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INTRODUCTION

Master of Science in Land Resources Management is an interdisciplinary graduate program for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of land and natural resources or who seek special education in technical, social, or management aspects of land. The broad construal of land resources in this program is based on the idea that land includes all physical elements in the wealth of a nation bestowed by nature such as climate, forests, wetlands, fields, rangelands, minerals, mountains, lakes, streams, seas, plants and animals and is critical to the economic, social and cultural development of a nation.

The program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary graduate study and research and its goal is to give students a broad understanding of land resources as well as knowledge of related scientific, technical, socio-political, legal, and economic issues.

JUSTIFICATION

The Master of Science in Land Resources Management provide an excellent, practically-based training that has several distinctive features: 

First, it is unique in that it offers a multi-disciplinary research-led programme in Master of Science in Land Resources Management consistent with the changing needs of contemporary land use practice.  The proposed degree emphasises the integrated nature of management through the delivery of course units from natural, social, economic, political and environmental sciences to understand and evaluate planning processes, policies and tools set within Kenya, and increasingly regional and global, systems. The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree provides students with the opportunities to develop strength in areas of choice.  

Second, the Master of Science in Land Resources Management enables students to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to conduct independent research, and the skills to work with others in an integrated manner on challenging projects. Students develop interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills essential for working in teams and interacting with people from diverse cultures, communities, and backgrounds. 


Third, the Master of Science in Land Resources Management emphasises the importance of practical experience and builds real-world problem-solving skills through field and studio work, workshops, role-plays, case studies, and close interaction with lecturers and leading practitioners. Students also develop an ethical and theoretical foundation that serves them well for professional practice.  


Finally, while rooted in the Kenyan context, the Master of Science in Land Resources Management draws on international experience and planning approaches. Graduates of MSc (LRM) from Maasai Mara University  can therefore apply their training locally or overseas in a variety of professional and applied environments.

OBJECTIVES

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

The objectives of the Master of Science programme in Land Resources Management is to train experts will facilitate and guide society in land resource management at different levels and for different sectors of the societies. 

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives of the Master of Science programme in Land Resources Management is to train experts who, in their future careers, carrying due responsibility, are expected to be able to:

  • Determine land suitability to be used for both agricultural and non-agricultural purposes:
  • Address problems of degradation and desertification.
  • Understand dynamics of natural ecosystems and their conservation.
  • Identify emerging environmental issues with regard to land.
  • Integrate land management in the frame of sustainable development.

ADMISSIONS

The common regulations for the Masters degrees in the School of Tourism and Natural Resources Management shall apply.

The candidates for the M.Sc. in Land Resources Management should have:-

  1. At least a second class honours (upper division) degree in Environmental studies,  Environmental management, Geography, Wildlife Management, Agriculture,  Sociology, Forestry  Management, Parks Management from the Maasai Mara University, or an equivalent degree from a University recognised by the Maasai Mara University Senate, or
  2. a holder of a second class honours (lower division) degree in Environmental studies,  Environmental management, Geography, Wildlife Management, Agriculture,  Sociology, Forestry  Management provided that the candidate has acquired at least two years relevant experience.
Unit code Course title       Credit Hours
CORE UNITS
YEAR 1
SEMESTER 1
ELM 8101 Land Resource Policy and Legislation 3
ELM 8102 Research methodology and communication 3
ELM 8103 Applied Statistics and Computer Application 3
ELM 8104 Land Resource and Sustainability Philosophy 3
                                         SEMESTER 2
ELM 8105 Project planning, implementation and management 3
ELM 8106 Spatial Analysis and Modeling Techniques 3
ELM 8107 Seminars  on emerging issues in land planning and management 3
ELM 8108 Agricultural systems planning and management 3
ELECTIVE UNITS
ELM 8109 E Land Degradation and Productivity Management 3
ELM 8110 E Meteorology and climatology 3
ELM 8111 E Irrigation and drainage Technologies 3
ELM 8112 E Soil resource management 3
ELM 8113 E Water resource management 3
ELM 8114 E Agricultural Management for Arid and Semi -Arid Lands 3
YEAR 2
SEMESTER 1 and 2
ELM 8201 Research and Thesis 12

 

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