Candidates wishing to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme at Egerton University must meet the following requirements;

a) Have appropriate preparatory academic training as evidenced by at least one of the following:

Be a holder of a Master's Degree of Egerton University
Be a holder of a Master's Degree or an equivalent academic qualification of any other recognized institution.
Be a candidate enrolled for a Master's Degree in Egerton University for at least one year who has to the satisfaction of the Senate shown exceptional progress in the Research Work to merit upgrading.
Be a holder of a Bachelor's Degree whom the Senate has specially exempted from the Master's programme.

b) Fulfill specific requirements as maybe stipulated by respective Department,
Faculty/School/Institute/Campus with regard to the field of study.


a) Application forms may be obtained from the Director, Board of Graduate Studies upon payment of a prescribed Non-refundable fee and returned duly

b) Where a candidate is to pursue the programme by Research/thesis only, the candidate will be required to present a Research Proposal together with the
application for registration.

c) Where the candidate is to pursue the programme by Coursework, Examination and thesis, the candidate shall be required to submit a brief summary of the
intended area of study together with the Application Forms. A full Research Proposal shall be submitted within three (3) months or registration.

d) All applications for registration shall be processed in the first instance through the relevant Department in which registration is sought. The Department shall
then forward all such applications with appropriate comments to the Faculty/School/Institute/Campus Board concerned for approval and onward transmission to the Board of Postgraduate Studies.

e) Before recommending a candidate for registration, the Department and Faculty/School/Institute/Campus Board concerned shall ensure that:

The proposed field of study is academically sound and can successfully be.  pursued and supervised.
There exist adequate facilities and resources for effective research
The appropriate fees have been paid.



Some of the Kenya‘s most pressing environmental problems include loss of biodiversity;

destruction of water catchments; high pressure on energy resources; pollution of

atmosphere, soil and water resources and deterioration of the social environment,

including human settlement and workplace.Given these environmental problems, there is

need to develop professional and research capabilities in all major areas of environment

which are of local, national and regional significance.This will contribute to the resolution

of national environmental issues by producing professionals equipped with knowledge,

awareness, understanding, skills and concern for the environment, so as to incorporate

environmental considerations in all national development strategies and plans.

For many centuries, humans have continued to draw all the support resources from the

environment.In most cases, the by-products of the resources used are dumped in the

environment.In addition, there is lack of sustainable resource use.This has brought about

a myriad of environmental challenges which are of local, regional and global concern.

There is need therefore to train environmental custodians at all levels.This programme is

designed to help students appreciate the concerns for the environment and equip students

with skills for mitigating and/or solving both local and global environmental problems.

Programme Objectives

Develop Professional and Research capabilities in major areas of environment.Develop

high calibre professionals in various fields in maintaining environmental integrity in

relation to human development as well as produce graduates grounded in their areas of

specialization yet more holistic in their approach to environmental issues

155.3 Admission Requirements

Applicants should be holders of M.Sc in Environmental Science, or related disciplines

from Egerton University or any other recognized University.

Course Structure and Duration

The Ph.Dprogramme will extend for a minimum period of 36 months and a maximum of

72 months All candidates shall conduct independent research, with the direction of a

subject specialist, write and submit a thesis, in fulfilment for Ph.D in Environmental


Thesis Examination

All candidates enrolled for the Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science shall be required

to conduct independent research, leading to writing of a thesis. The defense of the thesis

shall be conducted in accordance with the rules established in Egerton University Statute


Examination regulations

All examinations for the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Scienceshall be

conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University

Statute XXIX.


The grading of examination for Ph.D. in Environmental Science shall be in accordance with

Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with aPh.D. in Environmental Science a student shall be required to

undertake supervised independent research, submit a thesis and pass an oral examination.

Degree Classification

The Ph.D. in Environmental Science is not classified