Agricultural Science




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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 department 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, Power point presentations, practicals and field work. Resources are also sourced from other institutions where Memorandum of understanding has been signed with KU, for example, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).

To be a dynamic and all-inclusive department, which provides learning and research in agriculture through cutting edge technologies.

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







Undergraduate Degree programmes
The department offers two degree programmes:

  • BSc Agriculture 
  • BSc (Crop Improvement and Protection)

The duration of the programme is four years.

Admission Criteria

BSc Agriculture
Mean grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE or equivalent with minimum of C+ (plus) or equivalent in Biology/Biological sciences and any two (2) of the following subjects: Chemistry, Agriculture, Geography, Physics/Physical Science. In addition candidates must have obtained Grade C (plain) in Mathematics at KSCE agri tech 4or equivalent OR mean grade of C (plain) at KCSE with a Diploma of at least a Credit pass in a relevant field of study from a recognized institution.

BSc (Crop Improvement and Protection)
Mean grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE or equivalent.
In addition, the student must have obtained a minimum of C+ (plus) or equivalent in Biology/Biological sciences and any two (2) of the following subjects: Chemistry, Agriculture, Geography, Physical Science/Physics. In addition candidates must have obtained Grade C (plain) in Mathematics at KSCE or equivalent OR mean grade of C (plain) at KCSE with a Diploma of at least a Credit pass in a relevant field of study from a recognized institution. .


Postgraduate Programmes
The department offers postgraduate degree programmes at Masters and Ph.D. levels

MSc programmes
At M.Sc. level the following programmes are available:

  • M.Sc. (Agronomy)
  • M.Sc. (Crop Protection Entomology Option)
  • M.Sc. (Crop Protection Pathology Option)
  • M.Sc. (Plant Breeding)
  • M.Sc. (Seed Technology & Trade)

Duration and pattern of the program
During the first year of the master’s course, the programme involves coursework, term papers and departmental seminar presentations. In the second year of study, the students conduct research in their areas of specialization in Kenyatta University, national and international research institutions such as:

  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
  • World Agroforestry Centre (WAC)
  • International Livestock Research Institute ( ILRI)

New M.Sc. programmes are being developed in the following areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Horticulture
  • Post Harvest Technology

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

  • Holders of a Bachelor’s degree with at least a First Class or Upper Second class Honours in Agriculture or any other related areas from all institutions recognized by Kenyatta University Senate.
  • Holders of second class (lower division) may be considered on condition that they have grade “C” and above in units relevant to their areas of specialization or a postgraduate diploma.

Ph.D. Programmes
Ph.D. programmes are available in specialized areas such as Agronomy, Agricultural Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology and Seed Science.
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 Ph.D. is either full time or part time. Duration will be a minimum 3 years or as defined by the Graduate School.

Admission Criteria

  • Holders of M.Sc. Degree in Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Agricultural Entomology, Agronomy, Horticulture, Seed Science, Plant Nutrition or other related fields from an institution recognized by Kenyatta University.

Student’s 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
  • Private sector




The department has a team of experienced full time lecturers 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 SAED in areas below:

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

Academic staff profiles

Funded Projects

Funded Projects

Funded Projects
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.
  • Soil Improvement Using Leaves and Leaves Extract for the Growth of Crops. Ksh 1,500,000.
  • Characterisation of Sweet Potato (Ipomea Batata) Landraces Using Morphological and DNA Markers in East Kamagak. Ksh 180,000.
  • African Nightshade Distribution in Kenyan Agro-Ecologies in Response to Phosphorus and Water Status: Phenolics and Anti-oxidants profiling. US$ 60,000.
  • Passion Fruit Diseases Management. Ksh 11,000,000. Participation Identification, Enhancement and Retention of Phytochemicals and Nutrients in African Leafy Vegetables. Ksh 1,500,000.
  • 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.
  • Diversifying Food Systems: Horticultural Innovations and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihoods in East Africa.  EUR 85,236
  • Nutrition-Sensitive Intervention with African Leafy Vegetables to Improve Nutrition Among School Children in Kenya. Ksh. 1,499,970
  • Enhancing Cassava Productivity Through Host Plant Resistance Breeding Against Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease. US$264,677.
  • Global Food Security" Kenya and Germany on Heavy Metals in Wastewater and Soil Fertility Dynamics in Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture. EURO 52,202 Management of Vegetable Pests in Humid Tropics. BMZ-IITA. Ksh. 11,000,000.



Service Charter

Service Charter





Enquiries on departmental academic programmes and admission requirements

Enquiry from prospective students



Processing of self sponsored applications

Application documents forwarded from university admissions office


3 days

Processing post graduate applications

Application documents forwarded from graduate school


3 days

Registration of students

Student unit registration form; student ID


Immediate upon arrival

Respond to examination results queries

Documented enquiry


1 day

Process postgraduate student proposal

As per graduate school requirements


1 week

Process recommendations and references for scholarships, placements etc

Proven association with departments activities and programmes


2 days

Processing recommendations for research grants

Collaborative proposal in areas of interest to the department


2 days

Responding to enquiries from other clients

Documented request for service

Depend on service

5 days

Responding to complaints

Completed complain form



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