- June 7, 2018
PhD in Agro-ecology and Food Systems
The integration of ecological studies in Agriculture as a holistic approach to providing solutions to problems related to agricultural production and productivity has over the last decades gained momentum. In the context of the changing climate and the growing concerns for better healthy food systems, Agro-ecology seems to provide answers to mega problems facing agricultural sustainability and environmental health. It has become clear that there is growing anecdotal and case study evidence of Agro-ecology multiple benefits from climate resilience to farm productivity but also being a sustainable farming approach and social environment. Mainstreaming Agro-ecology therefore requires a fundamental cultural and philosophical shift on how society defines efficient Agriculture. This programme is therefore aimed at making a contribution in that direction.
The main purpose of the programme is to produce well trained top-level skilled professionals with interdisciplinary and international orientation to facilitate the development of institutions and structures for sustainable utilization of knowledge and technologies in Agro-ecology in an integrated way. The programme also seeks to develop a new calibre of highly motivated and dynamic graduates with capacity to face the new challenges and intricacies facing Agriculture today and beyond. This is a unique programme for grooming agricultural scientists with interdisciplinary orientation, organizational and leadership skills, cross-cutting professional skills and the requisite mindsets to influence utilisation of knowledge in agro-ecology and food systems that will eventually spill over to grassroots.
To achieve this purpose, the programme targets professionals in universities, research, extension, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) and policy development institutions that need high level innovative and analytical capabilities.
A Prospective student seeking admission to this programme shall normally require a Master’s Degree in a relevant field from a recognized institution of Higher Learning. In exceptional circumstances, prospective students who hold a First-Class Degree with relevant working experience and appropriate professional qualifications can also be admitted.
Admission to the Programme
To be admitted to this PhD programme, one is required to submit a preliminary research proposal/ concept note and copies of published academic work (Dissertations not inclusive).
Acceptance is dependent upon the prospective student’s proposal receiving favourable reports. Once the proposal/ concept is accepted, the prospective student will be invited for an interview. If the admission panel deems the prospective students work satisfactory, s/he will be admitted as a PhD student. If the Panel is not satisfied with the proposal/concept, a revised proposal may be submitted within a specified period.
Mode of Delivery
There are two modes of delivery:
- By Course Work and Dissertation
- By Research
PhD by Course Work and Dissertation
A Candidate will be expected to follow one year of coursework programmes. After successfully completing the first year, a candidate will undertake research for two years leading to a completed and defended dissertation.
PhD by Research
A prospective student will be admitted as M. Phil Student. M. Phil student will be differentiated to PhD status after a maximum of one year having submitted and successfully defended his/her research proposal.
|Year I: Semester I|
|PAF 7101||Systems Philosophy and Applications||45||60||75||5|
|PAF 7102||Knowledge systems for Agro-ecological interventions||30||30||60||75||5|
|PAF 7103||Advanced Research Methodology||30||30||60||75||5|
|PAF 7104||Agro-ecology in Perspective||30||30||60||75||5|
|PAF 7105||Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing in Agro ecology||15||30||90||75||5|
|Year I: Semester II|
|PAF 7201||Ecologies of Production||30||30||60||75||5|
|PAF 7202||Statistical Methods for Decision Making||30||30||60||75||5|
|PAF 7203||Pedagogy and Graduate Seminar||30||30||60||75||5|
|TOTAL CREDIT UNIT||60|
Year II and III
Full Time (FT): Ushs 6,600,000 (USD 3,595) per year
Part Time (PT):Ushs 5,600,000 ( USD 2,750) per year
Application forms can be obtained from:
Registrar’s office at the Uganda Martyrs University Main campus (Nkozi)
Kampala office at Uganda Catholic Management and Training Institute (Rubaga)
Uganda Martyrs University Website www.umu.ac.ug