Master of Science Degree in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

  • The minimum entry requirements for the production option are a BSc Degree in Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Food Science, Nutrition and Forestry with a 2.2 grade or better.
  • The minimum entry requirements for the policy option are a BSc Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Development Studies or any Social Science Degree with a 2.2 grade or better.
  • Candidates with at least 2 years of relevant working experience with a pass will also be considered.

The Master of Science Degree in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture programme shall extend over a period of 2 academic years of study. Taught Courses shall be covered in the first academic while the second academic year shall be for the Research Project (MFS 517).

The Degree Programme shall be arranged as follows:

  • Part I: Students shall take at least five modules per semester in their first year of study.
  • Part II: During the second academic year of study, students shall be required to do a research project on Food Security and/or Sustainable Agriculture.

ASSESSMENT
Taught Courses

  • Course work shall account for 40 % and the formal examination shall account for 60 % of the overall assessment.
  • Each taught course shall normally be assessed through a three-hour formal examination and course work.
  • The examiners may, at their discretion, require candidates to present themselves for an oral examination.

Research Project

  • To be allowed to register for the Research Project (MFS 517), the student must have passed Applied Research Methods (MFS 511).
  • The Department shall normally approve two supervisors for student’s Research Project.
  • The Student shall submit three loose bound copies of the Research Project (MFS 517) to the Department for marking.
  • The assessment of the Research Project (MFS 517) shall be based on a dissertation submitted at least 1 month within the second academic year.
  • Normally, the dissertation shall be assessed by two examiners, excluding the supervisors.
  • The Departmental Board of Examiners shall consider the two examiners’ assessments and decide on the final mark for the dissertation.
  • At the discretion of the examiners, the Student may be required to do a viva voce of the Research Project (MFS 517) before a selected Departmental Panel of Examiners.
  • Award of student certificates shall normally be based on meeting all academic requirements, including development of a manuscript in acceptable form based on the student’s research.

DETERMINATION OF RESULTS
For each course, the Departmental Panel of Examiners shall determine, for each student a continuous assessment mark, a formal examination mark and a final mark to determine whether the Student has passed.

Each Departmental Panel shall submit, for each course and research project under its control and for each student enrolled, the final mark and the result to the Faculty Board of Examiners.

AWARDING AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE DEGREE

To be eligible for the award of an MScFS, a candidate must have;

  • Submitted two bound copies of the Research Project and a CD, which incorporate all amendments recommended by the Departmental Board of Examiners,
  • Passed all core courses in the programme, and
  • Accumulated a minimum of 60 credits.

Marks for 10 taught courses including all core courses and the research project shall be used to classify the degree

The weightings and classification of the degree shall be as follows:

Weighting

Part I: 60 %
Part II: 40 %

Classification
Distinction: 80 % and above
Merit: 70 – 79 %
Credit: 60 – 69 %
Pass: 50 – 59 %
Fail: 49 % and below

COURSES

PART I SEMESTER 1

CODEDESCRIPTION CORE/PRE-REQ/CO-REQ CREDITS
MFS 501 Food Security Principles and IssuesY4
MFS 502Applied Statistics 4
MFS 503Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 4
MFS 504Food Safety, Preparation and Human NutritionY4
MFS 505 Post-Harvest and Marketing Management 4
MFS 506 Food Systems and Value Chain ManagementY4
MFS 507Food Security and Vulnerability AssessmentY4

PART 1 SEMESTER 2 PRODUCTION OPTION

MFS 512Sustainable Crop ProductionY4
MFS 513Sustainable Livestock ProductionY4
MFS 508Food and Agricultural Policy 4
MFS 510 Food Security and Climate ChangeY4
MFS 511Applied Research MethodsMFS 5024
MFS 514International Trade 4
MFS 515Gender, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 4
MFS 516Agricultural Extension Approaches in Food and Agricultural ProgrammesY4

PART 1 SEMESTER 2 POLICY OPTION

MFS 508Food and Agricultural PolicyY4
MFS 509 Contemporary Issues in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 4
MFS 510 Food Security and Climate ChangeY4
MFS 511Applied Research MethodsMFS 5024
MFS 514International TradeY4
MFS 515Gender, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 4
MFS 516Agricultural Extension Approaches in Food and Agricultural ProgrammesY4

PART 2

MFS 517Research Project MFS 511  Y24