Agricultural Science



The Department of Agricultural Science and Technology (AST) is one of the departments in the School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development (SAED) of Kenyatta University. It was established in the year 2007 to offer various programmes in agriculture. The dagri tech 6epartment of AST offers Bachelors, Masters and PhD Programmes at the Main campus. The programmes are offered through Joint Admissions Board (JAB), Self sponsored, School based, Open, Distance and e- – learning (ODeL) programmes. Programmes in the Department are designed to provide specialized skills to enable graduates work competitively in specialized fields of Agriculture and allied sectors. Graduates are also well placed to pursue postgraduate studies in leading universities around the world. Cross cutting courses such as information technology, enterprise development, integrated research for development among others are offered to prepare graduates for the world of work in any sector of the economy. The programmes also address the national vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty, industrialization and sustainable resource use.

Teaching Resources
Science laboratories are available in the department or related departments.
Internet facilities are available for research, communication and accessing online information resources.
Teaching methods include lectures, powerpoint presentations, practicals and field work.
Resources are also sourced from other institutions where Memorandum of understanding has been signed, for example, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute,

Funded projects
On-going projects funded through the efforts of members of faculty are:

  • RUFORUM Banana macropropagation Project US$ 60,000 for 2 years 2010 The project is supporting 2 MSc students fully (tuition fees, stipend and research funds) and one student partial support (tuition only).
  • National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) graduate training programme. Ksh. 200,000 granted to support work for MSc student
  • Farmer Voice Radio Project. US $ 100,000 for 3 years. School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development (SAED) is coordinating project on behalf of the university. Department of AST is in charge of interns and deployment.
  • AGRA KU Postgraduate training programme. US $ 720,000 for 3 years. Will support 15 students and capital equipment worth Ksh. 16 million.
  • NCST-Sorghum project. Ksh 1.5 million. Is supporting PhD student for three years.
  • Other proposals are under review



To be a dynamic and all-inclusive Department, which provides learning, research and crop improvement and protection cutting edge technologies.agri tech 3

To train and produce scientists equipped with knowledge and skills necessary for innovative and practical approaches to solving complex rural problems and making use of opportunities in the agricultural sector.



Undergraduate Degree programmes
The department offers two degree programmes:

  • BSc Agriculture (Animal Science or Crop Science option)
  • BSc (Crop Improvement and Protection)

The duration of the programme is four years.

Entry requirements for Undergraduates
The common Kenyatta University and the School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development admission regulations shall apply.

Candidates must have passed with a mean aggregate of C+ in the overall average aggregate.agri tech 4

In addition, the student must have obtained a minimum of C+ in any of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture or Geography and a C in Mathematics or Physics or Physical Sciences OR

Grade C in KCSE or its equivalent and a Diploma with a minimum of Credit in a subject related to Agriculture or any other related discipline from a recognized Institution OR

At least, two principal in science subjects, one in biology at A-level or its equivalent OR

Students can also transfer from other Institutions or Departments to the University on Credit transfer provided they meet the minimum admission requirements.


Postgraduate Programmes
The department offers postgraduate degree programmes at Masters and PhD levels
At MSc level the following programmes are available:

  • MSc Agronomy (Crop Production)
  • MSc Agronomy (Crop Protection)

MSc Plant Breeding
During the first year of the master’s course, the programme involves Coursework, Term papers and Departmental Seminar presentations.
In the second year, the students conduct Research in their areas of specialization in Kenyatta University, National and International Research Institutions such as:

  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) 
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
  • World Agroforestry Centre (WAC)
  •  International Livestock Research Institute ( ILRI)
  • New MSc programmes are being developed in the following areas:
  • Agronomy (Agricultural Entomology)
  • Agronomy (Plant Pathology)
  • Biotechnology
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science Technology and Trade

At PhD level degrees are available in any area of choice in Agricultural Science and Technology.
Entry Requirements for Masters programme
The common regulations for admission into the Masters Degrees in Kenyatta University shall apply.

The general regulations for all Masters Degrees in the School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development shall apply.

Holders of a Bachelors degree with at least Upper Second class Honours in Agriculture or any other related areas from institutions recognized by Kenyatta University Senate.agri tech 6

Holders of Bachelors degree with Lower Second Class Division in Agriculture or any other related areas with at least two years relevant work experience or a post-graduate diploma.

Duration and Pattern of the Programme

The Master of Science degrees are by coursework, examination and thesis.

The programme will take a minimum 18 months.

In the first year of study, the students will be required to take a total of 12 units.

In second year of study, the students will carry out research project and submit a thesis for examination.


The department is currently offering Doctor of Philosophy degrees by research and thesis.

Entry requirements for PhD

The common regulations for admission into the PhD Degrees in Kenyatta University shall apply.

The general regulations for all PhD Degrees in the School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development shall apply.

Program specific requirements –

Preparing a research proposal that is acceptable to the Major Professor, Postgraduate committee and Departmental and School Board, and is based on original research, which makes a significant contribution to knowledge.

Passing a final examination in defence of the Thesis.

Duration and pattern of the program
The Doctor of Philosophy degree offered by the Department of Agricultural Science and Technology is by research and thesis.

The general mode of study for the PhD is either full time or part time. Duration will be a minimum 3 years or as defined by the Graduate School


Students competencies and careers
The graduates from the department have the following competencies:

Have hands-on skills in relevant spheres of agricultural science and technology.

Broad and focussed cadre of competent and dependable managers in agricultural science and technology

 Graduates may pursue careers in:

  • Government agricultural institutions
  • Research institutions
  • Academic institutions
  • Consultancy services locally and internationally
  • Train in higher degrees to become policy makers in agriculture




The department has a team of experienced full time with competence in diverse areas as follows:

  • Agronomy
  • Bacteriology
  • Entomology
  • Genetics
  • Horticulture
  • Mycology
  • Nematology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant breeding
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Plant physiology
  • Seed science and Technology
  • Weed science

Highy qualified lecturers are also available in the SAED in areas below;

  • Biometry
  • Economics and agribusiness
  • Research systems
  • Soil sciences
  • Water and irrigation management

Academic staff profiles

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