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Rationale of the Programme

The goal of the Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in Wildlife Resource Management is to provide training and experience in research, planning and design methods, experimentation and scientific writing in matters related to wildlife resources.  The graduate programme builds upon a solid, basic undergraduate programme.  The focus of the programme is on problem-solving approaches, the synthesis of basic ecological concepts, and the development of inquisitive intuitive thinking capabilities.

2.0 Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Master of Science in Wildlife Resource Management programme, candidate will be able to:

  1. a) Take up specialists careers  in Wildlife resource management
  2. b) Acquire and disseminate advanced management skills which relate to human-wildlife conflicts.
  3. c) Impart advanced knowledge on development of scientific tools and technologies as a basis for wildlife resource management

3.0 Admission Requirements to the Master of Science in Wildlife Management

Requirements for candidates to join this programme are:

Second Class Honors (Upper division) in Undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management from a recognized university OR

Second class honors in a relevant Undergraduate degree discipline from a recognized university OR

Second Class honors lower in Undergraduate degree from a recognized university with relevant field experience of Two (2) years OR Second Class  honors lower division in Undergraduate degree from a recognized university with at least One (1) research Publication.

4.0 Candidates’ Assessment Policy

Assessment at the end of the programme work shall consist of:

Candidates shall be required to pass all prescribed courses in the program. The pass mark shall be 50%.

Assessment at the end of the course work shall consist of:

A written examination, which shall normally constitute 60% of the total marks in each course.

Continuous course work assessment based on essays, laboratory assignments and such other tests as the course concerned may prescribe.  This will normally constitute 40% of the total marks.

5.0 Evaluation of Teaching

Each candidate shall be given a course evaluation form at the end of every semester to assess the quality and effectiveness of the teaching methods and delivery of content. All candidates shall be required to submit each semester a written report to the Head of department

6.0 Graduation requirements

Names of candidates who have submitted copies of Theses in CDs shall be tabled to the Board of Post Graduate Studies, together with copies of the bound theses and minutes of the respective Oral Presentation. The Board shall inspect the bound theses, and once satisfied, shall recommend the successful candidates to Senate for the award of respective Master of Science Degree, taking into consideration other requirements in respect of course work with copies to Board of Graduate Studies.

7.0 Classification of Degrees

The Masters programme shall consist of a minimum of forty (40) credit hours and a maximum of fifty eight (58) credit hours of coursework, examination and thesis distributed over four semesters. Candidate who satisfies the graduation requirements will be awarded a “Master of Science in Wildlife Resource Management”.

8.0 Program Course Structure

YEAR 1, SEMESTER I                                                                             

Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS

WRM 8103                 Research Methods                                                               3

WRM 8104                 Advanced Biostatistics                                                          3

WRM 8105                 Graduate Seminar                                                                3

WRM 8106                 Planning Thesis Research                                                      3

WRM 8107                 Thesis                                                                                 3

                                    Semester Total                                                                15



Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS

WRM 8203                 Advanced Wildlife Management                                            3

WRM 8204                 African Plant and Community Ecology                                   3

WRM 8205                 Advanced Population Dynamics and Analysis                          3

WRM 8206                 Advanced Wildlife Physiology and Nutrition                            3

WRM 8207                Human & Social Dimensions of Wildlife & Park Management.    3

WRM 8208                 Environmental Interpretative methods                                   3

WRM 8209                 Wildlife Management planning                                              3

WRM 8210                 Etho-Ecology                                                                      3         

WRM 8107                 Thesis                                                                                2

Semester Total                                                                                                      14

NB: In Second Semester, Candidates will Select Any Four Courses = 12 units in Addition to WRM 8107 = 2 Units, Totaling to 14 Units


Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS

WRM 8107:                Thesis                                                                               10

Semester Total                                                                                                   10

YEAR 2, SEMESTER II                                                                

Course Code              Course Name                                                             CREDIT HRS          

WRM 8107                 Thesis                                                                                6

Semester Total                                                                                                        6



Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

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