Animal production is a critical sector driving the agricultural and rural development transformations in Uganda as well as the east, central and southern Africa (ESA). Additionally, there are increasing concerns among environmentalists, consumers and public authorities about the impacts of animal production on the environment. As a result, farmers are under pressure to adapt management strategies that are compliant with a series of new restrictive regulations. The challenge at hand is the need for a critical mass of well-trained extension personnel with experience in multi-disciplinary and participatory approaches in animal production technologies.
The Master of Science in Animal Production degree (MSc. Ani. Prod.) was designed to develop systems thinking in analysing and designing sustainable livestock production for wide practical farming circumstances.
The overall objectives of the MSc. Ani. Prod. programme is to equip graduates with scientific and technological knowledge with holistic analytical skills for explaining, exploring and predicting the productivity and adaptive capacity of livestock in different ecosystems.
The programme shall target graduates of Agriculture including:
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture,
- Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education
- Bachelor of Education (Agriculture)
- Bachelor of Science in Animal Production Technology
- Bachelor of Applied Human Nutrition
- Any other relevant programmes as may be decided by the Admissions Board.
The programme admits only those students who fulfil the admission requirements set by the Kyambogo University Admissions Board and the Graduate School Board. Additionally, the candidate should have;
- at least a second class degree from a recognized Institution
- a good GP (3.0 and above ) in Agriculture and/or Animal science disciplines
The programme runs for 2 academic years in a semester system (2 semesters of 17 weeks each). During the first year, students take a total of 11 core courses of which 8 are core courses and a minimum of 3 elective courses giving a total of 36 credit units (CU). The second year the student shall undertake supervised research work and dissertation writing constituting 28 credit units. The research report is examined by at least two examiners, one of which should be external, and an oral defence before the Viva Voce panel constituted as per the Kyambogo University examination regulations. The minimum graduation load should be 64 credit units. The programme runs on both a full-time and a part-time model.
Career Prospects: Postgraduates of this Program can pursue careers in Agricultural extension, agricultural development and research
Fees Structure: The required fees and other charges are determined by the University Council.