Master of Science in Comparative Animal Physiology

Overview

 

Goal of the Programme

The goal of MSc. in Comparative Animal Physiology is to mentor and produce Physiologists who are equipped with appropriate knowledge in specific functional systems across a wide range of animal species, acquire knowledge on tools and techniques, skills and competence in critical thinking, problem analysis and solving as well as innovativeness required to address the needs of the society through established extension programmes, translate the acquired knowledge into relevant disciplines such as Pathology, Human and Veterinary Medicine, Public Health and Pharmacology and other relevant and related fields with a view to enhancing the life of animal species, conservation and even enhancing production and reproduction.

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of the MSc programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Design researchable problems and carry out appropriate experiments in various areas of specialization within Comparative Animal Physiology
  2. Publish and make significant scientific research contributions to the field of Comparative Animal Physiology
  3. Transfer information to producers and consumers within the livestock sector geared towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals such as national agenda on food safety and security
  4. From the Human Medicine perspective, the course intends to transfer information that enhances human reproductive health and other aspects of physiology that enhances human performance and well-being.
  5. Develop policy and management practices in relevant fields

 

COURSE STRUCTURE AND DURATION:

The course is a full-time program extending for a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of (8) semesters leading to the award of Master of Science in Comparative Animal Physiology.  In the first year, the students will undertake studies by course-work and examination.  The second year will be devoted to research in a specific area, writing up and submission of a Master’s thesis.

 

Minimum Admission requirements

The common regulations for admission and registration for the Masters’ degrees in all Faculties shall be applicable. To be eligible for admission applicants must be holders of the either one of the following degree awards of the University of Nairobi:

 

  1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with at least a credit pass in one of the relevant subjects.
  2. Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of Pharmacy with at least a credit pass in one of the relevant subjects.
  3. Bachelor of Science with a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honor’s in Biomedical Technology, Zoology, Animal Physiology, Biology or Anatomy, Wildlife Management of the University of Nairobi or a lower 2nd class with a minimum of one (1) year work experience in relevant field.
  4. A degree in Zoological Sciences from another recognized university that has been accepted by the Senate as equivalent to one of the degrees above. 

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

An applicant may seek credit transfer or exemption for a similar course taken at the Masters’ level from the University of Nairobi or other institutions recognized by the Senate.

An applicant who wishes to apply for credit transfer in any course:

  1. Shall be required to submit formal applications for credit transfers to the Academic Registrar through Dean of Faculty justifying their request with the attachment of relevant support documents.
  2. Will be allowed credit transfer of a maximum of one-third of the prescribed courses
  3. Can only be considered for the request after the applicant has paid the appropriate fees as may be decided by the Senate on recommendation by the Faculty Academic Committee.

Exemptions

There shall be no exemptions in the MSc. in Comparative Animal Physiology programme.

 

Researcher in Comparative Animal Physiology

Officer in Public Health Department

Lecturer in TVETs

Lecturer in Universities

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY (J542)

NB.

  1. Guidelines for research money for the MSc degree is approximately KES 400,000 but the actual cost will depend on the type of research.
  2. Fees for foreign students shall be charged at the same rate and payment made in equivalent US Dollars.

 

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

 

 

SEM 1

SEM 2

SEM 3

SEM 4

TOTAL

TUITION

174,000

174,000

174,000

174,000.

696,000

ICT SERVICES - (Per year)

7000

-

7,000

 

14,000

REGISTRATION (Per Semester @2250)

2,250

2,250

2,250

2,250

9,000

ID CARD ( Per year)

1,000

 

1000

 

2,000

CAUTION - (ONCE)          5,000.00

5,000

 

 

 

5,000

MEDICAL FEE (Per year)

6,500

 

6,500

 

13,000

LIBRARY (Per year)

5,000

 

5,000

 

10,000

ACTIVITY-( Per year)

2,000

 

2,000

 

4,000

STUDENT ORGANISATION (Per year)

1,000

 

1,000

 

2,000

EXAMINATION (Per unit @1000)

6,000

6,000

 

 

12,000

THESIS EXAMINATION

 

 

 

30,000

30,000

GRAND TOTALS

209,750.00

182,250.00

198,750.00

206,250.00

797,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy

 

Philosophy of the Programme

The philosophy of MSc. in Comparative Animal Physiology is to develop and disseminate knowledge in the area of the comparative physiology of vertebrates. The training intends to provide learners with an in-depth undertaking through specific options of animal physiology to achieve specialized skills in research and to meet the needs of the University of Nairobi as well as other institutions of higher learning, the community and societal needs.  It is aimed at equipping professionals working in Biomedical Sciences with cutting-edge knowledge in physiology that will improve their working skills. The candidates undertaking this programme shall be expected to present findings from the research projects in seminars, workshops as well as at national and internal conferences. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine recognizes the dynamic nature and emerging trends in Animal Physiology, its importance to researchers working in all areas of animal sciences and particularly Veterinary Medicine. All these complexities shall guide the research goals and objectives of this MSc. Programme.

 

Application Information

1.    Login to the following student portal: https://smis.uonbi.ac.ke

2.   Government-sponsored students (Module I)

      Your access credentials have already been sent to your portals.The username is your registration number.

Module II students generate a registration number upon paying an initial part of registration fees of at least KES 30,000.

 3.   Upon login, follow the registration process starting with uploading the following documents:

  1. -KCSE result slip
  2. -Admission letter
  3. -Signed Bond form
  4. -Signed Medical form
  5. -Proof of payment of fees
  6. -National ID/Birth certificate
  7. -Passport photo

-Signature

 Customer Care 

Contact email: customercare@uonbi.ac.ke

Mode of Delivery

The programme will be delivered through face-to-face; Open, Distance and e-Learning (ODeL), and blended learning modes.

Face-to-Face Mode

The face-to-face mode of delivery will be through classroom lectures, seminars, discussions, tutorials, guided practical experiments and demonstrations.

Open, Distance and e-Learning Mode

The Open, Distance and electronic Learning (ODeL) mode will be through the home and/or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional and online self-study materials including:

a)  Written self-instructional study modules issued at registration time

  1. Study course materials like booklets
  2. Relevant literature
  3. Online interactive devices and self-tests

b)  Mediated technical learning materials for example

  1. Audiovisual
  2. E-learning materials

c)   Limited face-to-face sessions to provide an overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid-semester and revision period before examinations

d)  The University of Nairobi Study Support Centers and libraries at the institution other institutions.

e)   Orientation immediately after registration:

  1. Orientation in ODeL delivery
  2. Study, reading and use of online study materials
  3. Time management and techniques of handling assignments
  4. Mentorship, guidance and counselling

Blended Learning

The blended learning mode of delivery will combine face-to-face and online learning approaches.

       a)   Use of online tools and resources such as Google Classroom, YouTube, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Moodle and Blackboard.

       b)   Hands-on practical exercises in the laboratory or field, face-to-face group work in a classroom and face-to-face tutorials between online lessons.

       c)    Use of cloud-based content and learning course management system application to connect with students online. The online platforms will allow students to access videos of lectures, track assignments, interact with lecturers and classmates and review supporting materials such as PowerPoint presentations and scholarly articles.

Contacts of support persons

Chairman DVAP.   E-mail: makanya@uonbi.ac.ke

Course Coordinator. E-mail: mmbaabu@uonbi.ac.ke 

Rationale

Rationale of the Programme

The aim of reviewing the programme is to align it with the dynamic changes in research on fundamental elements of Comparative Animal Physiology to enhance scientific knowledge and research skills in vertebrate physiology. The programme is also structured to instill requisite skills in line with industry needs as well as for the realization of vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal of the program

The goal of MSc. in Comparative Animal Physiology is to mentor and produce Physiologists who are equipped with appropriate knowledge in specific functional systems across a wide range of animal species, acquire knowledge on tools and techniques, skills and competence in critical thinking, problem analysis and solving as well as innovativeness required to address the needs of the society through established extension programmes, translate the acquired knowledge into relevant disciplines such as Pathology, Human and Veterinary Medicine, Public Health and Pharmacology and other relevant and related fields with a view to enhancing the life of animal species, conservation and even enhancing production and reproduction.