The PhD study programme in the Department of Animal Sciences is designed with the knowledge that scientific research is a prerequisite for sustainable economic development and that impact of research on the society is of importance. Therefore, the education and training of PhD candidates is for scientific advancement and excellence while building human resource for innovative scientific research, critical analysis and contributions to future solutions to issues of concern in the livestock industry.The rapid changes in the livestock industry at all levels from production to processing and the consumer awareness possess serious challenges. In addition, the scope of animal production has expanded over the years creating the need for the University to respond to these challenges. In order to address these challenges continuous improvement in the curriculum in the area of livestock production has become necessary. A PhD programme in Animal Science is geared towards developing a highly knowledgeable and skilled professional in generating innovations, application of principles and new technologies in the livestock production especially in the chosen area of specialisation. The PhD research project may be; laboratory-based, field or modelling studies at the level of systems and ecosystems, population, individual organism, organ, cell DNA. Areas of specialisations include animal nutrition, breeding and genetics, livestock production systems, animal physiology, preventive veterinary medicine and quantitative epidemiology.