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University of Nairobi

College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences

 

Regulations and Syllabus for the Degree of Master of Science in Natural Products and Bioprospecting

 

1.    Introduction:

Sub Saharan Africa is grappling with the challenge of attaining the Millennium Development Goals due to the rapidly growing population and dwindling potential for agriculture and range animal production. The region’s alternative wealth is however found in its natural resources that offer promising benefits as an industry. They are accessible to rural people and are ecologically and culturally adapted to local conditions, thereby underpinning their role as a ‘biodiversity-friendly’ sustainable industry, with low barriers to entry.

 

Natural Products science is a multi- and inter-disciplinary science which addresses the problems and issues associated with managing NP chains and systems including NP biodiversity and ecology, indigenous knowledge systems, intellectual property issues, NP development, value addition, quality, marketing and trade. There are many NP related challenges facing the region, including knowledge gaps, biodiversity loss, insufficient human capacity, overexploitation, and the very real possibility of resource loss associated with climate change and population pressure. As the Sub Saharan African region improves politically and economically, the importance of Natural Products resources will assume increasing significance.

 

The development of solutions to problems of Sub Saharan Africa natural products industry is hindered by a shortage of trained personnel and facilities, especially at high levels of academic and professional expertise, resulting in insufficient grass root trickledown effect. This mainly arises from limited funding to train the technical capacities. It is for this reason, that a network involving, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania was formed to develop a curriculum to train the personnel. The curriculum has been discussed in stakeholder’s workshops. 

 

The Master of Science Curriculum in Natural Products and Bioprospecting will train a cadre of scientists who will promote natural products science and technology competences in the region with a view to securing and sustainably engaging the African NP industry for socio-economic development. Graduates will conduct demand driven research in all areas of natural products sciences.

 

The objectives

  1. To produce graduates with knowledge in Natural Products and Bioprospecting for social economic development.
  2. To train an effective cadre of scientists to undertake research in Natural Products
  3. To produce graduates with strong scientific and technical competence in Natural products science
  4. To provide graduates with the latest methods and concepts in natural bioprospecting

 

2.   Admission Requirements

  1. The common regulations for the Masters Degrees in all faculties shall apply:
  2. The regulations for the Degree of Master of Science in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine shall be applicable.
  3. Holders of the following degrees of the University of Nairobi or other university  recognized by University of Nairobi senate
    1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
    2. Bachelor Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
    3. Bachelor Pharmacy
    4. Bachelor Science in Nursing
    5. Bachelor of Dental Surgery

 

  1. Holders of Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Technology, Zoology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Animal Science and Agriculture) of the University of Nairobi or other university  recognized by University of Nairobi senate with at least upper second-class honours or lower second class honours with a minimum of two (2) years work experience in a relevant field.
  2. Holders of Master of Science degree in related disciplines.
  3. Holders of a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline from other institutions recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi.
  4. Holders of a pass degree or equivalent qualifications as listed above with either a relevant post-graduate diploma or five years work experience. 

 

3.         Credits Transfer and Exemption

Applicants may be exempted from some course units and credits transferred from institutions recognized by senate, subject to the following conditions.

i.          Must have passed in similar course units at master’s level

ii.          Request for exemption should be made in writing on admission to the Director of Board of Postgraduate Studies through the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and should be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents for the relevant course(s).

iii.         Payment of the prescribed exemption fees

iv.        No applicant shall be exempted for more than one third of the total number of course units required in the course

 

4.         Course Structure and Duration

  1. The course shall take a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters leading to the award of a Master of Science degree in Natural Products and Bio prospecting
  2. The course shall be conducted by course work, examination and thesis
  3. Candidates shall take ten compulsory courses during the first academic year.
  4. The second year shall entail research and thesis writing.
  5. The candidates will be required to give seminars as will be prescribed throughout the period of study.

 

5.         Course Outline:

Course Code

Course Title

Lecture

Practical

Total

JVN 600

Introduction to natural products science

30

15

45

JVN 602

Natural Products and the Environment 

30

15

45

JPT 601     

Analytical techniques

45

45

90

JVN 603

Natural products and biological systems interactions

45

15

60

JVN 604

Natural Products safety and efficacy

45

15

60

JVN 605

Bio-prospecting and value chains          

45

15

60

JPH 603

Biostatistics and Computer applications

45

45

90

JPT 605

(JPM 607)

Principles of scientific communication

60

 

60

JVN 606

Natural products entrepreneurship and Economics

30

15

45

JVN 607

Natural products policy and Ethics

30

15

45

JVN 701

Thesis and Examination

 

 

900

 

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