recognized by Senate.
  3. Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with Lower Second Class Honours in any of the areas specified in (2) 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 (2) above or an equivalent qualification from an institution from an institution recognized by Senate.
  4. Holders of a relevant Bachelor of Science degree with a pass plus a post-graduate diploma in Rangeland Resource Management may be considered.

To  equip trainees with relevant skills to enable them participate in the rehabilitation, rational management and efficient utilization and conservation of arid and semi-arid land resources.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN RANGE MANAGEMENT - A505   YEAR 1   YEAR 2   TOTALS 
TUITION                    384,000.00                  384,000.00                       768,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                      11,000.00                                    -                           11,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                       7,000.00                         14,000.00
THESIS EXAMINATION                                     -                      30,000.00                         30,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        4,500.00                       4,500.00                           9,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                       1,000.00                           2,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)ONCE                        5,000.00                                    -                             5,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                       6,500.00                         13,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        5,000.00                       5,000.00                         10,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                       1,000.00                           2,000.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                       2,000.00                           4,000.00
Grand totals    427,000.00   441,000.00      868,000.00
Philosophy, Rationale

The combination of inadequate understanding of the dynamics of rangelands and other ecosystems and local livelihood systems are to blame for the inappropriate policy actions, impoverishment of communities living in the drylands, and their increased vulnerability to various shocks including climate change. The root cause of these problems is mainly linked to lack of skilled manpower trained at the post-graduate level in dryland resource management in most African countries. The majority of the dryland resource managers in the region are not equipped with skills relevant to tackle the complex biophysical and socio-cultural issues typical of the arid and semi-arid rangeland ecosystems. Trained skilled manpower is expected to act as a catalyst for enhancing the productivity and human support capacity for pastoral systems in the region. The objective of this program is therefore to produce graduates who are highly trained to develop and apply appropriate technologies and innovations for sustainable management of dryland ecosystems; to conduct research and generate pertinent information to guide policy formulations; and participate in development decisions at both local and national levels. The programme therefore aims at building the foundation for leadership and stewardship in dryland ecosystems management.

 Rationale

This curriculum is cognizant of the heterogeneity in the dryland ecosystems and therefore is tailored to equip the learners with knowledge and skills necessary for sustainable management of other ecosystems besides the arid and semi-arid rangelands that dominate the drylands. The curriculum recognizes the role of higher education in unlocking the potential of drylands ecosystems. The programme aims at ensuring that education has impact on sustainability of rangelands      ecosystems by producing experts who understand the unique needs of such complex ecosystems. The programme will provide for innovative approaches for enhancing sustainability of rangelands, as well as the livelihoods they support.  The trainees will be equipped with knowledge and skills on global issues including sustainable dryland resources management practices, climate change, biodiversity, biotechnology, environmental management and market access. In addition, the trainees will be taught research and communication skills to enable them develop strategies that will enhance the growth of the natural resource exploitation and management in drylands. The revised curriculum will respond to the emerging global and national issues in the vast drylands of the region.

 

Mode of Delivery

The mode of delivery will be through open and distance learning modes involving largely home and/ or office-based media:

  1. Written self instructional study modules issued at registration time
  2. Face to face introductory tutorials
  3. Mediated technical learning materials for example:-
  4. Audio visual
  5. e-learning materials
  6. Use of Library
  7. Study, reading and computer skills.
  8. Time management and techniques of handling assignments.
  9. Mentorship, guidance and counseling.

 

Contacts of support persons

Prof. Moses Nyangito 

nyangito@uonbi.ac.ke