Postgraduate diploma in phytosanitary measures

Target audience
The postgraduate diploma is designed for agricultural professionals working in production, regulatory and service institutions like National Plant Protection Organizations, horticultural producers, exporters, research institutions and agricultural extension institutions that require phytosanitary expertise.

Objectives
This course is designed for phytosanitary practitioners who require appropriate skills for effective and efficient implementation of phytosanitary measures and related activities within NPPOs and other related stakeholders. 
The specific objectives are:

  • To ensure that the trainees understand the relevant international treaties and their application in phytosanitary measures.
  • To impart knowledge and skills to trainees for effective implementation of ISPM procedures, including inspection, pest surveillance, pest diagnostics and pest risk analysis for effective product certification and protection of national plant resources against exotic pests.

Admission Requirements
The common regulations governing postgraduate diploma in all Faculties/Institutes/Schools of the University of Nairobi shall apply.
The following shall be eligible for admission for the Postgraduate Diploma in Phytosanitary Measures:

  • Holders of at least upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by senate.
  • Holders of at least lower second class Honours degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by senate with at least two years relevant experience.
  • Holders of a pass degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by senate with at least 3 years relevant experience.

Course duration
The postgraduate diploma programme shall be offered under three modules: full-time, part-time and Open and Distance e-Learning (ODeL). The programme shall consist of coursework and research project with a total of ten course units. The minimum duration of the course shall be one academic year and a maximum of two academic years.