MSc. Plant Breeding - Egerton University | Educartis

2 years
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Course Overview

Development of crop cultivars in agricultural sector is rapidly changing with emerging use of both classical and molecular breeding technologies. This shift necessitates the transformation of education sector and development of breeders ready to transform breeding practices using new techniques that are more efficient and precise to provide quality cultivars for the growing population. The MSc training in Plant Breeding integrates applied genetics and molecular breeding aspects with plant sciences. The course will play a key role in improving agricultural productivity and food security. The program presents an integrated view of the subject, which emphasizes on scientific principles and techniques. In addition, it includes an overview of crop improvement with aspects of agricultural biotechnology. The graduates will get the opportunity to broaden their scientific knowledge in crop improvement and will promote professional development of different crop cultivars by providing the student with well-founded knowledge and hands-on practical skills.
The ever increasing demand for crop production requires that crop scientists keep pace with appropriate technological packages so as to meet the demand. It has been documented that plant breeding alone contributes to a very significant increase in crop production. However, this has not been attained in Kenya and other developing countries, because of a shortage of well trained plant breeders. The MSc. degree in Plant Breeding has been designed to train competent plant breeders using the new technologies. The graduates will be well versed theoretically and practically with all fundamental aspects, research and emerging issues/technologies in crop improvement through plant breeding.

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

The programme aims at providing an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the subject matter and also imparts research skills in Crop Production. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates would be expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to enhance agricultural production in Kenya and elsewhere, through self-employment, research, formal teaching, extension and management, and advanced training.

When do I start?

Next available course

Admission Criteria

i) The common university rules and regulations for the Master's degree programmes specified in the Egerton University Statutes will be applicable.ii) Admission shall be offered to holders of a first degree in Agriculture or related disciplines, with an upper second class honours and above or equivalent qualification from recognized institutions. In exceptional cases, the senate may also admit to the master‘s programme, non-holders of upper second class honours degrees, provided such candidates may on the basis of research and academic work show that they are well qualified to undertake post graduate work or by passing qualifying examinations.

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