The Kenya National Climate Change Response Strategy (2009) identified the need to train skilled personel in Climate Change Science for sustainable national development. The Master of Science programme in Climate change is uniquely broad in its coverage. This reflects the range of knowledge and skills required to address the challenges of climate change and sustainable development. It also provides depth in key areas, drawing upon the internationally recognized teaching, research and consultancy expertise of the multi-disciplinary team of lecturers drawn from many disciplines from within the university, plus visiting lecturers from industry.
The programme meets the needs of graduates seeking a career in the climate change and Climate risk management and also enables professionals to extend their knowledge or to change career.
The Master of Science programme in Climate Change is designed to provide students, having a first degree in various fields, with advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in Climate Change Science.
Thus the course intends to:
- Equip students with knowledge and skills in practical applications in Climate Change Science
- Equip the students with research skills in Climate Change Science
SCHEDULE OF INTAKE
Intake is done in the month of September every calendar year. For more information, please visit this link
MODE OF DELIVERY
There are three modes of delivery in this programme namely;
- Module I - this has a face-to-face delivery and is done from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
- Module II - this has a face-to-face delivery and is done from 5.30pm to 8.3pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 5pm on Saturday.
- Module III - this has an open and distance learning mode where modules are given to students to read/study.
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CONTACT OF SUPPORT PERSONS
Dr F. J. Opija
Cellphone No. +254 721 531 908
Mr. B. M. Watitwa
Cellphone No. +254 712 230 635
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COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION
- The course consists of course work, continuous assessment, written examination and a research project.
- The continuous assessment shall comprise tests, assignments, practicals, field work and term papers.
- The candidate shall be required to take at least sixteen (16) course units.
- The research project is equivalent to four unit courses.
- The course shall be covered in a minimum period of three semesters and a maximum of twelve (12) semesters each of fifteen (15) weeks.
- Candidates shall be required to take at least three (3) course units and a maximum of six (6) course units in a semester.
- Each unit shall be covered in 45 contact hours
- The programme has five (5) specialisations
Mode of delivery
The programme will be offered through mixed mode:
- Face to face or Open,
- Distance and Electronic Learning (ODeL) modes.
A student may use any of the above modes for any course unit.
The common regulations governing Masters programmes in all faculties, institutes and schools shall apply.
The following shall be eligible for admission
- A holder of first degree of the University of Nairobi (UoN) or an equivalent qualification from any other institution recognised by the Senate of UoN.
In addition, the candidate must have any of the following qualifications:
a) At least Upper second class Honours degree.
b) Second class lower division with a working experience of at least two years in a relevant research/ operational institution,.
c) Pass degree with relevant professional qualifications.
d) Pass degree with a working experience of at least five years in a relevant research/ operational institution,
TRANSFER OF CREDITS AND EXEMPTIONS
Applicants who wish to transfer course work credits for similar courses taken in other institutions may, on recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, be allowed to transfer credits up to a maximum of one third of courses offered in the programme. Applications for credit transfer will be made on payment of prescribed fees to the Dean, School of Physical Sciences, giving details of the subjects for which credit transfer/exemption is sought. The Department may administer an assessment test for each course unit as appropriate.
CAREERS IN CLIMATE CHANGE
- Climate risk assesor
- Climate Scenario modeller
- Enviromental assessor/expert
- Disastor risk expert
- Monitoring and evaluation expert
- Climate Change adaptation/mitigation expert