Tuesday, 12 November 2019

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN GENETICS

Admission requirements
a)    The common regulations for all Master of Science degrees in the University of  Embu shall apply.
b)    The general regulations for all Master of Science degrees in the Department of Biological Sciences shall apply.
c)    The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Science degree in genetics in the Department of Biological sciences.
i)    A holder of at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Biological Sciences having studied Biological sciences as a major or regular subject from Embu University or its equivalent from a University recognised by the Senate.
ii)    Under exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Department, a holder of a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) degree in Biological Sciences having studied Biological sciences as a major or regular subject may be admitted. Such a candidate shall produce evidence of having conducted research or having worked in a relevant area from an institution recognised by the University for a period of at least two years.
iii)    At the discretion of the Department, any other qualifications considered equivalent to i and ii may be considered.

Duration of Study
Two academic years

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program students will:
1.    Be competent to pursue doctoral degrees in genetics or related areas.
2.    Have gained knowledge and skills that will enable them to work as researchers or academicians in the field of genetics
3.    Will have gained understanding of the recent advances in genetics.

Career prospects
Postgraduates in the field of genetics can pursue doctoral studies or work in industry, research institutions, and universities at the national and international level.  

Coursework requirements.
A student is required to attend at least two thirds of class attendance to be allowed to sit the final examination.

Duration and Pattern of the Course
i)    The minimum duration of the Master of Science in Genetics course shall be at least TWO academic years (18 months) from the date of registration.
ii)    No candidate for the degree of Master of Science shall be registered as a full-time student for more than four (4) academic years or as a part-time student for more than five (5) academic years without submitting his thesis, except by permission of the University.
iii)    Master of Science course in genetics shall be by course work, examination and thesis.
iv)    In the first year students shall take 10 units which shall be assessed by course-work and examination. A student may take up to two additional units during the first year.
v)    A candidate may opt do composite microbiology where s/he becomes conversant with all aspects of microbiology by taking the prescribed units or may choose to specialize in one of the options as prescribed.
vi)    Each unit shall comprise lectures which shall include tutorials, discussions and practicals.  In addition, the students will be required to attend/present Departmental seminars.
vii)    In the second-year students will undertake research, seminar presentation (at least two seminars on their research work) and thesis writing.
viii)    That the departmental regulations for thesis shall apply

Courses/Unit Distribution for MSc in Genetics
First Year
Core Units


First Year

Core Units

     

Unit

Unit Title

Contact

Remarks

 

Code

 

Hours

 

 

SZL 515

Research Methodology

45

Senate approved

 

SBZ 545

Biostatistical Methods

45

Senate approved

 

SBT 542

Biochemical genetics

45

Senate approved

 

SBT 544

Population and Quantitative Genetics

45

Senate approved

 

SBT 549

Recombinant DNA Technology

45

Senate approved

 

 

 

 

 

UNIT

UNIT TITLE

CONTACT

REMARKS

 

CODE

 

HOURS

 

 

SBT 543

Developmental Genetics

45

Senate approved

 

SBT 546

Mutations

45

Senate approved

 

SBT 547

Ecological and Behavioural Genetics

45

Senate approved

 

SBT 548

Applied Genetics

45

Senate approved

 

SBB 606

Genomics and Proteomics

45

Senate approved

 

JPM 626

Molecular Biology in Bacteriology

45

Senate approved

 

JPM 631

Molecular Biology in Virology

45

Senate approved

 

JPM 622$

General Bacteriology

45

Senate approved

 

JPM 627$

General Virology

45

Senate approved

 

$Additional units

Second year
Core

Unit

Unit Title

Contact

Status/ Remarks

 

Code

 

Hours

 

 

SBE 600

 Thesis

540

Senate approved

 

 

Requirements for graduation
To be considered for the Award of a Master of Science degree in Genetics
a)    A candidate must have been admitted into the program and taken ten (10) required units. After fulfilling the required 10 units, a student can opt to take two (2) additional units at the discretion of the Department.
b)    A candidate must undertake a research project, submit a written thesis and pass all respective examinations.
Award of Degree
A Master of Science in Genetics shall be awarded.