The Master of Climate Change Adaptation (MCCA) programme of the University of Nairobi seeks to improve the science and practice of climate change and adaptation. It explores the fundamental changes caused by anthropogenic and natural activities that influence the alteration of the living earth’s environment.
The observed annual rainfall anomalies of the climate change models indicate possible increases in precipitation in East Africa, contrasted with reduced precipitation for southern Africa in the next 100 years. While for East Africa an increase in rainfall as projected would be welcome, it will be accompanied by an increase of extremely wet events, from the current 5% to about 20%, which could seriously disrupt food production systems and infrastructure.
For these reasons targeted research and advocacy on the systemic challenges and solutions to the variability associated with the changing climate and the 'implementation gap’ facing countries in sub-Saharan Africa is required. Innovative thinking about civil service motivation and reform and work to unlock the existing capabilities within and financing for existing institutions who will play a key role in reducing vulnerability and ensuring the security of and equitable access to natural resource assets is needed.
Support is required to ensure that the climate change response in Africa moves beyond merely inclusion, towards empowerment of vulnerable groups through (and for) effective climate change adaptation, through for example by targeting work with women’s groups, farming cooperatives, rural development, or economic empowerment initiatives.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION
New intakes come in during September at the start of the academic year. However, admission is continuous and one can apply at any time to enter into the Masters in the department . Applications are processed as and when received.
The mode of delivery of the programme will be offered through fulltime (face-to-face) mode.
Currently, due to COVID 19 restrictions, courses are delivered online to ensure that learning is not interupted. The course has 3 semesters, two for learning and one for the collection of data. Students have the option of either Thesis or Project for their final study.
Applicants will apply at the University of Nairobi online portal https://application.uonbi.ac.ke.
Applicant will be required to upload;
- A photocopy of their Bachelors certificate duly certified as a true copy of the original by the issuing institution.
- A photocopy of their transcripts indicating annual performance also duly certified as true copies of the original.
- latest copy of their CV.
- KCSE certificate
The common regulations for the Masters degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply.
The following shall be eligible for the registration for the Masters degree
i) Holder of at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in non-classified degrees from a recognized university
ii) A holder of lower second class with at least two years of relevant work experience after graduation
iii) Holder of a pass degree with at least three years of relevant work experience after graduation
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Graduates of this programme will find employment in national government ministries, private sector enterprises, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations organizations. They will also be green business and technology entrepreneurs.
The department has structured the attachment opportunities in two ways
i) The Administration office circulates fellowship and scholarship opportunities for students regularly
ii) The Institute accepts interns to support the service delivery functions
CAREERS IN CLIMATE CHANGE
- Climate risk assessor
- Climate Scenario modeller
- Environmental assessor/expert
- Disaster risk expert
- Monitoring and evaluation expert
- Climate Change adaptation/mitigation expert
Fees and Funding
1.1 The common regulations governing the examinations of Masters Degree shall apply to all courses.
1.2 Candidates shall take written examinations at end of each semester.
1.3 The end of semester examination shall constitute 70% of total marks whereas continuous assessment tests shall account for 30%.
1.4 The end semester examination shall be of three hours.
1.5 The pass mark shall be 50%. Grading shall be based on the following scale:
Class Mark (%)
1.6 A candidate who fails to obtain pass mark in any course may be allowed to take supplementary examination in the failed paper.
1.7 A candidate shall only be permitted to take supplementary examination in a maximum of two course units.
1.8 A candidate who fails in more than two papers, in one academic year, may on recommendation of Departmental Board, be discontinued by Senate.
1.9 A pass obtained by supplementary examination shall be recorded as 50%.
1.10 A candidate who fails in the supplementary examination or fails to complete the course work in the prescribed time shall, on recommendation of the departmental board and approval of the Senate, be discontinued.
1.11 There shall be a special examination where a candidate fails to take scheduled examination provided there are satisfactory reasons.
Examination of Thesis
2.1 The thesis shall, on submission, be examined by three internal examiners from the department and one external examiner. The candidate shall present themselves for oral examination and defend the research findings before a departmental panel of examiners constituted by the Chairman of Earth and Climate Sciences and approval by the Board of Postgraduate Studies
2.2 The pass for the thesis shall be 50%.
2.3 A candidate who fails in the thesis may, on recommendation of ECS Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to resubmit the thesis for examination within the stipulated period.
2.4 A pass obtained in the re-submission of the thesis shall be recorded as 50%.
2.5 A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark in the thesis at the re-submission shall, on recommendation of ECS Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued.
Examination of Research Project
3.1 Candidates shall be required to submit Research Projects for examination at least three weeks before end of semester in which they are to be examined.
3.2 The Research Project shall be examined by three internal examiners, and the ECS appointed external examiner for the year and subjected to oral defence by a panel constituted by the Chairman of ECS.
3.3 The pass mark for the Research Project shall be 50%.
3.4 A candidate who fails in the Research Project may, on recommendation of ECS Board of Examiners and approval by Senate, be allowed to re-submit the project for examination, within the stipulated period.
3.5 A pass obtained in the re-submission of a Research Project shall be recorded as 50%.
3.6 A candidate who fails to obtain a pass mark in the Research Project at the second –re-submission shall, on recommendation of ECS Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued.
Special course unit ICCA 608 Examination
The course unit ICCA 608: Critical Debates in Global Climate Change and Adaptation shall be examined by the Institute through grading of assignments out of seventy percent (70%)