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MSc Soil Science

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Degree Structure:
(a) The programme is offered by course work and examinations, and a supervised research project and thesis.
(b) The programme provides both core (mandatory) and elective (optional) courses. The core courses are designed to give the student a broad and deep grounding in concepts and practice of Soil Science. All candidates shall take core courses.The elective courses are to provide the learners with deeper insights in specialized (option) areas of study.There are four options in the programme: Soil Biology, Soil Chemistry, Soil Physics, Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition. Thesis work is taken on a research subject emphasizing the chosen (option) area of specialization
(c) Courses are offered in units. A course unit is defined as a two-hour lecture and a three-hour practical session per week per semester. Thus, a course unit is comprised of 60 hrs per semester. 
(d) The courses and research/thesis are distributed over the two-year period for full time students as follows:

Duration of Programme:
The duration of MSc in Soil Science for full-time and part-time students shall normally be two and four academic years, respectively


Admission requirements:
(a) Applicant must satisfy the minimum requirements as per the Maseno University common regulations for Master Degrees.
(b) Applicant should normally have a B.Sc. Second Class, Upper division degree or its equivalent in Soil Science, Geology, Agriculture, Horticulture, Agronomy or related disciplines from Maseno University or a recognized university.
(c) Applicant with Second class, Lower division degree in any of the above disciplines but with relevant post-graduate research experience and/or achievement will be considered.
(d) Applicant with a Pass degree and a Postgraduate Diploma with at least a credit pass in the relevant discipline will also be considered.


Period Activity Unit
Year 1 S1 Coursework 6 core
Year 1 S2 Coursework 3 core & 3 elective
Year 2 Res. & Thesis 7 core

MSc Soil Science Courses


Year I Semester I CATEGORY
ASS 851: Soil Physics 
ASS 852: Soil Chemistry 
ASS 853: Soil Biology 
ASS 854: Soil Fertility 
ASS 855: Soil Survey, Classification and Land Evaluation 
ASS 857: Research Methodology 


Year I Semester II
ASS 856: Soil and Plant Analysis 
ASS 858: Quantitative Methods 
ASS 859: Special Topics 
ASS 8*** any three (3) elective courses 

Year II
Research and Thesis 

Elective (specialization) courses
Soil Biology Option
ASS 863: Waste Management on Soils 
ASS 865: Forest soils 
ASS 867: Soil Biochemistry 


Soil Chemistry Option
ASS 863: Waste Management on Soils 
ASS 867: Soil Biochemistry 
ASS 868: Soil mineralogy 


Soil Physics Option
ASS 860: Land and Soil Degradation Control 
ASS 864: Irrigation and Drainage Technology 
ASS 869: Soil and Water Conservation 


Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Option
ASS 861: Plant Nutrition 
ASS 862: Soil-less Growth Media 
ASS 866: Soil-Plant relations