Kyambogo University is mandated to train high-level personnel to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to become accustomed to the transformations in agricultural and rural development. Therefore, MSc. Soil Science programme at the Department of Agriculture has been tailored to meet the demand for highly trained manpower with holistic analytical skills for addressing biological, ecological and socio-economic constraints and opportunities in arable lands, ASALs and wetlands.
These graduates with hands-on orientation and critical problem-solving skills will serve as trainers, extension specialists and project managers and contribute to the Uganda Government programmes on agricultural transformation and rural development.
Kyambogo University in its contribution to national development developed and runs a cost-effective and sustainable means of generating the scientific expertise that will address the need for soil and land resource specialists in Uganda, regionally and internationally. For this, a Master of Science in Soil Science degree (MSc. Soil Sci.) is hosted at the Department of Agriculture.
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 Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Agricultural Land Use Management
- Any other relevant programmes as may be decided by the Admissions Board.
The programme shall admit 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 natural science disciplines
Duration of the Programme
The programme runs for 2 academic years in a semester system (2 semesters of 17 weeks each). During the first year, students shall take a total of 8 core courses and a minimum of 3 elective courses with 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 shall be examined by at least two examiners, one of which shall 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