Environmental management involves the management of all components of the bio-physical environment, both living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic). This is due to the interconnected and network of relationships amongst all living species and their habitats. The environment also involves the relationships of the human environment, such as the social, cultural and economic environment with the bio-physical environment. This programme offers a unique opportunity to develop not just management skills but also an awareness of current environmental policy and an understanding of the science behind how the environment works. Graduates will be highly employable in the growing national, regional and international market for environmental managers, researchers and consultants. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the modules offered allow students from diversified backgrounds of both science and arts to develop skills in the collection, processing and analysis of environmental data, the use of data in the development and evaluation of policy and a sound practical training in techniques of environmental management. This course will train professional environmental managers with a multi-disciplinary foundation to work in the national environmental agencies and international organizations engaged in environmental related programmes and activities.

The objectives of the programme are to:
a)    Train and produce postgraduates with competent academic and professional knowledge in rural and urban environmental management issues.
b)    Develop multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on environmental management.
c)    Develop and apply concepts and skills for assessing, in-depth research and resolving environmental issues, questions and problems.

The common regulations governing Master’s degrees of the SouthEasterKenyaUniversity shall apply.
2.1 Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with at least an Upper Second Class Honours in basic and applied sciences, environmental studies/sciences, natural resources management, public health, resource economics, environmental engineering, law, environmental education, geography and relevant social sciences among other relevant disciplines or an equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by Senate.
2.2 Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with Lower Second Class Honours in any of the areas specified in 2.1 above with at least two years relevant work experience or a postgraduate diploma in any of the areas listed in 2.1 above or equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by Senate.
2.3 Holders of a pass degree in the disciplines specified in 2.1 above plus a post-graduate diploma in any field related to environment and natural resources management and at least five years’ work experience.

3.1 A candidate may be exempted to a maximum of one third (⅓) of taught courses provided these are from institutions recognized by Senate of South Eastern Kenya University.
3.2 The request for exemption should be made in writing to the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies through the Dean, School of Environment and Natural Resources Management.
3.3 The application must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents.
3.4 The candidate shall pay the appropriate exemption fee as determined by the University.

The programme will be offered as full time, part time and through Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODEL) for students who cannot attend regular University programmes.
4.1 Full-Time
4.1.1 The degree program shall consist of coursework, examinations and thesis.
4.1.2 The course shall cover a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters and each semester will be 15 weeks.
4.1.3 Each candidate will be required to take and pass all courses.
4.1.4 Each candidate will be required to undertake a research project leading to an examinable thesis. The choice of the thesis research topic shall be made in consultation with the department and the academic supervisor.
4.1.5 Each course unit shall have 45 hours covered in one semester.
4.2. Part time
As in 4.1 above in addition to the following:
4.2.1 The course shall cover a minimum of 4 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters and each semester will be 15 weeks.
4.2.2 A student shall be required to take a minimum of two and a maximum of four courses in one semester.

4.3. Open, Distance and e-Learning
The Open, Distance and e-Learning programme will run for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 semesters of 15 weeks each. The minimum calendar years for completion of the programme shall be 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. The minimum course load per semester will be 2 course units.
The mode of delivery will be through open and distance learning modes involving largely home and/ or office-based media:
4.3.1 Written self instructional study modules issued at registration time
a)    Study course materials like booklets
b)    Relevant literature
c)    Interactive devices and self tests
4.3.2 Face to face introductory tutorials
4.3.3 Mediated technical learning materials for example:-
a)    Audio visual
b)    e-learning materials
4.3.4 Limited face-to-face sessions to provide overview of the course at commencement of semester, mid semester and revision period before examinations.
4.3.5 Support study centers at the South Eastern Kenya University
a)    Access to information through computers at the SouthKenyaEasternUniversity and other resource centres.
b)    Use of libraries at the SouthEasternKenyaUniversity and other institutions.
a)    4.3.6 Orientation (immediately after registration):
a)    Orientation in ODL delivery.
b)    Study, reading and computer skills.
c)    Time management and techniques of handling assignments.
d)    Mentorship, guidance and counseling.
e)    Emphasis is on satellite centers that serve as a link between the University and the student in the following manner: registration, collecting reading materials, collecting results and programmes, examination information, posting timetable and holding meetings.

The programme shall consist of 10 examinable courses and defense of research thesis.

6.1 Written Examinations
6.1.1 Each course, except ESM 506, shall be examined by a written paper lasting three hours at the end of each semester in which the course is given. The studio based ESM 506 shall be examined through individual studio report, accounting for 60%, and one workshop presentation, accounting for 40%.
6.1.2 The coursework assessment shall account for 30% and written examinations for 70% of the final mark.
6.1.3 The pass mark for each course shall be 50 %.
6.1.4 The grading of the courses shall be as follows:
A = 70% and above;
B = 60 – 69%;
C = 50 -59%;
D = 0 – 49% (fail)
6.1.5 A candidate who fails in any paper may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, and approval by the Senate be allowed to take up to two supplementaries in failed papers after paying the appropriate fees.
6.1.6 A candidate who fails in the second supplementary or fails to complete the programme in the prescribed maximum duration of 8 semesters shall, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be discontinued.
6.1.7 The mark for a supplementary paper shall be recorded as 50% in the candidate’s academic record.

6.2. Thesis Examination
6.2.1 The research project shall be examined by written thesis and oral presentation.
6.2.2 Each student shall present a seminar on the thesis research proposal.
6.2.3 Each candidate shall submit for examination a thesis, with the approval of the academic supervisors, at the end of the final semester. The thesis shall be examined in accordance with the common regulations of the Board of Postgraduate Studies of the SouthEasternKenyaUniversity.
6.2.4 A candidate who fails in the thesis examination may on the recommendation of the School Board of examiners be allowed to resubmit the thesis within six months up to a maximum of two times.
6.2.5 A candidate who fails after the second resubmission or fails to complete the course in the prescribed period shall, on the recommendation of the School Board and approval by Senate, be discontinued.

Candidates who satisfy the examiners in all written and thesis examinations shall be awarded a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management of the SouthEasternKenyaUniversity.


Year I Semester I


Course Title



ESM 501

Advanced Principles and Practices in Environmental Management



ESM 502

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Auditing



ESM 503

Advanced Environmental Statistics



ESM 504

Participatory Research Methods and Communication



ESM 505

Environmental Information Systems




Year I Semester II

ESM 506

Environmental Planning and Management Studio



ESM 507

Integrated Solid Waste Management



ESM 508

Environmental Pollution Management



ESM 509

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation



ESM 510

Environmental Health and Safety




Year II

ESM 600

Research and Thesis (equivalent to 8 units)


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