Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental and Social Sciences Research Methods

The postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods is a new programme that makes research training, skills and methods a distinct discipline and a profession.

Research training and skills is a valuable tool in knowledge generation and dissemination. Part of Africa‘s slow development has been attributed to the poor attention given to research by policy makers in government and the little resources availed to research and researchers. This is evidenced by the very small research output from Africa.Governments are now beginning to address this issue but our colleges and universities continue to treat research training as a component of their mainstream courses.

 This course addresses this problem by making research a discipline in itself and giving the prominence and significance

Programmme Objectives

The programme aims at producing professionals versed in a range of social science research methods employed in development, natural resource conservation and the social sciences in general. The programme will provide the students with the skills and knowledge necessary for carrying out social science research projects. Students are given thorough training in quantitative, qualitative, and reflective and practitioner research methods used in the social sciences. This will include data collection, analysis and reporting methods. Students can choose to specialize in any of the above. It is useful for social science researchers and persons interested in research degrees such as Ph.D. The reflective and practitioner research methodologies are of particular importance to government and NGO personnel interested in participatory project monitoring and evaluation.

Admission Requirement

All university rules and regulations governing postgraduate diploma programmes shall apply. Admission shall be open to holders of a first degree in any discipline.

Programme Structure and duration

The training for the postgraduate diploma in Environmental and Social Science Research Methods shall extend for a period of not less than 9 months and a maximum of 12 months for full time students and a period of 24 months for part-time students. The programme will be offered in three semesters, with two semesters of course work and one semester of Research Project. A student must take and pass at least 36 Credit Factors CF. of prescribe courses and complete research Project in order to qualify for the award of postgraduate diploma. The programme code will be ESRM, meaning postgraduate diploma in Environmental and Social Science Research Methods, followed by 4 digits.

First digit0. denotes diploma, Second digit7. denotes postgraduate, Third digit will be interpreted as follows:

 0-denotes core course

 2-denotes basic course

 3-denotes optional course

 denotes sequence of course in the programme

Examination regulations

All examinations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental and Social Science Research Methods shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute XXIX.


The grading of examination for Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental and Social Science Research Methods shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental and Social Science Research Methods a student shall be required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.

Degree Classification

The classification for Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental and Social Science Research Methods shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX for undergraduate students