Master of Science in Agronomy (MSC.A)
Duration: 2 years
- To produce graduates with broad knowledge and understanding of Agronomy with a specific emphasis on Dry Land Farming.
- To promote professional development of graduates in agriculture by providing the students with hands-on experience of the different disciplines within the realm of Agronomy, biotechnology and climate change.
- To produce graduates with the required skills for carrying out further research and development in dry land farming
Programme Learning Outcomes
On completion of the programme, graduates should be able to:
- Provide advisory services on sustainable crop production to farmers in drought prone areas.
- Carry out independent Agronomic Research in public and private sectors.
- Use different scientific disciplines related to Agronomy and Biotechnology to produce new varieties and address value-chain needs;
- Discuss and provide policy guidance on Agronomic principles on dryland farming and biotechnological methods used in agricultural research.
- Develop, assemble and commercialize crop varieties best suited to Dry Land Areas in terms of biotic and abiotic stress resistance
- Provide leadership in agricultural research, management and marketing in private and public sectors
- Be the expert in teaching and training agricultural professionals in universities and research institutes
- Be stewards of genetic resources and cultivar development particularly for Dry Land Areas
Read the general entry requirements
Student Performance Assessment
- Each course shall be assessed on the basis of 100% total marks with proportions as follows: Course work – 40%, Written examination – 60%
- Course work shall consist of laboratory/fieldwork and progressive assessment (assignments/tests), each component assessed at 20%
- For a course without laboratory/fieldwork, the progressive assessment carries 40%
- A minimum of two coursework assignments shall be required per course
Grading and Classification of Awards
|Score||Grade||Grade point||Cumulative grade point average||Explanation|
|80 – 100
75 – 79
|4.40 – 5.0||Excellent|
|70 – 74||B||4.0||3.60 – 4.39||Very good|
|60 – 69||C||3.5||2.80 – 3.59||Good|
|0 – 59||F
|0 – 2.5||0.0 – 2.79||Failure|
(a) The pass grade point per course is 3.0 equivalent to a 60% pass mark
(b) No credit unit shall be awarded for any failed course.
Other assessment procedures used at Bishop Stuart University may be applied as appropriate.