The Master of Science in Agricultural Processing Engineering aims at developing skills and capacity in planning, application and management of technology for agricultural processing and utilization of bio-resources. A strong emphasis is placed on research and practical problem solving in areas of processing and storage of agricultural produce as well as other bio-products and energy.
The Master of Science in Agricultural Processes Engineering programme offered at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology aims to:
1. Equip graduate engineers with necessary knowledge and skills for sustainable processing of agricultural produce as well as utilization of natural resources.
2. Produce scientists who will serve mankind in various engineering fields and in particular processing of agricultural produce, design and management of sustainable bio-processing systems, development of strategies to reduce postharvest losses and value addition.
At the end of the programme, the graduates should be able to:
a. Accurately diagnose and solve problems in agricultural processes that require engineering solutions
b. Conduct basic and applied scientific research
c. Contribute to teamwork and perform efficiently in a multidisciplinary environment
A candidate wishing to be admitted into the degree of Master of Science in Agricultural Processes Engineering must satisfy the minimum University entry requirements and College of Engineering and Technology regulations.
In addition to the above, the candidate must have a minimum of:
- A Second Class Honours (Upper Division) degree in Agricultutal and Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biomechanical and Processing Engineering; Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, OR Mechanical Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, or
- A Second Class Honours (Lower Division) degree as in 4.1 with two years relevant experience, or
- Any other relevant degree recognized by the university Senate.
Structure and Duration
The programme shall extend for at least two academic years and will cover coursework, examination and thesis.
The first year is devoted to coursework and the candidate shall be required to pass all the units on offer. The second year is devoted to carrying out a research project and writing thesis.